I have a client who has been diagnosed with a low white blood cell (WBC) count. Could you send me some information on the best types of diets and eating habits for this problem?
I would approach your client this way. The normal range for white blood cells in the body runs between 4-10,000. The medical name for a low count is leukopenia. A white blood cell count that is low normal is not a reason for concern. However, if the count is below 4,000 it is important to explain why. Transient leukopenia is generally due to a prescription medication and resolves by stopping the drug. If repeat studies show the leukopenia is present then a more intensive medical search is indicated. I would not be content with the diagnosis of low white blood cell count. The doctors most helpful in cases like this are Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease or Hematology specialists.
The only way diet could be an issue is in cases of extreme malnutrition or a serious eating disorder. The general public guidelines of a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins would be the best approach until the underlying cause is determined.
Dr. John Mamana