How to Increase a Low Platelet Count


Regular exercise can increase the flow of the blood, and strengthen the bone marrow to produce more platelets.

According to the British’s Leukemia / Bone Marrow Transplant Program, some specific exercises may help to increase various levels of low platelet counts. A few instructions below:

• You can do sitting/standing exercises, gentle stretching, and walking when platelets are 15,000 to 20,000.

• You can use light resistance such as weights, elastic tubing, or rubber bands when platelets are 20,000 to 40,000. You can make a brisk walk, as well.

• You can do activities such as stationary cycling and golfing when platelets are 40,000 to 60,000.

• You can do aerobic exercise such as biking or jogging when platelets are above 60,000.

Note: If your platelet count is less than 15,000, avoid all types of exercises as it may increase the risk of bleeding.