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Is there a diet for lupus?

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There are no foods that cause lupus or that can cure it. It's possible, though not proven, that foods that fight inflammation could help lupus symptoms. On the other hand, foods that cause inflammation could worsen them.

In general, people with lupus should aim for a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It should also include moderate amounts of meats, poultry, and oily fish.

People with lupus have higher risk of heart disease compared to the general population. So your doctor may recommend a low-fat diet and exercise, or a low-sodium diet.

You can also talk to a registered dietitian who can create a program specifically for your needs and lifestyle.

From: Lupus Diet and Nutrition WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Lupus Foundation of America: “Diet and Nutrition.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Nutrition and Lupus Part 1: Ways to Maintain a Healthy Diet.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Lupus: A Patient Care Guide for Nurses and Other Health Professionals, 3rd Edition: Patient Information Sheet #9, Nutrition and Lupus.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “How to Reduce Corticosteroid Side Effects” and “Nutrition and Supplements to Reduce Medication Side Effects in Myositis.”

The Johns Hopkins Lupus Center.

Reviewed by David Zelman on August 09, 2017

SOURCES:

Lupus Foundation of America: “Diet and Nutrition.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Nutrition and Lupus Part 1: Ways to Maintain a Healthy Diet.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Lupus: A Patient Care Guide for Nurses and Other Health Professionals, 3rd Edition: Patient Information Sheet #9, Nutrition and Lupus.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “How to Reduce Corticosteroid Side Effects” and “Nutrition and Supplements to Reduce Medication Side Effects in Myositis.”

The Johns Hopkins Lupus Center.

Reviewed by David Zelman on August 09, 2017

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