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How can a healthy diet help lupus?

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If you have lupus, following a varied, healthy diet may help:

  • Reduce inflammation and other symptoms
  • Maintain strong bones and muscles
  • Combat the side effects of medications
  • Achieve or maintain a healthy weight
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease

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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