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Why do people with lupus need to eat foods with calcium?

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Eating foods high in calcium and vitamin D is important for bone health, especially when you have lupus. Medications used to treat lupus can raise your risk for osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones become less dense and break easily.

When you buy dairy products, choose ones that are either low-fat or fat-free. Dark green vegetables are another source of calcium.

If you don’t eat enough foods with calcium, your doctor will probably recommend a calcium supplement.

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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