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Tuesday, December 5
"DON'T SMOKE. Smoking has been linked to increased inflammation, which is especially bad if you have lupus. Smoking is also linked to increased [risk of] heart disease and cancer, which is bad for everybody," Ghaw says. In addition, smoking increases the risk of hardening of the arteries, called atherosclerosis, and people with lupus are already at a higher risk than people without lupus. Smoking has also been linked to lupus flares and worsening of lupus symptoms."
Tuesday, November 28
"CONSIDER VITAMIN D. A research review of the effect of vitamin D on lupus, published in 2013 in the journal PLoS ONE, identified 10 studies that found that a decrease in vitamin D levels was associated with an increase in lupus symptoms. "Lack of sun exposure may contribute to vitamin D deficiency. It's not clear if lupus leads to low vitamin D or low vitamin D leads to lupus. Vitamin D supplements can be used if levels are low," Ghaw says. Talk to your doctor about whether this is a good option for you."
Tuesday, November 21
Tuesday, November 14
"LIMIT TIME IN THE SUN. Two-thirds of people with lupus have increased sensitivity to ultraviolet light. "Sun exposure can trigger a lupus flare. Also, many of the medications used to treat lupus can make you more sensitive to the sun. That means using sunblock and covering up when out in sun," Ghaw says. When selecting a sunscreen, choose a minimum of SPF 30 and broad-spectrum coverage for both UVA and UVB"
Tuesday, November 7
"GET ENOUGH SLEEP. One of the most troublesome lupus symptoms is fatigue. It affects as many as 80 percent of people with the condition. "Lack of sleep can contribute to fatigue, and it's also been linked to increased pain sensitivity," Ghaw says. Lupus-related fatigue has also been linked to a lack of exercise, another concern. Get at least seven hours of sleep every night and allow time for rest during the day. You might even want to take a short nap when possible, but don't spend all day in bed. Once you've slept a healthy number of hours, get up and get moving."
Tuesday, October 31
"EAT A HEART - HEALTHY DIET. While there's no such thing as a lupus diet, there's a strong link between lupus and heart disease, so a heart-healthy diet is essential," Ghaw says. Build your diet around lots of fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains. For protein, stick to fish and poultry instead of red meat. Also make sure you get plenty of calcium for bone and joint health. If fluid retention or high blood pressure is a problem for you, reduce your salt intake."
Tuesday, October 24
"REGULAR EXERCISE is important for people with lupus in order to maintain a healthy weight. Obesity has been linked to increased inflammation, so exercise is good for joint health and reducing joint pain — and it doesn't have to be extreme." In fact, you should avoid high-impact exercises. A regular program of low-impact exercise, such as swimming or walking, can help reduce stress, improve strength and movement, and reduce your risk for osteoporosis and heart disease. Ask your doctor which exercises are best for you."
Tuesday, October 17
"STRESS can increase the chance of having a lupus flare and increase lupus pain when symptoms are active, so a low-stress lifestyle is best," Dr. Ghaw says. Sound impossible? The FIRST step is to IDENTIFY all sources of stress in your life. Asking for HELP when you have lupus symptoms that limit your functioning — like pain, stiffness, and fatigue — is one way to reduce stress. Taking time for yourself and finding activities that help you to relax and relieve stress are others.
- Source: everyday Health