Lupus is an unpredictable, chronic, autoimmune disorder that will rule your life, if you let it – follow these tips to make living with lupus easier on yourself.
Chronic means that the signs and symptoms of the condition tend to last at least for six weeks, and may even last for many years. Of all the chronic illnesses, lupus is perhaps one of the more mysterious diseases. This condition is a chronic, autoimmune one that is likely to affect pretty much any part of the body, from the skin and joints to organs inside the body. In the case of lupus, your immune system gets compromised, and loses the ability to tell the difference between foreign invading cells and the natural, healthy cells found in the body. This is why lupus is categorized as an “autoimmune” disorder. The auto-antibodies created by the immune system of a person diagnosed with lupus attack and destroy health body tissues instead of foreign bodies. With your immune system working against you, you are likely to have lupus symptoms such as pain, inflammations, and damage in multiple parts of the body. Here are a few things you should know about lupus:
Perhaps the most important thing to remember if you have been diagnosed with lupus is that good medical care with a proficient doctor can help you lead a fulfilling life even post-diagnosis. Here are a few tips to make living with lupus easier and more enriching.
Stress and Lupus
There is no pattern to lupus flares and remissions. This uncertainty is perhaps one of the most difficult things to live with when it comes to this disease. However, stressing over lupus conditions or any other factors in your life is actually counterproductive to your wellbeing. Research has found that a sudden worsening of lupus symptoms that is characterized as a flare is more common when you have a more stressful life. Not only does stress increase the chances of having a lupus flare, it also has a detrimental effect on the amount of pain that lupus symptoms cause in your body. A low-stress lifestyle is one of the means to ensure that lupus flares are kept at bay. Identify all the sources of stress in your life, and eliminate as many of them as possible.
Heart-health is Paramount
Most diseases require you to change your diet to accommodate the symptoms and flare-ups. A diabetic patient has to reduce the amount of sugar in their diet, while someone with high blood pressure has to reduce the consumption of sodium. While there is no formal lupus diet out there, a link between heart conditions and lupus does exist. If you want to make living with lupus easier on yourself, choose to follow a heart-healthy diet. Such a diet would comprise of plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Add fish, poultry and other lean meats to your diet, while reducing the consumption of red meat. Keep an eye on the amount of calcium you are getting from your food, as it is essential for better bone and joint health.
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