Is there a diet for lupus?


Individuals with lupus should eat a well-balanced, healthy, nutritious diet. Current recommendations call for a diet consisting of 50-55% carbohydrates, 15% protein, and less than 30% fat. Diet books for arthritis are a multimillion-dollar industry, and one of the questions most commonly asked of rheumatologists deals with the role of diet in lupus. It might seem surprising, but few nutrition modifications apply to lupus. Things that do affect lupus can be divided into two categories: factors that are lupus-related and those that are medication-related.

For starters, fish oil has anti-inflammatory properties. This has been documented in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and in animal models of lupus. ...

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