“There is no cure for lupus. A lot of doctors and researchers have different theories around what causes it, but it has to be managed through lifestyle,” said Ascencao.
According to the journal Arthritis and Rheumatology, in the US lupus is one of the leading chronic inflammatory disease among young women aged 15 to 24, ranking higher than diabetes, HIV and liver disease.
Ascencao said with American research showing that people with lupus were at a higher risk of dying prematurely from conditions like diabetes, pneumonia and cardiovascular diseases, it was important that lupus was managed holistically to minimize inflammation.
Ascencao suggested these tips:
- Avoid fried, oily and processed foods.
- Eat less red meat and dairy produce.
- Choose fresh, organic and unprocessed foods and eat more vegetables, especially dark leafy greens.
- Increase intake of fresh fruit, including berries and pomegranates, which are high in antioxidants.
- Try probiotic foods such as kefir, kombucha or sauerkraut, and use bones to make soups.
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