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Hope for those diagnosed with Lupus

Mitchelle Uzorka

FEB 14 2022, 2:35PM

Fortunately, there’s good reason for hope for those living with Lupus.

Many people with lupus can minimize flares, lessen the burden of the disease and live a quality life by following their treatment plan and taking care of themselves. In fact, nearly 90 percent of people with lupus live to a normal life expectancy.

Summa Health offers 7 tips to control your symptoms, prevent or minimize flares and cope with the challenges of the disease.

Understand your condition. Knowledge is power. Educate yourself about lupus, triggers for flares and common treatments for symptoms. The more you know about lupus, the more you can take charge of your care and better manage symptoms.

In addition, educate others about your condition so your loved ones can & understand your daily struggles to better support you.

Know your triggers to avoid flares. For many with lupus, sun exposure can trigger a flare. Stress, exhaustion, infection or even post partum can, too. When you know what triggers a flare, it will be easier to help prevent them. For example, try to stay indoors during peak sun hours to avoid excessive sun exposure. If that’s not possible, wear sunscreen, protective clothing, a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself. To reduce stress and exhaustion, take time for yourself, rest or meditate to relax.

Eat healthy.There’s a strong link between lupus and heart disease. Eating well and exercising daily can help reduce your risk. Eat a heart-healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.

In addition, make sure you get plenty of calcium and vitamin D, which can boost bone and immune system health.

Get active. Rest is essential when you’re in pain, but when you’re feeling better moderate exercise can do your body good. It gets your joints moving to prevent stiffness, is good for maintaining a healthy weight and stress level, and can ward off fatigue. Exercise also can boost your mood with the release of the body’s “feel-good” chemicals, called endorphins.

Lupus is lifelong and it can be difficult to manage, but it doesn’t have to get in the way of maintaining a fulfilling life. Many people with lupus live happy, active lives — and you can, too.

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