Talking About Lupus and Diet

Is Lupus Bought On By a Poor Diet?

For many years now increasing evidence has been found to support the idea that many, if not most, of the diseases that we suffer from are triggered by eating the wrong foods and not eating enough of the foods that are good for us. In fact, numerous health care professionals around the world have started to turn their attention from prescribing drugs to prescribing certain types of diets.

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack the body’s own organs and tissues. Some of the most common symptoms of lupus include sensitivity to light, fever, fatigue, rashes, muscle and joint pain and loss of appetite. However, knowledge of lupus is not very widespread and the disease can be difficult to diagnose.

Although around a million and a half people in the USA alone and more than five million people worldwide currently suffer from a type of lupus, at this time there is no actual cure for the disease. A number of different types of treatment methods have been suggested over the years, although most types of treatment have proven to be largely ineffective and most of the types of medication that have been developed carry unpleasant potential side effects.

Diagnosis is further complicated by the fact that there are four main types of lupus, each of which presents itself with different symptoms and affects the body in different ways. Discoid lupus erythematosus affects the skin and is sometimes referred to as cutaneous lupus, while systemic lupus erythematosus lupus causes inflammation in a number of different organs and body systems simultaneously. Drug-induced lupus erythematosus
tends to be triggered by certain drugs such as beta blockers, while neonatal lupus erythematosus is an extremely rare type of lupus that presents itself in newborn babies when the baby’s mother has lupus.

Although there are strong indications that certain types of lupus are triggered by external factors, such as drug-induced lupus erythematosus, in many cases it is still difficult to say for certain what causes lupus. The good news is that lupus is not contagious and sufferers do not have to worry about passing it on to those that are close to them.

Although researchers have determined that genetics may play a role in the spread of lupus, people who have a family history of lupus will not necessarily contract the disease themselves. Research has shown that women who are in their childbearing years are the group most likely to contract lupus, and for this reason it is believed that hormones may be a trigger.

Extensive research is currently being conducted on the idea that certain environmental factors such as smoking and stress may trigger lupus. It is also believed that people who eat a lot of high fat and high sugar foods such as fast food, sweets and crisps may be more at risk of contracting lupus than people who eat healthily.

Like with many other types of autoimmune disorders, lupus causes joint pain and swelling. Although a lot more research still needs to be done on the topic, many people believe that eating a healthy diet that is rich in the right types of foods many help to eliminate this swelling and help lupus sufferers to lead full lives.