Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Also indexed as:SLE, Discoid Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, DLE
A butterfly-shaped rash on the face may be the first visible sign of lupus. While causes of this autoimmune disease are not clear, treatments do exist. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
The right diet is the key to managing many diseases and to improving general quality of life. For this condition, scientific research has found benefit in the following healthy eating tips.
|Feast on fish and flaxseed||Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish and flaxseed, may decrease lupus-induced inflammation.|
|Try a low-fat diet||Some animal studies have suggested that eating fewer calories and less fat may help improve lupus.|
|Avoid alfalfa||Alfalfa seeds and sprouts contain the amino acid L-canavanine, which provokes a lupus-like condition in monkeys and possibly humans.|
|Uncover food allergies||Work with a knowledgeable healthcare provider to see if food allergies are contributing to your condition.|
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