10 Tips to Improve Living With Lupus

4.Eat a Heart-Healthy Diet

“While there’s no such thing as a lupus diet, there’s a strong link between lupus and heart disease, so a heart-healthy diet is essential,” Ghaw says. Build your diet around lots of fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains. For protein, stick to fish and poultry instead of red meat. Also make sure you get plenty of calcium for bone and joint health. If fluid retention or high blood pressure is a problem for you, reduce your salt intake.

5.Get Enough Sleep

One of the most troublesome lupus symptoms is fatigue. It affects as many as 80 percent of people with the condition. “Lack of sleep can contribute to fatigue, and it’s also been linked to increased pain sensitivity,” Ghaw says. Lupus-related fatigue has also been linked to a lack of exercise, another concern. Get at least seven hours of sleep every night and allow time for rest during the day. You might even want to take a short nap when possible, but don’t spend all day in bed. Once you’ve slept a healthy number of hours, get up and get moving.

6.Limit Time in the Sun

Two-thirds of people with lupus have increased sensitivity to ultraviolet light. “Sun exposure can trigger a lupus flare. Also, many of the medications used to treat lupus can make you more sensitive to the sun. That means using sunblock and covering up when out in sun,” Ghaw says. When selecting a sunscreen, choose a minimum of SPF 30 and broad-spectrum coverage for both UVA and UVB protection.
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