Benefits Of Nutritious Diet for Lupus:
Cecilia Lourdudoss, Ph.D. student at the Unit for Research Therapy, Inflammatory Diseases (ClinTRID), Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, spoke with the Lupus Foundation of America recently about her latest research findings on the association of diet for lupus and steroid use in people with lupus. The latest findings are published in Lupus Science & Medicine, the first and only lupus-specific Open Access journal.In this study, vitamin D was not found to be associated with decreased lupus activity (fewer flares) as previous studies have indicated. However, other nutrients were found to potentially protect against increases in disease activity. More research is needed to confirm these findings. Nevertheless, it is important for people with lupus to eat a nutritious, well-balanced, and varied diet for lupus that contains plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and fatty fish, as well as moderate amounts of red meat.
Here’s what Ms. Lourdudoss had to say about her study and its findings:
What was the purpose of your study?The purpose of this study was to see if the type of diet in patients with lupus and steroid treatment are related.
Why was steroid use an indicator of disease activity in your study? Steroids are used during active lupus or lupus flares. They are either initiated or increased in dose when patients’ lupus becomes active. Therefore, we considered steroids as a good substitute for lupus activity.