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What is Lupus?

It’s been said that understanding Lupus means understanding medicine. Lupus, also known by its formal name “Lupus Erythematosus,” is caused by factors that reflect the core of immune system functioning. Still, Lupus is actually difficult to diagnose. While over one million people suffer from Lupus in the US alone, it is a little publicized disease – despite the fact that it has more sufferers than leukemia, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, and muscular dystrophy combined.

Systemic Lupus

The simplest way to explain lupus is that the body becomes allergic to itself. The immune system overreacts to stimuli, resulting in too many antibodies being produced. This autoimmune disease then causes the high number of antibodies to attack normal tissue. While there are several different types of Lupus…including Systemic, Discoid, Neonatal, and Drug-Induced Lupus. Systemic Lupus is the most common form.

Systemic Lupus (SLE) is diagnosed by using specific criteria determined by the American College of Rheumatology. Despite the fact that he criteria are outlined, it can actually take along time to diagnose. While some tests help in the diagnosis, there is no one definitive test for SLE.

SLE symptoms can appear on the skin, as can be seen by the first four criteria. It can also cause major damage to the internal organs, as noted in the systemic criteria. Finally, the diagnosis is usually confirmed via at least one of the laboratory criteria, most often through the antinuclear antibody test, or ANA. While the ANA test tells a physician that there is a potential autoimmune disease, it does not give a definitive Lupus diagnosis alone. While 4 out of the 11 criteria are usually required for a lupus diagnosis, there are rare occasions when a diagnosis can be made with less.
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Thank you Freedom from Lupus
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Hello Baby Boomers

Though I am not a Doctor…I am a survivor if Lupus or should that read with Lupus…

If there is anything that I can help you with…PLEASE contact me…on or off line.

Though out my blog there are all kinds of reports on Lupus…just do a search.

What has helped me the most and a HUGE world of difference to me and my health is Mona Vie…I attack Lupus thru a NON-PHARMACUETICAL approach…since I am one of the Drug Induced Lupus Survivors.

http://www.MyMonaVie.com/SharonSutley

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Lupus And Women

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Lupus is often characterized as a woman’s disease. The reason it is lumped in this category is that over 75 percent people with autoimmune diseases are women and 9 out of 10 people with Lupus are women. Since the hormone estrogen is thought to play a role in Lupus, it is logical that more women are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 45. It is also why, in lupus patients who are diagnosed as children or in elderly years we see the diagnoses of Lupus even out more between men and women.

We also know that stress on the body may be a trigger for Lupus. One of the greatest stresses on a woman’s body is pregnancy. There is a myth that women with lupus should not have a baby, and it is simply not true for most women with the disease. A pregnancy just requires more observation by a physician. The disease itself does not cause miscarriages. There are some cases, though, of women with no lupus systems prior to pregnancy developing active Lupus after the baby is born.

During menopause, though, many women experience relief from symptoms. Again, hormones may play a role in the relief. Many post-menopausal women say that it is the best time in the course of the disease. While they may not be free from Lupus flares, there seems to be a reduction in painful symptoms.

Lupus and Pregnancy

It used to be that doctors told women with Lupus to avoid having children, and some doctors today still use that outdated information to warn women to avoid getting pregnant. However, recent studies along with improved treatments now demonstrate that most Lupus patients can safely have healthy children. There are some circumstances when pregnancy can bring about serious health risks, but they are not as prevalent as doctors once believed.

Women with Lupus are just as able to get pregnant as women without Lupus except when there is certain disease activity, the woman is on dialysis, or if she is taking specific medication. For instance, it is not unusual for Lupus patients to have irregular periods, which can make planning a pregnancy difficult.

Also, 30 percent of patients have kidney disease and between 10 to 20 percent of those patients require dialysis. With dialysis there is an interruption in regular menstrual cycles and also increase in health risks for the mother and baby. Drugs that interfere with ovulation include cyclophosphamide, which can cause premature menopause.

There are some circumstances in which treatments in males can affect fertility. For instance, sperm counts in men undergoing chemotherapy are decreased, which can make getting pregnant difficult for a couple. Some men store their sperm prior to chemotherapy treatment and opt for in-vitro fertilization.

In most cases, pregnancy risk is based on the status of the woman’s Lupus. Women who are low risk usually have a mild form of the disease or are in remission. They are not taking any medication and lack the RoSSA and the anticardiolipin antibody. Also, women who have DLE or DILE are at low risk.

Risk of miscarriage or maternal organ failure usually increases with a variety of circumstances, as 3 percent of high-risk patients do die. A woman is considered high risk if she has active lupus myocarditis, active Lupus nephritis with an increased serum creatinine, or has severe or uncontrollable high blood pressure. Also, if chemotherapy is needed during pregnancy the treatment can cause fetal anomalies, malformation, or maternal infection.

Many women who are in the high-risk category still want to try for a baby. Approximately 20 percent of those women go through their pregnancy with little difficulty. Another 20 percent have serious complications, while the remaining miscarry. However, if a woman has organ threatening Lupus, the risks are often too high and adoption is usually recommended.

Advice
Since risk during pregnancy is based upon lupus activity in the body, it seems to make sense that pregnancy should coincide with a period of good disease control. Therefore, it is important that a woman with lupus get a pre-pregnancy assessment so she can have a clear idea of the risks, if there are any. It also allows the physicians to have a baseline comparison of symptoms and health, so they can quickly identify a flare during pregnancy.

During the assessment the physician will be looking at the anti-Ro and anti-La antibodies. The reason for this assessment is the anti-Ro antibody has been known to cause some heart rhythm disturbances in some babies born to mothers who carry the antibody. It may also cause neonatal Lupus, though the disorder is relatively rare.

The assessment will also take a look at what medications are absolutely necessary during the pregnancy for lupus management. Some women may wish to stop taking all her medications, but stopping all medication can actually pose a greater risk to the mother and the baby.

Each patient’s treatment differs, so it is important to work with the physician regarding which medications are safe. For instance, it is widely accepted that NSAIDs are safe for pregnant mothers up until the end of the second trimester, at which point they become harmful to the fetus. Also, some doctors feel that immunosuppressives are not safe during pregnancy.

Two drugs that should be avoided during this time are methotrexate, which causes miscarriage and fetal defects, and cyclophosphamide, which may cause birth defects.

This is why it is not a good idea to get pregnant during a flare. The body is under a great deal of stress at that time, and it increases risk. Also, medication is imperative to keeping the Lupus under control. Most doctors recommend waiting at least 6 to 7 months after a flare so that the body can recover and stabilize prior to becoming pregnant.

Many women are concerned about flares during pregnancy, and they can occur. Most often flares will occur during the first trimester and within three months after giving birth. This is due mainly to hormonal fluctuations during these times. However, most flares are mild and can be treated easily with low doses of corticosteroids.
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Thank you Freedom From Lupus!
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~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Medical Treatments for Lupus

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Let me state right off from the start that I DO NOT believe in Pharmaceuticals…I am posting this piece, so you will see what is available out there, for you…and I want you to pay special attention to what the WARNINGS are.

And even though the STEROIDS that they suggest, are not the same as athletes are taking…the result are worse for Lupus persons…because we are very reactive to any drugs!

I have had steroids…and they make you feel so wonderful…like you can go out dancing all night again [something, I truly miss, horribly]…but do not be disillusioned…they are harmful. I will not allow them in my person again. No matter how low my immune system goes. They are poison.

So…with that said…here you go…I will always print the other side so you can make an intelligent decision. I pray that it will be the right one!

~The Baby Boomer Queen~
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Steroids

Tissue inflammation is the major cause of Lupus symptoms. While the body naturally produces cortisone to decrease inflammation, it may not be solely effective in reducing the inflammation in Lupus patients. Therefore, synthetic steroids are used to decrease the swelling, warmth, tenderness, and pain in lupus patients.

Corticosteroids are a commonly prescribed medication.

Corticosteroids are produced by the outer part of the adrenal gland, and they differ from the anabolic steroids that weightlifters use illegally to increase their strength and size.

The most commonly used corticosteroid is Prednisone, while others used include hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone (Medrol), and dexamethasone (Decadron). They usually relieve symptoms right away. Corticosteroids can be helpful in serious cases of inflammation like pleurisy, pericarditis, or organ threatening disease, but they do have some serious side effects.

While steroids are remarkably effective at decreasing Lupus symptoms, they come with numerous side effects. Common side effects include acne, the development of a moon-shaped face, and increased appetite. The increase in appetite can also cause weight gain.

They can redistribute fat and lead to more fragile skin. The psychological effects of steroids include irritability, agitation, euphoria, and depression. Also, insomnia can set in. There is a higher susceptibility of getting an infection and the possibility of aggravating any diabetes, glaucoma, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

However, it should be noted that steroids do not cause cancer.

Long-term use of steroids can result in some serious conditions.

Avascular necrosis of the bone is usually associated with high doses of prednisone taken over a long time period. The disease usually occurs in the hip, and it is very painful. Relief usually comes in the form of a core bone biopsy or joint replacement.

Osteoporosis is another common result of long-term steroid use, but it can usually be prevented with calcium, vitamin D, hormones, calcitonin, biphosphonates, and certain hormones.

Cataracts, and muscle weakness are also caused by long-term use. Plus, there is a relationship between premature arteriosclerosis and long-term steroid use. It is due to these potential side effects that steroids need to be used with great care and under a physician’s watchful eye.

Immunosuppressives

The fourth class of drugs used to treat Lupus are known as Immunosuppressives. As the name implies, Immunosuppressives are used to suppress or inhibit an over-active immune system.

Immunosuppressives are normally used in transplant patients to prevent the body from rejecting the transplanted organ. Immunosuppressives are often used in patients with more serious systemic lupus. Doctors consider using immunosuppressives when major organs like the kidneys are affected, severe muscle inflammation is present, or there is intractable arthritis. Immunosuppressives can also be helpful in decreasing the amount of steroids needed to treat inflammation, saving patients who are susceptible to more severe side effects from added discomfort.

There are several immunosuppressives available in the treatment of Lupus, though five are the most commonly used: azanthioprine (Imuran®), cycolphosphamide (Cytoxan®), methotrexate (Rheumatrex®), cyclosporine (Neoral®), and mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept®). They each work in different ways, but all immunosuppressives function to decrease or prevent an immune response.

Azanthioprine (Imuran):

For Lupus patients, azathioprine is one of the most often prescribed immunosuppressives. It is also an antimetabolite, meaning it blocks metabolic steps in immune cell, thus helping to control the underlying processes in a disease. It also has fewer side effects than other Lupus drugs.

Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan):

Cyclophosphamide is an alkylating agent and a very strong drug. It is usually only used in Lupus patients that have kidney or other organ threatening disease. Cycolphosphamide goes after autoantibody producing cells. This activity suppresses the immune response and decreases disease activity. However, its use can produce severe side effects.

Methotrexate (Rheumatrex):

Methotrexate was first used as a treatment for cancer and then used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. It is also an antimetabolite and often used for Lupus arthritis. There is some concern about toxicity, so doctors will have to do regular CBC and liver function tests.

Cyclosporine (Neoral):

Cyclosporine is commonly used to threat rheumatic diseases, and it is an antimetabolite.

Mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept):

Mycophenolate mofetil is a strong immunosuppressive and is sometimes used in place of cyclophosphamide in patients that have kidney involvement. It functions by preventing the replication of T and B-lymphocytes.

Some of the side effects associated with immunosuppressives include an increased risk of infection and bone marrow suppression. Also malignancies can develop from their use. Some patients experience alopecia, nausea, vomiting, esophagitis, hematuria, thrombocytopenia, and leukopenia. With high doses, pulmonary fibrosis can develop. Side effects like amenorrhea and impotence reverse themselves with the discontinuation of the medication.

DHEA

DHEA is one of the new hopes in medicinal treatment of lupus symptoms, but it comes with cautious optimism. DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a steroid hormone that occurs naturally in all mammals. It is an androgen produced by the adrenal glands, and is used to make other hormones like testosterone and estrogen.

DHEA has not been without its controversy. In 1980 the supplement was banned by the FDA after the FDA declared DHEA was a drug (by declaring it a drug the law required it be tested for safety and efficacy by the FDA). However, Canada and the U.K. have banned over-the-counter sales of DHEA altogether.

Basically DHEA is used in Lupus patients to decrease dosages of steroids, because it helps to relieve pain, inflammation, and fatigue. Much of the documented research has been done by Genelabs with most of the participants reporting that they felt better. While the researchers do not know the mechanism by which DHEA affects Lupus, they do know that women with Lupus have lower DHEA levels. They also know that DHEA increases testosterone and estrogen levels.

The side effects of DHEA have not been fully studied. However there is concern that it may influence certain types of cancers that are directly related to hormones (i.e. breast, ovarian, uterine, and prostate cancer). In men it can increase aggression, but upon decrease of dosage this problem can go away. Also, a too-high dosage of DHEA can cause facial hair growth and a deepening of the voice in women.
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Thank you Freedom from Lupus
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Though I am not a Doctor or someone who has a degree from Harvard, I do not have to be a rocket scientist to see the warning signs of Pharmaceutical usage.

I am a Lupus survivor and am grateful for every day here in earth.
Pain and depression or not, it beats the alternative!

I chose the non-pharmaceutical life.

Please read my other posts to see how I cope with Lupus.

Smiles, world peace and wellness,
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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Comment: From my blog

While I do agree that nutrition is good for everyone, healthy or not, I
think you should research the difference between anabolic steroids(the
type wrestlers take) and corticosteroids(prednisone and others that
rheumatologists prescribe). They are not the same type of drug and so
have different side effects. Prednisone, may give you osteoporosis but it
will not cause you to smother your son to death and then hang yourself.
It has its purpose. Aspirin can be hazardous when taken by the
uninformed. But people used willow bark tea long before the Bayer company
existed. Bayer added a little talcum powder and a glass bottle.

In order to be responsible, you should forward people to about.com’s
arthritis page here
http://arthritis.about.com/od/steroids/f/anabolicsteroid.htmThey can inform themselves and then make the decision as to whether
they will or won’t use steroids. The one thing you forget is that as an
auto immune disease, Lupus is not the same in any two patients. What has
been successful for you may be disastrous for someone else and wouldn’t
it be bad if you shortened a 16 year olds life? Most doctors wouldn’t
presume to say that they know all there there is to know about lupus
the way you have with this post.
Wanda’s site is http://mymultimedialife.blogspot.com/Hello Wanda,

It saddens me to know that you are one of the million faces of Lupus, here in the U.S.A.. I understand where you are coming from and can honestly say “I share your pain and suffering.”

HOWEVER…I do know the difference between steroids that are prescribed to Lupus survivors and those that “some” athletes and others abuse.

BUT…I see it differently…I see it as what some Lupus survivors abuse as well. To quote you “Over the last year or so, I have joked around saying that I was on so many steroids, I should be in the Olympics.”

I would never say that Olympic athletes are steroid users.

In fact, I have a post ready that explains the difference of the steroids. BUT, my site is not just for Lupus and so I try to post for the many, not just for the few.

I did not tell anyone to take aspirin, What I said was…that it was the only over the counter pharmaceutical that I took and very rarely.

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I do not profess to be a Doctor…I merely tell people what works for me and what my experiences have been. And offer then advice in any way that I can and I do listen and reply.

Opinions are like armpits…most people, have at least two and some of those stink!

I did not tell people to become vegetarians…what I said was to stay away from red meat…that leaves a host of other foods to consume…seafood, pork, poultry. Vegetarians do not eat any of those. NOR do they eat most of their by products…say that to a Vegan and you would get a look from them…that would make you think you had a snake on your head! My only guess is that you are a red meat eater. I don’t believe that there was such a thing in the Garden of Eden…only vegtables and fruits…but HOLY COW…forgive me for having said that!!! Now…perhaps you will be telling people that I am a bible pusher or rewriting the bible as well. LOL

“I am shortening a 16 year olds” life by telling her Mother, not to use steroids!” You truly crack me up! That by far, is the funniest thing you have said yet!

And most Doctors don’t have Lupus [even though the one who diagnosed me did…[that is how I was “finally”…after 43 years, diagnosed properly!] so they wouldn’t/couldn’t/can’t tell you about their experiences and what has or has not worked for them. Medicine is a science not a religion…at least to most of us, out here in the real world. When they give you a new prescription…they will tell you…let’s try this and see if it works or helps…or…this should help you…or…lets put you on such and such and see what it does…you are right Wanda…word are powerful and I listen when spoken too. NONE of that says to me it is a given!

This is my little piece of the world…my blog, as yours is. If you want to “PUSH” pharmaceuticals, that is your prerogative…I chose to tell people how many millions die a year from pharmaceuticals and how Lupus can be drug induced.

So, push your poisonous pharmaceuticals on your blog, not on mine.

To me, there is no difference from a “DRUG PUSHER” on a street corner…than a legal “DRUG PUSHER” at your convenient, on every corner and in most grocery stores, drug store, pharmaceutical company or those who do so on line! They both destroy lives and families, kill over a million every year…in fact more people die from over the counter DRUGS and PRESCRIPTIONS then those DRUGS that are PUSHED on street counters. How do you like those statistics!?!?!? Swallow that statement down, with your next dose of pills.

NOW, as far as Mona Vie is concerned…do some research, Wanda. to quote you again, “drink this weird juice and basically be a vegetarian. That might be good for you in conjunction with medicine. But all the juice in the world isn’t going to keep your body from attacking itself.” The number one SUPER FOOD in the world is the Acai Berry which is the main ingredient of Mona Vie. The University of Florida is going research right now on the ACAI Berry as it is killing leukemia cells radically…see for your self…go to U of F and do a search on Acai. I could go on but I can’t see where it would help you…your mind seems made up.

I prefer holistic healing, you prefer pharmaceuticals. I have posted your comment in the hopes that someone from your site, which you have so generously linked to mine, will be able to make more of an informed decision, as to what they put into their bodies! Thank you! I will post this comment on your site and see if you are as generous!

I am not a doctor nor do I profess to be one…I do know what has helped me…what I have gone thru and have a good idea of what I will be going thru. I won’t be the one hooked up to tubes and machines in a hospital and drugged up…and calling that living.

Remember…if I can live with out steroids…so could most! There are days that are tuff and good days…but tell me Wanda…after reading your blog…you have a lot of bad days! Do the numbers!

We all have our choices…good luck with yours.

Just One…in a Million, A Lupus survivor…
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

LUPUS has a MILLION Faces! ARE YOU ONE???

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Hello Lupus Baby Boomers,

I recieved this letter from one of my readers and I thought I would share it with you…I have changed the name to protect their privacy…
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Hi Sharon,

I have been reading about your story and how you regret using steroids and how monavie has helped your Lupus.

My daughter is 16 and has just been diagnosed with Lupus…even though she has been ill for 5 years!

I have actually been giving her MONAVIE active for several months and not sure if it is helping…

Any recommendations for the amount daily (we do the 2oz in the morning and only sometimes at night) that
might make a difference in our results?

Any other advice for us?

Thanks and God bless.
Avid Reader

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Hello Avid Reader,

I am so pleased that you have contacted me and that I might be able to help you with your daughter.

My Lupus is very advanced…so I feel that I have run the gambit of everything since I was not diagnosed until 95…at which time they gave me 7 years life expectancy. I don’t write about this in my blog as it is negative and I choose to be positive when speaking about Lupus.

Any way do the math you see I have proved them wrong…attitude has so much to do with it.

Go natural…as medication just inflames Lupus. Steroids can kill, as you have seen some of the results with the wrestler.

Here’s what I do with the Mona Vie…I double the juice! I drink no less then 2 oz in the morning AND the night. When I am ill, I drink even more! Even with a cold! Actually I keep it in the refigerator and I drink it when ever I want…if someone saw me they would think I was an aloholic as I drink it straight from the bottle! I also like it late at night frozen or over vanilla ice cream, there are some great recipes out there…I love to BBQ with Mona Vie!

It will even help with her depression. I know she must have it. If nothing else the pain is enough to make you go insane sometimes…constant pain…I don’t know what her extent with Lupus is…but the wonderful things it does for me is worth every penny I send.

Have her stay off red meat! Have her eat fruits and vegetables especially green ones…the darker the green, the better for her. You need to get fish oils into her.

Yogart is wonderful!

If you can…get her off sodas and onto water she needs to drink lots of water…to protect her kidneys…have her eat lots of cranberry sauce…not the juice, it is nothing but sugars and corn syrups… poisons!

Do not do diet drinks…aspartame is POISON!

No caffeine …green and white tea is better…use honey or raw sugars…not white sugars
Get her off white bread…get those 8-12 grains brown breads and real butter not oleo. Even apple butter is better or creme cheese.

Also, carrots are really good…once, I turned orange because I ate and drank so much carrots…LOL

V8 is good for her…or make your own juices. I have juice blender! I like them frozen like a margarita with out the liquor. My sister likes it with pear vodka. [wink]

You probably think I am over the top…but if someone had told my Mother these things, I would not be in the shape I am in today…

Mona Vie will kick in and the thing about it is that it is PREVENTING her form getting worse. PREVENTION is a cure in it’s self! Give it time…what has happened to your daughter took over 5 years to progress…her body needs more time to heal its self…she has youth on her side…that is a good thing!

Some people are not intune with their bodies and do not feel a change or a correction…but it happens just the same…it is a lot like getting maturer…one minute you are 16 and the next you are 36 and wonder where all the years went.

Those who have illness or health problems usually see the best results…but the others are being fixed anyway the Acai Berry is the Jewel of the Amazon and I call it the smart berry as it fixes what needs to be fixed.

It is better to catch me at night…send me your phone number if you wish and I can call you as I have unlimited long distance…let me know when supper time is so I don’t interrupt.

UP that dosage!

Her menstrual cycle will probably be affected and her cycles hard for her. Keep an eye on that…they don’t call it the “womans disease” for nothing.

Watch her kidneys…that will be what will probably be attacked first…so watch what she drinks!!!!
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Has the migraines started yet? Did she have ear aches as a child?

If she gets headaches have her drink some juice and lay down…naps are very good! Rest is critical.

PLEASE feel free to call me any time…I will be glad to talk to your daughter or you…but I will not sugar coat anything…this is a very serious disease…if you ask for my opinion I will give it…I am not a doctor…but I am a Lupus survivor! And I know know how to actively attack Lupus, instead of the other way around.

I hope I have helped in some small way.

Smiles and world peace,
Sharon
~The Baby Boomer Queen~
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Why Exercise is Essential

Exercise is an important component of treating Lupus. Many people with diseases that affect the joints, like Lupus, sometimes operate under the assumption that they should not exercise because they may increase inflammation. However, that assumption is purely false. Exercise is an essential part of treating the disease.

Exercise is helpful in counteracting many of the effects Lupus has on the body. Exercise improves mood and reduces stress. It can help patients maintain a healthy weight preventing added stress on bodily functioning and diseases like diabetes. It keeps the heart healthy and prevents the development of muscle atrophy, joint stiffness, and osteoporosis. Exercise also increases pain tolerance and prevents arthritic symptoms.

While not all types of exercise are appropriate for every person, there are so many ways a person can exercise, that every person should be able to find a healthy exercise routine. Whether you are young or old coping with Lupus can be made easier with some appropriate exercise every day.

Creating an Exercise Plan

The hardest part of developing an exercise plan is actually getting started. Many people have the intention of exercising, but never really do it. However, every patient is different, so before you start exercising you should discuss your options with your physician. A physician will be able to evaluate your overall condition and fitness level so you can choose the appropriate level of activity and type of exercise for you.

In order to remain motivated in your exercise plan, you should find someone to be an exercise buddy. It can be more fun and hold you accountable. Also it is helpful to have some variety in your exercise program so you do not get bored with exercising. For instance you can walk one day and do water aerobics the next. You may also want to decide on higher impact activities for days you are feeling well and lower impact activities for days you are not feeling well.

When you decide on your activities you should have realistic goals. If you have never exercised before, you should not plan on running a marathon next week. Have both long and short-term goals so that you do not get discouraged. It is also helpful to keep a log chart of your exercise activity to remain motivated. Also plan ahead for obstacles that can keep you from exercising and start off slow, building up a routine over time.

One aspect of exercise that many people forget is the stretch and warm-up. For Lupus patients that often experience muscle and joint pain, the warm up is very important. Warming up and stretching prevents damage from occurring to the joints and muscles. You should also cool the joints down after exercise by doing some stretching. It will prevent stiffness later. Some people often use cold packs after exercising and heating packs before and after to heat sore joints.

The types of exercise you choose are highly personal. Every patient has different capabilities and interests. The most commonly chosen forms of exercise by Lupus patients are aerobic exercise, hydrotherapy, and weight training. Many patients utilize a combination of all three to target different areas and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Aerobic Exercise
Aerobic exercise stimulates the cardiorespiratory system. This type of exercise uses the large muscles in the body in a repetitive manner to improve the functioning of the heart, lungs, and muscles. It is exercise that improves weight, mood, sleep patterns, and overall health.

Most people associate aerobic exercise with activities like walking, aerobics, bicycling, stairclimbing, running, and more. When people are asked to picture aerobic exercise it is often portrayed as a group activity in the gym, on a stair machine, or running on the side of the road. Many of those types of aerobic activity are known as high impact aerobics, and may cause some joint irritation.

However, there are other types of aerobic exercise that are not quite as intense known as low-impact aerobics. They involved walking and cycling, and they are known to decrease fatigue. Even some daily activities are low-impact like mowing the lawn, raking leaves, or walking the dog.

Doctors currently recommend that people get about 30 to 60 minutes of moderately intense aerobic activity 3 to 5 days per week. For many people with Lupus this may seem an incredible hurdle, but the time can be spread out during the day or week into ten-minute intervals. Spreading the aerobic exercise out throughout the day offers the same health benefits. It also allows for more scheduling flexibility and the ability to work within pain and fatigue tolerances.

When doing aerobic exercise, a patient should keep it at a moderate level. This means that the person should be able to talk normally. By keeping the aerobic activity at a moderate level the exerciser does not get out of breath or overheated, meaning the activity can be sustained for a longer period of time. If you feel pain during your workout, you might want to decrease the intensity.

Any aerobic activity should be taken on gradually. No one should attempt to run a marathon if they have barely gotten off the couch for ten years. Start off slow with walking or riding a bike for a few minutes to build up endurance. Also, be patient with your progress. Before any aerobic session you should prep the muscles with a warm up of stretches, and after you are done you should cool down with more stretches. The warm-up and cool down will prevent cramping and joint stiffness.
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Hello Baby Boomers…

I choose swimming as it has less stress on my bones which are very brittle.

I also take my dog walking…instead of just letting her out the back door. As well, she loves this! Her new work id walk…she heads for the door. Actually she walks me…LOL!

Mona Vie has helped me get moving again. I NO LONGER WALK WITH A WALKER OR A CANE! It has leviated stress, joint pain, my diabetic and blood pressure medicine, swelling, my migraines, my sleeping pattern have improved, my lower digestive track is better, my skin is softer and I feel younger…if there ever was a fountain of youth…it is Mona Vie.

This is just my testimony…but all of those words are pretty powerful!

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Lupus And Nutrition

With or without Lupus, nutrition is important to living a long life. However, patients with Lupus have an even greater stake in maintaining a good diet. Good nutrition is necessary to allowing the body to function at its best, and it can also help the body maintain proper balance.

Often when a patient is diagnosed with Lupus they report weight loss or poor appetite in the year prior to being diagnosed. Sometimes the loss of appetite is due to medications or mouth sores. On the other hand, weight gain is often a problem for patients taking corticosteroids. Both situations require that patients keep a close watch on what they eat.

Diet also impacts the way medications are processed by the body, and certain foods can exacerbate certain symptoms like stomach irritation. Foods can also help in preventing certain side effects like osteoporosis, and decrease others like steroid induced diabetes.

Two of the major disease categories that affect Lupus patients can use dietary prevention. Kidney disease is prevalent in lupus patients, so a physician may determine that a low-salt, low-potassium, or low-protein diet is warranted. With cardiovascular disease, a low-sodium, low-fat, or low-cholesterol diet can promote heart health.

Beneficial Foods

Food can have a beneficial impact on Lupus patients. Some foods may help in decreasing inflammation, while others also promote heart and circulatory health. Most diets high in essential fatty acids, vitamin E, beta-carotene and selenium are beneficial for Lupus patients, because these nutrients help to decrease inflammation.

Common foods that are high in essential fatty acids help to reduce inflammation, so they should be made a regular part of the diet for any lupus patient. These fatty acids can be found in cold water fish, walnuts, flax, and pumpkin seeds. While some people take Omega-3 or fish oil pills, they have to take a lot of pills to make up for one meal of fish. Also, some oils used in cooking can be beneficial anti-inflammatory substances. They include olive oil, which also promotes cardiovascular health, along with canola oil, grapeseed oil, and walnut oil.

Foods high in certain vitamins and minerals are also recommended to reduce inflammation and maintain good heart health. Beta-carotene is the precursor to vitamin A, and it is what creates the yellow-orange color found in carrots and winter squash. It is also found in dark green leafy vegetables and broccoli. Foods high in vitamin E can also help in people who are photosensitive. They include mustard greens, chard, sunflower seeds, dry roasted almonds, papaya, and boiled spinach. Plus, foods high in selenium can reduce inflammation, and includes button and shiitake mushrooms, shrimp, snapper, tuna, and halibut.

Protein is important to building healthy tissue, but certain proteins are more beneficial. Lean poultry, fish, nuts, legumes, and seeds can promote your health, while red meat can actually increase inflammation. Better choices are soybeans, tofu, and soy milk, which all reduce pain and inflammation.

Carbohydrates and fiber are both important parts of a healthy diet. Leafy greens and brightly colored vegetables are beneficial, as are fresh fruit. Blueberries and strawberries contain anti-oxidants and chemicals that decrease inflammation. Also, apples and red onions contain a chemical known as quercetin that also decreases inflammation. Green vegetables, whole fruits, oatmeal, and oats are also beneficial fiber.

Overall, though, most physicians recommend that Lupus patients follow the diets recommended by the American Cancer Society or the American heart Association. They are low in fat, sodium and refined sugar while being high in fiber. They include a proper balance of all the food groups, though some patients may find that certain foods may cause a flare up of symptoms or allergies, so those foods should be avoided.
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Thank you Freedom From Lupus, for this report!
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Hello fellow Baby Boomers and Lupus patients…

I just want to remind you that the NUMBER ONE SUPER FOOD in the WORLD is the ACAI BERRY. That Nutrition is what keeps us going and YOUNGER!

Mona Vie is a God send to me…with out it I would not be doing as well as I am. If you want to know more about it, feel free to contact me and I will share my stories with you.

I am just an every day person like you but I do have the advantage of being a Lupus survivor! In 1995 they gave me the prognosis of 7 years life expectancy…I have fooled them! And I no longer walk with a cane. It is truly a miracle what has happened with me. My only wish is to help in any way that I am able…

Sincerely,
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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