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What is the best diet for lupus?

There is no special diet for Lupus. However you may need to adjust your diet based on medications you are taking or complications of lupus such as kidney disease.

All people with lupus should follow a well-balanced diet. When the disease is active, you may have to follow some restrictions. You need to talk with your doctor or dietitian about the best diet for you.

If you develop kidney disease, you may need to eat less protein and sodium (salt). If you have high blood pressure, you should be sure to take the drugs prescribed to control your pressure. If you are overweight, losing weight may help to control your blood pressure.
Amy Campbell
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism

Lupus is a chronic condition that can affect many parts of the body, including joints, the skin, blood and the kidneys. There isn't really a special or specific type of diet for lupus. The best diet is one that consists of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein foods. Including sources of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet may be helpful to reduce inflammation and lower the risk of heart disease. Source of omega-3s include salmon, tuna, herring, walnuts and flax seed. If you are taking certain medications as part of your lupus treatment, you may need to limit or be careful of certain foods. For example, if you are taking corticosteroids, you may need to limit your sodium intake as well as your intake of saturated fat, as corticosteroids can raise blood pressure and cholesterol. Ask your physician or dietitian for help in figuring out the best foods to eat for your condition and the types of medications you're taking.

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