Heart disease kills millions of people annually. There are factors that we cannot control, but put us at increased risk for heart disease. These factors include increasing age, being male, and having a family history of heart disease. Fortunately, one of the things that we can control when it comes to heart disease is eating a heart-healthy diet. This diet is good for everyone, not only people who have heart disease.

Choose foods that are low in saturated fats and trans fats – Saturated fats are most often found in dairy products, as well as coconut and palm oil. choose unsaturated fats, but you still want to make sure that you are not eating too much fat. Unsaturated fats are found in foods such as nuts and seeds, olive and canola oil, safflower and soybean oils.

High-sodium diets are the enemy of a healthy heart. It is essential that you keep your sodium intake as low as possible. For starters, cut down on sodas (including diet sodas), salty snacks and any other obviously-salty items.

Next to salt, sugar is your second-biggest enemy for your post-heart surgery diet. Avoid all products with high doses of sucrose, high fructose corn syrup and other sugars. Doing so will be much easier on your heart.

Increase your fiber intake – We should be getting twenty-five to thirty-five grams of fiber every day. Fiber is beneficial in promoting regularity, lowering cholesterol, and controlling blood sugar levels. You will find fiber in fruits and vegetables, whole-grain breads, and in beans and bran to name a few.

For the plan to produce results, it's important to keep hydration levels up by drinking plenty of water: 6-8 cups is recommended. This also aids digestion. Some concerns about this diet stem from the restricted levels of calories and nutrition. As the calories provided in this diet are so low, it's is likely that followers will feel hunger pangs and lower energy levels, especially by the third day. Vitamins and minerals are also low so that probably a multi vitamin supplement should be recommended as an additional source.

The cabbage soup diet is a great morale booster. And you don't just eat cabbage soup either. You get a set food plan for each of the seven days of the plan. Over the week you get a variety of foods including fruits, vegetables, meats, even bananas one day. Plus all the soup you want each day. And you can vary the soup to suit your tastes. Cabbage soup isn't necessarily bland. You can spice it up as you like.

But alas, no pastries or bread for the week. No brownies, peanut butter cookies or sweet potato casserole! No sweet desserts. But it wouldn't be a diet without a little hardship would it.

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14 thoughts on “Best Diet For Lupus Patient

  1. tor

    Is there a diet for those with Lupus?
    I want to know if there are any diets to followto relieve the symtoms of lupus. I heard that citrus aggreivates the joints, which sucks cause I love oranges and lemons. Althafa sprouts are not good either. Anyone have idea where to find a hit list of things I should limit or not eat?
    Are there certain things I should avoid?

    1. kimchungtran

      Dear Asker!

      Here is a good Diet and Lifestyle changes for patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

      The following are some tips for maintaining a healthy diet:

      * Eat a diet low in saturated fats. Not all fats are unhealthy. Some studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids, which are fat compounds found in fish oil, black currant or primrose seed oils, and flax seed, have anti-inflammatory and nerve protecting actions.

      Omega-3 fatty acids are essential acids. Medical research suggests they may have anti-inflammatory properties.

      * Choose whole grains and fresh vegetables and fruits. According to some studies, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can lower homocysteine levels, which are elevated in patients with SLE and may be a risk factor for heart disease. Researchers are also investigating compounds called indoles, also known as mustard oil, which are found in broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, collard and mustard greens, rutabaga, turnips, and bok choy. Indoles stimulate enzymes that convert estrogen to a more benign type. Eating vegetables certainly will not cure SLE, but they offer many general health benefits.

      * Get most proteins from vegetables, particularly soy.
      * Avoiding dairy and meat products may help protect the kidneys.
      * Take extra calcium and vitamin D to prevent osteoporosis (this is particularly useful for patients taking corticosteroids).
      * Supplements of vitamins B12, B6, and folate may be necessary, especially in people whose blood tests show high levels of homocysteine.
      * Exercise is safe, but patients should not expect it to improve symptoms, including joint aches and fatigue.
      * Restrict salt (particularly for patients with signs of high blood pressure and kidney disease).

      Of possible interest to patients with SLE is a 2002 report that patients with rheumatoid arthritis (also an inflammatory autoimmune condition) experienced improvement when they went on the Mediterranean diet, which stresses fish (which contains anti-inflammatory factors), olive oil, garlic, whole grains, nuts, and fresh fruits and vegetables. In any case, such a diet is heart-healthy, which is important for patients with SLE

      Prevention Against Infections

      Patients should minimize their exposure to crowds or people with contagious illnesses. Careful hygiene, including dental hygiene, is also important.

      Avoiding SLE Triggers

      Simple preventive measures include avoiding overexposure to ultraviolet rays and wearing protective clothing and sunblocks. There is some concern that allergy shots may cause flare ups in certain cases. Patients who may benefit from them should discuss risks and benefits with an SLE specialist. In general, patients with SLE should use only hypoallergenic cosmetics or hair products.

      Reducing Stress

      Chronic stress has profound physical effects and influences the progression of SLE. According to one study, patients with SLE differ from healthy individuals in their immune responses to stress, and psychological stress can induce flare-ups in patients with SLE. Patients should try to avoid undue emotional or physical stress. Getting adequate rest of at least 8 hours and possibly napping during the day may be helpful. Maintaining social relationships and healthy activities may also help prevent the depression and anxiety associated with the disease.

      Hope that may help you!
      Good luck!

  2. lvhumphries

    how do you lose weight after gaining 60lbs from taking steroids due to having Lupus?
    after being told I had Lupus(an autoimmune disease with no cure but alot of pain and heartache) I had a bigger let down that I had to take steroids because the leading medicine given to LUPUS patients I couldn’t take because of another health issue—so i gained 60lbs in 6 months–HELP!!

    1. Beautiful B

      Im in the same boat as u i 2 have lupus and gain 25lbs do 2 the roids, since i’m off them 4 now i started working out 7x a wk 30mins a day 2x a day i eat 4-6 small meals and i try to burn 7000 cals a week so for i have lost 10lbs n 6wks but each person body is different but try to burn half of what u eat, put ur mind 2 it that i want the weight off i know it hurts 2 look @ urself a 6 60lbs more but just workout and diet diet good luck and best of health.
      the pain will make u want 2 stop working out but dnt! i’ll b here with u every step of the way if u want more help email me!

  3. LULU

    Is there a special diet for people with Lupus? Can you provide me with a diet on what and not to eat?

    My primary medical doctor let it slip out that I had lupus so now she is sending me to see Endo and Rhematoid doctors. However, my allergy doctor told me that he thinks I have is SLE. I once had long hair and now I am bald, yes bald. They tell me that I’m in Chronic Renal Failure. So I’m mainly trying to get a head start on these doctor when they hit me with the news.

    1. Linda R

      Your primary probably wanted to confirm the diagnosis with a rheumatologist. Lupus is hard to diagnose.

      There is no special diet but there are some sensible guidelines that are very helpful.

      1. Avoid fast and processed foods. Your body is having a hard enough time without giving it empty calories or a bunch of chemical additives.
      2. Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day
      3. Keep your animal fat intake minimal or non-existent. We are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, so don’t help that along.
      4. Eat cold water fish like salmon-the omega3 helps with inflammation and that helps with pain
      5. Get enough calcium, especially if you are on prednisone and plalquenil because those increase your likelihood of osteoporosis
      6. Avoid meats that have been given antibiotics and growth hormones (this is all the usual meat in the grocery store, buy meats that have a label saying they are free of these things)
      7. Stay out of the sun. The sun not only causes lupus skin issues but can cause flares in the organs like kidneys.
      8. Learn stress management techniques. Stress makes lupus worse.
      9. Get some regular, mild to moderate exercise every day. Even if it’s only 5 minutes.
      10. Learn all you can about lupus so you can be a proactive patient.

  4. chef

    are most lupus patients very active people who go and go when not in flair until they wear out and get sick?
    I seam to be so hyper i can’t stop going even though i and in pain. After a couple of days I start to feel presure in my body especially in my head, and don’t recover for several days of sleep. I can’t seem to control myself , knowing what is going to happen most people I know who have Lupus and the same way . Is this a charctuistic of most Lupus patients?

    1. Jen

      Lupus is very unfortunate to have because it attacks your immune system. This behavior you are experiencing is characteristic of lupus patients, but remember that you still have a survival rate. Live life to its fullest and gradually you will become happier…extending the life span.

      Diet and excercise wouldn’t hurt either.

  5. Babygirl

    what is the best solution for lupus sle patients whose hair either breaks or falls out?
    I am African-American was diagnosed several years ago with Lupus SLE. As a result, my hair is very dry and thin. My hair is long in most places and short in others (top and back). What is a good solution to my problem? Also, what is the best hair care regimen to follow/

  6. RH

    What is a good diet regimen for a lupus patient to follow? What foods should be avoided?
    I would like to know what foods to stay away from and what foods may help people diagnosed with autoimmune diseases. What is a good diet regimen for this diagnosis? Are there any foods that are harmful or that should be totally avoided by lupus patients?

    1. Linda R

      Lupus patients should avoid alfalfa sprouts. They stimulate the immune system, just the opposite of what we need.

      Outside of that, here are some basic guidelines that work for me.

      1. Eat lots, and I mean lots, of fresh fruits and vegetables
      2. Limit or eliminate animal fat. We have a high rate of premature atherosclerosis. A healthy heart diet is essential.
      3. Limit processed foods
      4. Eat plenty of fiber (#1 will accomplish that)
      5. Get regular mild to moderat exercise-it improves immune function, lubricates joints and elevates mood. Ask your rheumy what would be good for you.
      6. Do not take echinacea or goldenseal. They also stimulate immune system.
      7. Some lupus patients find wheat gluten to be inflammatory, but many of us have no problem with it.
      8. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, don’t put it in your mouth.
      9. Fish oil is anti-inflammatory. You can eat cold water fish like salmon to get that. A small amount of nuts is good, too.
      10. Make sure you get plenty of calcium. Our meds make us prone to osteoporosis. Exercise helps with that, too.

  7. mahesh k

    What is drug of choice in young hypertensives?
    when patient is young & newly detected it makes me difficult to put him on any specific single drug because every drug has its own demerits.

    1. 13th Floor

      I take it that you are a doctor? Do you not have other doctors in your community with which to discuss this?
      I’m not a medical person, but do have hypertension, and have had it such a young age. As another person posted, you must first suspect pheochromocytoma in a young person with very high blood pressure, especially if they are thin.
      I will tell you that my own doctor first tried an ACE inhibitor on me, and it worked very well except for the fact that I eventually developed drug-induced lupus from it.
      Next, we tried a diuretic. For me, this had no effect on my blood pressure (guess mine isn’t caused by excess “volume”). We then tried every other class of anti hypertensive medication – most with bad effects for me.
      I finally found that I could tolerate a beta-blocker the best, and take Toprol XL. I once read that beta-blockers are generally the best tolerated, unless a person is an athlete, in which case this drug may effect his performance.
      Hopefully, you know it should be used with caution in asthmatics.

      If I were a doctor, I would try to make an educated guess on where to start by observing the person. If they appeared to suffer from fluid retention, I might try a diurectic first. If they appeared young, perfectionistic, or tense and high-strung, I might guess that maybe their hypertension is adrenally driven and they have too much sympathetic nervous system activity and try a beta-blocker first. If neither seemed to apply, I would probably think excess renin and try an ACE inhib. or ARB first.

      P.S. To “panacea” posted below me — I beg your pardon, but I was an extremely thin, 5-mile-per-day runner, with an excellent, nutritious diet. Sometimes, inherent factors prevail above any and all self-help methods, just a fact of life.

  8. Jake

    How many years can you live with lupus?

    my girlfriend has lupus and she just got hospitalized and im really worried. Any information can help me understand it better, im just scared.

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