Top Facts You Should Know About Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or SLE is a problem with the body’s normal immune system. Normally, the immune system helps defend the body from damaging substances. But in patients with an autoimmune disease, the immune system can’t tell the discrepancy between harmful substances and healthy ones. The result is an overactive immune response that attacks otherwise healthy cells and tissues which in turn leads to chronic (long-term) inflammation.
The original cause of this autoimmune disease is not fully known. SLE usually affects nine times as many women as men. It may occur at any age, but appears most often in people between the ages of 10 and 50 years. African Americans and Asians are affected more often than people from other races.
1. Diet and nutrition
People with SLE have no special food specifications. Still, a healthy well-balanced diet is highly recommended. A well-balanced diet is one that is low in fat and high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. And one which contain a moderate amount of meat, poultry, and fish. If you have concerns about food and nutrition, you may discuss these with your healthcare provider.
Eating nutritious foods and regular exercise will help boost your immune system. A healthy lifestyle make the body of patient’s with SLE strong and energetic.
Vaccines to stop pneumonia and the flu are recommended for people with lupus. Nevertheless, these vaccines may be less efficient in people with lupus compared to those without. Hence, vaccines that contain live viruses (eg, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, varicella, and smallpox) are not recommended for people with lupus.
4. Medication Precautions
Sulfa-containing antibiotics, aspirin, and penicillin are examples of medicines that should be avoided. Strict compliance with prednisone or other doctor’s medical prescription is highly advised.
Women with lupus should avoid becoming pregnant during lupus flares due to the high risk of miscarriage. This is especially true in women with significant lupus-related organ damage. The chances of having an uncomplicated pregnancy and healthy newborn are improved by waiting to become pregnant until lupus has been under control for at least six months.