Living with Lupus

Caregivers and Lupus Warrior Allies: Helping Advocate

Medications

Interferon, Lupus Research, & More: An Interview with Dr. Mary Crow

New treatments, laboratory tests, and digital technologies (not to mention a deeper understanding of...

Day-to-Day Living

Calorie-Restricted Diets, Healthy Eating, and Lupus

Diet can have a major impact on how we feel and is a crucial...

Day-to-Day Living

Air Quality and Lupus: Take a Deep Breath

Many Lupus Warriors are aware of the link between lupus and lung health, but the air we breathe can also affect lupus. The air we breathe is linked to many different health issues, and it goes far beyond lung infections and asthma. According to the World Health Organization...

Living with Lupus

Home Remedies & OTC Treatments for Lupus

Do Lupus Warriors turn to home remedies or over-the-counter solutions to help manage the fatigue, pain, and other symptoms of lupus? Despite the fact that only 1 lupus medication has been approved in the last 60 years, there are many reasons to be optimistic. Anifrolumab, made by AstraZeneca, just met...

Medications

TULIP 2 Phase III and Type 1 Interferon Lupus Treatments

Anifrolumab, a promising type 1 interferon medication, passed its second Phase III trial. The new treatment is now eligible for approval for the treatment of lupus. Type 1 interferon medications are promising candidates for treating lupus because they reduce inflammation and temper...

Day-to-Day Living

Alcohol: Impacts on the Body & Risks with Lupus

Research into the potential health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption on the body can seem to change with the seasons. But, the known risks, including negative interactions with medications, are well documented. Is it bad for a person with lupus to drink alcohol? Unfortunately, the answer to that...

Day-to-Day Living

Frustrations (and Remaining Optimistic) with Lupus

Living with lupus brings plenty of frustrations. Finding moments of optimism when you're feeling down is a key part of the battle. Fatigue, flares, medication side effects, physical challenges... there are plenty of frustrations to overcome when living with lupus. Remaining optimistic can be hard, but it's worth it. Research has...

Day-to-Day Living

Gout, Uric Acid, and Lupus Nephritis

Sharp pains in the joints that seem to come and go at random. It sounds like lupus, but it could be a sign of gout. The pain associated with gout has been documented for millennia. Galen, the celebrated Greco-Roman physician, described the condition in his medical writings and...

Day-to-Day Living

Leaky Gut, Increased Intestinal Permeability, & Lupus

Known colloquially as "leaky gut," increased intestinal permeability may be a risk factor for autoimmune diseases, including lupus. The lining of your intestines acts as a 4000 square foot barrier that walls the gut off from the bloodstream. It only lets small...

Day-to-Day Living

Sugar & Health Risks for Lupus Warriors: Not So Sweet

Cutting sugar, especially processed sugars and carbohydrates, from your diet can be a challenge. But, it can lead to health benefits and fewer lupus flares. What would you cut first to decrease the amount of sugar you eat? Avoiding cookies, candies, and cakes is a good start....

Exercises

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction & Chronic Pain

Many Lupus Warriors are familiar with chronic pain -- the kind that lasts for months or even years. Mindfulness-based stress reduction may offer relief, according to a recent meta-analysis. Sharp pangs. Dull aches. Tingling. Pain comes in many sensations, but all are unpleasant and can interfere with daily...