Smoking, e-Cigarettes, Nicotine, & Lupus
Many of the dangers of smoking cigarettes, including cancers, COPD, and emphysema, are well known. For Lupus Warriors, it's also important to understand the impacts of nicotine on the immune system. Cigarette smoke, including secondhand smoke, is well-known as a…
I Wish That My Rheumatologist Understood…
Rheumatologists are experts when it comes to autoimmune diseases like lupus. But, that doesn't mean that they understand all the challenges of being a Lupus Warrior. Rheumatologists are key members of the lupus treatment team and are often the clinician…
Gut Microbiome, Bacteria, and Lupus
The bacteria in the body, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract, have a major impact on health and lupus. When it comes to gut health, it's all about finding the right balance. From interfering with the stomach and intestines to causing…
Cardiovascular Health & Lupus: Managing the Risk
Lupus Warriors are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, which can be life threatening. Know the potential risks and find lifestyle changes that can help you stay healthy. The cardiovascular system, also known as the circulatory system, is…
High-Fiber Diets: Benefits for People with Lupus?
According to a 2018 study conducted on lupus-prone mice, a specific high-fiber diet can stimulate immune system cells and pathways associated with lupus disease development. It’s no secret to people living with lupus: diet can have a major impact on…
Positive Affirmations and Lupus
Positive affirmations and positive thinking are two powerful strategies that can help Lupus Warriors improve self esteem, manage stress, & get motivated to take on challenges. Staying positive and motivated when dealing with lupus and its myriad symptoms isn’t easy.…
Narcolepsy, Sleep Deprivation, and Lupus
A good night's sleep and energetic days can seem like unattainable luxuries for people with lupus. The cause may be narcolepsy, a neurological disorder that can be caused by autoimmune conditions. Sleep plays a vital role in physical health, emotional…
Cold Weather, Symptom Flares, and Lupus
Cold weather can bring lupus flares with it, but the reasons behind these flares are not fully understood. How can you prepare yourself for the cold months? Most people with lupus are, unfortunately, very familiar with symptom flares. The triggers…
Cutaneous Lupus (CLE), Quality of Life, & Fatigue
Cutaneous Lupus (CLE) is a form of lupus that affects the skin. But these symptoms are more than skin-deep. CLE has an impact on quality of life and energy levels, too. Dermatologists identify three main types of Cutaneous lupus erythematosus…
Managing Energy, The Spoon Theory, and Lupus
Lupus Warriors know the challenges of managing energy carefully. Explaining the delicate balance to others can be difficult, but not impossible. The Spoon Theory is a useful strategy A few years ago, Christine Miserandino wrote a post on the blog…