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Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that involves your immune system and can cause inflammation throughout your body. Your immune system is meant to fight off infections, but when you have lupus the immune system attacks your own body’s healthy tissues instead, thus causing the inflammation. Lupus affects at least five million people worldwide.
As far as scientists are concerned, lupus isn’t contagious. The causes of it are not fully clear, but there are several factors that can play a role into it. Some include:
There are certain groups of people that are more prone to and at a higher risk of developing lupus than others. Some of these factors include:
Depending on which part of your body is being affected, the symptoms of lupus might vary. Here are some common ones:
A balanced nutrition and lifestyle can go towards lessening inflammation and rashes for lupus. Some of the best foods to eat are foods high in omega-3s, such as: fish, shrimp, tuna, salmon, etc.
As well, foods that are high in calcium like dairy and beans, fruits, vegetables, granola, oats, and nuts are also very helpful. Some foods to avoid include: Alfalfa(stimulates immune system), alcohol, and foods high in cholesterol, salt, and saturated fats.
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