Quality of Life Through Nutrition is a Must!

Author: Chuck Arnone

Who is at risk for getting autoimmune diseases? Women tend to be affected more often by autoimmune disorders; nearly 79% of autoimmune disease patients in the USA are women.These diseases can affect connective tissue in your body (the tissue which binds together body tissues and organs).Autoimmune disorders are diseases caused by the body producing an inappropriate immune response against its own tissues. Autoimmune disorders fall into two general types: those that damage many organs (systemic autoimmune diseases) and those where only a single organ or tissue is directly damaged by the autoimmune process (localized).

Autoimmune diseases: A group of disorders in which the primary cause is the anti inflammatory reaction caused by the bodies own immune system attacking tissues. Autoimmune diseases tend to cluster in families and in individuals (a person with one autoimmune disease is more likely to get another), which indicates that common mechanisms are involved in disease susceptibility. Autoimmunity is not contagious, but the genes a child inherits from parents can influence whether a child will develop autoimmune conditions. In autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, scleroderma, pernicious anemia, myasthenia gravis, and Hashimoto’s disease, specific cells uncontrollably attack the body’s own tissues. Approximately 75 percent of autoimmune diseases occur in women, most frequently during the childbearing years and do not spread to other people like infections. Women have fatigue, stiffness and weakness when suffering from a autoimmune disease. There is a higher incidence of autoimmune diseases is seen in winter months as people stay indoors and the air is dry, stale & exposure to viruses indoor.

Autoimmune diseases are workable in day to day activities to make you feel better. First, eat a healthy diet. Give your immune system a boost and be as healthy as you can be! The list of nutrients that you need for a healthy immune system is long. The body is made up largely of proteins, so its health depends upon its freedom from damage (as through oxidation or glycation) and upon its timely removal as part of normal protein turnover. Always consult your own doctor if you are in any way concerned about your health.

Your body’s immune system protects you from disease and infection. One of the ways your immune system rebuilds itself is through sleeping and is a great way you can help both your body and mind. Rest allows your body tissues and joints the time they need to repair. The immune system is the body’s most specialized defense mechanism. In a healthy body, circulating antibodies attack and destroy pathogenic invaders. The goals of treatment are to reduce symptoms and control the autoimmune process while maintaining the body’s ability to fight disease. Most patients need supplements to replenish a hormone or vitamin that the body is lacking. The body’s antioxidant system and other lines of defense cannot completely protect proteins. Nature’s second line of defense is the body’s system for repairing or removing damaged proteins. While some protein repair mechanisms exist, it is difficult for the body to repair most protein damage. It can be compared to a piece of metal rusting and results from the action of damaging molecules known as free radicals that are a natural byproduct of the body’s metabolism.

It has also been suggested that the slight exchange of cells between mothers and their children during pregnancy may induce autoimmunity. Overexposure to pesticides and toxins may also induce autoimmunity. Your immune system can be boosted by changes made in eating and exercise routines.

Diets high in fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grains, brown rice, low-fat dairy products, fish and poultry are recommended. Nutrition and nutritional status can have profound effects on immune functions, resistance to infection and autoimmunity in humans. Alternative treatments including natural medicine and nutritional therapy have been shown to have an impact on the activity of the disease. As patients with scleroderma sometimes develop gastrointestinal problems and are needed intravenous nutrition of long duration, they should be paid attention to lack of trace elements that can be a cause of hematologic complications.

What we come back to is that we need to take care of our health in every way possible. Anybody can take supplements whether you are sick or not. Good nutrition is a necessity for every human being on this earth!

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Quality of life is important for those afflicted with an immune system disease and Chuck Arnone can guide them to some useful information!

9 thoughts on “Is Lupus Hereditary

    1. mgunnycappo

      Presently, scientists believe that it is a combination of genes and environmental factors. Meaning that you are predisposed to Lupus and something in your enviornment triggers it…maybe stress, food allergies, etc.

  1. Ashley

    Is the small bald spot on my head related to my father having lupus?
    I noticed a small patch on the back of my head that is totally smooth about 2 days ago. I then found out my father was diagnosed with lupus some years ago. I am wondering if these are related. Also, is lupus hereditary?

    1. Nurse Annie

      Lupus sometimes seems to run in families, which suggests the disease may be hereditary. Having the genes isn’t the whole story, though. The environment, sunlight, stress, and certain medicines may trigger symptoms in some people. Other people who have similar genetic backgrounds may not get signs or symptoms of the disease. Researchers are trying to find out why.

  2. vivian M

    I gave birth to twins a year ago and have been having problems with high blood pressure. I have also been experiencing stiffness in my joints, especially my feet and legs. There are days when I am so achy I can barely get out of the bed but I do. I have an older sister that was diagnosed with Lupus and hypertension after she gave birth. Is it possible this is what I am experiencing. I know I need to go back to my doctor, but was just wondering if anyone has these symptoms and has Lupus?

    1. mgunnycappo

      Your symptoms could definitely be Lupus as usually the first presenting signs are stiff/sore joints. However, just because a relative has Lupus doesn’t really increase your chances of having it. In fact, very few people who have Lupus actually have a blood relative with the illness. I would go to the doctor and tell them what you suspect and have them run tests. Even though there is no specific test for Lupus they can help narrow down a diagnosis, especially if they find something other than Lupus in your blood work that can explain what is going on. I wish you the best of luck.

    1. Skinut

      Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the immune system turns against the body and harms healthy cells and tissues. Lupus, which is also considered a rheumatic (arthritic) disease, can affect many parts of the body including the joints, skin, kidneys, lungs, heart or brain. Some of the most common symptoms include extreme fatigue, painful or swollen joints, unexplained fever, skin rashes, and kidney problems.

      We don’t know yet what causes the immune system to become overactive. Scientific evidence indicates that lupus is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Studies show that lupus runs in families, meaning that certain genes predispose you to the disease. Environmental triggers may include ultraviolet light, bacterial and viral infections, medications, diet and stress.

      According to the National Institutes of Health, nine out of ten people who have lupus are women. It often first appears during the childbearing years—ages 15 to 45. Lupus is three times more common in African American women than in Caucasian women, and is also more common in women of Hispanic, Asian, and Native American descent.

      Lupus is not contagious. You cannot give it to someone else.

      There currently is not a cure for lupus and treatments may have serious side effects. The Alliance for Lupus Research hopes that more intensive research will lead to better treatments and a cure. In the meantime, people with lupus should seek the care of a physician familiar with the disease.

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