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Vitamin D Deficiency and Lupus

  Contents: Introduction What is vitamin D and how does it affect the body? What do the studies show about vitamin D deficiency and lupus show? What are the symptoms for vitamin D deficiency? How is a vitamin D deficiency diagnosed? What is considered a good level for vitamin D? Are certain people more likely…

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Fatty Acids: Omega-3s in the Treatment of Lupus

  Contents What exactly are omega-3’s? What are the health benefits of omega-3’s? Sources of Omega-3 Krill Oil in the Treatment of Lupus In conclusion Lately, there have been a growing number of research studies, which highlight the possible role of certain fatty acids in slowing that kind of overactive immune responses that are seen…

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Happiness: Increasing the Odds – and Neurotransmitters

  Individuals with lupus experience more than a fair share of ups and downs. Some days, it may feel possible to run relays while other days, loading the dishwasher may take every ounce of available energy – and then some. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to save some of the good days in…

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Happiness: The Wonder Drug of Well-Being

  What is happiness? Our Chemical Response to Happiness The Health Benefits of a Positive Attitude In Conclusion   “Clap along if you know what happiness is to you” – lyrics from “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. While there have been those among us – such as Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Schweitzer – who would…

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Lupus and Your Body: Your Precious Heart and Cardiovascular System

  Contents The Heart and its Role as Part of the Cardiovascular System Conditions of the Heart and Cardiovascular System Staying Healthy In Conclusion   The average heart beats approximately 100,000 times a day. For an 80-year old, that adds up to an astonishing 280,000,000 beats over the years! It stands to reason how resilient…

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Your Pancreas – Don’t Take This Complex Organ For Granted!

  Contents What is the Pancreas? Pancreatitis Preventing Pancreatitis Diabetes Diagnosing Diabetes Treating Diabetes Diabetes Prevention In Conclusion As of 2015, 9.4% of the American population had diabetes – that’s 30.3 million Americans. Unfortunately, that number is not a surprise considering we are living in a time when everything – including us – seems to…

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Stroke and Your Most Valuable Asset: Your Brain

  Contents What is stroke? What are the risk factors for stroke in individuals with SLE? How does stroke affect the brain? Decreasing the Risk of Stroke In Conclusion Constantly processing the input and output of data, your brain is your most precious – and potentially vulnerable – asset. Responsible for storing family vacation memories,…

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Taking Some of the Mystery Out of Raynaud’s Phenomenon

One of the more common overlapping conditions with some of us living with lupus, is Raynauld’s Phenomenon.  This blog describes the condition, what to look for, and how it can be managed. Contents: Raynaud’s Phenomenon and its Symptoms What causes Raynaud’s Phenomenon? How is Raynaud’s Phenomenon diagnosed? Treating Raynaud’s Phenomenon Preventing or Minimizing Symptoms In…

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Lupus and Low Disease Activity

  Achieving Low Disease Activity Contents: What is Lupus Low Disease Activity State (LLDAS)? Integrated and Complementary Approaches to Achieving LLDAS In Conclusion Everyday, individuals living with lupus learn more and more about their disease. They learn how lupus uniquely manifests in their own bodies, how they will react to the medications and treatments prescribed…

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Pain, Pain, Go Away – The Chronic Pain of Lupus

  Contents: Why Do I Hurt So Much? Types of Pain, Diagnosis, and Treatment Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis Tendonitis Fibromyalgia Headaches and Migraines Serositis Plexopathy and Polyneuropathy Raynaud’s Phenomenon Anxiety and Depression Be Heard – Give Voice To Your Pain In Conclusion   Chronic pain can feel like you carry the weight of the world…

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