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Lupus and Menopause

  We are fortunate to live in a day and age when many of us can speak openly about sexual health and well-being, and it’s no longer considered taboo to discuss menopause.  Once whispered under the breath – and never around men – “the change of life” was something you only discussed with your bestie…

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Lupus and Intimacy

Introduction Defining Intimacy The Physical Barriers to Intimacy The Emotional Barriers to Intimacy Ways to Improve Intimacy In Conclusion Introduction Living with lupus can affect you physically and emotionally.  It can also affect the way you view your self-image, and how you feel (good or bad) about sex and intimacy.  Fatigue, joint pain, depression and certain lupus medications may all interfere with…

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Giving Thanks: Expressing Gratitude When Living with Lupus

  Introduction The Chemistry of Gratitude Gratitude and Overall Well-Being 5 Ways to Experience and Express More Gratitude In Conclusion   “An attitude of gratitude brings great things. – Yogi Bhajan” Introduction How many of us take gratitude for granted? I’ll be the first to admit that I do. I often forget that being grateful…

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Cutaneous Lupus

Contents: What is lupus? What are the four types of lupus? What are the different types of cutaneous lupus? Who gets cutaneous lupus and how does it relate to systemic lupus? Is cutaneous lupus contagious? How is it diagnosed and treated? Tips and Advice In Conclusion What is lupus? Lupus is a widespread and chronic…

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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 to…

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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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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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