Whole plant based diet and lupus
Sarah Darlingtons Blog, page 6
Meet the women fighting lupus with a plant-based diet
My journey to becoming vegan began long before I ever became a doctor— even before I entered adulthood. I remember being three years old and collecting bugs in a jar because I was determined to make sure nobody stepped on them. It was stressful for me to watch my peers jump on anthills or pour salt on slugs, and I was determined to protect them. I can still feel the sadness that touched my little heart back then, but it reflects my lifelong desire to protect the innocent and help the vulnerable as much as possible. In spite of my sensitive sensibilities, I was unconsciously inducted into the world of eating meat and dairy as most others are, with the encouragement of my pediatrician, who ordered my mom to hide meat in my fruits and vegetables because I refused to eat it as a baby. Eventually I did grow to love the taste of cheese, burgers, and steaks, and ate those foods with gusto until my 12th birthday, when the president of the Vegetarian Society of Long Island moved next door to my house and came over for a visit. Not sure where he pulled that book from, I guess he kept a copy of it in his pocket at all times.
There is a strong body of evidence suggesting that plant-based diets are beneficial for reducing mortality and metabolic risk. Although less studied, plant-based diets may also have great potential for managing symptoms of autoimmune disease, such as systemic lupus erythematosus sle. This case series details 2 patients with SLE-related nephritis: a year-old female Case 1 and a year old-male Case 2. Her energy and joint pain levels also significantly improved. However, this patient experienced challenges with adhering to the diet, and it was clear that whenever he deviated from it, symptoms reappeared and eGFR worsened. Potential mechanisms underpinning this improvement include reduced inflammation, fueled by omega-3 intake, and improvements in oxidative stress, fueled by intake of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. These 2 cases experienced significant improvements due to dietary changes alone, suggesting that researchers may consider a randomized trial of raw, WFPB diets as a means of managing SLE.
A chronic autoimmune disease, lupus is most commonly discovered among women of childbearing age. Those diagnosed with lupus often face symptoms such as pain, fatigue, hair loss and fever. Many also struggle with kidney disease and seizures. While general medical consensus says there is no cure, select evidence suggests that lupus can be managed, and perhaps even overcome, through a change in diet. Living Vegan is by no means here to espouse the belief that a vegan or plant-based diet will cure whatever ails you. Student debt? Go raw vegan!
By Jami Heymann, September 05, In my Facebook memories today, there was a picture from a vacation two years ago. It was a picture of pulled pork tacos with melted Cheddar cheese and a Bloody Mary with bacon-infused vodka. That picture was the end of one era and the beginning of another. That was my last meal with meat. I had watched Forks Over Knives the week before and committed myself to going vegetarian not yet vegan when I returned from vacation.
This is not a story about weight loss but a story about a miracle. She scored well and passed everything, but the urine test. She had too much protein in her urine. We had her drink a lot of water and go back the next week. The same thing occurred.