Lupus Mouth Sores

One of the symptoms I get with lupus are mouth sores.  According to Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus, Mouth sores (also referred to as oral lesions or ulcers) occur in approximately 40-50% of lupus patients and are one of the most common symptoms of lupus. While many resources online say that lupus related sores are mostly painless, I have had a few that were really painful!

I have always gotten canker sores in my mouth along my gums, tongue, and cheeks.  The mouth sores I get from lupus are usually in the roof of my mouth.  I have noticed a cycle to these lupus mouth sores in the roof of my mouth.  They usually start out without pain as a bump in the roof of my mouth.

I can usually feel when they start because it feels kinda swollen.  Almost like how it would feel if you stabbed the roof of your mouth with a sharp chip or something.  Taking a picture of the lupus mouth sore in the roof of my mouth usually appears like a red spot at this time.

 

Lupus mouth sore at the roof of my mouth.
Lupus mouth sore at the roof of my mouth.

 

Then it goes through a stage where I can actually feel the layer of skin sloughing off.  Once it starts doing this is usually when the lupus mouth sore starts to hurt.  If I were to see a picture of it in this stage, it looks more like how a canker sore would look with a white center and red ring around it.

I have used things like Blistex and Oragel to numb these mouth sores when they hurt.  Many lupus warriors I have spoken with also use a prescription grade “Magic Mouthwash” they get from their doctors.  I have not tried this, but have heard it works wonders for lupus mouth sores that are incredibly painful.

If you suffer from painful mouth sores and lupus, you should ask your rheumatologist about this numbing “Magic Mouthwash” to see if it could help you.

If you are looking for the type of Blistex I use on mine, you can find it here.

I like this brand because it offers an easy application process.  This professional strength gel really helps numb the mouth sore pain and with it’s soft brush, it makes application to the roof of your mouth really easy.
Feel free to comment any products or home remedies you use for your lupus mouth sores in the comments below.




5 Autoimmune Food Bloggers You Should Follow

 

Have you been searching for tips on learning to reset your eating habits with an autoimmune diet?  Nutrition plays a vital role in your body and can truly make a dramatic difference in how your body manages autoimmune symptoms.

If you are like me, eating right has always been a struggle for me, even prior to my lupus diagnosis.  Over the last year, I have experimented with many recipes online from some amazing bloggers who focus on the AIP diet in their blogs.

These autoimmune bloggers are heroes in my eyes!  Through hard work, research, and passion, these bloggers have provided those with autoimmune diseases an easy way to start implementing nutrition changes.

If you have been considering following an autoimmune diet and have been searching for the best ways to get started, check out our list of the 5 Best Autoimmune Bloggers You Should Follow!

 

5 autoimmune bloggers you should follow

 

1. Angie and Mickey at “Autoimmune Wellness

One of my favorite sites to learn all about the Autoimmune Protocol is on Autoimmune Wellness.  This blog is run by two amazing women who together battle five autoimmune diseases.

Mickey Trescott is a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and coach.  Mickey is also a best selling author with her book, The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook.  Her expertise in living a life with an autoimmune disease also lead her to becoming a co-author of The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook.  

Angie Alt is Certified Health Coach and Nutritional Therapy Consultant and co-blogger of the Autoimmune Wellness.  She is the author of the award-winning book: The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook: Eating for All Phases of the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol and is also the co-author of The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook.  

 

One of my personal favorite recipes on Autoimmune Wellness is the Apple and Turmeric Jelly recipe!

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Together, these two amazing women blog about living and surviving an autoimmune life style through nutrition. 

 

If you have not checked out their amazing blog, you can check it out here.

 

2. Kate Jay with “Healing Family Eats

Kate Jay is the blogger of Healing Family Eats.  Kate shares many great tips and recipes that follow an autoimmune lifestyle  Kate is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Certified AIP Coach and trained chef with a focus on creating, delicious, nutritious, and healthy meals for those with autoimmune conditions.

As a trained chef, let me tell you, her recipes are amazing and seriously delicious.  If you are looking for an easy way to ease into an autoimmune diet, I recommend by starting off with one of the Healing Family Eats smoothies or shakes.  Smoothies and shakes are easy and refreshing.  They offer a quick way to give yourself a nutritious start to your day without investing a lot of time.

My favorite shake on Kate’s autoimmune blog, is the Raspberry Turmeric Collagen Shake.

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Most of us have probably heard of the amazing capabilities of turmeric, so you know that a shake or smoothie with turmeric means autoimmune business!  Once you taste this refreshing and cool Raspberry Turmeric Collagen Shake, you will definitely be checking out “Healing Family Eats” often for new AIP recipes!

Be sure to check out “Healing Family Eats” here!

 

3. Maria with “Zesty Paleo

Maria is the inspirational blogger behind  Zesty Paleo.  Maria is a warrior who battles the autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s.  She uses her experience and training in both, conventional and alternative medicine to create a one of a kind autoimmune food blog.

If you take a look through the delicious pages of Zesty Paleo, you can easily see why Maria’s autoimmune food blog made our list.  She has some of the most unique recipes in the autoimmune community in my opinion.  So if you are looking to create some unique dishes that are AIP friendly, you should definitely check out her blog.

Now, let me explain why Maria is even more amazing..she created a delicious Paleo AIP Ice Cream recipe….I know, right?!?!  Anyone who can create a healthy and nutritious ice cream deserves recognition!

 

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4. Rachael with “Meatified

Rachael is an avid and truly amazing food blogger and cookbook author. Her blog is beautiful and loaded with many high quality photos that entice you to try a variety of her AIP recipes.   She has a lot of great recipes that do not require a whole lot of prep or cook time.  These are the types of recipes that I personally love.  Some days, lupus just takes so much out of me. Cooking highly nutritious and delicious meals can require a lot of effort and time that I just do not have.  This is one of the many reasons I love Rachael’s AIP recipes.

You can create this AIP friendly glazed salmon below in 25 minutes!

Roasted Pomegranate Glazed Salmon with Maple & Ginger AIP recipe from Meatified.

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5. Mikaela at “Slightly Lost Girl

Mikaela is a Crohn’s disease warrior who started the blog, Slightly Lost Girl.  She documents her tips on living a healthy lifestyle while fighting an autoimmune disease and has some great AIP friendly recipes that she shares with her readers.

She also shares a variety of AIP recipes that include AIP friendly drinks, AIP friendly main dish recipes, and AIP friendly desserts.

One of my favorite recipes from Slightly Lost Girl, is her Honey Balsamic Slow-Cooker AIP Short Ribs.  Yes, you heard that right.  AIP friendly ribs cooked to perfection in your slow cooker!  

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If you have been looking for ways to start an autoimmune diet to help you better manage your autoimmune symptoms through nutrition, these 5 autoimmune blogs would be a great way to start!  Eating healthy and specifically for autoimmune diseases does not have to be challenging.  Many of these recipes are created by bloggers who are fighting an autoimmune disease themselves.  They understand the challenges that someone with autoimmune issues can face when it comes to preparing healthy and AIP friendly meals.  We all have to start somewhere, and starting off with an easy shake or smoothie can be just enough confidence you need to really boost your lifestyle changes.




Relax! 5 Natural Ways to Reduce Stress

Okay…okay!  We all hear that we need to relax sometimes, but are you taking your relaxation sessions seriously?  Chronic stress can induce a ton of problems within the body.

Check out these 5 natural ways to reduce stress and start relaxing!

 

05 ways to reduce stress naturally
05 ways to reduce stress naturally

Natural Stress Relief #1

Use Lavender

One of my favorite natural ways to reduce stress is by using lavender in my home and on my body.  Lavender is one of the oldest natural stress relievers in the world. Lavender is known to be uplifting, as well as soothing and helpful for reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

A study was conducted that measured the effects of lavender on stress in people that were being pricked with a needle.  Lavender aromatherapy in this study provided a significant decrease in the stress levels of those in the study compared to the others who received only oxygen and not lavender aromatherapy. In addition, it significantly reduced the pain intensity of needle insertion.

If you suffer from a chronic illness like lupus, lavender may be even extra beneficial if it is able to reduce anxiety and pain.

There are many ways that you can incorporate lavender aromatherapy into your natural stress relief wellness plan.

 

One of my favorites is by placing lavender sachets pretty much everywhere in my house!  The smell of lavender is so pleasantly soft and romantic, it literally is so comforting!

Another great way to use lavender is in your daily tea and lemonade!  You can purchase a bag of this amazing organic dried lavender flowers that are perfect for tea, baking, and lemonade!

 

 

 

Natural Stress Relief #2

Yoga

Many of us have heard about yoga and maybe even practiced poses over the years.  But did you know that regular yoga can help you keep your mind less stressed and your body more relaxed?

If you are not practicing yoga a few times a week and you are dealing with crazy amounts of stress, you may want to consider making yoga a more routine part of your life.

My favorite way to get a daily dose of yoga is on Youtube.  There are many awesome yoga instructors who can help you with building a healthy and de-stressing yoga routine.

I also recommend buying “The Yoga Bible“!  If you are serious about starting to relax your mind and body with yoga, you should check this book out!  They don’t call it “The Yoga Bible” for no reason!

 

 

Natural Stress Relief #3

Deep Sleep Music

Many times when we are dealing with a lot of stress, we find it difficult to sleep.  Our minds will race a thousand miles per minute and not calm down enough for us to fall asleep.

Some people with high stress levels can also experience periods of insomnia, making it even more difficult to rest our minds and bodies.

Using deep sleep music to help calm your mind can help you relax enough to fall into a sweet slumber.  This natural stress relief can provide refreshing sleep while only using the sweet sounds of nature.

I find nature to be extremely calming and relaxing.  If you like natural ‘white noise’ you should try out this music download of “101 Healing Sleep Songs with the Sound of Nature”. 

This music download provides a great length of nature sounds that can help you naturally relieve stress and help you get the sleep you have missing due to lingering stress.

 

 

Natural Stress Relief #4

Stress Management Device

 

Have you ever considered using a stress management device to help you monitor and work yourself through periods of stress?  Using a stress management device like PIP, is a great way to naturally relieve stress.  The PIP stress management device allows you to ‘visually’ see your stress levels as they are occurring.  Combined with feedback and training provided in their special apps, PIP will train you not only how to recognize stress but how to manage stress, be calmer and unlock a more relaxed and mindful state of living in your day to day life.

Using PIP takes only 5 minutes and is an enjoyable way to de-stress and refocus at home, in the office, or on the go naturally.

Natural Stress Relief #5

Meditation Coloring

Yes, even as an adult, coloring can bring great joy and calming effects into our hectic lives.  If you have not caved into the adult coloring movement, I encourage you to give this natural stress relieving art a try!  You may be pleasantly surprised at how mentally rewarding coloring can be when you are looking for ways to reduce stress naturally.

It is inevitable that our brains get overwhelmed at times by information overload, but it is essential for our health and well-being to be able to draw upon our own resources to deal with that stress.  “Anti-Stress: Meditation Through Coloring” is a great and affordable way to naturally reduce stress!

 

 





Miss Universe Jamaica 2014 Zandrea Bailey and Lupus

Miss Universe Jamaica 2014 Finalist Zandrea Bailey, has passed away after battling lupus for the past five years. Zandrea passed away in a New York hospital at the age of 29.  This beautiful fellow lupus warrior fought hard over the last 5 years after being diagnosed with lupus.

 

Zandrea Bailey- Lupus Warrior


She was diagnosed in 2012 with SLE.  In an interview with Flair Magazine in 2017, she spoke on the intimate details of how her father would help her when she was struggling with lupus.  “He would sleep on my bed at nights to help me go to the bathroom,” she said.

 

Zandrea Bailey Lupus
Zandrea Bailey Lupus

 

Zandrea Bailey knew all too well the devastating toll lupus could have on her family long before her own diagnosis.  Bailey’s mother also suffered from lupus and sadly passed away in 2014 while Zandrea was a finalist in the Miss Universe Pageant.

 

Source: LiveStush.com

 

Zandrea used her platform to help others and to spread much needed awareness for lupus.  She truly was a hero to the lupus community.

In 2014, Zandrea was featured in the Jamaica Gleaner Youtube special:

‎Living with lupus: Miss Universe Jamaica finalist tells all

 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Zandrea Bailey’s friends and family.  As part of the lupus community, we sincerely hope Zandrea is now at peace and pain free.  The lupus community will forever be grateful for the inspiring and courageous story and beautiful life of Zandrea Bailey.  We will never forget the lengths she went to help others suffering from SLE while also battling this horrible disease.  Zandrea Bailey, you are a lupus warrior and we will never forget you.  Rest in Peace beautiful butterfly.




Ashley Martson Hospitalized with Kidney Failure from Lupus

We recently posted about 90 Day Fiance star Ashely Martson opening up about her struggles with lupus.  On January 13, 2019 she was hospitalized again because of lupus.  According to her newly created GoFund Me account,  Ashley was found unresponsive at her home sometime on January 12, 2019. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital where it was determined that she is in kidney failure.  She will reportedly begin dialysis soon and be placed on the donor list for a kidney transplant.

 

Ashley Martson: Lupus and Kidney Failure
Source: Gofundme : Ashley Martson: Lupus and Kidney Failure

 

We are sending prayers and good vibes to our fellow lupus warrior Ashely Martson.  If you would like to donate to her medical fund, please visit her official Gofund me page here.




Power Pineapple Coconut Yogurt Recipe

For the New Year, I wanted to come up with a New Year’s resolution that I would be able to actually sustain past the first week of the year.  I decided instead of creating a very specific resolution, I would create a broad one that would help me enjoy each success.  I am really trying hard to be more conscious about the foods that I eat and how they may affect my lupus.

I am interested in learning more about the AIP diet, but right now, it is just too restrictive for me to sustain.  I decided that I was going to begin by simply choosing better options.  Because if we are going to be completely honest, I am really bad with food choices and I love to eat.  Two issues that are really creating more issues the older I get.

A big change I knew I had to make was actually eating something for breakfast.  I have always been one of those people that skip breakfast most days and I know that I need to become better at breakfasting.

The only issue is that I suffer from nausea many mornings and literally can not stomach the idea of eating food so early in the day.  I was not interested in starting with a heavy or greasy breakfast of any sort, so I figured I need to create something light that could pack a punch and keep me feeling as good as possible in the mornings.  I hate mornings….with a passion.

I created an amazingly delicious breakfast ‘treat’ that I like to call Power Yogurt.  The great thing about this power yogurt is that it can be modified to create many variations to really fulfill any craving you may be having.

 

toasted pineapple coconut chia & flaxseed maple

 

I started with a half cup of Chobani greek yogurtGreek yogurt is awesome in the fact that it is packed with protein, low in sugar, and a great base for many flavors.

I like to use:

I  then added one scoop of Think Thin Probiotic and Protein powder in Madagascar Vanilla.  This stuff is absolutely amazing!  While it has a little of that signature protein powder taste when mixed into a beverage, it is pretty tame in this recipe as the other flavorful ingredients help to cut the protein taste.

Then comes one of my favorite and super simple additions, this delicious Toasted Pineapple and Coconut Chia/Flax Seed mix from McCormicks.  I have never seen these until recently and I am already obsessed.  It literally was love at first taste.  I really thought it would be some weird fake flavored crunch, but this stuff is seriously amazingly delicious!  There are also other flavors like Blueberry Ginger and Banana Cocoa.  These breakfast toppers really give a ‘granola’ like addition to this power yogurt.

 


Next I take a half of teaspoon of Maple Grove Farm’s  Organic Maple Syrup and drizzle on top.

 


To finish this dish off, I sometimes add fresh berries as well.

Power Yogurt Recipe
Power Yogurt Recipe

 

Pineapple Yogurt Maple Power Yogurt

  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt (I used plain)
  • 1 scoop of probiotic/protein powder (I used vanilla.)
  • 1 tbsp of McCormick's Breakfast Topper (I used Toasted Coconut and Pineapple with Chia and Flax)
  • 1 tbsp of organic maple syrup
  1. Mix 1 scoop of probiotic powder into a 1/4 cup of plain greek yogurt.  Top with 1 tbsp of coconut and pineapple breakfast toppers.  Drizzle 1 tbsp of organic maple syrup over the top.  Enjoy!




The Best Anti-Inflammatory Food

 

Inflammation is a protective response by the body against the foreign agents and microorganisms. The body releases certain chemicals and cells that engulf the offending agent.  It heals the body from injuries and infections. The protective response elicited by the body through the WBCs and several chemicals in response to foreign particles is known as inflammation. The body is protected from damaging agents like bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms in this way.  

For a person dealing with an autoimmune disease like lupus, reducing inflammation within the body is something that can be vital in managing lupus disease activity and lupus symptoms.  If you currently do not monitor your lupus diet, you may want to consider incorporating anti-inflammatory foods into your diet and see if it helps with inflammation and symptoms like joint pain and swelling.

While there are many options out there for an anti-inflammatory diet, (popular ones include the AIP diet) it is recommended that you make a lifestyle change as opposed to a short term diet that you may not be able to sustain for long term. Even making small changes can help you feel a lot better!

 

What is the importance of anti-inflammatory diet?

If your inflammation markers are good, why do you need to take anti-inflammatory diet?

Here is the answer; Inflammation is a silent enemy as it is responsible for inner destruction and process of aging. Inflammation for a limited period is good but chronic inflammation is something to worry about. Lupus causes widespread inflammation throughout the body and there are foods that are known to increase inflammation.  This increased inflammation could cause you to flare or increase your symptoms like swelling and joint pain.

There are numerous factors that can trigger chronic inflammation in the body and speed up the process of again and tissue destruction. Stress can also cause chronic inflammation and damage the tissues.  Stress has been known to be a major trigger in lupus flares.

Sometimes, we are not even aware of the inflammatory process going inside our body.  When considering ways to reduce inflammation and lupus flares, you may want to take a look at your current diet.  If you are looking for a way to easily monitor body inflammation, you may want to consider  an anti-inflammatory diet. An anti-inflammatory diet can suppress the ongoing damaging inflammatory processes while keeping our inner tissues healthy and intact.

 

What does an anti-inflammatory diet include?

The anti-inflammatory diet emphasizes natural food with antioxidants that guard the body. It discourages the use of processed, refined and synthetic eatables. You can eat a lot of fruits, vegetables as they are full of healthy nutrients like vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants.  It also pays stress on the intake of omega-3 fatty acids as it helps to reduce inflammation.

In fact, it is not a typical diet plan but a permanent lifestyle that you should be able to sustain.  Harvard Health recommends an anti-inflammatory diet plan like the Mediterranean diet, which is high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish, and healthy oils.

Many studies have shown the fact that inflammation can ensure even in the presence of foreign particles of microorganisms like viruses and bacteria. Tension, sedentary lifestyle, and lack of exercise can also cause the release of certain inflammatory substances that can cause inflammation.

It is an established fact that ulcers are caused by prolonged stress by means of inflammation. As anti-inflammatory diets are not restrictive and are easy to take and make so one should not take chance and should start consuming these healthy foods.  

 

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Best Anti Inflammatory Foods Lupus Autoimmune

Best Anti-inflammatory Foods:

After learning some about the importance of an inflammatory diet, let’s move to our main point, i.e. the anti-inflammatory foods.  It is important to note that anti-inflammatory foods are plentiful and there are a few changes you may need to make, but following an anti-inflammation diet does not have to be extremely restrictive.  You just need to have the right information and increase the amount of the right foods.  Start being more conscious about the food choices you are making and be sure to increase anti-inflammatory foods to help combat inflammation within the body.

Fruits & Vegetables:

fruits & Veggies anti inflammation

 

Vegetables, fruits, and berries are all rich in needed nutrients such as fiber, minerals, vitamins, phytochemicals and antioxidants. Choose a variety of whole fruits and green vegetables.

 

Food that fights inflammation
Food that fights inflammation

 

Some examples of healthy fruits and veggies are:

  1. Apples

  2. Broccoli

  3. Strawberries

  4. Spinach

  5. Blueberries

  6. Oranges

  7. Carrots

  8. Olives

  9. Avocado

  10. Kale

This is just a short list to clear your idea. Of course, there are many other vegetables and fruits too that can help you in this regard. 

 


Fats & Oils:

Monosaturated fats, unsaturated fats, and Omega-3 fatty acids are an important part of the anti-inflammatory diet. All of these fatty foods help to reduce inflammation. Examples are:

  1. Rice bran oil

  2. Canola oil

  3. Olive oil

  4. Walnut oil

 

Protein sources:

anti inflammation protein

Seafood is the main source of anti-inflammatory proteinaceous foods. However, there are some plant-based foods that are rich in proteins and should be made a part of the anti-inflammatory diet. Below are some examples:

  1. Tuna

  2. Trout

  3. Sardines

  4. Salmon

  5. Non-fat yogurt

  6. Soy foods

 

Healthy Beverages:

Instead of unhealthy flavor rich soda drinks, drink filtered water, pure juices, low-fat milk, and herbal tea.

Anti-inflammatory diet tips:

Here are some helpful tips to incorporating an anti-inflammatory diet into your lifestyle.

  • Cook with canola oil or olive oil.

  • Snack on nuts, seeds and whole fruits instead of candy and cookies.

  • Try oatmeal with walnuts and fresh berries for breakfast.

  • Try eating less red meat and more fish.

  • Avoid added sugars.

  • Make it habit to increase your vegetable intake.  Juicing can help.

  • Try to avoid deep-fried foods.

  • Cut out processed foods.

 

In a nutshell, the anti-inflammatory diet should be considered as an essential part of healthy living.  Even for people are not suffering from an inflammatory disease like lupus can benefit from an anti-inflammatory diet.  It is important to realize this is a lifestyle change more than a fad diet that most people are used to.  It is important to nourish your body from the inside out and incorporating an anti-inflammation diet can help you do that.  

 





Is Lupus Genetic?

Lupus is a complex autoimmune disease that plagues millions of people around the world.  While lupus was first discovered and named in the thirteenth century by a physician named Rogerius.  He coined the term ‘lupus’ because it is the latin word for ‘wolf’ because he believed the malar rash resembled that of a wolf bite.  Over the years, many researchers and physicians have made great scientific stride in learning about lupus.

Although lupus was medically discovered generations ago, it is still lagging behind many other diseases in terms of research and treatment.  There is still an undecided community of medical professionals and scientific researchers on understanding what exactly causes lupus and if lupus is genetic or hereditary.  Today, we want to focus on the long held question, is lupus genetic?

What is Lupus?

 

Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease that occurs when your body immune attacks your tissues and organs. Body systems that can be affected by inflammation caused by lupus includes the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart, brain, and lungs.

Lupus can be hard to detect because its sign and symptoms are often similar to those of other ailments. Facial rash which is the most significant sign of lupus looks like the wings of a butterfly unfolding across both cheeks occurs in many but not all cases of lupus.

Some people tend to develop lupus right at birth and can be triggered by injections, sunlight or some particular drugs. While there might be no cure for lupus, the symptoms can be controlled by appropriate treatment.

 

 

 

Lupus Triggers

While cases of SLE can be found worldwide, it has increased 10x over the last 50 years in Western countries.  While this post focuses on lupus genetics, it is important to understand the difference in triggers and genes.  While a person may have lupus genetic markers, it is usually a trigger that causes lupus to become activated. There are many environmental factors in which a person’s lupus can be triggered.

An overwhelming majority of lupus patients are women (an astonishing 9 out of 10 SLE patients), which has led some to believe in hormonal causes of lupus.  Other lupus researchers believe that physical and emotional trauma can also be the cause of lupus becoming active in a person.  Infections and viruses have also been named possible triggers for SLE.  There is also evidence of sunlight and chemical exposure being named as triggers for lupus.  Drug induced lupus occurs in around 10% of people diagnosed with lupus and there have been over 80 various medications responsible for drug induced lupus.

 

So…is lupus genetic?

Normal variations in various genes can affect the risk of developing SLE, and in most cases multiple genetic factors are thought to be involved.

Lupus is a complex disease that is possibly caused by several interacting features, which includes inherited genes, environmental factors (such as certain medications, severe exposure to ultraviolet rays of the sun, and likely viral exposures at key times), and female hormones.

Lupus is not contagious; it is an autoimmune disease which affects the functioning of your immune system. Therefore, lupus is not a viral or bacterial disease that can be transmitted to other people. Also, the disease is not transmitted through sexual intercourse, and it’s possible to have children even if you have lupus. An example is the pop singer Seal, who is diagnosed with discoid lupus but was still able to father three healthy children.

 

Is lupus genetic?
Is lupus genetic?

See lupus genetic markers here

Is Lupus Hereditary?

Lupus can be considered a hereditary disease. Recent studies carried out among lupus patients with an identical twin have revealed that there is a 25 percent possibility for the other twin to develop lupus. While for a patient with a fraternal twin, the chance of the other twin to get the disease is 2 to 3 percent.

Current evidence shows that genetics are known to play a role in the development of lupus, but there are several other factors to consider. There is a possibility of developing lupus even if you have no twin or relatives that don’t have any autoimmune disease.

No particular gene or group of genes have been proven to cause lupus, however when lupus appears in individual families, and when one of two identical twins has lupus, there is a high probability that the other twin will also be affected by the same disease.

Thus these findings as well as several others, strongly suggest that genes are involved in the development of lupus.

Sporadic which is the most common lupus cases develop means that no known relative has the diseases, however when lupus develops in people with no family history of lupus, it’s likely other family members have an autoimmune disease.

Certain ethnic groups such as people of African, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian, Native American, or Pacific Island descent have a higher possibility of developing lupus, which may be attributed to genes they have in common.

 

Conclusion

It can be concluded that while lupus is caused by certain factors such as environmental exposures (like medications, exposure to ultraviolet rays and also specific viral exposures at key times), and female hormones. Inherited genes have even known to cause the disease especially in a set of twin in which one is affected by the disease, there high chance that the other will develop the disease as well. Another instance is when an individual has some of his family members suffering from autoimmune disease, there is also the possibility such individual develop lupus disease.

 




Lupus Genetic Markers

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation and destruction of multiple body organs. The antibodies get activated against its body organs and start destroying them. It has clinical heterogeneity which means that it has a variety of disease manifestations. It may involve one body organ in one person and multiple organ systems in the other. It shares its signs and symptoms with other autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Same is true regarding its severity.

 

Lupus and Genetics

Lupus is a multifactorial disorder with an elusive etiology; it has a strong association with multiple factors, genetic and non-genetic factors. Clinical studies have established that ultraviolet radiation, specific drugs(isoniazid, hydralazine, procainamide) and infections (Epstein-bar virus) can also lead to SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus).

Currently, there is an explosion of information regarding the possible role of genetic markers in this disease. Hundreds of studies are being done in many parts of the world to establish its genetic predisposition. This new evidence has profound effects on understanding the etiology and planning an effective remedy.

 

What makes Lupus a genetic disease?

Lupus has been found to exert some typical etiological features similar to the known hereditary disease. It has a clear predilection for affecting women in their young ages. It is so common in females that it is being labeled as a women disease. About 9 out of 10 lupus patients are young women. Apart from having a strong link with a specific age and gender, its runs in families too. About 10% of lupus patients have some relevant bearing the same disease. It was found to have a remarkable 40% concordance in monozygotic twins and 4% concordance in dizygotic twins. In addition, it is prevalent in certain races like Hispanic, African-Americans, and Asian-Americans. All of these factors make it clear that lupus has a strong genetic predisposition; faulty genes being the real culprit.

 

Study approaches for complex genetic causes:

In order to understand the genetic side of lupus, you must also have an idea about methods that are being applied to find the truth. Currently, two major approaches are being used:

  • Linkage studies
  • Association studies

 

Linkage studies involve gathering of families in which 2 or more than two persons have lupus. The genome of such families is scanned using microsatellite markers and their genetic makeup is studied. In association studies, one single gene is selected and hypotheses are formed against it. Most common practice is to study a single code using case-control cohort method. In order to refine results, trio design is being formed which includes testing of both patient and his/her parents. With the latest advances in technology, these methods are also getting quick, easy and improved.

 

 

lupus genetic markers
lupus genetic markers

 

Important Genetic markers in Lupus:

Before naming the exact genes related to lupus, it is important to know that lupus is a genetically complex trait. It means that several genes, coding regions or loci are involved in causing susceptibility in this disease. There are no single genes but a group of many loci implicated in lupus. There is also the possibility of their mutual interaction and interaction with hormonal or non-genetic factors. The important lupus genetic markers can be listed as:

  • HLA region genes:

HLA (human leukocyte antigen) genes are a topmost group of genetic markers that are strongly associated with lupus. These genes maintain the body immune system. The deletion of C4A allele has been found closely related to increased risk of lupus for many years. However, HLA region contains hundreds of genes and it has not been possible to pinpoint a single culprit gene yet. It is quite clear that HLA is the strongest genetic association of lupus among all other genes. HLA class 1&2 have been shortlisted and further studied for finding exact code.

  • FCγR 2A and 3A:

The Fc receptors for immunoglobin G protein are located at membranes of certain immune cells. These are responsible for the clearance of immune complexes and have been found to be linked with lupus. Several meta-analyses have shown their presence in patients of kidney lupus.

  • STAT4:

STAT4 is a newly discovered agent and polymorphism in these genes is related to lupus and rheumatoid arthritis both.

  • IRF-5:

Interferon regulatory factor 5 is a part of innate immunity and is said to increase the risk of lupus according to many cohort studies. Many groups of successive cohort studies established its possible role in causing lupus and other autoimmune diseases.

 

Conclusion

Unfortunately, no genetic marker or group of genes has been finally confirmed and are being further investigated. Much has to be done yet to solve the genetic mysteries of lupus. After years of studies, we have an idea about the possible culprit genes and their mechanisms. With advancing technology and refined tools, we should be hoping for some breakthrough in the future.




Best Youtube Videos for Beginners Yoga for Lupus and Fibromyalgia

One of my favorite and sometimes only way to stay active, is to do yoga.  Most people have heard of yoga and may think it is just some kind of health fad that does not provide any real benefit.  The truth is, if I do not do some sort of yoga or stretching daily, my body will get ‘stuck’ and it becomes a lot harder to get my body moving again.  I started looking on Youtube for various yoga videos aimed at those with fibromyalgia and other diseases with chronic pain.

Naturally, I was looking for videos aimed at those who were new to yoga.  Surprisingly, after doing many sessions over the last year or so, I am still on the beginner videos! I try to do some poses and stretches as soon as I wake up to help my joints and muscles ‘warm up’ for the day.  Then, I try to incorporate a few more stretches in the afternoon to keep my joints and muscles engaged.  While the mornings are the hardest times for me, I have found that doing even a few light moves will help my body make it through the day.

I always take things slow and modify certain poses and stretches to fit what needs I have for the day.  As many of you know, with lupus and fibromyalgia, you can be fine one day and not the next.  I use this unreliable body schedule to figure out which poses I will focus on for the day and where I may need to modify the exercises a little more.

For example, if  woke up to a stiff back and lower back pain, I would look for poses that can help with that symptom.  The next day, I could be having knee issues, so I would look for a new video that focuses on kneed pain.

The best part of this is that it can be tailored to your specific needs daily…and it’s completely FREE!

If you have been looking for a way to start becoming more active with lupus or fibromyalgia, I highly recommend checking out some of these beginner videos below.

If you find a channel you really like, make sure you subscribe to them on Youtube so that you can follow when they post new videos.

Yoga is a great way to stretch your body while also focusing on better breathing and a calmer mind.  Stress is a major flare trigger for me, so yoga really helps me to practice better mind health as well.

 

the best videos on youtube for
the best videos on youtube for

 

 

#1: Sleepy Santosha and GENTLE YOGA FOR FIBROMYALGIA

 

 

#2 YogaYin with YOGA for MUSCLE PAIN & FATIGUE & FIBROMYALGIA

 

#3 Shima Flow Yoga and Yoga for Fibromyalgia I Fibromyalgia Pain Relief I Exercise for Fibromyalgia

 

#4 Yoga With Adriene with Morning Yoga for Beginners – Gentle Morning Yoga

 

#5 Chaz Rough with Yoga for Fibromyalgia

 

#6 Dr. Swamy Venuturupalli, MD, FACR and Yoga For Lupus (entire video)

 

#7 Dr. Connie Jeon with Beginner’s Yoga for Lupus

 

#8 Yoga Lifestyle with Melissa with Yoga with Lupus

 

#9 Cody Kennedy and Beat Lupus Naturally

 

#10 The Yoga Room (Round Rock, TX) with Yoga for Fibromyalgia