March 25, 2013

Lupus and Exercise

I'm so proud of my wife.  She was diagnosed with lupus quite a few years ago, and has severe joint issues as a result.  She's also had  knee replacement surgery.  Nevertheless, she gets out on the trails at Wildwood Park with me every weekend.

The basic benefit of exercise is that it stimulates the body to deliver more oxygen to the muscles that are contracting.  This oxygen rich blood increases the efficiency of your pumping heart, your expanding lungs, and those muscles that are creating movement.

For lupus patients, exercise is an overall stimulant that replenishes energy supplies and combats fatigue.  It improves muscle flexibility and strength and thereby protects joints.  It reduces inflammation, and, by stimulating endorphins, stimulates feelings of greater comfort, pleasure and confidence.

For suggestions on the best way to exercise with lupus, go to:

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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