February 17, 2015

Exercise and Lupus

The latest Lupus Foundation Newsletter from www.lupus.org has a Q&A with Dr. Hazel Breland regarding exercise and Lupus.

What is Lupus?

Lupus is an autoimmune disease characterized by, among other things, fatigue and joint pain.  It is a disease that alters a person's lifestyle.  Lupus patients are very aware of the limitations the disease creates and therefore are doubly motivated to do things even when they don't feel well.  There are good days and bad, and some patients don't know how they will feel on any given day until they wake up in the morning.  They also don't want to do anything that may cause the disease to "flare."

The consensus regarding exercise is that, with the approval of the patient's physician, a program that involves low impact motions, such as yoga, Tai Chi, water aerobics, a stationary bike, or walking, are best.  Staying hydrated during exercise is also important.  Exercises that promote staying limber and maintaining range of motion are recommended.

Patients are encouraged to stay active and at the same time pay attention to their tolerance levels to get the most benefit without overdoing it.

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

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