Weight Loss & Exercise in Lupus: the science & patient view
The video provided below offers valuable insights into practical information regarding weight management and exercise for individuals with lupus. This informative content, featuring the collaborative efforts of Kelli Roseta and More Than Lupus.
It is from the perspective of a patient with autoimmune disease (Ashley Nicole of RA Warrior Fitness) who proactively teaches exercise and healthy lifestyles for autoimmune disease patients. Dr. Donald Thomas goes over the science. Below are some important parts of the video:
- Mitochondria are the powerhouse (energy producers) in our cells. Mitochondria work abnormally in lupus patients and there is a link to fatigue.
- An NIH study showed that exercise not only improved fatigue in lupus patients, but their mitochondrial function improved as well.
- Obesity is associated with worse lupus disease activity.
- Most systemic lupus patients are obese due to less muscle mass and higher fat mass related to steroids and reduced physical activity (related to fatigue and pain).
- But, there is a lot that patients can do to reduce fat and increase muscle mass in healthy, safe ways.
- Physical therapy evaluation and training can help teach a safe and effective exercise regimen.
- Eating a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet can be beneficial.
- A typical Western diet, with simple carbohydrates and unhealthy fat is bad for lupus.
By including these insights into their daily lives, individuals with lupus can take proactive steps toward managing their weight and incorporating exercise in a manner that promotes overall well-being. It is important to consult with healthcare professionals for personalized guidance and to ensure that any lifestyle changes are implemented safely and effectively.
“It is OK to grieve who you used to be… then you have to accept where you are now… figure out how to move from there and create a new normal”Ashley Nicole, RA Warrior Fitness