Diet and Systemic Scleroderma

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Overview of Diet and Systemic Scleroderma
Malnutrition in Systemic Scleroderma
Food Guide for Systemic Scleroderma
Supplement Guide for Systemic Scleroderma
Diet and Scleroderma
Anti-inflammatory Diet
Gluten-free Diet
Mediterranean Diet

Overview of Diet and Systemic Scleroderma

The most important thing to know about diet and scleroderma is that all systemic sclerosis patients should have their nutritional status assessed.

Systemic scleroderma patients should always consult their doctor(s), especially their rheumatologist, before using any vitamin or herbal remedies or making any significant changes in their diet. (Also see Scleroderma Experts, What is Scleroderma? and Types of Scleroderma)

In general, most doctors recommend that scleroderma patients follow a normal, well-balanced diet , without the addition of any herbs, vitamins, or minerals. Do not cut out any food groups from your diet, nor go on any "cleansing" diets, since this may accelerate the disease process. (Also see Scleroderma and Alternative Therapies)

14 Ways You Lie to Yourself About Your Weight. Your bathroom scale doesn’t lie about your weight–but you might be fibbing to yourself. Time Healthland, 08/12/2015.

Sugary Drinks May Kill 184,000 People Each Year, Says Study. Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages like soda and energy drinks may be linked to as many as 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide, according to research. NBC News, 06/29/2015.

11 ‘Healthy’ Foods Diet Experts Avoid. You do your best to make healthy food choices every day, but unfortunately, a number of “health” foods you may go out of your way to eat don’t deserve their stripes. Time Healthland, 06/16/2015.

Hungry, ratty, angry: you must be 'hangry' Are you prone to making bad or rash decisions or sometimes struggle to think clearly? You could be suffering from a new affliction. The Telegraph, 02/27/2015.

Does Your Diet Influence How Well You Sleep? Poor sleeping habits can lead to overeating, but can unhealthy diets keep you up at night? Time Healthland. 02/07/2013. (Also see Sleep and Illness)

Traditional Southern diet, stroke may be linked, researcher says. Traditional Southern diets may be linked to a higher risk of stroke, a researcher said in a recent conference. Los Angeles Times. 02/07/2013.

Malnutrition and Scleroderma

Study Demonstrates Benefits of Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) Intervention in Systemic Sclerosis (SSc) Patients with Gastrointestinal Involvement (GI). Future studies should include direct measures of body composition and should seek to determine the durability of MNT on symptom improvement in a larger number of patients with SSc involving the GI tract. Scleroderma News, 07/27/2015. (Also see Gastrointestinal Involvement)

Nutritional status as marker for disease activity and severity predicting mortality in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). In patients with SSc, malnutrition is common and not identified by Body Mass Index (BMI). Bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) parameters reflect disease severity and provide best predictors for patient survival. Therefore, an assessment of nutritional status should be performed in patients with SSc. Lijana Krause. Ann Rheum Dis. May 2010. (Also see Gastrointestinal Involvement)

Malnutrition Is Common in Systemic Sclerosis: Results from the Canadian Scleroderma Research Group Database. The risk for malnutrition in SSc is moderate and is associated with shorter disease duration, markers of GI involvement, and disease severity. Patients with SSc should be screened for malnutrition, and potential underlying causes assessed and treated when possible. The Journal of Rheumatology, July 2009. (Also see Gastrointestinal Involvement)

Food Guide for Autoimmune Disease

Food Guide for Autoimmune Disease and Other Chronic Illnesses. Persons with an autoimmune disease and other chronic illnesses should be aware of how their diet affects their disease and how food makes them feel. ISN.

Overview of Food Guide
Diets and Scleroderma
Arachidonic Acid
Fruits and Vegetables
Diets and Health
Herbs and Spices
Relaxation Drinks
Supplement Guide

Diets and Scleroderma

Anti-inflammatory Diet

Anti-Inflammatory Diet - Foods and Inflammation. Can the Foods You Eat Make a Difference in Chronic Pain? The common western high fat, high red meat, high processed food diet is likely to increase inflammation while a healthy diet low made up of whole foods can actually help to decrease inflammation and pain. VeryWell.

Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. A guide to truly nutritious foods, including recommendation of a gluten-free and casein free diet for people with autoimmune diseases. Amazon.

Gluten-free Diet

Scleroderma and Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance Gluten sensitivity and Celiac disease are a known cause of scleroderma and dozens of other autoimmune diseases. ISN.

Overview of Gluten Sensitivity
What is Celiac Disease?
CD and Scleroderma
CD and Autoimmunity
Diets and Celiac Disease
Media Articles
Personal Stories

Mediterranean Diet

Nutrition Intervention in Rheumatic Disorders. In the dietary management of each rheumatic disorder there are special considerations such as: for people taking (MTX) methotrexate a folate-rich diet, for people taking cortisone a diet low in salt, calcium-rich and suitable for prevention of diabetes, for people with scleroderma a special diet on how to avoid hiatus hernia. EULAR 2011. Ann Rheum Dis 2011;70(Suppl3):31.

Mediterranean diet has anti-inflammatory effects. Sticking to a Mediterranean diet, high in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fats, lowers levels of inflammation in the elderly, as reflected by lower levels of C-reactive protein (CRP). American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

Supplement Guide for Systemic Scleroderma

Supplement Guide for Systemic Scleroderma. The immune system does not need to be improved in scleroderma, because it is already overactive (and not underactive, as in AIDS.) ISN.

Overview of Scleroderma and Supplements
Herbal Supplements
Arachidonic and DHA Acids
Calcium Supplements
Cod Liver Oil
Curcumin (Turmeric)
Fish Oil (Omega-3)
Lipoic Acid
Probiotics (Acidophilus, Microbes, Yogurt)
Vitamins and Minerals
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