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Diet and Systemic Scleroderma

Author: Shelley Ensz. Scleroderma is highly variable. See Types of Scleroderma. Read Disclaimer
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)

Diet, endocannabinoids, and health. There are many gaps in the knowledge of how the ECS participates in controlling pain through exercise; however, emerging research will reveal key relationships to understand this system in the brain and body. PubMed, Nutr Res, 06/15/2019. (Also see Endocannabinoid System)

Malnutrition and Scleroderma

Nutritional status and predictors of weight loss in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). Nutritional risk and gastrointestinal involvement are frequent and closely correlated in patients with SSc. PubMed, Clin Nutr ESPEN, 2020 Dec;40:164-170. (Also see Gastrointestinal Involvement)

Microbiome Dysbiosis Is Associated With Disease Duration and Increased Inflammatory Gene Expression in Systemic Sclerosis Skin. Microbiome dysbiosis is associated with disease duration and increased inflammatory gene expression. PubMed, Arthritis Res Ther, 2019 Feb 6;21(1):49. (Also see Gastrointestinal Involvement)

The impact of malnutrition on quality of life in patients with systemic sclerosis. Standardized nutritional screening should routinely be conducted to identify the risk of malnutrition in order to enable an intervention with multimodal treatment. PubMed, Eur J Clin Nutr, 03/08/2018. (Also see QOL with Scleroderma)

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
Bicarbonate of Soda
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

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
Go to Autoimmune Food Guide

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