In order to hopefully treat and prevent recurrence of lupus we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors. We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow lupus symptoms to develop?"
Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind lupus consists of three steps:
|Autoimmune Tendency||4%||Ruled out|
|Low DHEA||4%||Ruled out|
|Gluten Sensitivity||3%||Ruled out|
Have you ever been diagnosed with Lupus (SLE, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)?
Possible responses:→ No / don't know
→ Minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Numerous studies have confirmed premature, accelerated atherosclerosis in SLE patients. Although the exact cause is not known at this point, atherosclerotic heart disease is a common cause of morbidity and death amongst lupus patients.
Some patients diagnosed SLE may in fact be suffering the results of gluten intolerance. In these cases, removing gluten from the diet may completely cure the patient. [Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (2004; 63: pp1501-3)]
Lupus is one of the auto-immune diseases, caused by a hyperactive ("hypervigilant") immune system that attacks a person's own protein as if it were foreign matter. One reason for this is poor adrenal function. Adrenal steroids modulate (slow down) the immune system: when there is not enough of these steroids the immune system goes berserk.
Low blood levels of the hormone DHEA have been associated with more severe symptoms in people with SLE. Preliminary trials have suggested that 50 to 200mg per day DHEA improved symptoms in people with SLE. One double-blind trial of women with mild to moderate SLE found that 200mg of DHEA per day improved symptoms and allowed a greater decrease in prednisone use, but a similar trial in women with severe SLE found only insignificant benefits.