The Mediterranean diet consists of fish, chicken, beans, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. Although this diet is held in high regard as an effective diet for weight loss and overall health, a recent study suggests that it can be particularly beneficial to lupus patients.
A recent study from the British Society of Rheumatology (2021) found that participants who adhered to a mediterranen diet had reduced disease activity than those who did not adhere to it.
Disease activity is generally described as reversible damage caused by the disease. Thus, the study also suggested that those who did not adhere to the diet suffered more lupus damage.
Does it really help those with lupus?
This study does not aim to argue that the Mediterranean diet can cure lupus, but it does provide a viable option for those looking to improve their condition.
Overall, those who follow the Mediterranean diet typically have better cardiovascular health, better weight management, and reduced lupus damage. These can all lead to a better quality of life for lupus patients.
The Mediterranean diet can be more sustainable than other popular diets (i.e. low carb, Keto, vegan, etc.) because the biggest food group it excludes is red meat.
Luckily, there are many alternatives to red meats like ground chicken or turkey, veggie patties, chicken breast, and other products. If you are interested in trying out the Mediterranean diet, remember to start slow and prepare.