Avoiding Triggers of Disease Symptoms
By Brandi Goodman
Lupus Awareness Month and Huntington's Disease Awareness Month both fall to May. Though neither of these diseases can be prevented, there are ways to avoid triggers that make certain symptoms arise. Doing so makes it easier to cope with the disease and maintain as much of your independence as possible.
More common in women, lupus is an autoimmune disease. Your own immune system attacks the organs and tissues within your body. A facial rash, joint pain, fatigue, chest pain, dry eyes, headaches, and a shortness of breath are common symptoms. Certain medications and even infections can cause lupus.
Avoid triggers by using sunscreen and keeping covered up in the sun. The harmful UV rays can cause a rash to break out on the body. Fluorescent lights are just as bad for the skin as sunlight. Low levels of Vitamin D can also be a problem. Sunlight typically provides the body with this vitamin, but if you have to avoid it then it can be difficult to get the right amount. You'll need to increase your Vitamin D intake through your diet. This may mean taking a supplement or simply eating more foods with Vitamin D in them, such as fatty fish, eggs, cheese, and some cereals.
Huntington's disease affects the brain. The genetic disorder is not curable. Physical and mental abilities will break down over time, causing severe impairments. The disease eventually becomes fatal, often resulting from a complication such as pneumonia or heart failure.
People living with HD can prolong their quality of life by trying a few things. Nutrition is a good start. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains should be on the menu each day. It can be difficult to chew and swallow, so you may need to choose soft foods. This could mean drinking smoothies instead of eating a full meal. You'll still get all the necessary nutrients if you're adding the right ingredients.
Maintaining an exercise routine is also vital. You'll be able to function independently for longer if you maintain a healthy physique. Try walking, cycling, or swimming as long as you're able. Aerobic exercise helps to improve the abilities of the heart. Range of motion exercises should also be tried.
Certain diseases cannot be avoided. You can, however, fight the symptoms and prevent them from taking over your life completely. Do your best to avoid certain triggers that can make symptoms worse and improve your overall quality of life even when living with diseases such as lupus and Huntington's.
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