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Doctor insights on: How To Lose Weight When You Have Lupus

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How can I lose weight with lupus?

How can I lose weight with lupus?

No magic bullets: Like anybody else: eating healthy food and doing as much exercise as you can tolerate. Talk to your rheumatologist to find out what are appropriate exercises for you. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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I have been recently diagnosed with lupus. I was told to lose weight because it is critical to my current state of health. Any good weight loss advise?

I have been recently diagnosed with lupus. I was told to lose weight because it is critical to my current state of health. Any good weight loss advise?

See your doctor: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I have lupus and I've been on prednisone for a while I've gained weight, how am I able to lose it? Feel like nothing works.

I have lupus and I've been on prednisone for a while I've gained weight, how am I able to lose it? Feel like nothing works.

See rheumatologist: There are other drugs other than Prednisone which may be effective for your condition. As long as you are on Prednisone (high doses), it is unlikely that you can combat the weight issue. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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I have lupus is it okay for me to take oxandrolone i need to gain weight about 30lbs

I have lupus is it okay for me to take oxandrolone i need to gain weight about 30lbs

Instructions: If this was prescribed by your physician for a specific reason, then follow the instructions. If you are unsure, then start by asking the doctor who prescribed to explain the reason. ...Read more

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How common is it to gain substantial weight if you have lupus (els)?

Possibly: This can occur as a side effect medications such as prednisone, but it can occur in the setting of kidney problems. Talk to your rheumatologist to confer with them. ...Read more

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Why does lupus (sle) medication make me gain weight?

Steroids: Steroids cause both an increase in appetite and fluid retention. If possible a steroid sparing drug needs to be added so the steroid dose can be decreased. ...Read more

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What can I do so my friend treats her lupus without gaining weight on the corticosteroids?

See below: Sometimes you have to be on Prednisone to treat lupus depending on what is going on. That being said exercise and diet are key to minimize the weight gain from prednisone. ...Read more

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My dr prescribed hydroxychloroquine 200mg a day for skin lupus. How will this effect my weight?

My dr prescribed hydroxychloroquine 200mg a day for skin lupus. How will this effect my weight?

Should Not: Patients who are given hydroxychloroquine for lupus do not usually experience weight gain with this drug. ...Read more