Our expert says:
SLE is an auto-immune disease that is capable of affecting every system in the human body. If your pupil is receiving treatment which may include corticosteroids and other potent drugs, this can affect her metabolism and body weight. There is, however, no general diet that is prescribed for patients with SLE because the dietary needs of each patient are different depending on what manifestation of SLE they suffer from, how serious their condition is, what drugs are being used to treat the SLE and if they are experiencing a so-called 'flare-up' of their condition or not. If the lassie is being treated at a government hospital then she should ask the doctors if she can be referred to the obesity clinic at the hospital, as this is probably the only place where she could obtain free dietetic advice.
As regards exercise, she should try doing very gentle exercise such as going for a slow walk for a short distance without straining her joints or if by any chance she has access to a swimming pool, then swimming is a potential option which would also not put strain on her joints.
This is a situation where the patient should be receiving dietary advice and guidance as part of her treatment on an ongoing basis so that her food intake can be tailored to her condition as it changes over time. This is unfortunately not a situation where general dietary advice is of use.
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