Living well with lupus

Should a person with lupus be on a gluten-free diet?

Dr. Ronenn Roubenoff is a Senior Director of Immunology Medical Research at Biogen Idec, Inc. in Cambridge, MA.

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If you also have celiac disease, a gluten-free diet is critical. Otherwise, there is no evidence that gluten worsens or improves inflammation in any other autoimmune disease such as lupus. If you haven’t been tested for celiac disease, there is a blood test that can be done to detect it.

Medically reviewed on July 21, 2013