Non-Medication-Based Interventions Improve Mental Health and Quality of Life for People with Lupus
Research resoundingly shows that non-medication-based interventions, when used with your current medical care (i.e., transplants, dialysis, medications), can have a significant positive impact on the mental health and quality of life of those with lupus. A recent review of the science found that 91% of studies on the effectiveness of non-medication-based treatment for people with lupus – such as those focused on diet, exercise, coping strategies, etc. – resulted in favorable outcomes.
Researchers reviewed a total of 23 different studies. Roughly half of the interventions assessed were done in-person while the other half were done remotely (e.g., via telephone or in one’s own home with no or minimal supervision). Most of the studies (57%) assessed psychological interventions (counseling); 35% examined the benefits of physical activity interventions; 9% were diet-based and one study (4%) assessed the efficacy of a lupus self-management course.
Regardless of whether they were done face-to-face or remotely delivered, each type of intervention largely resulted psychological benefits (improved mood, stress-related coping skills, body image, etc.) or improved quality of life (mental/emotional health, energy/fatigue, couples communication, etc.)
Medication plays a critical role disease management and quality of life in lupus, but this review of the scientific literature stresses the importance of non-medication-based interventions, too. Consult with your physician before making any changes to your medication and learn about coping with lupus.