Survey Shows People with Lupus are Interested in Studies that Examine Diet as a Therapeutic Option
In a new survey study, researchers surveyed people with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) about their experiences with diet and their thoughts on diet as a therapeutic option. The study consisted of a 15-question survey focused around diet in people with lupus. The survey was designed to gather important information without being too burdensome for people with lupus to complete.
The survey was shared on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by various advocacy and research organizations including the Lupus Foundation of America’s official journal Lupus Science and Medicine. A total of 300 responses were received and 284 responses were from people with lupus.
The study found almost all respondents felt it was important for doctors to know whether diet could influence disease, with most patients (85%) indicating they would change their diet if they knew it would help their disease symptoms. While 13% said they would alter their diet if recommended by their doctor, only 24% of respondents said they had ever discussed diet with their physician in relation to lupus.
The findings revealed an interest in exploring dietary solutions to ease disease symptoms, with 27% saying they started a diet to improve their disease and 22% indicating their disease symptoms and mood improved as a result of their diet.
Ultimately the survey revealed there is a lack of communication between doctors and people with lupus regarding diet and people with lupus are interested in further research into the effects of diet as a therapeutic option. Learn about diet and nutrition with lupus.