Physician Reveals One Real Tip That Helps Lupus Patients Live Long.
A Lagos Physician, Dr Hakeem Olaosebikan has revealed one tip that boosts Lupus Patients’ life.
Dr Olaosebikan, a Consultant Rheumatologist at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital revealed this to newsmen.
Olaosebikan said not skipping medication can help patients live a long and normal life.
The physician who is also a lecturer, also revealed that they must also not miss regular basic follow-up visits.
According to the Rheumatologist, Lupus is a chronic medical condition that must be treated. He, however, emphasized that it is not a death sentence.
“It is a chronic lifelong medical condition, just like hypertension and diabetes, and patients will use drugs for life. Lupus is not a death sentence. It is not like cancer that we give an estimated life expectancy based on the stage of diagnosis.”
For a long, quality and normal life, the doctor recommended:
- Early diagnosis.
- Early initiation of lupus drugs.
- Regular use of lupus drugs.
- Regular follow up.
- Clinic attendance.
- Avoid triggers of lupus flares.
- Avoid high calories and fatty foods
Other lifestyle changes that help Lupus patients are;
- High intake of fruits.
- Vegetables and roughages.
- Avoid smoking and taking alcohol.
- Regular exercise.
- Avoid excessive sunlight exposure and stress in any form.
He said an estimate of 80 to 90 persons with Lupus, live a normal life if they adhere to his recommendation.
Mayo Clinic describes Lupus as an autoimmune disease. It defines Lupus as a condition where the immune systems attack its own tissues and organs.
The attack causes inflammation which may affect any part of the body. These are; Joints, Skin, Kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.
What causes lupus is still unknown. However, experts have linked the cause to a combination of genetics and the environment.
The physician further revealed the cause of critical conditions of patients with the condition.
He said undiagnosed and untreated lupus causes:
- Organ malfunction and failures.
- Reduction in blood supply to organs.
- Clots in blood vessels or narrowing of blood vessels.
- Constant dryness of the mouth leads to mouth ulcers.
- Psychological problems.
- Dryness of throat, eyes and skin.
Helping Lupus Patients
Is there a cure for Lupus?
Dr Olaosebikan emphasized that there is no cure for Lupus. However, good management of the symptoms is the best way to manage the infection.
His words: “Management of complications requires a multidisciplinary approach because many specialists are involved, preferably in a teaching hospital. Patients may need intensive care or high dependency ward admission, life-saving support like dialysis machine, oxygen support, blood products transfusion and highly intravenous drugs.”
Source: PUNCH Health Wise