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Exercise Benefits and Considerations for Individuals With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Yuen, Elizabeth P. BS; Bagley, James R. PhD

Strength & Conditioning Journal: December 2016 - Volume 38 - Issue 6 - p 69–75
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000261
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ABSTRACT: SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS (SLE) IS AN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE AFFECTING MORE THAN 1 MILLION AMERICANS. ALTHOUGH THERE IS NO CURE, EXERCISE INTERVENTIONS CAN IMPROVE AEROBIC FITNESS AND QUALITY OF LIFE WHILE MITIGATING SOME SLE SYMPTOMS. THE LITERATURE LACKS COMPREHENSIVE EXERCISE GUIDELINES AND SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR SLE PATIENTS. HERE, WE PRESENT THE BENEFITS OF EXERCISE AND PROVIDE PRACTITIONERS AND CLINICIANS WITH EXERCISE RECOMMENDATIONS/CONSIDERATIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH SLE. MOST SLE PATIENTS CAN SAFELY ENGAGE IN EXERCISE TRAINING WITH PHYSICIAN CLEARANCE, BUT CONSIDERATIONS SHOULD BE TAKEN FOR THOSE (A) WITH CARDIOPULMONARY INVOLVEMENT, (B) TAKING ANALGESICS OR CORTICOSTEROIDS, OR (C) WHO EXPERIENCE ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT EXPOSURE.

Department of Kinesiology, College of Health and Social Sciences, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California

Address correspondence to James R. Bagley, jrbagley@sfsu.edu.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

Elizabeth P. Yuen is an undergraduate student researcher in the Department of Kinesiology at San Francisco State University and volunteer at the Lupus Foundation of America and Arthritis Foundation (Great West Region).

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James R. Bagley is an assistant professor and director of the Muscle Physiology Lab in the Department of Kinesiology at San Francisco State University.

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