Emirates Arthritis Foundation presents ”Food for Thought”

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic arthritic autoimmune disorder that affects one in every two thousand;
  • Eating habits are a huge contributor to the health of lupus suffers;
  • Clinical dietician Caroline Kanaan will be sharing essential nutrition and diet tips for those who suffer from lupus on January 9th at 2pm at the Dubai Bone and Joint Clinic.

Lupus NutritionAuto-immune diseases are illnesses that occur when the body’s tissues are attacked by its own immune system. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is an arthritic autoimmune disease characterised by acute and chronic inflammation of various tissues of the body. Arthritis in SLE commonly involves swelling, pain, stiffness, and even deformity of the small joints of the hands, wrists, and feet. More serious organ involvement with inflammation occurs in the brain, liver, and kidneys. SLE is a very serious and sometimes life threatening disease which effects one in every two thousand people.

Diet is something that can have a great effect in relieving lupus side effects. Caroline Kanaan is a clinical dietician who is well respected in her field, and will be offering some great tips to sufferers and family members on how to combat lupus side effects through diet at the Emirates Arthritis Foundation‘s ”Food For Thought” session.

“With lupus, the person’s body is in a chronic state of inflammation,” says Caroline Kanaan. ”The goal of the nutrition is to reduce any food related inflammation, basically to offer an anti-inflammatory diet that can help manage symptoms better.”

‘Anti-inflammatory’ food options could include:

  • A colorful veggie plate, with hummus
  • A fresh, organic green salad sprinkled with slivered almonds, sesame seeds and pine nuts
  • Yam / sweet potato fries
  • A jug of cool water with lemon

Barkha Shewakramani, Relations Manager of The Emirates Arthritis Foundation, who suffers with lupus herself has said, “I am really looking forward to the lupus Nutrition talk as there is not much dietary information available for people who suffer with lupus.”

The Emirates Arthritis Foundation would like to offer this opportunity to all lupus sufferers and family members to come and learn healthy diet tips that can change the way your symptoms affect your life. Essentially, diet and nutrition is a powerful tool that is the root of all health.

The talk will be taking place on January 9th at 2pm in the Dubai Bone and Joint Clinic, 1st floor, Block F, Al Razi Building, No.64, Dubai Health Care City.

For more information about the event please contact the Emirate Arthritis Foundation patient support director, Katrina Thornley on 050 228 9854.

What is the Emirates Arthritis Foundation?

The Emirates Arthritis Foundation strives to breathe life into leading ideas on health, hope and happiness, and to raise awareness about the rigours of arthritis.

At EAF, our team shares a breadth of expertise across sector-specific issues and practical knowledge of the non-profit business environment. Furthermore, EAF benefits from a discerning governing body that is accountable for setting our mission and strategic direction and overseeing the finances, operations and policies of the organisation.

This year The Emirates Foundation, Abu Dhabi, awarded EAF a research grant of AED 250,000.00 to assist with a study of rheumatoid arthritis patients of Arab ancestry. The research will provide a nationwide database of rheumatoid arthritis patients and will help to ascertain the need for financial support, disability and workplace assistance.

EAF is a non-profit organisation that contributes to the welfare of the entire region by providing an extensive range of events and programs to support arthritis patients. In addition, our regional outreach initiatives comprise of a variety of recreational programmes, drawing upon support from the healthcare community. Our code of ethics at the Emirates Arthritis Foundation is based upon promoting ideals of corporate fairness, transparency and accountability, in order to remain a trusted community body.

For Emirates Arthritis Foundation enquiries, please call +971 4 423 1470 or visit arthritis.ae


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