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12-06-2018 | Physical activity | View from the clinic | Article

Incorporating exercise in the treatment of lupus and other rheumatic diseases: It's time!

Sarah Patterson MD, Patricia Katz Katz PhD
While there was concern in the past that exercise could trigger a pro-inflammatory state in patients with rheumatic disease, thereby increasing risk of flares, that hypothesis was long ago debunked. Physical activity is not only safe in the setting of these conditions, but of particular relevance to these patients given their increased risk of modifiable comorbidities. The comments below focus on systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), but apply to most rheumatic diseases.

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