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Nutrition And Supplements To Reduce Medication Side Effects In Myositis

Adapted from a talk at the Myositis Support Group of Hospital for Special Surgery Healthy eating is an important part of self-care for everyone, but particularly for those who have a chronic disease such as myositis. Good nutrition is especially important in view of some of the medications prescribed to treat myositis. Eating the right foods can help you feel better and reduce some unwanted side effects of these medications. Medications and Possible Side Effects Corticosteroids (such as prednisone), are often the initial medications prescribed to treat the inflammatory attack on muscle, skin and other body systems. These medicines control the inflammation and ease pain. Corticosteroids may have multiple side effects when taken for long term at higher doses. The following table lists side effects and nutrition management strategies to help alleviate some of the side effects. Side Effect Nutrition Strategy Osteoporosis (loss of bone density) Consume enough calcium and vitamin D through food and/or supplements. Dairy products are excellent sources of calcium. Consume low-fat milk, cheese and yogurt regularly. If you are lactose intolerant, choose Lactaid milk or calcium fortified soy Continue reading >>

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  1. marykay62062

    Would predisone create a diabetic problem?

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  2. gillian81509

    this happens often with pred

  3. marykay62062

    Hello marykay, yes it's true that patients can develop diabetes when on prednisone. I've cut back on sugar and I'm now on a sort of low carbohydrate diet, which I think helps. Christina

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