Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that can affect any organ in the body, but most often affects the lungs. Some people with sarcoidosis have few or very minor symptoms, while others have very serious illness.
While there is no cure for sarcoidosis, the disease can be managed. In fact, up to one half of people diagnosed with sarcoidosis improve without treatment. You will want to discuss your symptoms with your health care provider. Together, you can decide if medication to reduce inflammation or other therapies, like oxygen therapy or pulmonary rehabilitation, are right for you.
Be sure to eat a healthy diet and establish an exercise routine — both will contribute to your overall well-being. Because sarcoidosis disrupts your body’s ability to regulate calcium, you may also want to avoid too much sun exposure, a diet high in dairy, or taking Vitamin D or calcium supplements, all of which can propel calcium disruption.
Many people living with sarcoidosis find it helpful to belong to a support group. As your sarcoidosis evolves, pay close attention to your body and note any changes. Maintain regular checkups with your health care provider, and let them know whenever your symptoms change.
Approximately 1 million people in the world suffer from sarcoidosis. Learn who's at risk for developing this disease, its symptoms, and how it’s diagnosed and treated.
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