According to new research in lupus, a disease traditionally thought to be due to mainly genetic risk factors, women could potentially cut their risk of the disease in half by following several healthy lifestyle behaviors.
Researchers assessed 185,962 women, including 203 women with lupus, and used the Healthy Lifestyle Index Score (HLIS) to measure how healthy the participants’ lifestyles were. Compared to women with zero or one positive lifestyle factor, those with at least four of the following healthy lifestyle factors had the lowest lupus risk:
- No history of smoking or no smoking for more than four years
- Not being