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Lifestyle Modifications for Sarcoidosis

Your NYU Langone doctor may recommend making lifestyle changes while you are being treated for sarcoidosis. They can help you better manage the condition.

Eat Healthfully

The medications prescribed for sarcoidosis can take a toll on the body, so your doctor may recommend adjusting your diet to improve your overall health. A balanced diet includes a variety of nutritious foods, such as dairy products, lean meats and other protein sources, vegetables, fruit, and whole grains. Limit refined foods, like sugar and white pasta, as well as those that are high in fat.

Avoid Alcohol

Some of the medications used to treat sarcoidosis can cause liver damage, and alcohol may exacerbate this effect. Doctors advise limiting your alcohol intake or avoiding it altogether.

Quit Smoking

Smoking puts you at risk for developing lung disease. In people whose lungs are affected by sarcoidosis, smoking may worsen breathlessness and increase the risk of developing other conditions, such as bronchitis or emphysema. NYU Langone’s Tobacco Cessation Programs offer the support you need to quit.

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