Our experts at NYU Langone’s Sarcoidosis Program work together to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that may include lifestyle changes, along with medications. These lifestyle modifications can help you better manage sarcoidosis.
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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.
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.
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 support to help you quit.
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