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Nutrition and connective tissue disease

      Abstract

      Despite an incomplete overall understanding, nutrition plays an important role in connective tissue disease. Assessment of patients with connective tissue disease for nutritional status and metabolic disturbances may significantly contribute to patient outcomes. Several studies have indicated the multifactorial role of macronutrients, micronutrients, and supplements in the setting of connective tissue disease. There is additional evidence regarding the roles of weight, obesity, and malnutrition. This contribution reviews a growing body of data regarding nutrition in the development and treatment of various connective tissue diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, and systemic sclerosis.
      SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus), DM (Dermatomyositis), SSc (Systemic Sclerosis), CTD (Connective Tissue Disease)
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