I'm not sure how much exercise, alcohol, smoking and gluten really influences AS. please guide me?:(
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My partner was recently diagnosed with AS, he's 24 and i'm 23. up until the diagnosis i had no idea about the existence of it and neither did he! But ever since i've been doing alot of reading and research and trying to understand it to my level best to help him! my partner has a 9-9 desk job, so it doesnt give him much time or energy after to cook for himself or exercise. So far he's lead a pretty unhealthy lifestyle, often ordering in food, not exercising, binge drinking (around a bottle) atleast twice a month and smoking atleast 6 cigarettes everyday. This has always bothered me, but so far i haven't been so pushy about it. But after all the reading i've been doing i've been so so afraid that this lifestyle just will not cut it unless it's changed immediately!
watching videos of Dr. Alessio Fasano on gluten free diets also suggests that strict gluten free diets can make a massive change in auto immune disease progression! i also read alot about the effects of alcohol and smoking, with sparing evidence on alcohol and major effects of smoking on AS. The doctor also suggested that daily exercises, medication and monthly check ups is imperative.
i know im being very impatient about it but i really just want to help, and make a difference!
I would really like to hear from those who has been through this as both care givers as well as the patient, about how big of an ifluence these factors really are and how much needs to be changed and what has really helped in your own journeys!
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