Essential Information About Lupus

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Did you know that lupus affects more than half a million people in the US? Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which has far-ranging implications for sufferers. Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus) can elevate the risk of seizures, sensitivity to the sun, rashes, heart and kidney problems and arthritis. Autoimmune diseases cause the body’s immune system to attack healthy tissue. More than 90 percent of people diagnosed with lupus in the US are female, and most develop symptoms for the first time between the ages of 15 and 44.

Although more than half a million people in the US have lupus, public awareness of the disease is relatively low, and this is a condition that is poorly understood. More than 90 percent of cases are diagnosed in females, and as you can see from the infographic, the risk of developing lupus is twice as high in Latina and Asian-American women than in Caucasian women. African-American women are three times more likely to suffer from lupus than Caucasian women.

Lupus can be debilitating, and it can elevate the risk of all kinds of health issues and conditions. However, research and development of treatments have contributed to increased survival rates. In 1995, only 50 percent of people diagnosed with lupus survived for five years. Now, studies show that the vast majority of patients are still alive five years after diagnosis. Treatments are improving all the time, and people are becoming more aware of lupus and the effects it has on the body. If you’re keen to learn more, this useful infographic contains some essential information about lupus.

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