So as stated yesterday in the post about Love Your Body — I’m going to post some items related to women’s health issues these next couple of weeks — since we are featuring our “Celebrate Women” cards for the month. Today I wanted to discuss Lupus which I have to admit I’m not very knowledgable about.
Taken From the Womens Health Government page on Lupus.
Lupus, also called systemic lupus erythematosus (sis-teh-mik lew-pus er-eh-thee-muh-toh-sis) or SLE, is a disease that affects your immune system. Instead of protecting your body, your immune system makes the mistake of attacking your body’s healthy cells. Lupus can affect almost any part of your body, including your joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and brain.
Lupus affects up to 1.4 million people in the United States. About 9 out of 10 people who have lupus are women. Lupus is 3 times more common in black women than in white women. It is also more common in women of Hispanic/Latina, Asian, and American Indian descent. Black and Hispanic/Latina women tend to develop symptoms at an earlier age than other women.
- There is currently no way to prevent lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE).
- The disease most commonly strikes young women between the age of 15 and 45.
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