6 Important Facts About Lupus

It is estimated that 1.5 million American’s are living with Lupus. According to the Mayo Clinic:

 Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs.

 

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This month’s 12-12-12 project features an awesome woman, Sara Gorman, living with Systemic Lupus. I have been following Lupus.org like a hawk, educating myself on the condition. I appreciate the daily important facts about lupus. Here are the facts shared the last 6 days!

 

May 1: Lupus is an unpredictable and complex autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and can damage any organ in the body with life-threatening consequences.

 

May 2: Ninety percent of the people who develop lupus are female. Males also can develop lupus and their disease can be more severe in some organs.

 

May 3: Lupus develops most often between ages 15 and 44. However, between 10 and 20 percent of cases develop during childhood and these cases can evolve more rapidly into serious health complications.

 

May 4: In lupus, something goes wrong with the immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs. The result is the production of autoantibodies that causes inflammation.

 

May 5: Some people have genes that allow them to develop lupus. Factors that may trigger lupus in these people include infections, ultraviolet light, extreme stress, certain prescription drugs, and certain hormones.

 

May 6: Many symptoms of lupus mimic those of other illnesses, and symptoms can come and go over time, which makes diagnosis more difficult. Consequently, lupus can take three to five years or more to diagnose.

 

Much love,
Marissa

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