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  • The Lupus Foundation of America estimates that 1.5 million Americans, and at least five million people worldwide, have a form of lupus.

  • Lupus strikes mostly women of childbearing age. However, men, children, and teenagers develop lupus, too. Most people with lupus develop the disease between the ages of 15-44.

 What are the 4 different forms of lupus?

  • Systemic lupus: accounts for approximately 70 percent of all cases of lupus. In approximately half of these cases, a major organ or tissue in the body, such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, or brain will be affected.

  • Cutaneous lupus: (affecting only the skin) accounts for approximately 10 percent of all lupus cases.

  • Drug-induced lupus: accounts for about 10 percent of all lupus cases and is caused by high doses of certain medications. The symptoms of drug induced lupus are similar to systemic lupus; however, symptoms usually subside when the medications are discontinued.

  • Neonatal lupus: is a rare condition in which the mother's antibodies affect the fetus. At birth, the baby may have a skin rash, liver problems, or low blood cell counts, but these symptoms typically disappear completely after six months with no lasting effects.

What is the role of genetics in lupus?

  • Genes do play a role in the predisposition to the development of lupus. There are dozens of known genetic variants linked to lupus. These genes impact both who gets lupus and how severe it is.

  • 20 percent of people with lupus will have a parent or sibling who already has lupus or may develop lupus. About 5 percent of the children born to individuals with lupus will develop the illness.

  • Although lupus can develop in people with no family history of lupus, there are likely to be other autoimmune diseases in some family members.

1 in 3 Number of lupus patients who suffer from multiple autoimmune diseases.

65% Percent who list chronic pain as the most difficult aspect of lupus.

TESTIMONIAL: Mrs. Marisa Knight

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