May is Lupus awareness month and this is very important to our tech Lindsey who supports her mother through this awful disease! BE SURE TO WEAR PURPLE AND SUPPORT LUPUS! :)
Lupus is more severe than people think, and has a huge impact on the public. Research shows that two-thirds of the public know little or nothing about lupus. You can help change that by reading this post!
Lupus is an autoimmune disease.
Your bodies immune system is made to help protect your body from harmful invaders! With an autoimmune disease, such as lupus the body's immune system misidentifies your healthy cells as being foreign and attacks them by mistake. Lupus is one of the top 10 most common autoimmune diseases.
There are actually five different types of lupus.
While lupus gets used as a catch-all term for the disease, there are actually five specific kinds of lupus that affect the body in different ways. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is the most common, accounting for an estimated 70% of all lupus cases. It can impact the entire body, affecting many organs at the same time, including the skin, joints, heart, lungs, kidneys, and brain. Just about everyone with SLE has joint pain and swelling, but other symptoms vary wildly and range from skin rash to hair loss to difficulty breathing.
Women are at a higher risk of getting lupus.
Women are nine times more likely than men to be diagnosed with the disease, especially during their prime childbearing years. "Patients with lupus tend to develop the disease between the ages of 15 to 49," says Irene Blanco, MD, MS, an associate professor of clinical medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a rheumatologist at Montefiore Health System. Researchers continue to study why women in that age range are more prone to developing lupus, but there is some evidence that hormones such as estrogen may play a role. (Balance your hormones and lose up to 15 pounds in just 3 weeks!) After menopause, the ratio of women to men with lupus falls dramatically.