Trying to understand autoimmune diseases and explain them to others can be complicated. This video can help those who are diagnosed with lupus gain a better understanding of the disease and can help them communicate it to others. Simply click on the link to start the slideshow.
- Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect various parts of the body, especially the skin, joints, blood, kidneys, lungs, heart, nervous system, and/or other body organs or system. It acts as if the body is allergic to itself.
- Lupus is more prevalent than AIDS, sickle cell anemia, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and cystic fibrosis COMBINED. It is estimated that over 1 million Americans have been diagnosed with Lupus; 16,000 people are diagnosed each year.
- Lupus affects one out of every 185 people; 90 percent of whom are women. Lupus is more prevelent in African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Asian-Americans.
- Only 10 percent of people diagnosed with Lupus will have a close relative (parent or sibling) who already has or may develop Lupus. Only about five percent of the children born to individuals with Lupus will develop the illness.
- Although Lupus ranges from mild to life-threatening and 20,000 Americans die with Lupus each year; the majority of cases can be controlled with proper treatment. · Sunlight, infection, injury, surgery, stress or exhaustion can trigger “flares” in Lupus (a more active state of the disease).
- Lupus is NOT infectious, rare or cancerous.
- Increased professional awareness and improved diagnostic techniques and evaluation methods are contributing to the early diagnosis and treatment of Lupus. With current methods of therapy, 80-90 percent of people with Lupus can lead full normal lives.
- While medical science has not yet developed a method for curing Lupus, new research brings unexpected findings and increased hope each year