What is Lupus?
WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- There have been many
reports and rumors in the media and on the internet, asking questions about the
autoimmune disease lupus and who might be suffering from this devastating
The real question is: what is lupus? What are the debilitating effects of living
with the disease? When we don't talk about the cruel mystery of lupus, we
continue to keep it and those who suffer from lupus in the shadows. We need
greater awareness and understanding of lupus in order to secure the research
dollars needed to discover new treatments and ultimately a cure.
Not talking about lupus does an injustice to the estimated 1.5 million Americans
and more than five million people worldwide who battle its seriously baffling
and isolating effects every day. For far too long lupus has been under
researched and underfunded relative to its scope and impact on individuals with
the disease and their families.
Lupus is an unpredictable and misunderstood disease in which the immune system
is out of balance, causing damage to any organ system in the body. Symptoms of
lupus come and go, change over time, and often imitate other illnesses, making
lupus difficult to diagnose. Lupus has been incorrectly defined as a form of
arthritis because people with lupus many times have joint pain and arthritic
symptoms, but these are only one set of symptoms.
Other common symptoms include joint pain, skin rashes, overwhelming fatigue, and
fevers that last for days or weeks. The exact cause of lupus is unknown. While
lupus can be disabling and fatal, the disease can be managed in most cases
through aggressive medical treatment and lifestyle changes.
Lupus strikes without warning, affects each person differently, and has no known
causes. Ninety percent of the people living with lupus are females, and the
disease usually develops between ages 15 and 44. Women of color are at an
especially high risk -- African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asians, Native
Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.
The Lupus Foundation of America leads the fight to improve the quality of life
for all people affected by lupus and is the only national force devoted to
solving the cruel mystery of lupus through it programs of research, education
To learn more about lupus and how you can Help Us Solve the Cruel Mystery(TM)
SOURCE Lupus Foundation of America