Lupus Awareness Month is observed during May to increase public understanding of this unpredictable and potentially life-threatening disease that affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans. www.lupus.org
Who Gets Lupus?
Ninety percent of the people who develop lupus are female. Lupus is also more common in women of African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American descent than in Caucasian women.
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.
The times when a person is having symptoms are called flares, which can range from mild to severe. Symptoms may come and go. New symptoms may appear at any time.
One key to living with lupus is to know about the disease and its impact. Being able to spot the warning signs of a flare can help you prevent the flare or make the symptoms less severe. Many people with lupus have certain symptoms just before a flare, such as:
● Feeling more tired
● Pain, Rash, Fever
● Stomach Ache, Headache, Dizziness.
Women with lupus are at increased risk for loss of bone mass (osteoporosis) and are nearly five times more likely to experience a fracture.
Blood disorders such as anemia (a low number of circulating red blood cells) are common in lupus, affecting about half of all people with active disease.
Lupus Awareness Month
Observed each year during May, Lupus Awareness Month includes activities in which everyone can participate to raise awareness of lupus.
World Lupus Day
More than 100 lupus organizations around the globe annually observe World Lupus Day on May 10. Events to promote awareness are held throughout the world and online to spread awareness of this global health issue.