Lupus is a chronic, complicated autoimmune disease. Although it’s one of the most common in the United States, it’s also among those that people know the least about. Here is part one of our list of facts you didn’t know about it.
Number Fifteen: It’s Hard to Tell Who Has Lupus
Although it’s estimated that at least 5 million people in the world currently have this disease, it’s hard to tell exactly who has it. This is because the symptoms vary so widely from person to person. For this reason, numbers of people with it may be higher than we assume.
Number Fourteen: 90% of Sufferers are Women of Reproductive Age
This would be considered about 15 to 45 years of age. Although this age group and gender is the most common, men and children, along with elderly people can develop lupus as well.
Number Thirteen: Women of Color are at a Much Higher Risk
In fact, they are two to three times likelier to develop this disease than white women. Although all people can develop it, as stated above, if you are Asian, Latina, or African American, you’re at a higher risk.
Number Twelve: Famous People with Lupus
A lot of celebrities have this disease. Among these are Nick Cannon, Seal, and Selena Gomez. Michael Jackson also had it before his death. Lady Gaga has been said to have tested positive on tests that say she may have it as well.
Number Eleven: The Origins of the Term
Lupus means “wolf” in Latin. This is because when the disease was first discovered, doctors thought the rash that appeared on the face resembled a wolf bite.
Number Ten: The Lupus Butterfly
Although it was once compared to wild animal bites, the rash is now considered to have more of a butterfly shape. For this reason, the symbol for lupus is known as a butterfly in the medical field and elsewhere.
Number Nine: The Imitator
This disease is often called “the great imitator”. This is because the symptoms tend to appear like those of different illnesses. Hopefully you found the first half of our list of facts about lupus informative and interesting. Check back for part two, coming soon.