Lupus and WHO gets it?!?!?!

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<strong><em>WHO gets LUPUS</em></strong>

The actual number of<em>Lupus</em> patients is hard to estimate due to the varied assumptions among those that collect data. Some studies only look at those who are hospitalized while others only measure insured patients. However, not all lupus patients end up in the hospital and some insurance companies do not list <em>Lupus</em> on their insurance forms.

Many studies do not reflect the racial makeup of the country. Like one Mayo clinic study had over 95 percent Caucasian participants, which is not reflected in U.S. demographics.

Other types of <em>Lupus</em> are ignored in studies due to duration. For instance, DILE only lasts a few weeks, so it is often not recorded. DLE is only seen by dermatologists, and often ignored by studies that only include hospitalized patients.

Despite the inherent difficulties in studying <em>Lupus</em>, when compiled we do know some things about who gets <em>Lupus</em> more often and why certain populations of people are afflicted with more serious <em>Lupus</em> symptoms. In each case we will examine the incidence (number of new cases over a certain time period) and prevalence (number of people with <em>Lupus</em> in the population studied) of lupus.

<em>Racial Factors</em>

There is a clear difference in the incidence and prevalence of <em>Lupus</em> in different races of people. For instance, the incidence of <em>Lupus</em> in Latinos, African Americans, and Asians is greater than in other races. According to a study by Kaiser-Permanente, 286 out of 100,000 African American women in San Francisco were diagnosed with <em>Lupus. </em>

A Hawaiian study showed that Asian women have a three times greater prevalence rate than Caucasian women, and they tend to have a more severe form of SLE. Still, there are other reports of Native American people having the greatest prevalence of <em>Lupus</em>, but the studies conducted had numbers so small that they were difficult to confirm.

African Americans and Asians are more prone to severe forms of SLE. African Americans are three times more likely to develop SLE, and it can be found in 1 out of every 300 African American women. While Asians tend to lead the way in developing organ threatening disease African American males follow right behind them.

Race and geography also have an impact on <em>Lupus</em> statistics. While <em>Lupus</em> among African Americans is great, the disease is rare on the African continent. Among Asians, the disease is much more common in the Philippines and China than in Japan. Meanwhile, Sioux tribes have a 10 percent of incidence rate over other Native American tribes.

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LUPUS IS FOR THE BIRDS!
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This article came from the book, Freedom From Lupus.
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If there is any thing that I can do to assist you…please feel free to contact me.  As a long term survivor of Lupus, I feel that I am qualified to help you with many areas of this disease.
And as well, share my personal experiences with you.

MyMonaVie.com/SharonSutley

Smiles, better health and world peace,
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

~ by thebabyboomerqueen on May 31, 2007.

One Response to “Lupus and WHO gets it?!?!?!”

  1. We need to encourage all lupus patients in America and those who care about them to go to http://www.lupus.org and click on the take action link. The Lupus REACH amendments have been introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. We need co-sponsors. The Bill is H.R. 1192.

    It is one thing to bemoan the lack of new medications for the past 40 years or the fact that there are no reliable biomarkers for the diagnosis of lupus, but it is another thing to take a few minutes and send an email, write a letter, send a fax, or make a call.

    If we don’t act on our own behalf, what right do we have to complain? Please do it NOW.

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