Lupus Awareness Month!

Have you heard of lupus? Well if you haven’t you will this month. May is #lupusawarenessmonth, where we all put in extra effort into letting the world know about lupus. If you’ve every heard of a friend and/or family member that lives with Lupus, you may have witnessed the pain that this disease can bring to a normal day. As it is an autoimmune disease, it attacks the body immune system specifically in the in areas like the joints, skin, and internal organs setting up painful inflammation. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, 9 out of 10 lupus patients are women however those that are at higher risk are:

  • Women ages 15 to 44
  • Certain racial or ethnic groups — including people who are African American, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or Pacific Islander
  • People who have a family member with lupus or another autoimmune disease
Lupus is NOT contagious but if you are experiencing extreme fatigue, butterfly rash, chronic joint pain, etc. make sure to see a physician to rule Lupus out. Currently, there is no cure for Lupus but the best way to live with it is to protect the body for inflammation as much as possible, protect the organs for factors that can cause organ damage, and be mindful of symptoms that can be controlled.
Learn more about this chronic autoimmune disease and how you can help make lupus visible.

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