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STUDY: Lupus and Its Affect on Young Black Women

By rlsmetro on
New Jersey

During our month-long series of shining the light on the potentially debilitating autoimmune disease Lupus, RLS Media intends to share information in our health section of our website in an effort to "Make Lupus Visible." 

In an alarming 2013 Emory University study, 1 in 250 Black women will develop lupus in their lifetime. This study was accepted then eventually published by The Center for Disease Control. 

Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body. It is more common among women of childbearing age (ages 15 to 44 years), The Center for Disease Control said. 


According to the universities' study, the autoimmune disease tends to attack Black women around their 30s at higher rates than White women. The  NJ Department of Health said this chronic, autoimmune disease could damage any part of the body. 

Lupus Foundation of America estimates that 1.5 million Americans, and at least 5 million people worldwide, have some form of lupus.

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The mystery of what causes lupus and concrete ways of treating it remains a study that doctors in all medical professions have made several diagnoses on patients with Lupus then confirmed by Rheumatologist. 

The Emory University study confirmed that Black women also have a higher likelihood of facing harsher complications like kidney failure, skin rashes, heart attacks and possible kidney transplants.