Anyone can get lupus. But nine out of 10 people who have it are women. Black women are three times more likely to get lupus than white women. It's also more common in Hispanic/Latino, Asian, and American Indian women.
Both blacks and Hispanics/Latinos tend to develop lupus at a younger age and have more symptoms at diagnosis (including kidney problems).
They also tend to have more severe disease than whites. For example, black patients have more seizures and strokes, while Hispanic/Latino patients have more heart problems.
Lupus is most common in women between the ages of 15 and 44. Scientists say a woman's hormones may have something to do with getting lupus. But it's important to remember that men and older people can get it, too.
It's less common for children younger than age 15 to have lupus. One exception is babies born to women with lupus. These children may have heart, liver, or skin problems caused by lupus. With good care, most women with lupus can have a normal pregnancy and a healthy baby.