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What should you know about lupus?

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Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which means that the immune system mistakes the body's own tissues as foreign invaders and attacks them. Some people with lupus suffer only minor inconvenience. Others suffer significant lifelong disability. Lupus affects people of African, Asian, or Native American descent two to three times as often as it affects whites. Nine out of 10 people with lupus are women. The disease usually strikes between age 15 and 44, although it can occur in older individuals.

SOURCES: Lupus Foundation of America. The Mayo Clinic. National Library of Medicine.  



Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 29, 2017

SOURCES: Lupus Foundation of America. The Mayo Clinic. National Library of Medicine.  



Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 29, 2017

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