Risk Factors for Lupus


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About risk factors: Risk factors for Lupus are factors that do not seem to be a direct cause of the disease, but seem to be associated in some way. Having a risk factor for Lupus makes the chances of getting a condition higher but does not always lead to Lupus. Also, the absence of any risk factors or having a protective factor does not necessarily guard you against getting Lupus. For general information and a list of risk factors, see the risk center.

Risk factor list: The list of risk factors mentioned for Lupus in various sources includes:

Risk factors discussion: Both African Americans 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, African American patients have more seizures and strokes, while Hispanic/Latino patients have more heart problems. We don't understand why some people seem to have more problems with lupus than others.

Lupus is most common in women between the ages of 15 and 44. These are roughly the years when most women are able to have babies. Scientists think 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 under 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. 1

Risks factors for Lupus: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to risk factors for Lupus:



Footnotes:
1. excerpt from The Many Shades of Lupus: NIAMS

Last revision: June 2, 2003

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