The number in millions of Americans currenrly suffering from Lupus

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Lupus sufferers who are women

How many times more likely it is for a woman of color to have Lupus vs a Caucasian woman

What is Lupus?

LUPUS IS A CHROMIC, COMPLEX AND PREVALENT AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE.

Lupus is difficult to diagnose because its symptoms come and go, mimic those of other diseases, and there is no single laboratory test that can definitively identify the illness. Early detection and treatment is the key to a better health outcome and can usually lessen the progression and severity of the disease.

Lupus is one of America’s least recognized major diseases. While lupus is widespread, awareness and accurate knowledge about it is lacking. More than 90% of lupus sufferers are women, mostly young women between the ages of 15 to 44.

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In lupus, the immune system, which is designed to protect against infection, creates antibodies that attack the body’s own tissues and organs — the kidneys, brain, heart, lungs, blood, skin, and joints. Lupus is a leading cause of premature cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and stroke among young women.

Although “lupus” is used as a broad term, there are several different types of lupus: systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), cutaneous affecting only the skin and drug-induced lupus triggered by a few medications.

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is the form of the disease that most people refer to when they say “lupus.”  The word “systemic” means the disease can affect many parts of the body — including the kidneys, brain or central nervous system, blood and blood vessels, skin, lungs, heart and joints. Skin involvement occurs in up to 80% of patients.

Lupus is very difficult to diagnose. No single test can definitively determine whether a person has lupus — but several laboratory tests of blood and urine along with clinical assessment can help make a diagnosis.

You can donate directly to The Lupus Foundation of America by clicking here.

 

What is The Purple Collection?

Purple is the color used to show support and strength in the face of Lupus. By purchasing a product from The Purple Collection – jewelry and gifts that feature the color purple – you’re automatically donating 10% of your purchase to The Lupus Foundation of America, whose sole purpose is to solve the mystery of Lupus while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact.

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