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African American women and Lupus

It’s amazing how so many individuals know nothing about Lupus but it runs high in the African American community. Women of color are three times more likely to be diagnosed with lupus between the ages of 12-25. As many as 1 in 250 young black women will get the disease. Lupus is an unpredictable and misunderstood autoimmune disease that ravages different parts of the body.  It is difficult to diagnose, hard to live with and a challenge to treat.  Lupus has a range of symptoms, strikes without warning, and has no known cause or known cure.  Its health effects can range from a skin rash to a heart attack. Many individuals go years without being diagnosed because the illness can mock other diseases and go undetected for long periods of time. For myself, it took about three-five months before the doctors knew that it was lupus. This disease is also very complex because there is no concrete answer of where it actually comes from. Lupus is a disease that can affect many parts of the body. Everyone reacts differently. One person with lupus may have swollen knees and fever. Another person may be tired all the time or have kidney trouble. There is no way to prevent Lupus, but there are ways to help control the symptoms. Remove any and all processed foods. Foods high in sodium, starch, sugar, salt, also trigger a flair for those with lupus. African Americans are prone to many other diseases, that’s why we need to become more educated about our bodies and how foods and our environment affects us. 

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