Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) or simply Lupus is a very complicated health condition. While no one has ever died from the disease per se, so many people have died from related complications. Perhaps the thing that makes Lupus such a difficult condition is the fact that it is very hard to diagnose it and even harder to find the right treatment. Being a chronic condition, there is no one single test yet that can singlehandedly diagnose the disease, making the whole process even more complex.
Lupus risk factors and prevalence
Lupus is a terminal autoimmune disease that is capable of debilitating someone and even result to death as it attacks healthy body tissues, cells, the central nervous system, the skin, the blood, the brain, the heart, lungs, and kidneys among other vital organs of the human body. Lupus is not a contagious disease, neither is it cancerous in nature, but it is very much prevalent than diseases such as Cerebral Palsy, Sickle Cell Anemia, Cystic Fibrosis, Multiple Sclerosis, and even HIV/AIDS. While Lupus attacks men, women, the aged, and children, it tends to be more prevalent in women than in their male counterparts, and it is actually very common in women of color than it is in whites.
Types of Lupus
According to the Lupus Foundation of America, there currently are four major types of Lupus
1. Drug induced Lupus Erythematosus
2. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
3. Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
4. Neonatal Lupus
The most common type of Lupus is the Systemic one; hence it is the one people refer to when the word Lupus is mentioned. It can be mild or severe depending on the situation and can attack any tissue, cell, or system in the human body. If left untreated, Systemic Lupus can be life-threatening. The worst thing about this condition is that it