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Lupus: The Top Facts & Statistics

As like any "Awareness Month" , Lupus Awareness Month serves as a universal call-to-action to support the millions of families affected by Lupus. 

Because Lupus is not a widely understood condition, we've complied some facts and statistics from the Lupus Foundations of America:.

Facts & Statistics: 

  • Lupus symptoms are not the same for everyone. Some symptoms are common to other conditions and can differ greatly from person to person, which can make diagnosis difficult. 
  • Lupus rash
  • Constant fatigue
  • Achy joints
  • Seizures
  • Hair loss
  • Blood clots
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Chest pain when breathing
  • Mouth or nose sores
  • Ankle swelling and fluid accumulation
  • Unexplained fever (more than 100F)
  • Lupus is two or three times more prevalent among women of color. 
  • An estimated 1.5 million Americans and approximately 5 million people worldwide are living with lupus.
  • Diagnosis begins with a simple blood test. An antinuclear antibody (ANA) blood test can be ordered if lupus is suspected. A negative ANA test result typically rules out lupus. An ANA test is done on a sample of a person's blood. The test determines the strength of the antibodies by measuring how many times the person's blood must be diluted to get a sample that is free of antibodies.
  • There is approximately 16,000 new cases of Lupus each year. 

Lupus treatment will vary for each indivdual. To Learn more about Lupus, visit the Lupus Foundation of America. There mission is to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education, support and advocacy. We are focused on achieving the following disease-specific outcomes:

How can MedicAlert protect someone with Lupus? Well, we got you covered.

What is MedicAlert?  It’s not just a medical ID. MedicAlert is peace of mind, knowing that if your loved one falls or has a medical emergency, MedicAlert Foundation has their back – and yours. With a MedicAlert ID and membership, your loved one’s medical history and emergency information is stored, safe and secure, in their MedicAlert profile.

How does it work? Emergency response teams are trained to look for a MedicAlert ID. Should your loved one have an emergency, accessing the MedicAlert ID number on the member’s bracelet, necklace or tag will connect first responders to MedicAlert’s 24/7 MedicAlert Emergency Response Team. In an emergency, they will relay your loved one’s complete medical history and list of emergency contacts, providing first responders with a detailed health record and action plan.