Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. This results in symptoms such as inflammation, swelling, and damage to joints, skin, kidneys, blood, the heart, and lungs.
There are two main types of lupus:
- Discoid lupus.
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
Quick Facts & Stats:
- 50,000 people across the United Kingdom are thought to have Lupus, according to Lupus UK.
- 90% of people with lupus are women, usually aged between 15 and 50.
- Different ethnic and racial backgrounds are at different risk levels of developing Lupus.
- People of African origin are particularly likely to develop the disease, even when they are born and live in the different parts of the world.
- Studies suggest that Chinese and Polynesian backgrounds are also at increased risk, compared with indigenous Europeans.