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RACIALLY, ARE THERE NUMBERS ABOUT LUPUS AND WHO GETS THIS DISEASE? IS THAT A DECIDING FACTOR?

The actual number of lupus patients is hard to estimate due to the varied assumptions among those that collect data. Some studies only look at those who are hospitalized while others only measure insured patients. However, not all lupus patients end up in the hospital and some insurance companies do not list lupus on their insurance forms.

Many studies do not reflect the racial makeup of the country. Like one Mayo clinic study had over 95 percent Caucasian participants, which is not reflected in U.S. demographics. Other types of lupus are ignored in studies due to duration. For instance, DILE only lasts a few weeks, so it is often not recorded. DLE is only seen by dermatologists, and often ignored by studies that only include hospitalized patients.

Despite the inherent difficulties in studying lupus, when compiled we do know some things about who gets lupus more often and why certain populations of people are afflicted with more serious lupus symptoms. In each case we will examine the incidence (number of new cases over a certain time period) and prevalence (number of people with lupus in the population studied) of lupus.

Racial Factors

There is a clear difference in the incidence and prevalence of lupus in different races of people. For instance, the incidence of lupus in Latinos, African Americans, and Asians is greater than in other races.

According to a study by Kaiser-Permanente, 286 out of 100,000 African American women in San Francisco were diagnosed with lupus. A Hawaiian study showed that Asian women have a three times greater prevalence rate than Caucasian women, and they tend to have a more severe form of SLE.

Still, there are other reports of Native American people having the greatest prevalence of lupus, but the studies conducted had numbers so small that they were difficult to confirm.

African Americans and Asians are more prone to severe forms of SLE. African Americans are three times more likely to develop SLE, and it can be found in 1 out of every 300 African American women. While Asians tend to lead the way in developing organ threatening disease African American males follow right behind them.

Race and geography also have an impact on lupus statistics. While lupus among African Americans is great, the disease is rare on the African continent. Among Asians, the disease is much more common in the Philippines and China than in Japan. Meanwhile, Sioux tribes have a 10 percent of incidence rate over other Native American tribes.
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This is very interesting don’t you think?

But what is more interesting is why there isn’t more funding for such a cripppling disease.

And I am sure…tht there are mant out ther that have nt been diagnosed with Lupus…I wasn’t! That is why it is such a nasty disease…it hides…at least now Physicans are becoming more aware of the disease.

If your Doctor can’t find out what is wrong with you…ask him to test for Lupus…I will cover what tests confirm Lupus next…or at least some of the tests.

See you then,
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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