New Poll - How old were you?

While statistics say that Lupus most often strikes young women between the ages of 15 and 44 (up to 80%), let's find out if the readers of Despite Lupus support the numbers. Check out the newest poll at the right - asking how old you were when you were diagnosed with Lupus. Count my vote in the second grouping, since I was diagnosed at the age of 26.

Some other interesting statistics, taken from the LFA website:

*Most victims of lupus are women – 90 percent

*While people of all races and ethnicities can develop lupus, the disease disproportionately affects African American, Asian, Latina, and Native American women.

*Approximately 1.5-million Americans have a form of lupus.

*In approximately 10% of all lupus cases, individuals will have symptoms and signs of more than one connective tissue disease, including lupus. A physician may use the term "overlap syndrome" or "mixed connective tissue disease" to describe the illness.

*20% of people with lupus will have a parent or sibling who already has lupus or may develop lupus.

*About 5% of the children born to individuals with lupus will develop the illness.

*Several studies reveal that the annual average cost to provide medical treatment for a person with lupus ranges between $6,000 and $10,000. For some people with lupus, however, medical costs may exceed several thousand dollars every month.

*Two of three lupus patients reported a complete or partial loss of their income because they are unable to work due to complications of lupus.

*One in three have been temporarily disabled by the disease, and one in four currently receive disability payments.

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