7 Warm Ideas for Getting Through Winter with Lupus

It’s easy to romanticize the cold. There is something about the purity of snow, snuggling by a warm fire, or staying indoors to listen to the rain that can elevate the spirit even during the darkest of days. However, for some of those living with lupus, cold weather can mean stiffness, painful joints, rashes and…

Lupus and Kidney Disease (Lupus Nephritis)

What is lupus nephritis? Lupus nephritis is a type of kidney disease caused by systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus). Lupus is an autoimmune disease —a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the body’s own cells and organs. Kidney disease caused by lupus may get worse over time and lead to kidney failure. If your kidneys fail, you will need dialysis or a kidney…

Lupus: Probiotics could help to reduce kidney inflammation

A “friendly” bacteria found in yogurt, kefir, and many other dairy products could help to reduce kidney inflammation in women with lupus, a new study suggests. Researchers have found that adding Lactobacillus to the diets of mice with lupus-induced kidney inflammation – also known as lupus nephritis – led to improvements in kidney function and increased their survival, but only in…

15 Silent Signs of Lupus You Should Never Ignore

This autoimmune disease is tricky to diagnose because it mimics so many other illnesses. If you have more than four of any of these symptoms of lupus, it may be time to call your doctor You feel like you have the flu, but you’re not getting better Fever, chills, muscle aches, and sleepiness are all…

Protein Triggers Immune Response in Lupus Patients

Reactive oxygen species in cells’ mitochondria trigger an immune response widely detected in patients with lupus, researchers have discovered. The finding suggests the potential for a new therapeutic avenue to ameliorate the effects of the chronic autoimmune disease. The study, “Reactive oxygen species induce virus-independent MAVS oligomerization in systemic lupus erythematosus,” was published in the journal Science…

How Systemic Lupus Affects Children

In autoimmune diseases like lupus, the immune system, which normally attacks foreign invaders like viruses and bacteria, turns against the body’s own cells and tissues. Ninety percent of adult lupus occurs in women in their child-bearing years, but lupus can also be diagnosed in men and children. “We see systemic lupus in girls at the age…

Lupus During Pregnancy and how it affects…

If you have lupus – an autoimmune disease known more formally as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) – you’re probably wondering whether you can have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. The happy news is that if you take a few extra steps to keep your disease under control, your odds for a successful pregnancy are extremely high. WHAT…

How Lupus Affects Your Body

Lupus can affect just about any part of your body, but medicine can help prevent and ease problems. There are also steps you can take on your own to avoid the effects of lupus on your heart, skin, kidneys, eyes, and other areas. Heart and Lungs Lupus raises your chances of heart disease and stroke. This is probably due to the long-term inflammation that comes with lupus….

Lupus and Pregnancy: Risks and Management

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that mainly strikes women during their childbearing years. For many women living with the disease, that means pregnancy will become an issue at some point in their lives.A few decades ago, women with lupus were discouraged from having a family, but now that’s not the case. Most women living with the condition can have…

10 Early Signs of Lupus

What is lupus? Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes swelling (inflammation) and a wide variety of symptoms. Lupus affects everyone differently. Some people have only a few mild symptoms and others have many, more severe symptoms. Symptoms usually start in early adulthood, anywhere from the teen years into the 30s. People with lupus generally…