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GUEST: Dr. Paula Walker discusses lupus

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May is Lupus Awareness Month, and nearly 1.5 million Americans suffer from lupus.

Although lupus can strike men and women of all ages, 90 percent of individuals diagnosed with the disease are women.

Dr. Paula Walker from Columbus State University tells us more about the disease.

May is Lupus Awareness Month, and nearly 1.5 million Americans suffer from lupus.

Although lupus can strike men and women of all ages, 90 percent of individuals diagnosed with the disease are women.

Dr. Paula Walker from Columbus State University tells us more.

Lupus is a chronic auto-immune illness that affects the joints and every major organ in the body. Auto-immune illnesses cause the body to attack its own healthy tissues.

Lupus sufferers typically develop a butterfly-shaped rash on the body, and are sensitive to the sun. They may also suffer from fever, swollen and painful joints, and headaches.

It is unknown why lupus affects women more than men. Scientists still do not know what causes lupus, but it may be genetic.

There are no medications that specifically treat lupus, but the symptoms can be lessened by using steroids and auto-immune suppressants. Although lupus is a common illness, it can still be deadly.

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