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SEGMENT: Health with Dr. Paula: May is Lupus awareness month

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – May is Lupus Awareness month, and nearly 1.5 million Americans suffer from Lupus.

Dr. Paula Walker-King stopped by News Leader 9 Morning to tell us that lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect the joints and almost every major organ in the body, including the heart, kidneys, skin, lungs, and brain.

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

What are the risk factors for lupus?

-Gender: more common in females

-Age: usually diagnosed between ages 15-45 although can affect people of all ages

-Race/Ethnicity: more common in African Americans

-Family history significant for the disease

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