The cause of lupus remains unknown, and anyone can get it — though it most often affects women, especially black, Latina, Asian, and Native American women. Learn more about this autoimmune disease, including how it's diagnosed and the latest treatment options, from our team of medical experts and fellow patients who are living with lupus.

Lupus Is Killing More Young Women Than Reported

Lupus has been identified as a leading cause of death in young women. Among women aged 15 to 24, it is the leading chronic inflammatory disease, ranking higher than diabetes, chronic lower respiratory disease, and liver disease. We talk to an expert and patient about how to beat the statistics.


What Chronic Hives Taught Me About Life and Health

An outbreak of chronic hives caught journalist and health advocate Marisa Zeppieri-Caruana by surprise, and taught her new lessons about managing her health.

By Marisa Zeppieri-Caruana

How the Body Attacks the Kidneys with Lupus Nephritis

It’s a vicious cycle of failing kidneys causing Lupus Nephritis, and then Lupus Nephritis coming back to attack your kidneys.

By Stephanie Stephens

Olympic Gold Medalist Shannon Boxx Talks About Being a Lupus Advocate

Shannon Boxx has four FIFA World Cups and an Olympic gold medal under her belt. And she did it all while dealing with lupus.

By Lara DeSanto

The Lupus-Osteoporosis Connection

Osteoporosis is one of the most common complications of lupus. Here’s what you can do to offset the bone-weakening impact of the disease and its treatments.

By Tim Gower

What Living with Two Chronic Conditions Has Taught Me

Lupus and RA have taught me about myself and they’ve also taught me about other people. They’ve taught me what I need and don’t need in my life, and about what is truly important.

By Leslie Rott

Living with Both Lupus and RA

If you have both conditions, see what you should know about treatment.

By Leslie Rott

Being a Grad Student with RA

Leslie Rott has both RA and lupus. She was diagnosed in 2008 in her first year of graduate school. “I was in the hospital for steroid infusions to get my illness under control while my friends were celebrating the end of the first year. It was a stra...

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Lupus Is As Lupus Does

For me, it’s hard to talk about lupus without talking about RA because I have both illnesses. As of November 2013, it was reported that 1.3 million adults in the United States have RA and between 161,000 to 322,000 have lupus (1). However, the preval...

By Leslie Rott

Lupus and RA: A Frustrating Combination

May is both lupus and arthritis awareness month, which is convenient for me, since I have both illnesses. I was diagnosed with RA first, and a few months later, the diagnosis was changed to both RA and lupus. For me, the diagnosis of just RA did not ...

By Leslie Rott

10 Ways Lupus Affects the Body

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect several different parts of the body. Here are some of the ways lupus can affect your health.

By Allison Tsai