Lupus is not a frequently occurring disease if we are to compare it with the likes of diabetes and hypertension. But just because it is not as frequent as the others, doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take it as something serious. If you are not prepared for its possible effects, it could definitely cause you problems.
Did you know that there are about 1.5 Americans diagnosed with lupus, and there are a total of around 5 million cases worldwide? The concerning thing about it is that 90% of these patients are women, and African-American women are three times more likely to have been diagnosed with this disease than white women.
Fortunately, while the actual causes of lupus are still unknown, there are available medications that help manage its symptoms.
In this episode, Dr. Berry talks all about lupus and discusses what happens to the immune system of those who have it. He also puts emphasis on how it could affect basically all of the internal organs as he reassures that while there is still no answer to what really causes it, there are ways to trace lupus and treatment options to help those who have been diagnosed.
Why you need to check out this episode:
- Learn about the nature of lupus and how it affects one’s health;
- Understand how severe the complications brought by lupus could get and why it should never be seen as nothing despite it being an infrequent disease; and
- Find out what signs and symptoms you should look out for if you suspect that you have lupus.
“In the case of lupus, something happens where your own immune system doesn’t recognize that the foreign body it’s trying to attack is its actual self.” –Dr. Berry Pierre
02:28 – By the facts and stats: Why lupus should be a source of concern even if it is less common in frequency than other diseases
04:09 – Why lupus carries so much weight in me: My first experience with a lupus patient
06:41 – FAQs: What is lupus? What happens to our immune system once we got lupus? Why does it affect almost all of our organs, and severe could it get?
10:01 – The four types of lupus and what each of it does to your body
11:18 – Genetics, hormones, and environment: Some of the factors that might be the source of lupus, as what exactly causes it is still unknown
13:01 – Watch out: Signs and symptoms to lookout for if you suspect that you have lupus
15:14 – Medical history, physical exams, and laboratory tests: How lupus is diagnosed
19:09 – What are some of the available medications for lupus?
“Typically, it [lupus] affects women in childbearing age.” – Dr. Berry Pierre
“Lupus is when your immune system says ‘Hey, you know what? I don’t recognize myself, so I’m going to turn on myself.” – Dr. Berry Pierre
“When you get to the point where your body is turning on itself, every organ is up for grabs.”
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