Lupus and Men
Lupus is considered a female disease because it is more common in women than men. About 90% of lupus patients between the ages of 15 and 45 are women. After the age of 50, however, the percentage of women with lupus falls to 75% and the percentage of men with the disease rises to 25%.
Some studies have found that there is more severe kidney, nerve and blood vessel disease in men with lupus than in women with the disease.
Men with lupus often do not seek out support groups or talk openly about their disease because of the female dominance in the prevalence of lupus.
The Lupus Foundation of America’s website (www.lupus.org) has unique resources for men with lupus to learn more about their disease. Find links to transcripts of Web chats with experts on men's health and lupus.Program objectives:
- Encourage men to email Paul Donoghue, PhD, co-author of ‘Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired: Living with Chronic Illness.’ Donoghue, who has Crohn's disease, is a psychologist.
Lupus Foundation of America
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- Find electronic newsletters and magazine articles at the ‘Men and Lupus’ page at www.lupus.org.
- Sign up online to receive a free e-newsletter.
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with "Ask Dr. Paul" in the subject line. All questions are confidential.