Living with Lupus
Most people with lupus can perform normal daily activities much of the time. You may have to slow down during times when your symptoms worsen. You can help prevent lupus flares and improve your quality of life by:
- Seeing your doctor regularly
- Getting enough rest
- Avoiding sun exposure
- Getting regular exercise
- Reducing unnecessary stress
Lupus Life Expectancy
According to the Lupus Foundation of America, between 80 and 90 percent of people with lupus who get proper treatment can expect to have a normal lifespan. Lupus can be fatal, but the majority of people with the disease live long, productive lives. Some factors that can affect your prognosis include your:
- Gender: Men tend to have more severe types of lupus than women.
- Studies show that men are more likely to have kidney damage and more likely to have an active form of lupus early on in their disease.
- Age: In people who have their first lupus symptoms before the age of 16, chances are greater that the condition will involve their nervous system and kidneys.
- People who exhibit their first lupus symptoms after the age of 50 tend to have a worse prognosis.
- Race: People of Hispanic, Asian, and African descent get lupus more frequently and have a worse prognosis than whites. The increased incidence of lupus in these racial groups is probably due to genetics, but some of the poorer prognoses may be due to socioeconomic factors, such as access to health care.