Have you been diagnosed with lupus? You may be find yourself thinking ‘Can lupus kill you?’ Some studies show that between 10 – 15% percent of people diagnosed with lupus will die prematurely from complications of lupus (Lupus Foundation of America, 2011). However, according to The John Hopkins Arthritis Center (2007), although the course of lupus varies from person to person, overall, the life expectancy is quite normal.
Does Lupus Kill You?
Does lupus kill? Back in 2002, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported an increase of death among African American women between ages 45-64, but it was not clear whether this was due to more accurate diagnosis and reporting or to the disease itself. In the 1950’s, 50% of lupus patients lived more than 4 years after being diagnosed – now, 80-90% are living over 10 years past diagnosis (Cureforlupus.org, 2011).
Approximately 37% of SLE deaths occur between the ages of 15 and 44. Women are 5 times more likely to die of lupus than men and blacks are 3 times more likely than whites (Lupusnsw.org, 2011).
Don’t Ask How Lupus Kills You, Go and Kill Lupus!
The Lupus Foundation of America reports that 1.5 million Americans have lupus and 90% are women. If you are among these statistics and are continually asking ‘does lupus kill?’, it may be time to shift your focus on ‘kill lupus’ instead. Patients are taking their healing into
their own hands and they seek alternative pathways to compliment their medical treatments. The harsh side effects of many prescription drugs can prove more debilitating in the long run, and so other methods should be blended in. Effective natural alternatives abound for many debilitating diseases.
Studies have shown that having a positive outlook lends to longevity. Now, it may be that people who are proactive take better care of themselves and are more diligent when it comes to their healing programs. Yet, a positive attitude also buffers the stress and trauma of having a debilitating illness. (ABC News, March 2008)
If you allow your destiny to be determined by numbers, you may never realize your full potential to eradicate lupus from your life. Extraordinary outcomes happen to people who have been diagnosed with far more fatal disorders. What was it that ‘killed’ their disease? This may be a more worthy question to ponder.