The Possible Cause of Lupus No One Is Talking About: Birth Control

by Grace Stark, Natural Womanhood

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Autoimmune diseases are a notoriously tricky group of diseases to treat. When a person has an autoimmune disease, their immune system is so overactive that it attacks healthy tissues in the body, causing a number of issues—many of which can be serious and life-threatening—for the affected individual. Women, in particular, are more greatly affected by autoimmune issues than men, and autoimmune diseases tend to run in families.

The autoimmune disease Lupus (in which the immune system attacks nearly every kind of healthy tissue in the body) currently affects an estimated 1.5 million people in the United States, and 90% of them are women. Lupus not only disproportionately affects women, but disproportionately affects African-American women, who are two to three more times as likely to develop the disease than are white women.

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