Jan. 06, 2012

LFA Funded Research Sheds New Light on Men and Lupus

A report on a study funded by the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases found that males required, on average, a higher number of lupus susceptible genes to develop the disease. The study reinforces previous understanding that genes and environmental factors each play a role in lupus, and more importantly may help to identify who is at risk for developing the disease.

While males represent only ten percent of people with lupus, they often experience a more severe disease. The exact cause of lupus is unknown. However, researchers believe lupus results from a combination of genetic (heredity), hormonal, and environmental factors. For more information, read the abstract here.