What You Need to Know About Lupus and Metabolic Syndrome

For some patients suffering from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), there can also be an increased risk of developing metabolic disease. According to a study published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, as many as one-third of patients suffering from lupus were also diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. What is Metabolic Syndrome?

Guidelines from the National Institutes of Health define metabolic syndrome as a set of risk factors that can increase the likelihood for developing heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other serious health conditions.

Link Between Lupus and Metabolic Syndrome

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that develops when the immune system attacks healthy cells. One of the major characteristics of an autoimmune disorder is chronic inflammation, which researchers believe may be the link between lupus and a higher predisposition to metabolic syndrome. African American patients are at a greater risk of developing lupus related metabolic disease than other races.

In addition to chronic inflammation and swelling, some of the most common lupus symptoms can include :
Causes and Risk Factors for Lupus

  • Butterfly-shaped rash, usually on the face
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints
  • Skin lesions from sun exposure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Headache
  • Memory loss
  • Dry eyes

There are several factors that can contribute to the development of lupus:
Lupus Treatment in Beverly Hills

  • Age (onset is most common between the ages of 15 to 40)
  • Gender (more common in women)
  • Race (more common in African American, Asian, and Hispanic patients)
  • Genetics
  • Exposure to sunlight for people with underlying risk factors
  • Side effect of certain medications (antibiotics, blood pressure, anti-seizure)

Like many illnesses, lupus presents and affects people in different ways, and can therefore be difficult to diagnose in many cases. People with increased risk factors and symptoms should schedule a consultation with an experienced rheumatologist like Dr. Susan A. Baker for an accurate diagnosis, and customized treatment plan.

Treatment options will vary from patient to patient, but with medication and lifestyle modifications, like nutrition and exercise, Dr. Baker can help patients find relief from lupus symptoms, as well as help to mitigate the risks for patients at greater risk of developing metabolic syndrome, too.

Contact a rheumatologist in Beverly Hills today!

If you are suffering from lupus, or need a second opinion, call (310) 274–7770 to schedule an appointment with board-certified, experienced rheumatologist Dr. Susan A. Baker today.

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