More and more men are being affected with Lupus. It is often said that men with lupus will be more seriously affected than women. Recent studies have shown that men with lupus have an increased frequency of seizures, immune-mediated anaemia (low haemoglobin), & lupus anticoagulant (which can lead to blood clots). On the other hand men seem to have a lower frequency of Sjogren's Syndrome, which causes dry eyes & dry mouth. Although men are more likely to have these more serious manifestations, they show up the same in both sexes, i.e. if looking at a man & a woman who have seizures, the man won't necessarily have them worse than the woman.
Hormones are thought to play a big part in lupus, especially the female hormone oestrogen. Both males & females produce the hormones oestrogen & androgen, but in different quantities. Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become less dense and more likely to fracture. Fractures from osteoporosis can result in significant pain and disability. Osteoporosis is a major health threat for an estimated 44 million Americans, 68 percent of whom are women. The other 32 percent are men.
An increase in bone loss and fracture in individuals with SLE is common. In fact, individuals with lupus may be nearly five times more likely to experience a fracture from osteoporosis.
Individuals with lupus are at increased risk for osteoporosis for many reasons. Studies also show that bone loss in lupus may occur as a direct result of the disease. Also, the glucocorticoid medications often prescribed to treat SLE can trigger significant bone loss. In addition, pain and fatigue caused by the disease can result in inactivity, further increasing osteoporosis risk.
So, just as more and more men are suffering from Lupus, those men also are at risk for the same bone loss density, as a result of the disease, are women with Lupus. Sorry, I know you probably did not want to hear this.
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