Poverty, Race Linked to Outcomes for Lupus Patients
Lupus patients from lower socio-economic populations have a higher risk of suffering organ damage as a result of the condition.
According to new research published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatology, persistent poverty is linked to an increase in the amount of damage caused by lupus over time. On the other hand, persons who are able to improve their economic conditions may alleviate those signs of damage.
Chronic stress, which is often linked to poverty, could be to blame for the higher risk of organ damage that people from lower socio-economic backgrounds suffer. The study which focused on 783 patients found that stresses related to availability of food, affordable housing, and medical care were linked to a higher risk of suffering organ damage.