Who Gets Lupus?

Lupus attacks men, women and children, but not in equal numbers. The disease affects 10 times as many women as men. It is most commonly diagnosed in women during their childbearing years, between the ages of 18 and 45.

Research indicates that lupus is more common — and may be more severe — in African-American, Native American and Hispanic women than in Caucasian women in the United States.

Lupus cases are increasing, according to the National Institutes of Health. However, this may be the result of improved testing and greater awareness of the disease.