Risk Factors for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
- Gender —The majority of people with SLE are women.
- Age —SLE first occurs most often in the late teens to early 30s.
- Ethnic background —People who are African American, Native American, Asian, or Hispanic are at greater risk than those who are white.
- Family history —Having a relative with SLE increases your chances of developing the disease.
- A history of celiac disease
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- Reviewer: Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD; Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 06/2013 -
- Update Date: 11/25/2013 -