How Lupus Affects the Aging Process
Lupus and aging can affect each other.
You probably know that lupus is a life-long illness. What you may not know is how the disease will treat you as you grow older.
We’ll review some of the most important ways that systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) affects the aging process, as well as the reverse – how getting older can affect your disease.
Here are five facts associated with lupus and aging.
1. Symptom Activity Tends to Improve with Age.
As a person ages, lupus activity – or the degree of inflammation and auto-immunity present – typically declines.
This may lead to adjustments in treatment, including a possible reduction in medication.
On the flip side, the severity of the disease can increase. This is the sum of your disease activity in the past, including the damage it has caused. This could lead to physical therapy, joint replacements or other non-pharmacological treatments as you age.