At Redmond Regional, you can rest assured that our focus is on you. To show our commitment to our community, we have provided tools to help you and your family live happier and healthier lives. These resources include an in-depth health library and numerous calculators that will help answer everyday health questions.
The more you know about your health, the better prepared you are to make informed healthcare decisions. Our health library gives you the information you need to take charge of your health.
A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.
It is possible to develop SLE with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing SLE. There is no way to reduce your risk.
SLE occurs primarily in women of childbearing age. It affects nonwhite women more frequently than white women.
The major risk factors are:
—The majority of people with SLE are women.
—SLE first occurs most often in the late teens to early 30s.
—People who are African American, Native American, Asian, or Hispanic are at greater risk than those who are white.
—Having a relative with SLE increases your chances of developing the disease.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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