Though lupus affects mostly women, lupus can and does occur in males of any age. Before puberty, approximately 1 male will develop lupus for every 3 females. In teens and adults, approximately 1 male will develop lupus for every 10 females. After age 50, approximately 1 man will develop lupus for every 8 females.
The symptoms of lupus are similar in males and females and most commonly include skin rash, extreme fatigue, and joint pain. The overall clinical course of the disease is the same in both genders, and males and females with lupus typically will be treated with the same therapies. Though there are many similarities, lupus is different in every person.
Now that you have some resources, we want to hear from all the men out there. How has lupus affected you? Leave us a comment to tell us your story and share tips on how you cope and deal with the disease.