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Lady Gaga Discusses Lupus

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Pop star Lady Gaga addressed the issue of whether or not she has lupus on Larry King Live (CNN) Tuesday evening.

In the interview, she explained that she tested “borderline positive” for the autoimmune disease recently, although she maintains that at this point, she is showing no signs or symptoms.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body literally turns on itself; the body’s autoimmune system begins to destroy otherwise healthy organs.

Some of the more common symptoms of lupus are extreme fatigue, and joint or muscle pain.  Both of these symptoms can signal a lupus flare up or the initial onset of the disease.  Other troublesome symptoms are sensitivity to light, changes in mood, depression, anxiety and swollen glands (WebMd).

As Lady Gaga mentioned in her interview, the disease is hereditary (her aunt had the condition); it is also a “sexist” disease, in that 9 out of ten lupus patients are female.  Most are between the ages of 15-45.

Lady Gaga also emphasized that she needs to take care of herself, and she’s absolutely spot on in this regard.  For mild cases of lupus, taking care of oneself through proper nutrition and stress control are paramount.  Regular visits to the doctor are advised to keep the disease “in check” so damage to the organs can be minimized.

At this time, there is no cure for lupus, although symptoms can be controlled through non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids.

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micro usb on 06/03/2010 11:43:01
Its genetic problem and quite funny issue as per gaga's review. She has also added that she had been suffered from heart disease too.
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Flip flops on 09/27/2010 18:16:23
I think that was very brave of Lady Gaga to open up about a private matter of health in a nationally televised TV interview. As she's shown recently with her support for overturning the don't ask don't tell regulation in the US military she's clearly not afraid of baring all in public.

I applaud such attitudes as it encourages the general public to face up to issues of personal health which can only be a good thing.
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