Lupus among African American

Lupus Image
We use race as categories that we sort people in that share the same genes. This is called genetic determinism, where people use our genetic information to figure out what type of individual we would become. Being individuals among our races and biological families we are unique in our own ways through our DNA and genotypic make up. When genes are in the act of forming our individual bodies mutations can occur within these genes which can possibly lead to disease or benign harm to the body. This is were it can cause problems to our health. Natural science has gotten to a point where we can see how we, people who share similar genes, can be linked into certain health related problems. Since we have came a long way through medicine we know how to control and possibly cure some of health illnesses, some we still are still finding cures for but many have treatments.

Lupus is a disease that is common in African American women, that there is still not a cure for at the moment. There is no cure because there is still not a determined cause for such disease. It is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can cause harm to parts of the body such as skin, joints and organs inside the body. This disease is not contagious but can get in the way of fertility, family and pursing careers. Being a woman or even a woman of color, who it targets the most, this disease can make things hard for you make social, educational, economical advances in the world. African American women are not one of the top successors in the world, but are rising. This illness does cause an extra obstacle to manage against normal individuals lives, especially when it is attacking at the ages of 15-44. Those ages are crucial to social and educational advances, and lupus is making it more challenging.

Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.. “African American women develop lupus at a younger age with more complications.” . http://www.lupus.org/georgia/news/entry/african-american-women-develop-lupus-at-a-younger-age (accessed July 11, 2014).

This Post Has 1 Comment

  1. Shardae Herriford says:

    I like how you analyzed race as only a category but through genes this determines our phenotype and genotype. Which can often detect mutations or gene alterations that can lead to diseases, which affects our health. Did you consider that sometimes if the person knows in advance that they may be a carrier of a mutation they could avoid it? For example, if a person is not a carrier of Lupus they could reconsider pro creating with someone who does. This could be biased, because you can’t determine who you love. If the person doesn’t know they are carriers and then the child could receive the mutation that would lead to them having the disease. I didn’t consider that this disease does overall affects more than just their health but their well being with “social, educational, and economical advances in the world.” Based on your graph that you included, determines that undeniably Lupus is prevalent amongst African American in women because it’s most common in between the age 14-44. However, it is the lowest between the ages of 14-44 in Caucasian Women. Since there is no cure for this disease this could be a factor because there is not much information provided on the disease, as it should be. Racial categories in clinical studies are useful in the aspect of if they are able to dictate how many are affected within a race it could lead to a quicker progression in finding treatment to Lupus. The only con is that if the data only being used is one on one specific race this would not be helpful because the information is limited. However, there could be a better way of talking about racialized health disparities by taking in to account the people that are being affected economically, mentally, and physically. There could be a survey given on how each the person affected by the disease. Also, the family that is dealing with the affected person’s health.

Leave a Reply