Claims that Anna Nicole Smith suffered from lupus are not surprising, according to the Autoimmune Diseases Association, a national voluntary health organization. Many of the reports of how Smith was affected by her newly disclosed condition are consistent with a diagnosis of lupus. Lupus is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease in which the immune system becomes misdirected and attacks the body's healthy tissues and organs. In lupus, any part of the body can be affected and common symptoms include painful or swollen joints, skin rashes, unexplained high fever, kidney problems and severe fatigue.
Although a diagnosis of lupus for Smith has not yet been confirmed,
it is not uncommon for celebrities to try to keep their autoimmune
diseases hidden from the public. "People who suffer from lupus, as
with the more than 80 autoimmune diseases, often keep their disease
hidden from their family and friends because they fear that their
disease will be misunderstood,"
4. Know your risk: Most guidelines recommend osteoporosis screening through bone mineral density (BMD) testing starting at age 65—earlier for women who have health conditions or take medications that increase risk.
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