What is Lupus?

What is Lupus

In recent months, the public has heard how pop singer Selena Gomez has struggled with the effects of lupus and how she has found ways to manage her condition. Gomez, along with stars including Lady Gaga, Nick Cannon, and Toni Braxton, has brought light to the autoimmune disease and how it affects the body – and the mind. Lupus has no cure, and conventional treatments are used to slow down symptoms, but there is another way some people are treating lupus and seeking relief: fat stem cell therapy.

What Is Lupus?

Lupus is an autoimmune condition that causes the immune system to become hyperactive and then attacks normal, healthy tissue of the joints, skin, and organs. While both men and women can get lupus, 90 percent of patients diagnosed are women.

Here are a few things 26-year-old Gomez has shared about her condition:

  • She had a kidney transplant, which is a common part of living with lupus. In some individuals who have an autoimmune condition, one side effect of the disease is lupus nephritis, in which the kidneys and their structures, such as the glomeruli, tubules, or interstitial tissue, become inflamed. Statistics from the Lupus Foundation of America estimate that 15 to 20 percent of people with nephritis caused by lupus will need a kidney transplant or chronic dialysis, the clinical purification of blood necessary to stay healthy when kidneys fail.
  • She has experienced anxiety, depression, and panic attacks. In addition to lupus’s toll on the body, it can cause changes in mental health, too. In most cases, this is because its symptoms can significantly alter how sufferers live.
  • She has a higher risk of having a stroke. Lupus can impact the brain and nervous system, increasing the risk of headaches, seizures, and strokes.
  • She has had chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is not just a treatment for cancer; it can be used to treat lupus to help suppress the immune system and reduce symptoms. Chemotherapy can be rough on the body and comes with its own side effects.
  • Flares can be minimized. When lupus symptoms get worse, it’s called a “flare.” Flares can last a few days to weeks for some individuals. Flares can be devastating for those living with lupus, but they can be managed with a healthy diet, reducing stress, exercise, not smoking, and staying out of the sun.

Stem Cell Therapy for Lupus

While chemotherapy and healthy living can help benefit those living with lupus, so can fat stem cell therapy. Fat stem cell therapy can help because fat stem cells are immunomodulators and help to “reset” the immune system back to normal function.

This means the immune system stops attacking the body’s healthy joints and tissues, and painful symptoms subside. Many individuals living with lupus or other autoimmune conditions report seeing the benefits of fat stem cell therapy.

Learn How Fat Stem Cell Therapy Can Help

Stem cell therapy treatments for Lupus are performed at both our Dallas and Fort Worth practice locations. Patients begin seeing results in the first few weeks of treatment. Some patients may require additional deployment. Please contact our office to discuss any questions you might have regarding stem cell therapy. Give Innovations Medical a call at 214-643-8665 now with your questions!