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Selena Gomez’s Kidney Transplant: Lupus & Kidney Failure

Posted by Reliant Renal Care

In mid-September of 2017, the multi-talented star, Selena Gomez, ended up on headlines for a story that wasn’t your typical Hollywood gossip, but instead something that opened the eyes of many into the world where many people battle for their health every day against a disease that is commonly known as Lupus.  

Gomez is one of those people who battle with Lupus, and via a post that she made on her Instagram account, her followers and fans were all shown a picture of her and her close friend, Francia Raisa, recovering from the kidney transplant they underwent, made necessary due to Gomez’s battle with Lupus. With 127 million followers, this introduced many to what Lupus is, since according to a survey conducted by the World Lupus Federation, 36% of people surveyed did not know that Lupus was a disease, and about 51% did not know that it posed a health risk.

What Is Lupus?  

Lupus is an autoimmune disease, meaning it affects the body’s immune system, taking its normal role of fighting off harmful bacteria and diseases and turning it against us by causing it to attack our healthy cells.  When this happens, it causes inflammation and pain, potentially causing serious damage over time to various parts of the body such as the skin, joints, and organs.  It’s a chronic disease, which means that symptoms persist can last many years, and in some cases, a lifetime.

Facts To Know About Lupus

There are many resources available where you can learn more about Lupus, but below we’ve included some of the key facts that you should know to familiarize you with the basics of the disease and avoid some common misconceptions.

  • Lupus is not contagious or transferrable.
  • Lupus is not related to cancer or HIV, despite being an autoimmune disease.
  • The severity of Lupus can vary between mild and life-threatening
  • About 1.5 million people in the U.S have Lupus, with 16,000 new cases developing every year
  • Anyone can suffer from Lupus, but it is more common in women, and those in the age range of 15 to 44.
  • There is no cure for lupus, but there is treatment that can control symptoms.

If you would like to know more about Lupus, you can check out Lupus Foundation of America which has a great deal of resources for education and support, or you can contact your local kidney disease treatment and dialysis center and speak to an expert.

The Dangers Of Lupus: Kidney Failure

For those with Lupus, a common target of the immune system is often the healthy tissues of the kidney, which is why about 50% of adults who have Lupus are also suffering from kidney disease. As the kidney becomes damages, the risk of kidney failure increases.

Our kidneys basically function as a big filter for our body, preventing the buildup of waste and excess fluid in our body. However, when if one or both of our kidneys fail, that waste in no longer cleansed from our body, leading to a condition called uremia. This buildup of waste causes the person to feel weak and exhausted, since our bodies need clean blood in order to function properly. If uremia is left untreated, it can lead to the patient falling into a coma, experiencing seizures, or death.

How You Can Make A Difference

One of the biggest things that you can do is to learn more about Lupus and spread awareness to others. The more people that know about Lupus, the more people that suffer from Lupus but don’t know it yet can seek out treatment for relief.  Also, with heightened awareness, it’s possible for researchers to get more support in the search for a cure.

Contact Reliant Renal Care For More Information!

At Reliant Renal Care, we provide professional kidney dialysis treatment for those who are suffering from kidney disease, providing relief so they can continue on with their daily lives in relative comfort. Since Lupus has such a strong connection to kidney disease, our doctors are very familiar with the disease and often work with patients who are battling Lupus. If you have any questions about Lupus, the treatments available such as kidney dialysis, or anything else, just contact us and we’ll be more than happy to help you find the information you’re looking for.