How Long A Person With Lupus Can Live (And Why)?

How Long A Person With Lupus Can Live (And Why)?

Exact Answer: 40 Years (Approx)

Lupus is not an unknown disease because the disease can affect almost all people from every age group. People from Africa, Asia, and America have seen to be suffered from lupus disease. In other words, we could say that the disease is much common in the above-mentioned countries. Lupus disease is a inflammatory disease that mainly affects the immune system of the human body. Organs like kidneys, heart, brain, joints, and blood cells are affected. However, there is less chance that this disease will decrease the life expectancy of a human being.

How Long A Person With Lupus Can Live

How Long A Person With Lupus Can Live?

Lupus (Types)Time Taken To Cure
Systematic lupus erythematosus (most common)Not known
Curtaneous lupus12 weeks
Drug-induced lupus6 months
Neonatal lupus6 months

Lupus might be a serious disease and is most common for most people in the world that can affect people of all ages starting from the age of 15-40. People can now expect a normal life expectancy if he/she is suffering from lupus disease.

However, not all people will experience the same kind of symptoms. If there are proper treatment and early diagnostics then the patient can expect to get rid of the disease and lead a normal life. Several researchers have come up that people actually lived for more than 40 years were was suffering from lupus disease.

If you experience more than four symptoms mentioned below then you should visit a doctor as soon as possible. Not all people will experience the same type of symptoms because the symptoms can be the same but they will differ by mild and light. But, one can expect a normal life expectancy only if he/she gets the proper treatment in time.

One thing that you should be aware of is that lupus is a disease that is more common in women than in men. Studies have shown that nine out of ten women suffer from lupus. The disease is affected in women may be due to their differences in the hormones and sex chromosomes.

About 80-90% of people suffering from lupus can expect a normal life expectancy. The death rate is quite less but still, there is a chance that people could die from the disease. There is no permanent cure for the disease yet but hope that medical researchers would find one in the near future. However, there is no need to fear because lupus is not a fatal disease.

If you have symptoms like a rash on your cheeks, sores on your nose and mouth, chest pain, blood while urinating, strokes or seizures, and abnormal blood test results. Visit the doctor as soon as possible to know about the illness. Make sure that you receive proper treatment because you can expect a normal life expectancy.

Why Does It Take That Long For A Person To Recover?

Lupus cannot be cured permanently but you can expect to live a normal life expectancy without any fear. Proper treatments should be done and they should be done in time. Most people ignore some symptoms and later that becomes fatal. However, doctors think that lupus is not a fatal disease and there is nothing to be afraid of.

The disease is quite common especially for women living in Africa, American, Asia, and other such countries. Treatments received by people suffering from lupus focus on improving the life expectancy of such patients. The treatments also improve to prevent the symptoms from happening.


In the end, it is your health that matters the most. Even if you have a normal cough and fever then you should make sure you visit a doctor. Most deaths happen only because people ignore the symptoms they are suffering. Ignoring is one of the most dangerous things in the case of health related matters because even heavy dosage of medicines will not work when the disease is at a serious stage.

Proper diet, sleep, and exercise should be done daily to avoid diseases. If you are into tobacco, smoking, and drinking then it is time that you change your habit as soon as possible. However, there is no need to be nervous if you are suffering from lupus because there is almost zero percent chance that you will die of the disease.


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  1. It’s a relief to know that lupus isn’t a fatal disease, but I’m concerned that it’s been so long without a cure and that we don’t yet know of a life expectancy for the most common form.

    1. It’s a paradox, isn’t it? I would think the most common form would have the most information. It’s quite strange.

  2. While it’s interesting that the lifespan of those with lupus is higher than I would have expect, it’s a bit worrying that life expectancy is not known for the most common type of lupus. How can we not know that?

  3. I’d be interested to know why the death toll is so low for those with lupus and if that’s a reason any form of cure hasn’t been developed yet.

    1. One possible reason is that not many people have had lupus for long enough to reach the point of death from it. We haven’t been studying this disease as long as others either.

  4. It’s discouraging that after such an extended period of time, we still have no cure for lupus. Even though it’s not a fatal disease, it’s still one that negatively impacts a lot of lives.

    1. It seems that the lifespan is quite high for most people. While that’s encouraging, it’s problematic that a cure hasn’t been developed yet.

  5. It’s quite startling that almost 90% of those with lupus can expect a normal life expectancy. I’m curious as to what specifically prevents the patient from reaching that life expectancy.

    1. It’s a bit lacking in information. It would be nice if we could know just what prevents that last 10% from reaching that life expectancy.

  6. It’s interesting that the life expectancy is much higher than I would have thought for such a disease. This is encouraging.

    1. But there must be a reason that it’s taking this long to develop a cure. It seems to be the only obstacle in the way of the patient’s recovery.

  7. I wonder if enough research has been done on the subject to know when a cure could be discovered. I haven’t heard much about this disease.

  8. It’s a relief that there is an expected normal life expectancy despite having lupus. It seems it’s easy to diagnose and there are steps to mitigate the symptoms.

    1. I think that the high number of people with lupus, particularly in the few countries it’s common in, should project funding into research for a cure.

    2. I’m inclined to agree, but I’m also interested in the lack of cure. Why has none been developed in so many years?

  9. It’s interesting that this disease is more common for women. I don’t understand why that would be. It’s quite mysterious.

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