Selena Gomez’s Kidney Transplant Puts Lupus Center Stage

When pop star Selena Gomez revealed Thursday that she had a kidney transplant, she put the autoimmune disease lupus in the spotlight.

“We start aging when we are born until the day we die. At an age we don’t think of people being victims to disease it can certainly happen. Unfortunately, diet, exercise and good medicine can only improve your chances of Aging Healthy. Genetics still often plays the most important role in a person living a long healthy life. Lupus is a horrible disease as for any disease that attacks our body’s immune system. Our prayers at the Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine go out to Selena Gomez and her loved ones,” chimed in Dr. Ronald Klatz, President of the A4M. “Regrettably, I have known and still know many people who have suffered at the hands of Lupus.”

(HealthDay News) — When pop star Selena Gomez revealed Thursday that she had a kidney transplant, she put the autoimmune disease lupus in the spotlight.

Lupus turns the body’s immune system against itself and attacks vital organs, including the kidneys, which is why it’s so devastating. But little is known about what causes the disease, and no real cure exists. Treatments can only keep it at bay.

“Selena has a lot of courage to speak out about her condition and call attention to lupus,” said Dr. Anca Askanase. She is clinical director of the Lupus Center at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.

Because Gomez needed a transplant at age 25, she probably developed lupus at an early age, added Askanase, who is also a spokeswoman for the Lupus Research Alliance.

The superstar singer first told Billboard in 2015 that she had been diagnosed with lupus and was undergoing chemotherapy. A year later, she took a career break and told People magazine at the time:

“I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges,” Gomez said. “I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and…

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