Any of you who follow celebrity news know that Nick Cannon, t.v. and radi host, father of twins, and husband to Mariah has been in and out of the hospital at the beginning of the year. The cause for his visits were his kidneys and lungs. There has been many a speculation as to what landed him in the hospital, some assumed it was steroid as he was seen working out a lot lately. They were wrong, he had lupus nephritis. He recently revealed he was diagnosed with this autoimmune disease that attacks his kidneys. His kidneys were also the reason for blood clots in his lungs.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this disease, lupus is a chronis autoimmune disease that comes in several forms and can damage seeveral parts of the body such as skin, joint, and or organs. When a disease or condition is describes as chronis, it means symptoms last longer than six weeks and can last for years. In lupus, the autoimmune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs does not function normally. Usuallly our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues ("auto" means "self") and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body. Lupus is an autoimmune disease of flares (symptoms emerge) and remissions (symptoms are dormant). It can range from mild to life threatening. With proper medical care, those with lupus can lead a healthy and fulfilling life.
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Other major system complications include, an increase in blood pressure in the lungs (pulmonary hypertension), inflammation of the nervous system and brain, which can cause memory problems, confusion, headaches, and strokes, inflammation in the brain’s blood vessels, which can cause high fevers, seizures, behavioral changes, and hardening of the arteries (coronary artery disease), which is a buildup of deposits on coronary artery walls that can lead to a heart attack.