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Reducing Your Risk of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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There are no current guidelines for the prevention of SLE because the cause is unknown. In addition, the only known risk factors are things that you cannot control: gender, age, family history, and ethnic background.

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  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what. Updated June 13, 2013. Accessed June 28, 2013.

  • Understanding lupus. Lupus Foundation of America website. Available at: http://www.lupus.org/webmodules/webarticlesnet/templates/new%5Flearnunderstanding.aspx?articleid=2231&zoneid=523. Accessed June 28, 2013.