Among Black Women, Smoking Linked with Increased Lupus Risk

Smoking was found to be associated with an increased risk of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) among black women, while moderate alcohol consumption significantly reduces the chances of developing the disease, a study reports.

These findings are consistent with studies done in other ethnic groups. The study is the largest to date investigating risk factors for lupus in black women, a population with one of the highest rates of the disease.

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