A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.

It is possible to develop lupus with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing lupus. There is no way to reduce your risk.

Lupus occurs primarily in women of childbearing age. It affects nonwhite women more frequently than white women.

The major risk factors are:


Ninety percent of people with lupus are women.


Lupus first occurs most often in the late teens to early 30s.

Ethnic Background

People who are black, Native American, Asian, or Hispanic are at greater risk than those who are white.