What you need to know about the mysterious illness that’s causing Selena Gomez to go on hiatus
Last year, Selena Gomez revealed she had been diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease that required the singer to go through chemotherapy.
And now, after spending months traveling around on her Revival concert tour, Gomez announced that she’s taking some time off to focus on her health.
The singer told People that she’s been suffering from “anxiety, panic attacks and depression,” which can be side effects of the disease.
“I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off,” Gomez said in a statement.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can “affect people in different ways,” Gomez said.
According to the Lupus Foundation of America, the disease can damage any part of the body, including joints, skin and internal organs, and causes the immune system to be unable to tell the difference between foreign invaders and healthy tissues.
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Lupus therefore creates antibodies that can kill healthy tissue, in addition to causing inflammation, damage, and pain throughout the body. In other words, it causes the immune system to be overactive.
The disease isn’t contagious, and it tends to affect women more than men, though most people develop the disease between the ages of 15 and 44.
Lupus can cause a myriad of symptoms, beyond those Gomez is suffering from.
Kenneth M. Farber, co-CEO and co-president of the Lupus Research Alliance, told People that the disease is “sometimes very misunderstood.”
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