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June 2014


Serving Indiana


Can long-term use of prednisone cause diabetes? 

Upcoming Events

Join Us at A Tasteful Affair!

June 26, 2014

A Tasteful Affair

Join us for this evening of delicious food, beverages and live auction!

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September 27, 2014 


Indianapolis Walk to End Lupus Now

Fort Harrison State Park 

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If you haven't made your reservations yet, it's not too late to take part in A Tasteful Affair THIS Thursday, June 26 from 6 - 9 p.m. The event is being held at the lovely Mansion at Oak Hill in Carmel and will feature food from some of Indy's favorite eateries including:

  • Sullivan's
  • Ocean Prime
  • Hella's
  • Stone Creek Dining
  • Granite City
  • Bravo's
  • Macaroni Grill
In addition, wines and craft beers will be available for tasting. And don't miss the opportunity to bid on our auction items including a one-week's stay for eight in a cabin located in the Adirondack Mountains in Vermont. Purchase your tickets today! Click here.


Remember, proceeds from events like this help us assist lupus patients and their families with support groups, education and, we hope, research for a cure from this "cruel mystery" called lupus! 

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A Tasteful Affair

Time to Begin Gathering Your Teams for the Indianapolis Walk to End Lupus Now 


It's not too early to begin getting teams gathered and registered for the Walk to End Lupus Now! The Indianapolis Walk is scheduled for Saturday, September 27 at Ft. Harrison State Park. Our goal: Increase lupus awareness and to raise critically needed funds for local support services and vital research for a cure.

This event is a half day of fun, food, and friendship with activities for the whole family to enjoy, all to celebrate our participants' hard work in fundraising!

Walkers can stroll the 1 mile route or walk the 5K (3 mile) route through the beautiful Ft. Harrison State Park. New this year is a 5K competitive run (see details below). And, of course, we encourage you to wear purple!


Register your walk team today and start helping raise awareness and funds for lupus by clicking here.


Indianapolis Walk to End Lupus Adds 5K Competitive Run!


Heartland Endurance Sports has partnered with the Walk to End Lupus Now™ event to bring you a USA Track and Field sanctioned, chip-timed, 5K competitive run and a 2.5K youth race as part of the event. Bring the family for a great 9 a.m. race then stay for the 8th Annual Walk to End Lupus Now™ at 11 a.m., with food and festivities afterwards!


Register early!  We are limiting the field on the 5k race this year to the first 1000 entries! Click here to register for the 5K and for more information click here


If you have any questions regarding the 5K Run, please do not hesitate to email us at tj@coachtj.com.


For additional information, call 800.948.8806


Join a Support Group Near You!


We are very proud that we now have 16 support groups offering services throughout the state of Indiana. New support groups have recently been added in Anderson, East Chicago, and Richmond. With so many people living with lupus and caring for loved ones afflicted with this disease, we understand the importance of reaching as many communities as possible. 

For more information about this and our other support groups throughout Indiana, please visit our  website or 'Like' us on Facebook.

Purple for a Purpose Day a Success


We would like to thank those who both volunteered at and participated in our first Purple for a Purpose Youth Experience on June 7. Participants enjoyed a fashion show; a panel discussion with rheumatologist, teen lupus patient and a teen whose parent has lupus. They participated in a number of activities and enjoyed lunch from Nick's Chili Parlor. Visit our Facebook page to see more photos!


Need Help Finding a Rheumatologist? 

New Approach to Managing Lupus

Share Your Story!

Here's a great resource

You may find that locating a rheumatologist who is knowledgable about lupus is a challenge. Here are some insightful guidelines to finding that very important member of your healthcare team. 


Two studies presented at the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Congress  by the Lupus Foundation of America reveal insight into new ways to manage and care for lupus patients.


How Does Lupus Affect You ? 

Send us your story (400 words) or a link to your YouTube video (three minutes)




Your Donation Does Make a Difference

The Indiana Chapter office is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. However, we strive to serve lupus patients, their families, caregivers, and healthcare professionals across the state. Your support will help to make this possible. Thank You!

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Cortisone and its analogues are "stress hormones" that prime the body for times of challenge. Thus, the rise in sugar in the body is a natural byproduct of a preparation for stress in tissues of the muscles, brain, and heart for example. This is why an increase in the stress hormone results in an increase of the body's stores of glucose. Long-term prednisone use can cause diabetes in someone who has a tendency to be diabetic. Moreover, the higher the dose of prednisone, the greater the likelihood that the blood glucose (sugar) level will rise. Obesity and a genetic background that includes diabetes also gives a person a greater chance of developing diabetes.