S.L.E. Lupus Foundation Quoted on Lupus Weight Gain

Jena Graves, Lupus Survivor, Battles Weight Gain From Medication

In junior high, Jena Graves was a slender, 5'2" girl who played softball and was surrounded by friends.

But when she was diagnosed with lupus at 12, her family quickly searched for treatment, putting her on a high dosage of prednisone at her doctor's recommendation. "I just wanted her to be better," her mother told the San Francisco Chronicle.

"I just wanted her to be better," her mother told the San Francisco Chronicle.

However one side effect of the medication wasn't mentioned beforehand: a 150-pound weight gain. Graves' weight skyrocketed from 120 pounds to 272 in just five years.