Q:Can you link to the source / study that states there are more RA-related deaths than there are Lupus-related?
Absolutely. This post from RA Warrior details the comparison, and these two sources from the Center for Disease Control are how the fact was derived. To sum it up for you from the ‘97 CDC mortality reports, RA accounted for 22% of all deaths due to arthritis and other rheumatic conditions, Lupus accounted for 14.5%. As of 2006, mortality rates for Lupus has decreased, so that’s always good news! Unfortunately as of 2007, the RA mortality gap was still widening, however there was a decrease in mortality rates among pediatric RA sufferers.