What to Know About Lupus and Genetics

Lupus is a complex, autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack its own healthy tissue. There are many causes, and according to lupus.org, could include anything from inherited genes, environmental exposure, hormones, and more.

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However, it’s believed that the main causes of lupus are linked to genetics. Although there isn’t one particular gene that’s been specifically linked to the development of the disease, there are often multiple cases in families. It’s also been shown that if one twin develops lupus, the likelihood of the other twin developing the disease is high, strongly suggesting a genetic link in the cause of the disease.

On the other hand, most cases of lupus are what are referred to as sporadic, meaning there is no known family history of the disease. However, if there is a case of lupus in a family, it’s highly likely that there are other cases of different autoimmune diseases in that same family.

There is also evidence that suggests certain ethnic groups have a higher chance of developing lupus, which could be due to common genes.

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  1. Robert Darnell says:

    My dad had psoriasis really bad. My maternal aunt had lupus and died at age 63. I have been diagnosed with SLE and Psoriatic Arthritis. I did test positive for RA and scleroderma, but currently not being treated specifically for those. I have moderate neuropathy, hypopituitarism, and autoimmune narcolepsy all related to CNS involvement of SLE. My CSF had abnormal protein in it that points to autoimmune disease. I’m only 46, but feel like an old man. Just 6 years ago I was riding 100 miles a day on my bicycle and doing anything that I wanted to. That’s like another lifetime ago. I can barely stand to put my feet on the floor these days and am so limited. I hurt 24/7, and my memory is terrible.

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