Is there a Genetic Link to Lupus?

Author: Sandy

Posted On: January 28, 2014

S.L.E. or Lupus, is an autoimmune disease. I may have said this 10 times by now. But what we are going to talk about, is different. It is the natural immune system of one, attacking its own body. And the actual reason behind this disease still unknown but there has been many studies and researches giving us new perspectives over it.

There are different factors that may play role though.. Some say it’s a group of genes or environment factors that cause S.L.E. Some studies identified around a dozen of genes, which are linked with the high risk to develop S.L.E. disease.

African, Asian, Native American women are 3 times more prone to have Lupus than the Caucasian people. 1 in 1,000 Indian women, and 1 in 2,500 in women in Caucasian races are getting diagnosed with S.L.E. However, the statistics are changing now. Now, there is one lupus patient among 250 Americans.

Here, we may also conclude that there is a genetic link with Lupus…

If the mother is having Lupus and anti-RO antibodies in her blood then the kind stand a chance to have Neonatal Lupus,while in the womb. Not all but only 10% of Lupus patients have a lupus in family, sister, mother, daughter or son or second degree relatives like cousin or uncle. Contrary to this, in case of twins its not obvious that if one is having Lupus then other would also have it. NO.

But all this does not mean that everything ends here. One with Lupus can lead a normal life with proper medical attention and healthy lifestyle.

Anyone apart from you got Lupus in your family? Do you think it’s genetic? Share your thoughts on this.

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