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Inheritance and Genetics of Autoimmune diseases

Racial Patterns for Autoimmune diseases:

Racial Details for Autoimmune diseases: Some autoimmune diseases occur more frequently in certain minority populations. For example, lupus is more common in African-American and Hispanic women than in Caucasian women of European ancestry. Rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma affect a higher percentage of residents in some Native American communities than in the general U.S. population. (Source: excerpt from Understanding Autoimmune Disease: NIAID)

Inheritance and Genetics Information

Inheritance of Autoimmune diseases:

Understanding Autoimmune Disease: NIAID (Excerpt)

The genes people inherit contribute to their susceptibility for developing an autoimmune disease. Certain diseases such as psoriasis can occur among several members of the same family. This suggests that a specific gene or set of genes predisposes a family member to psoriasis. In addition, individual family members with autoimmune diseases may inherit and share a set of abnormal (Source: excerpt from Understanding Autoimmune Disease: NIAID)

Autoimmune Diseases: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Autoimmune diseases seem to also have a hereditary component, but mysteriously, they can cluster in families as different illnesses. For example, a mother may have lupus erythematosus; her daughter, diabetes; her grandmother, rheumatoid arthritis. Research is shedding light on genetic, as well as hormonal and environmental risk factors that contribute to the causes of these diseases. (Source: excerpt from Autoimmune Diseases: NWHIC)

Autoimmune diseases: Genetics Information

Genetics of Autoimmune diseases: Autoimmune diseases also seem to have a genetic component, but, mysteriously, they can cluster in families as different illnesses. For example, a mother may have lupus erythematosus; her daughter, diabetes; her grandmother, rheumatoid arthritis. Research is shedding light on genetic, as well as hormonal and environmental risk factors that contribute to the causes of these diseases. (Source: excerpt from Fact Sheet Autoimmune Disease in Women: NWHIC)

About inheritance and genetics:

Inheritance of Autoimmune diseases refers to whether the condition is inherited from your parents or "runs" in families. The level of inheritance of a condition depends on how important genetics are to the disease. Strongly genetic diseases are usually inherited, partially genetic diseases are sometimes inherited, and non-genetic diseases are not inherited. For general information, see Introduction to Genetics.

 

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