Researchers using the world's largest twin registry found the risk of development of seven autoimmune diseases is largely pre-wired in the genes, but that some diseases are more closely related than others.
By using data on 116,320 twins from the Swedish Twin Registry, Dr. Jacob Skov and colleagues found that Addison's disease, celiac disease (gluten intolerance) and type 1 diabetes are strongly influenced by genes, with heritability greater than 85 percent. Addison's and vitiligo often overlap with other disorders, thereby marking autoimmune clusters for future research. Environmental factors contribute to disease for vitiligo, Hashimoto's hypothyroidism, Graves' disease and atrophic gastritis.
- What causes vitiligo?
Surprisingly, the causes of vitiligo are yet to be precisely established. Researchers know the cause is pre-wired in your genes, just waiting for a bad luck moment. In about hal...
- Is vitiligo contagious?
Vitiligo is NOT contagious. It cannot be passed on or caught from touching someone with vitiligo, shaking hands, swimming in the same pool, sharing towels, sitting next to someo...
- Does halo nevi affect vitiligo development?
Halo nevi — nevi with an depigmented circle around it, usually on the trunk — are about 10x more common in vitiligo patients than in the general population, especially in childr...
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