The stuff I have read has indicated that genetics do play a part in autoimmune disases (especially in those of the COnnective tissue group - Lupus, Sjogrens, RA etc)
I know that with Coeliac there seems to be higher incidences of family members with RA and Type 1 diabetes. The have a little connection or something.
Having said that, your genetics seem really strong in relation to lupus - that sounds like my family and coeliac. Apparently there is a 1 in 22 chance of getting coealiac if you have a first degree relative with it but my mother, my grandfather (suspected) me and two of my kids. Just seems way higher than 1 in 22.
I also have another two autoimmune diseases as well - one unidentified connective tissue diseases - possibly RA, or psoriatic arthritis (loads of symtpoms - but sero negative).
I think both our stories show excatly what I was getting at before - that there seems to be some families more prone to these things than others.
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Our area has a high incidence of Diabetes Type 1 and there has been a spate recently brought on after the type of viral illness you described. The genetic predisposition with Diabetes is still there but I think you need to get the gene from both parents and then it has to have that trigger, 12 months is very young, most cases I've encountered have been around 4 years of age. I can't imagine having to do what's needed in regards to levels, exchanges and testing on a 1 year old, I'm sure it's been a huge learning curve for you.
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