DNA Testing for Lupus
Lupus is an autoimmune condition that affects the body’s tissues by causing inflammation, pain and rashes. There are two primary types of lupus which are Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and Discoid Lupus Erythematosus. Whereas the more common type of lupus, SLE, affects the entire body, Discoid Lupus Erythematosus affects only the skin. In the UK, Systemic Lupus is not an especially common condition, affecting around 0.03% of the population and markedly more prevalent in people of an Afro-Caribbean, Chinese and Asian descent. As such, doctors have long suspected that the condition has a genetic cause in many instances, which is why DNA testing lupus has been so important. At present, there is no known cure for lupus, the symptoms of which are typically treated with corticosteroids and Plaquenil.
Advances in genetic predisposition for DNA testing lupus have revealed that the condition does have a genetic makeup; however, a genetic predisposition to lupus does not significantly increase the chances that an individual will develop the condition. In fact, research has shown that lupus is a multigenic disease, which means that numerous genes play a role in its development. Current research has shown that a person whose direct relative has Lupus is slightly more at risk of developing the condition but, overall, the chances remain under 5%. The key factor to consider in DNA screening for lupus is that the condition itself is often confused for many other autoimmune diseases, including Multiple Sclerosis, so family members with skin rashes or Arthritis, for example, may benefit from genetic testing.
For support and more information about lupus, please visit the LUPUS UK website, the only UK registered charity supporting people with systemic lupus and discoid lupus and assisting those approaching diagnosis.
Speak To International Biosciences About DNA Testing Genetic Predisposition for Lupus
International Biosciences provide Genetic Predisposition testing to determine your genetic predisposition for important health conditions including cancers, cardiovascular conditions, diabetes and obesity. Knowing which genetic disorders and diseases you are at risk from will allow you to plan to reduce it by making lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise. Contact International Biosciences on +44 (0)1273 227544 or click here to email us.