If we knew what caused lupus, finding a cure wouldn’t be far behind, right? Not so fast! Lupus is not an infection, viral or bacterial, so it cannot be CAUGHT. No particular gene has been identified in lupus patients that people free of the disease don’t have. So,that seems to rule out a complete genetic link, but if there is a gene, it needs a trigger.
Lupus does have a tendency to ‘run in families,’ so that helps make a stronger case FOR a genetic tie, or at least a familial one. Also, certain ethnic groups are more prone to develop lupus: Native-American, African, Asian, native Hawaiian.
Environment can play a role by providing the trigger that genetic and familial predisposition require. Some of those triggers are sun exposure, medication, (medications that sensitizes one to the sun), anything that is a stress on the system, like emotional (like divorce, death in the family) or physical (illness, trauma) stress.
While hormones, mainly estrogen, don’t cause lupus, they can be associated with it. During a woman’s pregnancy, there is a higher level of estrogen and often, pregnant women have a worsening of lupus symptoms.
There have been occasions that people have said that their lupus symptoms are worse during times of stress, but this requires more study; aha, it’s only natural that toxic chemicals trigger lupus, right? The NIH is conducting studies on this, but as of now, the answer is again, inconclusive.
Is the cause, something that we eat? There are rumors-and they are unsubstantiated rumors that lupus is caused by aspartame or other artificial sweeteners. Again, this isn’t backed up by any scientific studies.Hits : 161