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What are the risk factors for autoimmune diseases?

By Marta Barranquero Gómez (embryologist).
Last Update: 12/15/2021

Autoimmune diseases are chronic conditions, i.e. they are present throughout an individual's life, although the reason for their occurrence is unknown.

However, autoimmune diseases are related to genetic predisposition and environmental factors. Thus, some of the risk factors for this type of pathology are tobacco consumption, sun exposure, virus infections, stressful situations, etc. However, the presence of these factors is not an indication that an autoimmune disease will develop.

In addition, some of these factors can also affect the evolution of the disease causing a greater tendency to suffer an outbreak.

 Marta Barranquero Gómez
Marta Barranquero Gómez
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Graduated in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences by the University of Valencia (UV) and specialized in Assisted Reproduction by the University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH) in collaboration with Ginefiv and in Clinical Genetics by the University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH).
License: 3316-CV
Embryologist. Graduated in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences by the University of Valencia (UV) and specialized in Assisted Reproduction by the University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH) in collaboration with Ginefiv and in Clinical Genetics by the University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH). License: 3316-CV.