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Which statement best describes the relationship between cousins and risk for autoimmune diseases?

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Dr. Joan Giordano
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Increased risk : The tendency to autoimmunity definitely runs in families. This is genetic, not due to lifestyle, so prevention isn't really possible. These conditions are more common in women, but are not rare in men. People with autoimmune disease should tell their relatives, so they, in turn can tell their doctors and get appropriate tests.

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