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Other autoimmune conditions

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition, which means that the immune system mistakenly starts to destroy the cells that make insulin in the pancreas

People who have one autoimmune condition are at greater risk of developing another type of autoimmune disease. Genetic studies have shown that the same gene changes that increase risk of type 1 diabetes also increase risk of these others conditions such as Coeliac disease, psoriasis and autoimmune thyroid disease.

People who have one autoimmune disease in their family may be at greater risk of developing any autoimmune disease than someone with no family history of autoimmune conditions.

These pages summarise some of the more common autoimmune conditions and their symptoms.