Lupus, Systemic Autoimmunity & Selena Gomez

Written by Joe Cohen, BS | Last updated:

Back in 2015 Selena Gomez opened up about her own struggles with lupus.

Since then she’s also revealed that she had a kidney transplant as a result of her battle with the disease.

In 2016, Gomez had canceled the remaining dates of her tour when complications from her lupus caused her additional anxiety and depression.

Whether you’re a celebrity or your average Joe, it’s currently impossible to pinpoint an exact cause of lupus, which is often considered an “invisible illness” due to its often hidden symptoms and how difficult it can be to diagnose.

It has a variety of symptoms which affect people with different levels of severity.

However, I can’t help but wonder if Selena had certain genetic variants that made her more susceptible to the disease.

In fact, there are more than 25 genes linked to lupus, which is a type of systemic autoimmune condition.

The great news is that you don’t need a celebrity’s bank balance to combat the negative effects of your genes.

For example, the RASGRP3 gene makes a protein involved in the production of immune cells. Working incorrectly, this gene has been linked to lupus as it causes the excess production of inflammatory proteins.

If you’ve got the “bad” variants for this gene (Selena, does this apply to you?), you should take curcumin, or turmeric as it’s more commonly known. Most people have this in their kitchen and only use it for cooking but actually, it has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Curcumin has been shown to lower the production of these proteins making it beneficial for individuals carrying lupus-associated risk variants of RASGRP3.

There are numerous other cheap and easy fixes for your malfunctioning genes like fish oil, exercise and mango.

But, finding out what might work best for you depends on your genes. It’s also something you want to find out about as soon as possible.

It might be easy to get a kidney if you’re a celebrity with 205M followers on Instagram, but for the rest of us, we want to make sure that we don’t ever get to that state.

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About the Author

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen flipped the script on conventional and alternative medicine…and it worked. Growing up, he suffered from inflammation, brain fog, fatigue, digestive problems, insomnia, anxiety, and other issues that were poorly understood in traditional healthcare. Frustrated by the lack of good information and tools, Joe decided to embark on a learning journey to decode his DNA and track his biomarkers in search of better health. Through this personalized approach, he discovered his genetic weaknesses and was able to optimize his health 10X better than he ever thought was possible. Based on his own health success, he went on to found SelfDecode, the world’s first direct-to-consumer DNA analyzer & precision health tool that utilizes AI-driven polygenic risk scoring to produce accurate insights and health recommendations. Today, SelfDecode has helped over 100,000 people understand how to get healthier using their DNA and labs.
Joe is a thriving entrepreneur, with a mission of empowering people to take advantage of the precision health revolution and uncover insights from their DNA and biomarkers so that we can all feel great all of the time.


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