If you’re at high risk for an auto-immune disorder, there’s good news for you

Most people tend to assume that there’s very little they can do to reduce their risks for specific auto-immune disorders (AIDs) such as lupus because so much of that risk is said to be driven by genes.

Which, according to a recent study, is not as true as it would seem.

In yet another update from the famous and terrific Nurses Health Study (this one based on the histories of nearly 200,000 nurses), the healthier the lifestyle of the nurses, the lower their risk for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), commonly referred to as lupus.

So, “compared with women who had only one or no healthy behaviors, those with (the most) healthy behaviors had the lowest risk for SLE”, about 50 % lower, which is a very substantial drop in the risk for a very frustrating condition.

And as always, it’s pretty easy to figure out what those healthy lifestyle practices entail: Behaviors that have been clearly linked with SLE include cigarette smoking, moderate alcohol use, and maintaining a pretty normal BMI.