Lupus and Diabetes?

I'm just wondering... is it common to have Lupus and Diabetes?

Because I just learned what Lupus was yesterday - its a disease where the immune system basically eats up organs... isn't that kind of what diabetes is started as?

Lupus

Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years. In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs ("foreign invaders," like the flu). Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues ("auto" means "self") and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.

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Diabetes

A healthy pancreas produces insulin, a hormone that the body uses to change glucose in the blood into energy.  Glucose in the blood comes from the food and drink a person consumes.  A person with type 1 diabetes doesn't produce any insulin.  Without insulin, the glucose builds up in the blood, causing high blood sugar, or hyperglycemia.  Blood sugar levels that are too high and untreated for long periods of time can lead to ketoacidosis, a very serious condition.  Very high blood sugars for an extended period of time can eventually lead to coma and death.

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