How does the body fight diseases? It releases antibodies which target cancer-causing substances, bacteria, and viruses. Your immune system is actually a highly sophisticated defense and attack team spread across many organs all working together to keep out, deflect, and eradicate causes of disease. But this amazing system can “malfunction” and start fighting off healthy cells as well. This is a condition known as Autoimmune Disease. Science and the medical field are still at a loss as to how people develop autoimmune diseases. Though still very puzzled, researchers have noted the following important facts:
Women are at a higher risk of developing autoimmune diseases than men Studies have not yet established the link, but statistical evidence shows that roughly 78% of people with the condition are female. Autoimmune diseases belong in the top 10 leading causes of death in women.
There are approximately 80 types of autoimmune diseases all targeting different parts of the body, shares RedRiver Health and Wellness Center. In the case of the disease called Hashimoto’s, the immune system goes after the thyroid. With Celiac disease, the small intestines are under attack.
Some autoimmune diseases such as lupus are systemic, which means they affect the entire body.
The early warning signs tend to mimic other conditions, including clinical depression and chronic fatigue, making these types of diseases very challenging to diagnose.
There is no cure for autoimmune diseases, but you can manage the symptoms through immunosuppressant drugs. What those do is weaken the immune system.
While more studies need to be done to solidify the connection between extreme and prolonged stress and autoimmune disease, many of those diagnosed have claimed that they experienced symptoms during or immediately after divorce, death of a loved one, emotional or verbal abuse and other traumatic events.
This is fast becoming one of the most prevalent health issues in the globe today. Taking all types of autoimmune diseases into account, it is the third most common cause of death.
If you are experiencing chronic fatigue, body pains for no reason, rashes, or unexplainable weight gain, it may be time to get a thorough checkup.