Sore joints, eczema, headaches, low energy, digestive issues—if you suffer with any of these on the regular, you're probably tempted to brush them off as annoying but not that big of a deal.Yet if your symptoms are chronic or don't have an obvious cause (like a gnarly workout that you can link to muscle aches), one doctor warns you shouldn't take them lightly because they could be hints that a more serious health storm is brewing.According to Parsley Health founder Robin Berzin, MD, all of these complaints could be early signs of autoimmune disease: a broad category of ailments that are plaguing a rapidly growing number of Americans, especially women. (According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, almost 80% of people with autoimmune disorders are female.)In her own integrative medical clinics in New York City and Los Angeles—the latter of which just opened this month—Dr. Berzin says that the number of patients she's seeing with autoimmune … [Read more...] about Autoimmune Diseases Are On The Rise; Are You At Risk?
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Autoimmune diseases—which occur when the immune system turns on you and starts attacking healthy cells—can impact anyone, but almost 80% of people who have them are women. No one knows exactly why, but recent research suggests that it may have to do with differences in the way certain genes are expressed in females. Whatever the cause, it's especially bad news since autoimmune illnesses are on the rise. "In the past 50 years, the incidence of autoimmunity in the US has tripled," reports Amy Myers, MD, author of The Autoimmune Solution.There are at least 80 different autoimmune diseases. Though each one is unique, many share hallmark symptoms, such as fatigue, dizziness, and low-grade fever; the classic sign is inflammation, which can cause redness, heat, pain, and swelling (these 6 autoimmune diseases can mess with your weight). Treatment depends on the disease, but it often includes anti-inflammatory medications, drugs that suppress the immune system, or newer … [Read more...] about 7 Autoimmune Diseases Every Woman Should Know About
While the rate of tuberculosis in the United States has fallen over the past 20 years, worldwide, it remains a leading cause of death. Now, researchers may have made a step toward the development of new vaccines and treatments for the disease, after uncovering evidence that suggests tuberculosis bacteria fools the immune system into damaging the lungs, enabling the bacteria to become airborne. Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis. While the bacteria primarily attack the lungs, they can also affect the brain, spine, kidney, and other parts of the body. M. tuberculosis is an airborne bacterium; when a person with TB in the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, or even speaks, TB bacteria enter the air, where they can be inhaled by another person, though not all individuals infected with the bacteria become ill. Still, last year, TB infected around 10.4 million people across the globe, causing around 1.8 million deaths - 95 percent … [Read more...] about Is tuberculosis an autoimmune disease?
Autoimmune diseases are some of the most complex and hard-to-treat immune system-related diseases. They occur when the immune system attacks healthy cells in the body. The immune system is a network of tissues, organs, and cells. Its role is to defend the body from invaders, protecting against infections and disease. An autoimmune disease results from a mistake made by the immune system. The body's immune system accidentally recognizes healthy cells as foreign invaders and begins to attack them. Research shows that autoimmune diseases tend to have underlying genetic, racial, and gender components. Autoimmune disorders are difficult to diagnose and often share symptoms. In this article we outline some of the more common autoimmune diseases and how they are treated. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), around 24 million Americans have at least one autoimmune disease. The NIH only include 24 diseases in this statistic, so this number may be a … [Read more...] about Autoimmune diseases: All you need to know
If you are already struggling with your New Year's resolution to eat healthier, a study published in the journal Autoimmunity Reviews may help you get back on the ladder; researchers suggest that eating processed foods may weaken the intestines in a way that raises the risk for autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes, celiac disease and multiple sclerosis. After a hard day at work, it is tempting to reach for foods that are quick and easy to prepare. For many of us, this means turning to processed foods, such as microwave meals, which are usually high in fat, salt, sugar and other additives. Processed foods are defined by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as "any food other than a raw agricultural commodity and includes any raw agricultural commodity that has been subject to processing, such as canning, cooking, freezing, dehydration or milling." This means that it is not only microwave meals that meet the "processed" definition; cheese, breakfast cereals, canned … [Read more...] about Could processed foods raise the risk of autoimmune diseases?
Around 3 million people worldwide suffer from narcolepsy or bouts of sleepiness and sleep attacks that can affect their ability to have a normal life. There is no cure for the disorder, and few clues about its causes. But now, a new study suggests it could be an autoimmune disease. In the journal Pharmacological Research, Yehuda Shoenfeld, a professor at Tel Aviv University (TAU) and a world expert in autoimmune disease, and colleagues describe how they found an autoimmune process in the brain that appears to trigger narcolepsy. They say narcolepsy bears the hallmarks of an autoimmune disorder and should be treated like one. Narcolepsy first strikes people between the ages of 10 and 25, and plagues them for life. The condition occurs with some or all of the following symptoms: falling asleep without warning, excessive daytime sleepiness, hallucinations, slurred speech, sudden loss of muscle tone, temporary weakness of most muscles, temporary inability to move or speak while … [Read more...] about Is narcolepsy an autoimmune disease?
Exposure to high levels of mercury is known to cause damage to the nervous system, and it is believed to be particularly harmful for the developing fetus. But a new study by researchers from the University of Michigan claims that even at levels considered to be safe, mercury exposure may be hazardous to health; it may be a risk factor for autoimmune disorders among women of childbearing age. The research team, led by Dr. Emily Somers - an associate professor in the departments of Internal Medicine, Environmental Health Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan Medical and Public Health Schools - publishes its findings in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Mercury is a naturally occurring metal that comes in various forms. When mercury enters the environment, it combines with other elements to create inorganic or organic compounds that, if ingested at high levels, may be harmful to human health. When mercury enters water or soil, for example, … [Read more...] about Mercury exposure may be a risk factor for autoimmune diseases in women
According to a new study the prevalence and incidence of autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, celiac disease, and type 1 diabetes, is on the rise and researchers at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention are unsure why. Between 2001 and 2009, the incidence of type 1 diabetes increased by 23%, according to The American Diabetes Association. Finland also showed a similar increase. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body's own immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, while Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or cannot use the insulin adequately. Earlier studies have shown that genetics and environmental factors cause autoimmune diseases. The researchers discovered that children and teenagers suffering from type 1 diabetes have complications, such as nerve damage, that could lead to amputations. Furthermore, the team found that early signs of cardiovascular damage increase the risk … [Read more...] about Autoimmune Disease Rates Increasing
Devic's disease, or neuromyelitis optica, (NMO) is a type of inflammatory demyelinating disease. A demyelinating disease occurs when the myelin sheath, a protective covering that surrounds brain and spinal cord nerves is damaged. In the case of Devic's disease, the patient develops myelitis ( inflammation of the spinal cord) and optic neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve). According to the National Health Service, UK, a higher percentage of people of African and Asian ancestry develop Devic's disease, compared to other people. However, anybody can be affected. The disease more commonly affects people when they are about 40 years of age. There are two main types of neuromyelitis optica: Relapsing neuromyelitis optica There is an initial attack of optic neuritis and transverse myelitis, and then subsequent attacks over a period of several years. Sometimes the patient cannot recover fully from the neurological damage the attacks cause to the optic nerve and/or spinal cause … [Read more...] about What is Devic’s disease? What causes Devic’s disease?
Having an autoimmune disease is like having a monster inside your body taking over control. There are several kinds that a person can develop each with varied side effects and severity. Some common ones people develop are rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Grave’s disease, and inflammatory bowel disease. Recognizing the early signs of developing one of the 80 types of autoimmune diseases out there is important when it comes to treating it and getting it under control as quickly as possible so you have a chance at living a life with less crippling symptoms in the future. Ten Signs of an Autoimmune Disease Weight Loss: Losing weight suddenly is an early indicator that you may in fact have developed an autoimmune disease. This is especially true if you usually keep a constant weight or have not changed your diet. The common autoimmune diseases that can cause rapid weight loss are inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease and grave’s disease. Body Aches and … [Read more...] about 10 Signs that You may have an Autoimmune Disease