Autoimmune diseases affect about 50 million Americans and this webpage provides autoimmune diseease resources.
The number of Americans that have autoimmune disease breaks down to 1 out of 5.
That means one person out of every five people has an autoimmune disease.
Women are more likely than men to have an autoimmune disease.
30 million Americans affected with autoimmune diseases are female.
What Happens When Autoimmune Disease Occurs:
Autoimmune Disease occurs when the body misdirects the immune system to attack itself.
I have the autoimmune disease, Relapsing Polychondritis.
Relapsing Polychondritis is a multisystemic condition characterized by inflammation and deterioration of cartilage. The often painful disease can cause joint deformity and be life-threatening if the respiratory tract, heart valves or blood vessels are affected. 1
There are over 100 Autoimmune Diseases
Listed are some of the more well known autoimmune diseases:
- type 1 diabetes,
- multiple sclerosis
- Crohn’s disease
- autoimmune hepatitis
- rheumatoid arthritis
- Graves’ disease
- myasthenia gravis
- antiphospholipid syndrome (APS)
- Sjogren’s syndrome
- Raynaud’s phenomenon
- demyelinating neuropathies.
The following is information about American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association and National Institutes of Health.
American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARD)
The AARD website offers health references for:
- 100’s of autoimmune diseases
- Reach Report on 100’s of autoimmune diseases
- Autoimmune Disease Advocacy Alerts
- Autoimmune Disease Coping Tools
- Women and Autoimmune Disease
The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association offers a terrific educational, supportive website.
The following link will take you to The American Autoimmune Related Diseases website.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The government agency the National Institutes of Health offers a well-organized, easy to navigate website with extensive information about autoimmune diseases.
The NIH website for autoimmune disease information includes:
- What is Autoimmune Disease?
- A list of Autoimmune Diseases
- Treatments for Autoimmune Diseases
- Triggers and Causes of Autoimmune Diseases
- Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases
- Treatment Side Effects of Autoimmune Diseases
- Funded Autoimmune Government Trials and Studies
- Scientific Resources
Click on the following link to be taken to The National Institute of Health Autoimmune Disease web page.
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