by Alane M Palmer, ND, CNC
Nutritionallyyours.net

What is an Autoimmune Disease, and Am I at Risk?Many people may have heard the term “autoimmune disease” or know someone affected by one, but you might not know what it does or how one contracts such a health condition. I have good and bad news for you. If an autoimmune disease, maybe such as Lupus, Eczema, Fibromyalgia or Multiple Sclerosis, runs in your family, you are at greater risk. The good news? Autoimmunity running in the family does not spell out for sure that you will contract the specific disease or any autoimmune disease for that matter. It merely means that you might be more susceptible to autoimmune diseases. Females are also more likely to have challenges with autoimmunity – especially those in child-bearing years.

So what is an autoimmune disease?

First, you have to understand just how amazing the human body is. It functions on its own, the brain ordering your organs and limbs to go about doing what needs to be done in order to survive. Your body fights off invaders – germs, viruses, and the like. It knows how to protect itself and how to win. However, autoimmune diseases turn that on its head. While your immune system is what fights harmful subjects entering the body, with a condition such as Lupus, Fibromyalgia or Eczema, for example, the immune system begins attacking healthy cells instead, believing that they are in fact harmful substances – instead of the healthy cells your body holds. Your body is attacking itself. Depending on the type of autoimmune disease, this might look a little different. For example, Type 1 Diabetes only affects the pancreas, but Lupus affects the entire body and Eczema affects the skin.

Second, many of the diseases have the same classic sign: inflammation. Swelling, redness, pain, and heat. You might also be overly tired, have achy muscles, and maybe be running a low-grade fever. While those symptoms don’t always mean you have an autoimmune disease, the persistence of those symptoms might be a catalyst to you visiting your healthcare provider.

Furthermore, while direct causes of any of the diseases are currently unknown, many have speculated on some triggers. Some researchers have found possible links in the exposure to certain chemicals or solvents, lack of exposure to germs, and the typical American diet – high fat, high sugar, and highly processed foods. These theories are just that at the moment, but they’re worth looking into for the future.

Nutritionally Yours can help you get a handle on autoimmunity, no matter what the name of the condition is. We can help your immune system calm down and reduce or stop the attacks. Get started, call today to schedule your appointment.

 

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Medical disclaimer: Nutritionally Yours is not a medical clinic. Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor. We have a nutritionist, naturopath and a medical doctor on staff to help you feel your best.

Resources:
https://medlineplus.gov/autoimmunediseases.html
https://www.healthline.com/health/autoimmune-disorders#causes