Autoimmune diseases are those in which your immune system attacks its own healthy cells.
Autoimmune Disease is on the rise throughout the world which makes it a public health crisis similar in size to the cancer crisis or heart disease crisis. Other autoimmune disease statistics worthy of mention include:
- 50 million Americans are affected each year
- 75% of new cases occur in women
- 4th largest cause of disability among women
- 1 in 12 women will get an autoimmune disease
- 2nd highest cause of chronic illness
- Cost the US $100 Billion a year
Facts like these are scary, and hearing that you have an autoimmune disease can make you feel hopeless and helpless.
Yet, it is even worse to have all of the awful symptoms without ever hearing a diagnosis. Instead, you just keep going through life feeling horrible and not knowing why.
It is easy for doctors to misdiagnose autoimmune disorders because it is a classification of diseases that encompasses many different diagnoses such as: Type 1 Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus, Celiac disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Grave’s disease, MS, and more. Depending on which tissues and organs are being attacked and how severe the attack is, the symptoms of an autoimmune disease can vary, making it difficult to diagnose.
Even if a physician gets the right tests, it will take a lot of damage before lab work confirms an autoimmune disease.
Do you wonder if you might have an autoimmune disease? Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms:
- In the Joints
- A burning sensation
- Panic attacks
- Attention disorders
- Mental fog
- Cerebellar ataxia
- Digestive problems
- Weight gain
- Unexplained weight loss
Skin and Hair
- Skin disorders
- Hair loss
- Loss skin pigment
- Cold feet and hands
- Type 1 diabetes
- Chronic dry eyes
Just what causes an autoimmune disease? There doesn’t appear to be one single cause. Instead, there must be a combination of at least three of the following:
- A family history
- A trigger
- Allergies to gluten or dairy
- Leaky Gut Syndrome
If you’ve been given a diagnosis of autoimmune disease or have undiagnosed symptoms, we can help. At the Unlimited Health Institute, we will look at the whole picture to discover the root causes of your issues and help you determine what you can do to feel healthier and happier. Call today for a personal consultation.