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Autoimmune Diseases

Millions of people suffer from over eighty different types of known autoimmune diseases. Common autoimmune diseases include:

Alopecia Areata – The immune system attacks hair follicles. It usually does not threaten health, but it can greatly affect the way a person looks.

Autoimmune Hepatitis – The immune system attacks and destroys the liver cells. This can lead to scarring and hardening of the liver, and possibly liver failure.

Celiac disease – A disease in which people can’t tolerate gluten, a substance found in wheat, rye, and barley, and also some medicines. When people with celiac disease eat foods or use products that have gluten, the immune system responds by damaging the lining of the small intestines.

Crohn’s Disease – Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a disease that causes chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. Crohn’s (krohnz) disease and ulcerative colitis are the most common forms of IBD.

Graves’ disease (overactive thyroid) – A disease that causes the thyroid to make too much thyroid hormone.

Hashimoto’s disease (underactive thyroid) – A disease that causes the thyroid to not make enough thyroid hormone.

Lupus – A disease when the body’s immune system, which normally functions to protect against foreign invaders, becomes hyperactive, forming antibodies that attack normal tissues and organs, including the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, heart, lungs, and blood.

Multiple Sclerosis – A disease in which the immune system attacks the protective coating around the nerves. The damage affects the brain and spinal cord.

Rheumatoid Arthritis – A disease in which the immune system attacks the lining of the joints throughout the body.

Type I Diabetes – A disease in which your immune system attacks the cells that make insulin, a hormone needed to control blood sugar levels. As a result, your body cannot make insulin. Without insulin, too much sugar stays in your blood. Too high blood sugar can hurt the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and gums and teeth. One of the most serious problems caused by diabetes is heart disease.

With over 80 different types of Autoimmune Diseases and hundreds of symptoms, some of the most common symptoms include:

Trouble with coordination, balance, speaking, and walking
Cold hands or feet
Blurred vision
Itchy skin
Painful, stiff, swollen, and deformed joints
Hair Loss
Trouble swallowing

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