What are Autoimmune Diseases?
Have you ever heard of Autoimmune Disease? Virginia Ladd, President of the
American AutoImmune-Related Diseases Association explains what these diseases
"Autoimmune diseases are where the immune system turns
on the self, producing antibodies. They include diseases like lupus, multiple
sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleraderma, type one diabetes, and autoimmune
These conditions may seem like they're rare,
but according to Ms. Ladd,
"Autoimmune diseases effect about 30 million American
women, as autoimmune diseases have a very high incidence in women".
While these conditions differ greatly from each other, they have several factors
in common. We don't yet know why an unknown factor causes the immune system
to attack itself. We don't yet know what predisposes certain women to these
conditions. Is there a hormonal component? There does seem to be a genetic
component and affected family members might also suffer from other autoimmune
disorders. We'll be discussing each of these diseases in the next few weeks
on "Dr. Donnica's Daily Women's Health Report".
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Created: 11/21/2000  - Donnica Moore, M.D.