What You Need to Know About Autoimmune Diseases
The statistic shows that there are about 50 million Americans currently who are living with an autoimmune disease. It is worrying to know that the number is never going down but rather rising and this has come to the attention of the medical fraternity. The body immune system protects us from diseases and infections. However, when someone has an autoimmune disease that means that they have a dysfunction somewhere in the immune system. There is the need to know that when you have an autoimmune disease, the disruption caused in your immune system makes it not to keep you safe from diseases and infections. For a long time, the causes of autoimmune disease have not been defined. The following are some of the common autoimmune diseases that people suffer from.
To start with is type 1 diabetes. For proper regulation of the blood sugar levels, the body produces the hormone known as insulin. However, when someone has the type 1 diabetes, the immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. This usually makes you weaker and weaker as your blood sugar levels will not be regulated. The body is confused in such a way it cannot differentiate between its own cell and the foreign cells hence end up fighting itself.
The other common autoimmune disease is multiple sclerosis. The disease destroys the protective coating that covers the nerve cells. The nerve cells are also known as the myelin sheath. When the nerve cell coating is damaged, the transmission of information from the brain to the body through the spinal cord slows down significantly. It is like the communication system in your body is shut down in a great way.
There is the need to know about the graves’ disease. The usage of the body’s energy is controlled by the thyroid hormones. When you have the Graves’ disease, it is important to know that your immune system attacks the thyroid glands on your neck. This increases the production of the thyroid hormones which causes the body to increase its activities leading to fast heartbeat, nervousness and other things.
The above diseases are the most common ones though there are more that exist. It is important to know that you learn about the symptoms to know if you or a close person to you is suffering from an autoimmune disease. There is the need to ensure that you ask from an expert the symptoms that are associated with the autoimmune disease. All you need is to look for a doctor who will help you know if you are suffering from these diseases.
There is the need to ensure that you look for help when you to live your life to the fullness by getting the right treatment.
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