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Autoimmune Diseases

There are more than 80 different types of autoimmune diseases.

  • 1 out of 10 people have an autoimmune disease.
  • 1 out of 7 women have an autoimmune disease.

What is an autoimmune disease?

Well… This is the way it works. You have a system inside your body that helps so you don’t get sick and protects you against germs and other nasty stuff. This is called the immune system.  So, at the very core of this very complex immune system, it is able to know the difference of what is apart of your body and what is not (what should be there and is you and what shouldn’t be there)… A problem can a cure when the system can no longer tell the difference between good and evil (good and bad cells in your body of course!)  and will start to build what are called “Autoantibodies” (Auh-toe-an-tie-baw-dees). These autoantibodies  go around and attack the normal cells by accident.

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Meanwhile, there are these really cool cells called “regulatory T cells” are supposed to be maintaining your immune system and making sure it stays healthy. These regulatory T cells ALSO stop doing their job… So now, not only is your immune system attacking itself, but the guy who’s supposed to be making it stop is asleep at the wheel!

This is called “Autoimmune Disease”

There are many different types of autoimmune disease:

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Sjogrens Syndrome

Multiple Sclerosis

-Thyroid disease

-Lupus

-Ankylosing Spondylosis

 

Autoimmune Diseases are very treatable.  Call me for an appointment and we can discuss your options.

 

Carol Stowell
Family Nurse Practitioner
Salt Lake City, Utah
801-634-2651

I am available at American Wellness or call me to set up an appointment.

American Wellness and Rehab Clinic
677 West 5300 South
Murray, Utah 84123
tel: (801) 327-8700