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What Are Autoimmune Disorders? : Part I

bacteria-811861_1920Autoimmune disease is a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells. According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA), autoimmune diseases effect up to 50 million Americans.

To understand how autoimmune diseases affect the body, imagine this: When a cold virus or bacteria enters the body your immune system works to protect you. It tries to identify and eliminate the invaders that try to harm you. With autoimmune disease, however, your immune system mistakes your body’s own healthy cells as invaders and then repeatedly attacks them.

Immune deficiency diseases decrease the body’s ability to fight invaders, making you more vulnerable to infections. In response to an unknown trigger, the immune system begins producing antibodies that instead of fighting infections, attack the body’s own tissues.

Depending on the type, an autoimmune disease can affect one or more different types of body tissue. It can also cause abnormal organ growth and changes in organ function. Treatment for autoimmune diseases generally focuses on reducing immune system activity.

Autoimmune diseases often run in families, and 75 percent of those affected are women, according to AARDA. African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans also have an increased risk of developing an autoimmune disease. To know for sure if the symptom’s you are experiencing are related to immune issues, autoimmune disease kits administered by your doctor is the first step to identifying and treating the issue.