The human body has a complex makeup of cells called the immune system which works to defend the body from foreign invaders. A flaw in the system can cause the body to be unable to tell the difference between what should and shouldn’t be in the system. This causes the body to make autoantibodies which attack normal cells by mistake. At the same time, regulatory T cells don’t work properly to keep the immune system on track. The result is a misguided attack on the body. Autoimmune diseases are very common and affect more than 23 million Americans. The following are some of the more common autoimmune diseases:
Autoimmune diseases can affect any individual. However, there are some groups that are at greater risk of developing autoimmune diseases. This includes:
If you believe you may have an autoimmune disease you should get a diagnosis from a professional like Dr. Wheeler. Diagnosing an autoimmune disease involves identifying which antibodies the body is producing. The following tests are often used to diagnose an autoimmune disease:
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