Autoimmune Disorders

Diagnosing, Treating, and Managing Autoimmune Conditions

Much attention has focused on the human immune

system of late. 

The Immune System Defined

In its simplest terms, the overall function of the

immune system is to prevent or limit infection. The

immune system is complex and pervasive. There are

numerous cell types that either circulate throughout

the body or reside in a particular tissue. Each cell type

plays a unique role, with different ways of recognizing

problems, communicating with other cells, and

performing their functions.

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how you can help keep it healthy.

Generally, the body does an impressive job of

regulating itself, however, complications can arise

when it does not function properly.  For people suffering from autoimmune disorders, the body may feel as if it is under siege.

 

Immune system disorders cause abnormally low activity or overactivity of the immune system.  Some issues are less pervasive, such as pollen allergy, while others are extensive, such as genetic disorders that wipe out the presence or function of an entire set of immune cells. In cases of immune system overactivity, the body attacks and damages its own tissues (autoimmune diseases). Immune deficiency diseases decrease the body's ability to fight invaders, causing vulnerability to infections.

Causes of Autoimmune Disorders

The NCBI states that:

  • 30% of all autoimmune diseases are connected to genetic predisposition

  • 70 % are due to environmental factors, including toxic chemicals, dietary components, gut dysbiosis, and infections. ​

 

Autoimmune Disorders

Healthline indicates that there are more than 80 different autoimmune diseases. Here are 14 of the most common ones.

1. Type 1 diabetes

2. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

3. Psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis

4. Multiple sclerosis

5. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

6. Inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term used to describe conditions that cause inflammation in the lining of the intestinal wall. Each type of IBD affects a different part of the GI tract.

7. Addison’s disease

8. Graves’ disease (overactive thyroid)

9. Sjögren’s syndrome

10. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (underactive thyroid)

11. Myasthenia gravis

12. Autoimmune vasculitis

13. Pernicious anemia

14. Celiac disease

How We Can Help

With so many conditions associated with autoimmune disorders, diagnosing might seem daunting. However, we employ Avise CTD testing.

 

AVISE CTD is an accurate, comprehensive, and innovative rheumatic disease diagnostic test that uses patented CB-CAPs technology. AVISE CTD can provide us with the information we need to help you get a diagnosis.

AVISE testing uses patented biomarkers and the highest quality standards to provide us with accurate results to help make an accurate diagnosis. When combined with our clinical assessment, AVISE testing can provide the information necessary to help make a dierential diagnosis.

 

With the convenience of a single blood draw, AVISE CTD can save time and money and help get you on the path to better health. Getting an accurate and early diagnosis depends on you communicating your symptoms to your physician. That information, along with accurate test results may help assist in an earlier diagnosis.

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