Autoimmune Disease

This week the ladies conclude their medical series with autoimmune disease

Thank you for joining us for Part 5, the last part of our series on women’s health.  In this series we have been discussing the top 5 health issues pertaining to  women. The top 5 include heart disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis, depression, and autoimmune disease.  Last week we discussed depression.  This week the focus is on autoimmune disease in women.

Disclaimer: we are not medical doctors…. please refer to your health care provider.

Discussion includes:
A.   What is autoimmune disease?

  • Autoimmune diseases are a group of disorders in which the immune system attacks the body and destroys or alters tissues.

B.   Autoimmune disease Stats

  • According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA), about 75% of autoimmune diseases occur in women.

C.   Risk Factors

  • Hormonal
  • Genentics
  • Environmental factors

D.   Prevention

  • Visit your doctor/find another doctor if you don’t feel your doctor is listening to your symptoms

E.    Resources

  • Autoimmune disease fact sheet on womenshealth.gov website
  • American Autoimmune
  • Everyday Health