How Do Autoimmune Diseases Work?

In an autoimmune disease, the immune system mistakes part of your body, like your joints or skin, as foreign.

It releases proteins called autoantibodies that attack healthy cells.

Some autoimmune diseases target only one organ.

What is the most deadly autoimmune disease?

Giant cell myocarditis: most fatal of autoimmune diseases.

What causes an autoimmune disease?

The exact cause of autoimmune disorders is unknown. One theory is that some microorganisms (such as bacteria or viruses) or drugs may trigger changes that confuse the immune system. This may happen more often in people who have genes that make them more prone to autoimmune disorders.

Do autoimmune diseases go away?

Although most autoimmune diseases don’t go away, you can treat your symptoms and learn to manage your disease, so you can enjoy life! Women with autoimmune diseases lead full, active lives.

How can I improve my autoimmune disease?

  • Heal Your Gut. Your gut is your gateway to health.
  • Optimize Your Diet. The foods you eat play a major role in two key components of autoimmune disease — gut health and inflammation.
  • Reduce Your Toxic Burden.
  • Heal Your Infections.
  • Relieve Your Stress.

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