Can you have just one autoimmune disease?
Multiple autoimmune syndrome is a condition in which patients have at least three distinct autoimmune conditions. The underlying mechanisms for this syndrome are not yet understood, but it may be more prevalent than currently recoded. The presence of one autoimmune disease should alert one to watch for another one.
What autoimmune diseases are linked?
Examples of autoimmune diseases include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus).
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
- Multiple sclerosis (MS).
- Type 1 diabetes mellitus.
- Guillain-Barre syndrome.
- Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy.
What percentage of the population has an autoimmune disease?
Autoimmune diseases are a family of more than 80 chronic, often debilitating and, in some cases, life-threatening illnesses. According to the National Institutes of Health, up to 23.5 million Americans (more than seven percent of the population) suffer from an autoimmune disease—and the prevalence is rising.
Do autoimmune diseases shorten life expectancy?
“Almost all autoimmune diseases decrease life expectancy,” says Dr. Autoimmune diseases may impact mortality in a couple ways: First, more common autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and Type 1 diabetes can have an impact on the lives of a greater number of people.