Is the term ‘autoimmune disease’ one that you’re familiar with, or are you scratching your head trying to figure out what that even means?
Well, if you have an autoimmune disease, you know exactly what it means...and if not, the term can be a little confusing. In its simplest terms, an autoimmune disease is a condition arising from an abnormal immune response to a normal body part. Which is to say that in the case of autoimmune disease, the body perceives its own tissue to be an invader and enacts an immune response against it.
Here are a few conditions you may not have known are autoimmune diseases (there are over 80):
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- Celiac disease
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Graves disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease (such as Crohn’s)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Systemic Lupus
- Ulcerative Colitis