EP 35: Types of Autoimmune Diseases

In the 35th episode of our podcast, and in the second episode on autoimmune diseases, Dr.  Gez Agolli and Dr. Cheryl Burdette discuss:

  1. The types of autoimmune diseases.
  2. What is Lupus?
  3. What is Hashimoto’s disease?
  4. How can they be treated?

Join us to hear more about this complex subject and how all autoimmune diseases can share some similar characteristics and origins. Having an autoimmune disease doesn’t have to make living impossible. Listen to ways to manage your autoimmune disease and how to improve your health in general. Autoimmune diseases, at base, are when your body’s immune system becomes overactive and begins to attack the body itself. Learn which conditions can be triggers for certain autoimmune diseases, how they progress, and how to both minimize the risks of developing one and what to do about it if you do.

There are more than 100 autoimmune diseases1Some common diseases that are generally considered autoimmune include celiac disease, diabetes mellitus type 1, Graves’ disease, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus1.

Lupus is a chronic (long-term) disease that can cause inflammation and pain in any part of your body. It’s an autoimmune disease, which means that your immune system — the body system that usually fights infections — attacks healthy tissue instead1Lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs2

Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disorder affecting the thyroid gland. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck just below the Adam’s apple. The thyroid produces hormones that help regulate many functions in the body. An autoimmune disorder is an illness caused by the immune system attacking healthy tissues1. In Hashimoto’s disease, immune-system cells lead to the death of the thyroid’s hormone-producing cells. The disease usually results in a decline in hormone production (hypothyroidism)1.

There are several natural remedies that may help manage symptoms of autoimmune diseases. Some supplements that may help reduce inflammation and restore the natural function of the body include fish oil, vitamin C, vitamin D, probiotics, and omega-3 fatty acids12Additionally, making dietary changes and practicing relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation may also be helpful3. It’s important to note that while these natural remedies may help manage symptoms, they are not a cure for autoimmune diseases. It’s always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new treatment.