Health Tip: Understanding Autoimmune Diseases04/18/11
(HealthDay News) -- Having an autoimmune disease means that the
body's germ-fighting immune system mistakenly attacks normal
The womenshealth.gov Web site says there are more than 80 known
autoimmune diseases, including type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis
While anyone can acquire an autoimmune disease, the site
mentions these factors that increase a person's risk:
- Being a woman of childbearing age.
- Having a family history of one or more autoimmune
- Exposure to certain chemicals and environmental factors.
- Being of a particular ethnic background or race. Risk varies
based on the particular disease.
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