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Factors for Increased Risk of Developing an Autoimmune Disease

According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA), nearly 24 million Americans are living with an autoimmune disease. Since many autoimmune diseases have a wide range of symptoms and look like other medical conditions, many of these individuals are living undiagnosed or are struggling to get a diagnosis. Searching for answers when living with painful and life-altering symptoms is often scary, frustrating and depressing. Understanding your risk factors for developing an autoimmune disease can help your journey, and fat stem cell therapy from the Innovations Stem Cell Center can help you after your diagnosis.

Four Risk Factors for Autoimmune Disease

Family History. Like hair color, eye color or the presence of dimples, autoimmune diseases can run in families. Some autoimmune conditions like lupus, diabetes and multiple sclerosis have been found to run in families. (Plot twist: If you have a family member with an autoimmune disease, you may not end up with that same condition. Instead, you may develop an entirely different autoimmune disease.)

Previous Diagnosis. If you've already been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, you have a 25 percent chance of developing another autoimmune disease.

Gender. Did you know that if you are a woman you already have a three times greater risk of developing an autoimmune disease than men? Also, certain autoimmune diseases have an increased risk of affecting women, such as lupus (nine times more likely to affect women) and rheumatoid arthritis (twice as likely to affect women). Some researchers believe that hormonal fluctuations play a role in developing autoimmune diseases as many symptoms appear after pregnancy or during menopause.

Your Partner Has Celiac Disease. Although you are not blood related to your partner or spouse, a study conducted in 2015 found that if you are married to or in a relationship someone with celiac disease, you have an increased chance of developing an autoimmune disease. Celiac disease is an immune system reaction to gluten, a substance found in cereal grains that causes a painful intestinal response and difficulty digesting food.

Are you living with the effects of an autoimmune disease? Stem cells can help treat most forms of autoimmune disease and often allow patients to decrease or stop medications. Find out how Innovations Stem Cell Center can help. Call 214-256-1462 now for a consultation.

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