A variety of diseases fall under the umbrella of what is labeled auto immune disease. Simply stated, auto immune disease occur when the body attacks its own cells. Typically, the body is auto-regulated by T cells that keep the bodies systems in check. When these cells are unable to keep specific cells for specific body parts in check (as an example the skin), an auto immune response occurs.
Psoriasis, a genetically pre-disposed auto immune disease is a great example of what happens during this response. Typical skin cells shed and regenerate every 28 days. Those with psoriasis see cells on some parts of the skin and body regenerate every 4 days. The result is plaque psoriasis in which patches of raised, scaly, white areas of skin are found. This is just one example of an auto immune response. Others such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis respond and react to another type of auto immune response, oftentimes debilitating the individual with symptoms such as diarrhea, fatigue, and weight loss.
While there are a variety of treatments available, a diet specific to the auto immune disease has been shown to be beneficial. Top-of-the-line tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNF’s) such as Humira® or Enbrel® help reduce or eliminate the symptoms caused by these debilitating diseases by blocking the tumor necrosis factor within the body. An even larger issue is the ability to afford the needed and often necessary medications to keep these diseases in check.
As with an diet or medication regime, always consult with your healthcare provider to determine what options are available to you. If you have the insurance and options for such medications and/or help with diet modifications, don’t suffer silently. Help is out there. You just have to ask.
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