Autoimmune diseases are the result of a dysfunctional immune system
While the etiology of autoimmune diseases is not entirely understood, there is a growing consensus that both environmental and genetic factors contribute to their development. Many of us will be affected directly by an autoimmune disease, if we haven’t been already, or will have a close friend or family member affected. When it comes to our health, knowledge is power.
Autoimmune diseases are on the rise
Estimates vary globally, from 3% of the population of Japan up to 9% in the EU suffering from an autoimmune condition (1). Additionally, millions of people will suffer for years before finally being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease since the symptoms are often vague and misleading. Certain autoimmune conditions are well-known, such as rheumatoid arthritis and type I diabetes, while others are rare and difficult to diagnose.