The On-The-Rise Autoimmune Diseases That Every Woman Needs To Know About

Sore joints, eczema, headaches, low energy, digestive issues — if you suffer through any of these on the regular, you’re probably tempted to brush them off as annoying but not that big of a deal.

Yet if your symptoms are chronic or don’t have an obvious cause (like a gnarly workout that you can link to muscle aches), one doctor warns you shouldn’t take them lightly because they could be hints that a more serious health storm is brewing.

According to Parsley Health founder Robin Berzin, MD, all of these complaints could be early signs of autoimmune disease: a broad category of ailments that are plaguing a rapidly growing number of Americans, especially women. (According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases, almost 80 percent of people with autoimmune disorders are female).

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