Anyone with autoimmune disease can help themselves by understanding and appreciating the driving factors behind autoimmune disease.
Below are the main contributing factors behind autoimmune disease, click the panels to learn more.
To learn more about specific autoimmune conditions, please click here.
Click here to learn more about how the immune system works and how immune dysregulation plays a role in autoimmune disease.
Genetics play a small role in autoimmune disease too. There are certain genetic susceptibilities which leave a person more prone to certain autoimmune diseases. As you'll learn, the environment plays a huge role in disease onset too, but understanding the genetic code makes understanding and controlling autoimmune disease that much easier.
Environmental factors play a huge role in autoimmune disease. The environment we live in can actually turn on and turn off genes, without changing the genes themselves. This involves everything we're exposed to in our everyday life, such as dietary antigens, exogenous and endogenous hormones and chemical toxicants.
Click here to learn all about how Environmental factors contribute to autoimmune disease.
Our gut plays a huge role in autoimmune disease. The digestive tract is important as 70% of the immune system lies in the gut and toxins can also enter through a disrupted gut lining. Both the immune system and environmental toxins play their own (individual) roles in autoimmune disease.