An autoimmune disease develops when your immune system, which defends your body against disease, decides your healthy cells are foreign invaders. As a result your immune system attacks healthy cells.
Psoriasis, arthritis, type 1 diabetes, chronic fatigue are all types of autoimmune disease (scroll down to see more)
Depending on the type, an autoimmune disease can affect one or many different types of body tissue. It can affect all the organs, bones and cells: the skin, thyroid gland, pancreas, the joints, muscles and brain etc, it can also cause abnormal organ growth and changes organ function.
There are many types of autoimmune disease, many of which have similar symptoms, making diagnosis difficult. It is also possible to have more than one at the same time.
Autoimmune diseases usually fluctuate between periods of remission (where there are no symptoms) and flare-ups (where all symptoms are activated).
There are currently no cures for autoimmune disease so medication is used to treat the many wide and varied symptoms. However, changing the diet is known to be one the most effective way of combating or controlling autoimmune disease.
Autoimmune disease often runs in families and 75% of those affected are women.
List of autoimmune diseases known to be caused or aggravated by wheat:
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS)
Autoimmune aplastic anemia
Autoimmune inner ear disease (AIED)
Autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura (ATP)
Autoimmune thyroid disease
Axonal & neuronal neuropathies
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Chronic fatigue syndrome
Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)
Giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis)
Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)
Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD)
Paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration
Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH)
Primary biliary cirrhosis
Primary sclerosing cholangitis
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
Restless legs syndrome
Sperm & testicular autoimmunity
Type 1 diabetes