There are a number of different ailments that women are actually at risk for developing without actually realizing it. For example, autoimmune syndrome risk factors for women are much more significant than for men in many situations.
Autoimmune diseases and disorders make up a group of disorders that involve the immune system actually attacking the body, altering or destroying tissues. There are supposedly more than 80 different serious chronic illnesses that fall into this category, including for example type-1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and lupus for example.
According to the AARDA, which stands for the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, approximately 75 percent of all autoimmune disorders occur in women. Each disease, by itself, appears to be uncommon, save for thyroid disease, diabetes and lupus, but when you look at them as a group, these disorders make up the fourth greatest cause for disabilities among women in the United States.
It is not exactly known what it is that causes the body to turn on its own self, which is the result for many of these autoimmune diseases, but some suspect factors including environmental, hormonal and genetic factors.
Some other examples of autoimmune disorders and diseases include Addison’s Disease, Aplastic anemia, Arthritis, Asthma, Cardiomyopathy, Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), Crohn’s Disease, Dermatitis, Eczema, Fibromyalgia, Hepatitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Osteoporosis, Psoriasis, and Scleroderma.
Since most autoimmune disorders are very far from being completely understood, it can be really difficult for scientists and researchers to pinpoint the specific risk factors that put women in jeopardy of developing them. Symptoms are also capable of being nonspecific, and this unfortunately hampers a proper level of diagnosis for many women.
However, if you feel as if something is wrong in your body, or with someone that you care about, then it is vitally important that you become what is known as an “active health advocate”, taking the time and putting the effort into determining what is wrong and what is causing it so that you can get the help that you need. It is very common for women at this point to make a number of different visits to a number of different doctors until a diagnosis is finally achieved. You need to insist that someone is going to take the symptoms that you are experiencing seriously.
If you do not feel as if your physician is completely taking the complaints that you have serious, then it would be advisable for you to consider finding another doctor until you have found someone that is going to take the time to actually investigate the symptoms that you are experiencing.