Archives for April 2012

Glycemic Issues and Autoimmunity

Is hypoglycemia and/or hyperglycemia an autoimmune condition? One of the fascinating features of your immune system is its capacity to recognize and neutralize the millions of foreign antigens that cross your path each day.  If it didn’t have this ability, your immune system couldn’t insulate you from your hostile environment.  Unfortunately, when this process malfunctions, your own tissues—and their metabolic

Autoimmunity and TH1, TH2 Cells

The immune system is comprised of many different parts, all of which play one or more roles in normal and abnormal immune responses.  Some of these parts are cells, while others are proteins, messengers or even protein fragments.  Today we will look specifically at two of the many cell types involved in immunity and autoimmunity. What are TH1 and TH2

Implications for Children: Mothers Who Develop Autoimmune Disease During Pregnancy

A variety of autoimmune disorders occur in women during childbearing years either before, during, or after pregnancy. When the symptoms and diagnosis come during pregnancy, what are the affects on the unborn child? How about on the child later in life? These are realistic concerns for every woman and the answers from the medical community are vague at best. If

When Do Autoimmune Symptoms Add Up to Lupus?

How does lupus get started? Your immune system’s sole function is to recognize agents that are not you, e.g., bacteria, viruses, fungi, cancer cells, and eliminate them from your body.  When its actions are misdirected, your immune system may target your own tissues as if they were foreign invaders, resulting in an autoimmune disease.  Systemic lupus erythematosus, or lupus —

Thyroid Hormone Deficiency (Hypothyroidism): Treatment and Monitoring

What types of thyroid hormone deficiency are caused by autoimmune disease? Each year, approximately four out of every 1,000 women develop autoimmune hypothyroidism. One type of autoimmune hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, results when your body produces antibodies to an enzyme called thyroid peroxidase, or TPO. Another type, called atrophic thyroiditis, results when the thyroid gland simply atrophies over time. Sometimes this