10 Autoimmune Facts and Statistics

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An autoimmune disorder occurs when the body’s immune system starts attacking and destroying healthy body tissue by mistake.

Scleroderma is a rheumatic, autoimmune and chronic disease that affects the body by hardening connective tissue.

According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA), here are some facts and statistics about autoimmune diseases.

  1. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that up to 23.5 million* Americans live with an autoimmune disease and that its prevalence is rising.
  2. On the other hand, AARDA says that 50 million* Americans live with an autoimmune disease.
    (*The difference is due to the NIH only including 24 diseases for which they had epidemiology studies they considered appropriate available).
  3.  Initial symptoms are often intermittent and unspecific until the disease becomes acute.
  4. Researchers have identified between 80 to 100 different autoimmune diseases.
  5. These autoimmune diseases are usually chronic and may be life-threatening.
  6. Researchers also suspect that at least another 40 diseases have an autoimmune basis.
  7. Autoimmune diseases are one of top 10 leading causes for female children and women in all age groups (up to 64 years of age) to die.
  8. In 2003, NIH research funding for autoimmune disease was $591 million.
  9.  The NIH Autoimmune Diseases Research Plan states: “Research discoveries of the last decade have made autoimmune research one of the most promising areas of new discovery.”
  10. According to the NIH, annual direct health care costs for autoimmune diseases are in the range of $100 billion (source: NIH presentation by Dr. Fauci, NIAID).

Learn more autoimmune facts and statistics here: http://bit.ly/1WOnEOU

Learn more about scleroderma here: http://bit.ly/learnscleroderma

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