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.

According to the Scleroderma Foundation, while there is no proven cure for scleroderma, much can be done to prevent, minimize or alleviate its effects and symptoms. 

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