What Causes an Autoimmune Disease?





Autoimmune diseases include a wide range of diseases such as Type 1 diabetes, asthma, eczema, vitiligo, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Graves' disease, lupus, M.S., rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, vitamin B 12 deficiency, Celiac disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and adrenal insufficiency.


There are four major well known risk factors that contribute to any of the autoimmune diseases.


These are: genetics, food, vitamin D deficiency and stress.


While genetics obviously cannot be changed, the other three factors are treatable. And can make a huge difference in calming down the disease.






This article was written by Sarfraz Zaidi, MD, FACE. Dr. Zaidi specializes in Diabetes, photoEndocrinology and Metabolism.



Dr. Zaidi is a former Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA. Currently he is Medical Director of the Jamila Diabetes and Endocrine Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California.



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