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April 11, 2024 9:11 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Why autoimmune diseases are becoming more common in our state. All of you are familiar with the names of conditions like type I diabetes, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, SLE, IBS, MS, Guillain-Barre syndrome, demyelinating polyneuropathy, and psoriasis. There are about 80 known types of autoimmune diseases.

The harmful choices that we make every day in our lives could lead to disturbances in our immune systems and metabolic pathways. Our everyday choices in life have a bearing on our health. But what is less understood is that many times, our everyday choices can either cause or prevent several health conditions during the course of our lives.

Autoimmune diseases are a complex group of disorders that arise from an abnormal immune response against the body’s own cells and tissues, leading to chronic inflammation and damage. The triggers for these diseases have long been a topic of intense research. Among the potential triggers, stress and an uncontrolled lifestyle have emerged as significant factors.

Stress is the body’s natural response to challenges or threats. When the brain perceives a danger, the ‘fight-or-flight’ response is initiated, leading to the release of hormones like cortisol and norepinephrine. However, chronic stress due to a fast lifestyle, can lead to a dysregulated immune response, with prolonged high levels of stress hormones potentially increasing the risk of developing autoimmune diseases.
Psychological stress may lead to a chronic inflammatory state of the body. Studies show that during sustained stress, there’s an increase in the production and activity of pro-inflammatory cytokines.

Scientific studies have revealed another mechanism that triggers the onset of autoimmune disease. It is the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, a complex signal interplay of the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and adrenal glands, that is involved in the stress response. Dys-regulation of the HPA axis can lead to altered immune function and increased susceptibility to autoimmune conditions.
Effective management of autoimmune diseases often requires a multi-faceted approach. It is crucial for patients to approach a well-recognized lifestyle disease reversal center sufficiently early to reduce their stress levels and to work together to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that includes diet plans, regular exercise, acupuncture, and stress management strategies.


Dr Arun Vasudevan
Founder director IDRP


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