Functional Medicine And The Immune/Autoimmune/Inflammatory Panel
The immune/autoimmune/inflammatory genetic panel is for an adult or child that is struggling with autoimmune issues and immunity issues, such as recurring infections. It will tell help determine if there are unchecked inflammatory markers in your body and impaired autophagy. Autophagy is something called “self-eating”, it’s basically the process where you can go into the cell, recycle the good stuff, and clean out the garbage.
Most autoimmune illnesses have impaired autophagy. This is a relatively new finding, since 2015. So the immune/autoimmune panel is for anyone with any autoimmune disease or are concerned that they have an autoimmune disease. It may be characterized as a process where you’ve been sick for months and months with recurrent different kinds of infections which no one can figure out. Prescribed antibiotics may not be working, and you may not know to whom to turn.
The American Autoimmune and Related Conditions Association (AARDA) estimates that about 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune disease. It is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in female children and women in all age groups up to 64 years of age. Autoimmune diseases affect three times more women than men, and are the fourth-largest cause of disability among women within the United States.
Autoimmune diseases are difficult to diagnose, because symptoms—such as fatigue, fever, joint and muscle pain, and fluctuations in weight—are not consistent and may present as manifestations of other diseases. Indeed, according to the AARDA, it takes up to 4.6 years before a patient can receive a proper autoimmune disease diagnosis.
Many believe that once suffering from an autoimmune disease, you could only hope for the best because you are going to be stuck with fatigue and pain for the rest of your life. But that belief is simply not true.
Functional medicine doctors continuously work to find ways to help patients with autoimmune disease get better and feel better. Your autoimmunity doctor will focus on the root of the disease; instead of modulating and relieving symptoms, recommendations are geared towards creating ways to heal the body in a comprehensively and integratively.
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