HealthRising prevalence of autoimmune diseases necessitates increased awareness, suggests Dr. Berg

Rising prevalence of autoimmune diseases necessitates increased awareness, suggests Dr. Berg

Rash or pain can warn of autoimmune diseases.
Rash or pain can warn of autoimmune diseases.
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2:04 PM EST, February 12, 2024

Autoimmune diseases happen when the immune system mistakenly combats its own, healthy cells. The most notable of these diseases include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis.

Dr. Berg caution that these diseases impact approximately one in every twelve people. This percentage increases to one in nine for women, ranking these diseases higher than heart diseases and some types of cancer in terms of prevalence.

Identifying risk factors for developing autoimmune diseases

Increased permeability of the intestines, commonly known as "leaky gut," plays a significant role in the development of autoimmune diseases. This condition is earmarked by weakened intestinal barriers enabling bacteria and toxins to breach into the bloodstream.

The leaky gut syndrome is increasingly being recognized as a factor playing a critical role in the development of inflammatory and autoimmune digestive diseases. Other than an enhanced gut permeability, Dr. Berg points out other key contributors to the development of autoimmune diseases. These primarily include:

  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Consumption of seed oils and heavily processed foods
  • Usage of certain medications
  • High stress levels

How can the risk of autoimmune diseases be minimized?

Dr Berg advises the intake of high-quality foods, abundant in animal products with suitable fat content, large servings of cooked vegetables, and moderate portions of fermented products in order to reduce the risk of autoimmune diseases.

In his view, a ketogenic diet, supplemented with high-quality animal proteins and fats, can aid gut health and overall body condition. Autoimmune health is also significantly enhanced by Vitamin D supplementation.

Symptoms and diagnosis

Autoimmune diseases can manifest in numerous symptoms such as pain, tiredness, skin rashes, nausea, headaches, dizziness, and more. It is essential not to ignore these worrying signs and consult with a physician for accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment options.

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