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Diet pill recommendations for a diabetic with multiple auto-immune diseases & a drug that is generic.

Diet pill recommendations for a diabetic with multiple auto-immune diseases & a drug that is generic.

Not a pill: The best way to loose weight is not a diet pill. Controlling portion size, eating a well balanced healthy diet and exercise are really the best way to loose weight, and help control diabetes. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Immune Diseases (Definition)

The immune system is a complex and highly developed system, yet its mission is simple: to seek and kill infectious invaders, and protect us from harmful substances. Immune system disorders occur when the immune system is either under or overactive. When the immune system is defective or underactive, people are susceptible mainly to recurrent infections (immune deficiency diseases). In severe cases, the infections are life-threatening. When the immune system is overactive, the immune system attacks our own organs causing diseases of several kinds: "autoimmune" diseases such as lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis; certain diseases of the thyroid; and certain muscle and nerve diseases, to name just a few. Allergies and asthma also are the result of ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: Immune diseases?

What is the definition or description of: Immune diseases?

Immune diseases =: Disorder in which the immune system attacks healthy cells. ...Read more

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Can you get two auto immune diseases at once?

Can you get two auto immune diseases at once?

Possible, Not common: One can always have two diseases at the same time, but typically physicians look for one disease with the combination of symptoms patients present with. There can be "overlap" between the symptoms of various auto-immune diseases, so its best to see a well trained rheumatologist to help with your diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the 10 most common auto immune diseases?

What are the 10 most common auto immune diseases?

Autoimmune diseases: There are probably more than 100 different autoimmune conditions, some of them more common than others and they may be grouped according to which organ autoantibodies attack, for example: blood vessels, endocrine, red blood cells, muscles, joints, skin, etc. The topic is too broad for this post. ...Read more

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How do auto immune diseases work to attack your body?

How do auto immune diseases work to attack your body?

Autoimmune disease: Your body's immune system protects you from disease and infection. But if you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake. Autoimmune diseases can affect many parts of the body. These diseases tend to run in families. Women - particularly african-american, hispanic-american, and native-american women - have a higher risk for some autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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Anybody know anything about auto immune diseases causes?

Anybody know anything about auto immune diseases causes?

Maternal-fetal cells: Current theories focus on maternal-fetal cell trafficking (either as a fetus or as a mother); cells cross the placenta and lodge in various tissues of the other person, waiting to cause inflammation and "autoimmunity" down the line (possibly triggered by viruses, radiation, stress, genetic predisposition or interplay of the above). ...Read more

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Why can't people with auto-immune diseases donate marrow?

Why can't people with auto-immune diseases donate marrow?

Harms the recipient: When marrow stem cells are transplanted, the immune system of the donor is transplanted into the recipient. That could result in the auto-immune disease of the donor becoming a problem for the recipient. That would be on top of the risk of graft versus host disease that all patients face after transplant. ...Read more

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Are there any auto immune diseases that would cause low estrogen?

Not likely: The high ratio of women to men in sle has been theoretically attributed to the uplifting effect of estrogen on the immune system during child-bearing years but there is much data to contradict this. In addition, the replacement of estrogen postmenopause does not change the sle frequency or severity. There is no evidence to suggest low estrogen as a result of autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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I have auto immune diabetes. Does this make it more likely I will get other auto immune diseases?

Yes: The presence of an autoimmune disease implies the presence of impaired immune regulations and thus you are more prone to develop other autoimmune disorder. Do get check for low vitamin d3 level in your blood since vitamin d3 is now considered one of the major immune regulators. ...Read more

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Ana pattern was atypical speckled I know its more indicative of certain immune diseases but which?

Ana pattern was atypical speckled I know its more indicative of certain immune diseases but which?

Non specific: More important is how strongly positive the titer is. Low titer may not have any significance, especially if symptoms don't fit any syndrome. ...Read more

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What auto immune diseases have gastrointestinal problems as the main symptom?

What auto immune diseases have gastrointestinal problems as the main symptom?

See below: Celiac disease, crohn, ulcerative colitis and auto-immune hepatitis are common auto-immune GI disorders. Check out the website given below:
http://www. Everydayhealth. Com/autoimmune-disorders/autoimmue-digestive-disorders. Aspx. ...Read more

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There are many auto immune diseases out there, how can dr be sure that hypothyroid diagnosis is not one of them instead?

There are many auto immune diseases out there, how can dr be sure that hypothyroid diagnosis is not one of them instead?

Check antibodies: Check thyroid peroxidase and anti thyro globulin. Up to 40% of thyroid problems can have some degree of autoimmune component. ...Read more

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Can an ANA test or any blood test be used to diagnose auto-immune diseases?

Can an ANA test or any blood test be used to diagnose auto-immune diseases?

Yes: An ANA is a test used to see essentially if the immune system has been activated. However, there are mutiple other tests for autoimmune diseases which are numerous and difficult to explain in this short space. Talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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Are Crohn's disease, tuberculosis and sarcoidosis all different types of auto-immune diseases?

Are Crohn's disease, tuberculosis and sarcoidosis all different types of auto-immune diseases?

No: Crohn's disease is an inflammatory disease but is not strictly speaking autoimmune. Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by mycobacterium tuberculosis. Sarcoidosis is a granulomatous disease that we don't quite know the cause of. ...Read more

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Can autoimmune disorders cause premature wrinkles / thinner skin? What kinds of auto immune diseases?

Topical steroids: Topical corticosteriods can thin skin if you are using these to treat rashes. Autoimmune diseases do not typically cause wrinkles. However; severe stress from any chronic severe disease can age a person. ...Read more

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Is it true that all auto immune diseases has the same medications so if you have RA then you find out you have lupus not RA the treatmen plan is same?

Different meds: Although most flare ups of various autoimmune conditions will respond to similar steroid medications, the actual maintenance/routine medications and long term treatment plans are often quite different. ...Read more

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Is there anyone reading this that may treat the auto immune diseases ankylosing spondylitis or reiter's?

Is there anyone reading this that may treat the auto immune diseases ankylosing spondylitis or reiter's?

Most rheumatologists: These problems are generally best treated by rheumatologist, although astute internists, family practioners, may do a good job if trained in the uses of medicine to treat these problems. Most of my practice in rheuamtology are patients with overlap spodyloarthritis! ...Read more

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Can an ANA test or any blood test used to diagnose auto-immune diseases show all the types of lupus?

Can an ANA test or any blood test used to diagnose auto-immune diseases show all the types of lupus?

Not necessarily: Patients with systemic le will almost always have a positive ana. However, patients with lupus confined to the skin, i.e. Discoid le or scle (subacute cutaneous le)may not have a positive ana. A positive ANA by itself does not necessarily indicate sle and is seen in a number of medical conditions. The diagnosis of sle is made on the basis of historical, clinical and laboratory criteria. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism, vitiligo, and psoriasis which are all auto immune diseases. Any idea why I may have these? Could it be linked to something?

Autoimmune: That means that your immune system is not well regulated. This tends to be inherited as well. Although there is no cure, you should get your blood vitamin d3 level checked to make sure that it is optimal. I don't know if optimizing the vitamin d3 level helps or not but it certainly won't do you harm.

(vitamin d3 is considered an immune regulator). ...Read more

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How safe is alloderm for people suffering from auto-immune diseases? I am suffering from myasthenia gravis for a long time now. I am on a moderate dose of corticosteroids for my condition. I know that they suppress the immune system and also slow down hea

Alloderm: Alloderm is a processed human skin graft which results in an acellular dermal matrix which can be used for a variety of purposes, including treatment of wounds, reconstructive surgery and hernia repairs. Unlike allograft skin grafts (i.e. Skin from another human), which are eventually rejected, the proprietary processing technique retains the normal collagen bundling and intact basement membrane complex of skin, but without the components (skin and connective tissue cells) that cause an immune reaction. In one study (wainwright dj: use of an acellular allograft dermal matrix (alloderm) in the management of full-thickness burns. Burns. 1995 jun;21 (4):243-8) alloderm was used in burn patients and the patients did not demonstrate a specific immune response, either by histology or immunologically.

In addition, in your case, the use of corticosteroids would blunt any immune reaction, minimizing the possibility of an immune reaction. This would howver, slow down the healing process, due to the effect of corticosteroids on wound healing. ...Read more

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What auto immune diseases cause hair loss?

Autoimmune Disease: A lupus diagnosis often brings many physical changes-from skin rashes to weight gain. And often, the most upsetting of these changes can be losing your hair. Other diseases include alopecia areata and hashimoto's disease. ...Read more

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I have lupus and many other auto immune diseases. I have charlie horses like in your calf, but I get them in my abdomin, and they hurt very bad, why?

I have lupus and many other auto immune diseases. I have charlie horses like in your calf, but I get them in my abdomin, and they hurt very bad, why?

There can be: Multiple reasons for abdominal pain. It is helpful to specify where on your abdomen. Low abdomen could be gynecological. It could be bladder or constipation. Upper abdomen could be gallbladder or heartburn. I would get seen but in the meantime make sure u take your heartburn medication. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are foods high in folic acid, and vitamin d good for people with auto immune diseases?

Are foods high in folic acid, and vitamin d good for people with auto immune diseases?

Absolutely: Folic acid and vitamin d are excellent nutrients/vitamins that provide significant qualities known to assist the bodies immune system. ...Read more

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5 chronic skin ulcer 2 cultures gram- ancintobacter anaerobic taken PO doxy, Cef, Kef, Clinda, Amox, Cipr no immune diseases, why cant the bacteria die?

5 chronic skin ulcer 2 cultures gram- ancintobacter anaerobic taken PO doxy, Cef, Kef, Clinda, Amox, Cipr no immune diseases, why cant the bacteria die?

See a dermatologist: Begin with a diagnosis. First define why you have skin ulcers. Where? How long? Etc. It is NEVER a simple question of which bacteria and which antibiotics. MOST skin ulcers should not be treated with antibiotics at all. I suspect you are being treated by someone who should refer you to a more knowledgable DR. ...Read more

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Pain in lower left abdomen, lower bck, bright urine. History of auto immune diseases, lupus, ra, raynauds, on rituxan (rituximab). Urinalysis no bladder inf.?

Pain in lower left abdomen, lower bck, bright urine. History of auto immune diseases, lupus, ra, raynauds, on rituxan (rituximab). Urinalysis no bladder inf.?

Drug side effect: You may only be constipated. Rituxan (rituximab) is a monoclonal antibody used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (ra). Abdominal pain is a common side-effect of this drug. Bowel obstruction and perforation have been reported much less frequently but can be much more serious. Persistent abdominal pain is a symptom you should report to the physician who prescribed rituxan. ...Read more

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Is dermographism an immune disorder?

No: It is a sign of too much histamine in your system which can be from over production or over release. It is not dangerous but can be treated with daily antihistamines if bothersome. ...Read more

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If a 2 month old had an immune disorder would they be sicker?

If a 2 month old had an immune disorder would they be sicker?

Depends: There are an array of different immune issues and some are more severe than others. Those with severe immune disorders are often hospitalized with a major illness by 2-4 months. At that point their initial diagnosis is suspected and confirmed. ...Read more

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How are an immune disorder and an autoimmune disease different?

Immunity: Autoimmunity is when your own immune system decides to attack itself whereas an immune disorder is a defect or failure of your own immune system to either produce or protect from infectious invaders. ...Read more

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If positive ANA titre years ago, could I now have an immune disorder?

May or may not: We all make positive anas buy people with higher titers have a greater chance of having an autoimmune disease. The ANA is also found is a lot of other conditions especially people who have had allergic reactions. You may or may not develop an immune disorder. Your evaluation will look into these possibilities. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an immune disorder vs an autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune vs Immune: Autoimmune diseases are ones which your own immune system attacks your body. Examples are rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and many others. Immune disorders are ones which your own immune system fails to respond normally to infections, resulting in frequent infections. Examples are common variable immunodeficiency, severe combined immunodeficiency, aggamglobulinemia, hiv/aids, and many others. ...Read more