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Is it true that if you have one disease, you can't getanother?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: More the opposite!

Not only is this not true, but in many cases having one disease increases the odds of getting another.For example, having diabetes significantly increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Having parasites often leads to food allergies which can lead to other health problems.Having chronic infections lowers immunity increasing risk of other infections. Treat any disease to reduce risk of others.

In brief: More the opposite!

Not only is this not true, but in many cases having one disease increases the odds of getting another.For example, having diabetes significantly increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Having parasites often leads to food allergies which can lead to other health problems.Having chronic infections lowers immunity increasing risk of other infections. Treat any disease to reduce risk of others.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Thanks for your supportive answer
Dr. Randy Baker
You're welcome Dr. Lewis. reggie0, fortunately epilepsy is not particularly associated with increased risk of other diseases, though sometimes the medications can cause side effects, so there is potential for secondary health problems from side effects of your meds. There could also be injuries related to having seizures, but this should not be a problem with proper treatment.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: False

Many times more than one disease affects the same person at the same time (what we call co-morbidity).
For example, many people suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, etc at the same time. One role of physicians is to prevent these co-morbidities &/or treat these multiple disease entities to improve a patient's quality of life.

In brief: False

Many times more than one disease affects the same person at the same time (what we call co-morbidity).
For example, many people suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, etc at the same time. One role of physicians is to prevent these co-morbidities &/or treat these multiple disease entities to improve a patient's quality of life.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sorry but false

There is no rule in the human body handbook that states that you can only get one disease at a time.

In brief: Sorry but false

There is no rule in the human body handbook that states that you can only get one disease at a time.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Dr. Henry Ng
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics

In brief: Need more info

It depends on the condition and the cause.
Some infections can offer immunity afterward, like varicella (chicken pox). Others, can cause infections over and over again (rhinovirus, the common cold). For non-infections conditions, like diabetes, there can be increased risk for infections or other health conditions if it is not controlled. Your health provider can give more specific advice.

In brief: Need more info

It depends on the condition and the cause.
Some infections can offer immunity afterward, like varicella (chicken pox). Others, can cause infections over and over again (rhinovirus, the common cold). For non-infections conditions, like diabetes, there can be increased risk for infections or other health conditions if it is not controlled. Your health provider can give more specific advice.
Dr. Henry Ng
Dr. Henry Ng
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