The Possibility of Comorbidities

According to the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association, approximately one in five Americans have at least one of the 100 known autoimmune diseases. The two main thyroid diseases that are autoimmune are Graves' disease and Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Studies have indicated that approximately 25 percent of the people with Hashimoto's thyroiditis have other autoimmune diseases. Some of the diseases are more common in people with Hashimoto's disease and some are not seen as much.

Autoimmune thyroid disease and diseases such as type 1 diabetes and celiac disease are common. Other diseases such as Addison's disease, vitiligo, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have a correlation.

Pay attention to all of your comorbidities. They may have nutritional implications. Finding information that combines comorbidities is very rare but necessary. You need to take care of all of your conditions as a whole and feel comfortable eating what is healthy for you!

The American Autoimmune Related Disease Association has patient information on individual autoimmune diseases. Go to their website and look under “Patient Information.” The pull-down menu has a list and explanation of many of the autoimmune diseases.

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