Updated: Apr 7
1 in 12 women
1 in 24 men
have autoimmune disease.
This means they have reached the final stage of the autoimmune spectrum. If you are not sure of the difference between autoimmunity and autoimmune disease read my post on the autoimmune spectrum here.
So 1 in 12 women have autoimmune disease, but you can have autoimmunity for 10, 20 or more years before this so can you imagine how many women have autoimmunity!!
The figures aren't available because conventional medicine only looks at the figures of people who have reached the end stage and receive an autoimmune disease diagnosis.
As well as this autoimmune diseases are currently rising every year by approximately 9%.
A massive proportion of the population are affected by autoimmunity and autoimmune disease.
Autoimmune disorders now cover more than 80 conditions, with more thought to be autoimmune. Autoimmune disorders are now one of the most prevalent causes of poor health in the world.
Conventional medicine considers the most important piece of information to gather in these patients to be the diagnosis. WHAT are they suffering with.
Functional medicine takes a different approach rather than placing too much emphasis on what, it asks WHY.
The reason for this is that ten people all with the exact same diagnosis may have ten different reasons why they got it. Functional medicine focuses on the underlying cause, this helps to find a persons imbalances.
Each person may also have more than one imbalance causing the autoimmunity, it's important to address all of these in each individual.