The Rise of Autoimmunity in America
If you’re experiencing autoimmune disease symptoms, you’re not alone. Our country is currently in the throes of an autoimmune storm. According to the Journal of American Medical Association, the rate of chronic health conditions among U.S. children rose almost 15 percent between 1994 and 2006, with the largest growth among conditions believed to have an autoimmune link, such as obesity, asthma, and behavioral and learning problems.
For instance, the New York Times reported that blood test analyses prove young people are five times more likely to have celiac disease symptoms today than their peers in the 1950s.
Here are some more numbers on autoimmune disease:
- Six to 10: The average number of doctors a person visits before autoimmunity is suspected as the culprit of symptoms
- Five: The number of years it often takes for an official autoimmune diagnosis
- 50 million: The number of Americans living with autoimmune conditions (that’s almost one in six people!)
- 70: The percentage of your immune system found in your GALT — your “gut-associated lymphoid tissue”