Find out which health issues are surprisingly common.
Unfortunately, in today's day and age, it's likely that you know someone in your family or friend circle that’s been affected by heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. According to the CDC, more than half of all adults had one or more chronic health conditions and four in ten adults had two or more chronic health conditions. Here are five other health conditions that are actually more common than you may think.
Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac disease, psoriasis, type 1 diabetes, and multiple sclerosis are all considered autoimmune diseases. Overall, autoimmune diseases are common, with the National Institute of Health (NIH) stating they affect more than 23.5 million Americans and the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) stating that 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases. According to research, there are approximately 80 to 100 different autoimmune diseases and 40 additional diseases are suspected to have an autoimmune basis. Autoimmune diseases often run in families and more women than men have autoimmune diseases, which often start during their childbearing years. An autoimmune disease develops when your immune system decides your healthy cells are foreign, attacking healthy cells and producing antibodies against your own tissues, which can impact every organ in the body. While these conditions are not curable, they can be treated to manage the symptoms.