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March is National Autoimmune Diseases Awareness Month

Posted Mar 08 2011 12:00am

This month I have have partnered up with The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association  to help spread awareness about Autoimmune Diseases, you can too. For those of you who may know or not know that having Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease.  List of Autoimmune Diseases

American's, please take notice of the 50 million of our friends, family and co-works who suffer everyday with one or more of the 100 plus autoimmune diseases. This affects more American's than cancer and is one of the top killers of women under 64 years of age. This month the AARDA is launching an awareness campaign called, "We are 50 Million".
The campaign spotlights autoimmune patients stories from around the country. Patients are asked the question, " How many of the 50 million does your family represent?"
The answers to this question highlight some important facts about autoimmune diseases, that we as American's should be aware of.
1. 50 million Americans have an autoimmune disease comprising a major U.S. health crisis.2. There are 100 plus autoimmune diseases, celiac as we know being one of them. Other diseases include: lupus, Crohn’s disease, Addison’s disease, vasculitis, vitiligo, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and ulcerative colitis.
3. Autoimmune diseases tend to “cluster” in families, for example, if your grandmother had rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or lupus, you could be at greater risk for developing an autoimmune disease.
4. Less than 13 percent of American’s can name an autoimmune disease and yet it ranks as deadly as Cancer and Heart Disease.
5. Autoimmune diseases target women 75 percent more often than men and they are one of the top ten killers of women under the age of 64.

Could you be at risk?

Click here to Donate  or you can text A-A-R-D-A to 20222 to donate $5 for the benefit of AARDA research by the Mobile Giving Foundation in order to help future research.
For more information go to The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association  website.
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When you are done checking out their website be sure and come back here for more gluten free and healthy living  healthy living information.

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