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Causes of Autoimmune diseases

Race Patterns for Autoimmune diseases Causes:

Racial Details for Autoimmune diseases: Some autoimmune diseases occur more frequently in certain minority populations. For example, lupus is more ... (Source: excerpt from Understanding Autoimmune Disease: NIAID) ...more »

Autoimmune diseases Causes: Male-Female Gender Ratio

Gender of Patients for Autoimmune diseases: Women 75% (NWHIC); women more than men overall, though not true for all diseases in the autoimmune category...more »

Gender Profile of Autoimmune diseases: Most autoimmune diseases strike women more often than men; in particular, they affect women of working age and during... (Source: excerpt from Understanding Autoimmune Disease: NIAID) ...more »

Autoimmune diseases: Related Medical Conditions

To research the causes of Autoimmune diseases, consider researching the causes of these these diseases that may be similar, or associated with Autoimmune diseases:

Autoimmune diseases: Causes and Types

Causes of Types of Autoimmune diseases: Review the cause informationfor the various types of Autoimmune diseases:

Causes of Broader Categories of Autoimmune diseases: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

Autoimmune diseases as a complication of other conditions:

Other conditions that might have Autoimmune diseases as a complication may, potentially, be an underlying cause of Autoimmune diseases. Our database lists the following as having Autoimmune diseases as a complication of that condition:

Autoimmune diseases as a symptom:

Conditions listing Autoimmune diseases as a symptom may also be potential underlying causes of Autoimmune diseases. Our database lists the following as having Autoimmune diseases as a symptom of that condition:

Medications or substances causing Autoimmune diseases:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Autoimmune diseases as a symptom. This list is incomplete and various other drugs or substances may cause your symptoms. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

What causes Autoimmune diseases?

Causes: Autoimmune diseases: Not all types of autoimmune disease are the same. Although the majority are caused by a direct attack by the immune system against healthy body cells, not all autoimmune diseases are of this type. Thus, the main categories are:

  • Immune cell destruction - i.e. via immune system T-cells attacking normal cells and destroying them
  • Antibody stimulation - some autoimmune diseases result from antibodies stimulating receptors on certain cells, rather than attacking them.

Article excerpts about the causes of Autoimmune diseases:
Unfortunately, autoimmune diseases remain among the most poorly understood of any category of illness. It is thought that hormones play a role in inducing autoimmune diseases; some cases suddenly improve during pregnancy, some flare-ups occur after delivery, while others will get worse during pregnancy, or flare up after menopause. (Source: excerpt from Autoimmune Diseases: NWHIC)

Medical news summaries relating to Autoimmune diseases:

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As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Autoimmune diseases may be found in:


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