Researchers are suggesting that there may be environmental factors or life style changes that are increasing auto immune factors among US patients. In a study published in Arthritis and Rheumatology
published 4/7/2020, there was an increase in the number of people that have increased antinuclear antibody (ANA) blood tests
. The research has data that said the rise of positive ANA tests occurred over two decades which shows that there is a rise in autoimmunity. Positive ANA tests can point to autoimmune diseases; that’s when the body starts attacking it’s own cells.
Some autoimmune diseases that are most prevalent include:
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Addison’s Disease
- Graves’ Disease
- Sjogren’s Disease
- Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Autoimmune vasculitis
- Pernicious Anemia
- Celiac Disease
The ANA test is not the only test that will help diagnose if you have an autoimmune disease. Your physician may use the ANA has one of the first tests to determine if your symptoms and physical examination are leading towards autoimmune diagnosis. positive test means you may have one of these diseases, but it will not confirm exactly which one you have or if you have one for sure. Additionally, your physician may order other inflammatory tests also. Doctors that specialize in autoimmune diseases include rheumatologists, dermatologists, allergists, endocrinologists, and gastroenterologists.
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