Autoimmune Disorders

Your immune system is your body’s defense against harmful bacteria, fungi, and viruses. It fights off infections by sending out fighter cells to attack foreign invading substances. An autoimmune disorder can occur when the immune system mistakes its own cells for foreign cells and attacks them. If your immune system releases autoantibodies to attack your joints or your pancreas, diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or type 1 diabetes can occur. Some viruses, like HIV, can damage the immune system and expose the body to a higher risk of other diseases and infections. Your immune system is your body’s defense against harmful bacteria, fungi, and viruses. It fights off infections by sending out fighter cells to attack foreign invading substances. An autoimmune disorder can occur when the immune system mistakes its own cells for foreign cells and attacks them. If your immune system releases autoantibodies to attack your joints or your pancreas, diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or type 1 diabetes can occur. Some viruses, like HIV, can damage the immune system and expose the body to a higher risk of other diseases and infections.

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