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What are Autoimmune Conditions?

Your immune system is highly important in keeping your body healthy and protected against invaders like bacteria and viruses. It includes a complex network of cells, organs, proteins, and tissues that attack and remove harmful organisms. However, some people are susceptible to autoimmune diseases, where the immune system mistakenly attacks its own body. This can include areas like your joints, skin, organs, or other important functions of the body, causing pain and complications. Autoimmune diseases often have a very large impact on your quality of life, making it difficult to be active and healthy.

What Causes Autoimmune Conditions?

Because there are many different autoimmune diseases, it’s difficult to determine what they have in common that makes the immune system misfire. However, some people are more susceptible to autoimmune diseases than others. It’s also common for autoimmune diseases to run in families. We’ll focus in on your unique symptoms and treatment options for a full understanding of how stem cells can help you.

What are Common Autoimmune Conditions?

Diabetes I

Glucose, or sugar, is what your body uses for energy. When you eat something, your body processes the food into glucose so that it can power your cells. If you have type I diabetes, you most likely experience difficulty with this process. This is because the immune system mistakenly attacks the pancreas’s insulin-making cells. Insulin is responsible for helping glucose enter your cells from the bloodstream. When the body doesn’t have enough insulin, the glucose stays in the bloodstream and causes further health problems.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Your joints are an elaborate and effective system of tissues that allow you to move. However, these joints can be subject to an autoimmune response called rheumatoid arthritis. This condition can cause pain during movement because the linings that help the joint glide and move become swollen. If the inflammation isn’t treated, it can affect  tissues like cartilage or bones, causing further damage to the joints.

Thyroid Conditions

The thyroid is an important gland in the neck that is responsible for regulating your body’s metabolism through hormones. Sometimes, the immune system attacks the thyroid and prevents it from producing enough hormones, a condition called hypothyroidism. This can cause many different uncomfortable symptoms like fatigue, joint and muscle pain, decreased temperature regulation, and weight gain. Additionally, hyperthyroidism can occur where too many hormones are produced.


Lupus is an extremely complex disease where the immune system attacks areas like the kidneys, lungs, nervous system, and circulatory system.  This can cause many different complications over time, resulting in poor health and many complicated treatment plans. Many people who experience lupus have it for most of their lives.


Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes pain, achiness, and fatigue all over the body. It occurs because the brain and nervous system misunderstand everyday signals from things like minor pain, pressure, temperature, and other sensory experiences, instead receiving signals as pain instead. This means fibromyalgia sufferers often have chronic pain all over the body and few relief options.

Learn More About How Stem Cells Can Help

Autoimmune diseases can mean chronic pain, dangerous symptoms, and complicated treatment plans for some patients. Fortunately, adipose-derived stem cells can help regenerate important tissues and decrease inflammation triggered by an autoimmune response. Learn more about how stem cells collected from fatty tissue can help. 

Schedule a Consultation

At Axis Stem Cell Institute, we understand the toll that autoimmune conditions can take on you, your lifestyle, and your wellbeing. We strive to offer the latest in scientific methods and technologies to regenerate and rehabilitate the body so you can live your best life. We advocate for a healthy lifestyle as part of your treatment plan and can guide you through the lifestyle changes that suit you and your health goals best. Stem cells are a new and exciting field in regenerative medicine and speaking with our specialists is your first step. To schedule a consultation at our Kirkland office, contact us by calling 206.415.2947 or filling out our online form. Our expert patient coordinator can book a consultation that works best with your schedule and needs.

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