What Do You Mean By Autoimmunity?

Autoimmunity refers to the inability of the immune system to recognize its own tissues and cells as “self”. Immune responses are launched against these cells and tissues. The main functions of the immune system are to defend the body from germs and other foreign invaders. The immune system is composed of special cells and organs that together mount an immune attack against foreign chemicals, viruses, bacteria, or pollen. This results in autoimmune diseases such as:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Grave’s disease

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