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  • Autoimmune Disease Screen
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Do you have vague symptoms that leave you feeling tired and ill? Are you plagued with joint or muscle pain, insomnia or difficulty concentrating? Maybe you should consider an autoimmune disease as the culprit!

They come in many different varieties, including rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel, thyroid disease, lupus and psoriasis, to name a few, and can cause different types of symptoms all over the body. Although we don’t know what causes autoimmune disease – we do know that they all have a similar beginning…an immune response to systemic inflammation that causes your body to attack itself! 

Autoimmune Disease is a major health problem. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that up to 23.5 million Americans are living with an autoimmune disease. In comparison, cancer affects up to 9 million and heart disease up to 22 million. Researchers have identified 80-100 different autoimmune diseases and suspect at least 40 additional diseases of having an autoimmune basis.1

These diseases are chronic and can be life-threatening. In fact, the prevalence of autoimmune diseases seems to be increasing and is one of the top 10 causes of death in women up to 64 years of age.1
Initial symptoms are often intermittent and unspecific until the disease becomes acute which is why it is so important to identify an autoimmune disease early while there is still time to intervene!  The Autoimmune Disease Screen contains the following tests:

  • Antinuclear Antibodies (ANA) Screen
    • A primary test to help evaluate a person for autoimmune diseases
  • C-Reactive Protein (hs-CRP)
    • Elevated CRP is an indication of inflammation throughout your body
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha (TNFα)
    • A cytokine involved in the inflammatory process; it’s primary role is to regulate immune cells
  • Immunoglobulins IgA, IgG, IgM

Immunoglobulin

Increased in these Autoimmune Diseases

IgG

Chronic infection, Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, connective tissue disease, multiple sclerosis2,3

IgM

Infection, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus3

IgA

Chronic infections (especially of the GI tract), Inflammatory bowel disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus3

Fasting is not required. Take all medications as prescribed.

References

  1. Available at: http://www.aarda.org/autoimmune-information/autoimmune-statistics/  Accessed March 2015
  2. Lo M, et al "Hypergammaglobulinemia in the pediatric population as a marker for underlying autoimmune disease: a retrospective cohort study". Pediatr Rheumatol 2013; DOI:10.1186/1546-0096-11-42.
  3. Available at: http://www.microbiologybook.org/mobile/m.immuno-4.htm Accessed March 2015

The laboratory services are for informational purposes only. It is not the intention of National Diagnostics, Inc and Life Extension to provide specific medical advice but rather to provide users with information to better understand their health. Specific medical advice including diagnosis and treatment will not be provided. Always seek the advice of a trained health professional for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Both the physician and the testing laboratory are independent contractors with whom National Diagnostics, Inc makes arrangements for your blood tests. Neither National Diagnostics, Inc or Life Extension will be liable for any acts or omissions of the physician, the testing laboratory, or their agents or employees.