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Autoimmune disease and stress: Is there a link?

October 27, 2020

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Dr. Robert H. Shmerling is the former clinical chief of the division of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and is a current member of the corresponding faculty in medicine at Harvard Medical School. … See Full Bio
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July 25, 2018

I think both diseases has a common cause: not the proper life style.
My auntie switched to raw vegetable based diet, stopped the soda and drink only water, consume meat limited and zero gluten/sugar and si lost 40pounds, no more medicine for diabete . All these changes are helping the kidney too.

July 25, 2018

There are many factors linked to the autoimmune disease. Stress is just one, but allergies, the impossibility of the body to eliminate some chemicals (see the pesticides or aluminium -my case) etc. I increased the organic food and reduced dramatically the gluten and I feel as healthy as before the diagnosis.

Michelle, RN
July 23, 2018

Absolutely. Kidney disease caused by diabetes is commonly called Diabetic Kidney Desease. The formal clinical name is Diabetic Nephropathy.

Samir Elbadawy
July 16, 2018

very nice informative article and l believe that stress causes relapses in patients wirh autoimmune diseases when they are already in a remission

July 12, 2018

How about the massive exposure to pesticides that most people in the US born after WWII have experienced? That’s not a factor?

mahesh gaur
July 12, 2018

Is there a link between diabetes and kidney failure?

July 11, 2018

Polymyalgia, is it stress related. In my case and others that I know, I think it is

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