The U.S. National Library of Medicine defines autoimmune disorders—of which there are more than 80, with some of the most common being arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes—as conditions in which the body's immune system attacks and destroys healthy body tissue by mistake."
Dr. Matthew Nuesse is a functional medicine doctor here in Cincinnati, Ohio who has helped many people with autoimmune problems. Depending on your specific condition, certain functional medicine treatment methods can dramatically help with your treatment. This is especially true on a preventative level.
For example, a Harvard University study found that getting adequate levels of vitamin D when you're a young adult can reduce your risk of type 1 diabetes later in life. In fact, it cuts it in half when compared to someone who doesn't get enough of this key nutrient in their diet, by supplementation, or through spending time daily in direct sunlight.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society also recognizes the role that nutrients such as vitamin D plays in the prevention and/or ease of this particular disease based on the most recent and up to date research, making functional medicine more important than ever when it comes to treating autoimmune diseases such as these.
Functional medicine is about getting to the root of your health problem and finding a functional solution. If you're suffering from an autoimmune disorder and live near our Cincinnati, Ohio office, call Dr. Matthew Nuesse at (513) 271-2500 for an appointment or for more information.
- Diet & Nutrition. National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Retrieved from http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Living-Well-With-MS/Health-Wellness/Diet-Nutrition on October 9, 2015.
- Dugdale D. (2013, July 16). Autoimmune disorders. MedlinePlus. Retrieved from https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000816.htm
- "Low vitamin D levels may increase risk of type 1 diabetes." (2013, February 3). Retrieved from http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/low-vitamin-d-levels-may-increase-risk-of-type-1-diabetes/