Autoimmune diseases or disorders result when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks normal cells instead of the germs that usually invade the body. The parts of the body that are affected vary depending upon the specific disease.
Anyone can get an autoimmune disease, but these people are at higher risk:
- Women of childbearing age
- People with a family history of autoimmune diseases
- People who are exposed to environmental chemicals, excessive sunlight, or certain bacterial and viral infections
- People who smoke
There are many different types of autoimmune diseases, such as Graves’ disease, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and lupus.
The resources below provide information about autoimmune diseases in general, and they have links to the specific types.
Autoimmune Disease Resources
Vermont’s Self-Management Workshops
The Vermont Blueprint for Health offers evidence-based self-management programs statewide called Healthier Living Workshops. These six-week workshops are designed to help people living with any type of chronic health condition, including all autoimmune diseases. Use the link below to find a Regional Coordinator who can tell you about workshops in a location near you. Learn more about the Blueprint for Health.
American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association
A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing information, education, and advocacy.
Medline Plus is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.
National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
User-friendly information searchable through an alphabetized list of health conditions, including autoimmune diseases.
PubMed Health is part of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. This page links directly to its information on autoimmune disorders.
A project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. Women are affected by autoimmune diseases more than men.