September is Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month and in view of the absence of affordable accessible health care, it is important that patients are armed with as much trustworthy information as necessary.
Did you know approximately 7 million people in the United States, 300,000 of which are children have rheumatic disease? More specifically one in four Americans and one in twelve women.
Rheumatic diseases are complex autoimmune and inflammatory diseases that cause the immune system to attack and damage the joints, tendons, ligaments, bones, muscles and sometimes involve damage to internal organs. They cause pain, inflammation, life-changing disability and, in severe cases, can cause or contribute to death. There are more than 100 types of rheumatic disease, each with its own range of symptoms. Rheumatic diseases are responsible for 27 percent of all disability among the U.S. population, Rheumatologynetwork.com reports.
Dr. Maggie Cadet, MD, board-certified Rheumatologist is on a mission to raise awareness about autoimmune diseases, arthritis and other health conditions that disproportionately affect women and individuals in minority communities and she’s amazingly complied some golden health tips to help patients lead healthier lives.
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