Exercise & Autoimmune Disease

Run, Jump and Dive to the bathroom: Exercising with Ulcerative Colitis   Running to the porcelain bowl might be your reality if you are a sufferer of Ulcerative Colitis (UC).  The good news is it shouldn’t be the only exercise you do towards your future health. Exercise is the worlds most underutilized drug and it has been proven to aid in managing many of the complex symptoms both long and short term that UC triggers.   Ulcerative Colitis – A Summary Ulcerative Colitis is an autoimmune disease and is classified under the category irritable bowel disease. It currently affects approximately 74,955 Australians and costs...

The lungs are involved in around 80% of all patients with diffuse scleroderma, a chronic connective tissue disease that compromises the majority of the internal organs. Pulmonary fibrosis is a type of Interstitial Lung Disease. Lung involvement in all its forms has emerged to be the leading cause of death and disability. The key elements of scleroderma lung disease involve: Inflammation Lung scarring Blood vessel injury   What is interstitial lung disease? Inflammation and scarring of the lung tissue is called interstitial lung disease or ILD. It is often assessed through a stethoscope examination and a pulmonary function test. These detailed tests measure lung volumes,...

What is an autoimmune disease? The body’s immune system protects us from disease and infection by attacking bad bacteria in the body. An autoimmune disease is when the immune system is unable to recognise the difference between good and bad bacteria, mistakenly attacking healthy cells and affecting many parts of the body. It can affect the joints, muscles, skin, red blood cells, blood vessels, connective tissue, kidneys and lungs. There are many theories about what triggers autoimmune diseases and some of these include bacteria or virus, drugs, chemical irritants, environmental irritants and/or stress. It is therefore important to manage your autoimmune...

Regular exercise is especially important for people with scleroderma because it helps manage common symptoms such as fatigue, joint pain and stiffness, and stress.   Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Stephanie Frade, lifts the lid on this relatively unknown autoimmune disease and shows you how to exercise right for scleroderma.   What is Scleroderma?   Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis (SSc), is a chronic connective tissue disease. It is classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases, similar to Lupus, Sjrogens, multiple sclerosis etc.   The hallmark signs of systemic sclerosis include three physiological characteristics: small vessel vasculopathy, production of autoantibodies, and a hyperactive fibroblast dysfunction. This fibroblast dysfunction leads to unregulated...