Immune system complications are common, especially among women who live with metabolic disorders, thyroid disease, or complications with chronic infection. If you are a woman who has been diagnosed with a disorder that leads to a compromised immune system, it is important to become familiar with the secondary complications that may develop as well.
Because a complication in the immune system can result in a decline in protein and nutritional health, many women who struggle with compromised immune systems will also suffer from muscle atrophy and develop a condition known as collagen vascular disease. If, while suffering from a depressed immune system, you begin to notice that your muscular health is compromised as well, it is important to speak with a doctor about the risk for collagen vascular disease development.
Much like vascular dementia symptoms that are progression, collagen vascular disease is also progressive and can cause debilitating outcomes. Because collagen is necessary for strong muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons, when protein and nutritional health is compromised, you will find that your muscular integrity is compromised as well.
One of the first signs that you have this collagen complication will come in the development of anemia. In women, the complication can expand to inflammation and weakness in the joints and, for some women, chronic fever may develop as well. With simple blood tests, your doctor can rule out, or confirm, the presence of collagen vascular disease and provide some treatment options.
Improving immune health is the key to overcoming most illnesses and diseases that women experience. Because immune health leads to the improvement in overall physical and mental health, managing these secondary complications will be far easier and, in most cases, conditions such as collagen vascular disease will resolve spontaneously. The key to overcoming this type of health complication will lie in your ability to manage your immune system more effectively with vitamin supplements, diet, and exercise.
Sources: Collagen in Health and Disease, by Jacqueline Weiss