Collagen is a tough, fiber-like protein that makes up about a third of body protein. It is part of the structure of tendons, bones, and connective tissues.
Several collagen vascular diseases, including lupus, scleroderma, and rheumatoid arthritis, are more common in women than men. Collagen vascular disease usually affects adults in their 30s and 40s, but children as young as 15 can be diagnosed with lupus.
The long-term outlook varies by person and depends on the specific disease. However, all autoimmune diseases are chronic conditions. They have no cure, and the patient must manage them throughout their life. Fortunately there are effective treatments to reduce even severe symptoms.
When your immune response is lower, your body will no longer attack itself as much.
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