Dysautonomia is a term that covers a variety of malfunctions of the autonomic nervous system (all the functions of the body that you don’t consciously control). These functions include blood pressure, heart rate, digestion, kidney function and more, notes Dysautonomia International.
Although you may not have heard of this medical problem, the source explains that it’s not rare – more than 70-million people worldwide have some form of dysautonomia, and people of any age of ethnic background can be affected, it says. Let’s take a closer look at six facts about dysautonomia…
1. There are Primary and Secondary Forms
MedicalNewsToday.com said there are about 15-types of dysautonomia, and there are 2-main forms: primary and secondary. Primary dysautonomia are “usually inherited or due to a degenerative disease,” explains the source, while secondary cases commonly result from another medical condition or injury.
The source adds common conditions that may lead to secondary dysautonomia include diabetes mellitus, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and celiac disease.