Kris Aquino shares her autoimmune disease story
Kris Aquino opened up on Thursday about her autoimmune disease with a video posted on her Instagram account.
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This is my story. My urticaria flares started in 2013, but i thought they were allergic reactions & called them hives. They’ve steadily worsened to about 2 bad episodes a month lasting at least 4 to 7 days. I have no food allergies except crab & lobster (based on my 🇸🇬 full allergy test)… What happens when you suffer from an autoimmune disease? I researched in healthline.com so i could easily explain it since i have so many doctors who are now friends that i unknowingly use medical terms. The immune system mistakes part of your body — like your joints or skin — as foreign. It releases proteins called autoantibodies that attack healthy cells. Women get autoimmune diseases at a rate of about 2 to 1 compared to men — 6.4 percent of women vs. 2.7 percent of men. Often the disease starts during a woman’s childbearing years (ages 14 to 44). My Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria afflicts less than 1% of the world’s population. Most suffer through it for 1-5 years. Some suffer through it for decades- i fall under that category… i found my doctor here, Dr. Geraldine Zamora through @trishaduncan who had done an @everbilenaofficial @krislifekit webisode w/ me. She introduced me to the head of their Asean Doctors group. He is an allergy, rhueumatoid, and immunology specialist. He’s the 1 we flew to Singapore to consult… Dr. Geraldine has been so patient answering all my concerns & helping explain my diagnosis… i believe everything happens as part of God’s plan for our lives. i have the platforms to raise awareness about this medical challenge… Stress we cannot avoid, but it is a big factor. A healthier food plan with vegetables (except alfalfa sprouts), fruits, fiber rich food, oatmeal, lean cuts of beef (for iron & vitamin D which are depleted), beans (thank God i like garbanzos), and fatty fish are all helpful. And very importantly, she advised to be in bed by 9:30 PM & sleeping soundly at 11 PM. Sorry i’m going over my prescribed bedtime, but i edited this video myself. Thank you to all who messaged me w/ love & prayers… Good night. Yes, i’m starting to SMILE from my heart again.🌈❤️🧡💛💚💙💜ADVERTISEMENT
The Instagram video showed bruising and swelling all over her body. She said her urticaria (skin rashes) started in 2013, but thought it’s just allergic reactions and called it “hives.”
After her drastic weight loss, the Queen of All Media explained this disease saying “the immune system mistakes part of your body — like your joints or skin — as foreign.”
Aquino also said that only less than 1 percent of the world’s population is afflicted with this disease.
“Most suffer through it for 1-5 years. Some suffer through it for decades- i fall under that category…” she added.
Despite being diagnosed with this disease, Aquino remains positive about her condition: “I believe everything happens as part of God’s plan for our lives. I have the platforms to raise awareness about this medical challenge… Thank you to all who messaged me with love and prayers.”
Aquino recently flew to Singapore to seek medical attention after losing 15 pounds in a span of a month. She revealed it was because of stress over a business betrayal which she now plans to take to court. /muf
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