Glenn Frey was the lead singer, songwriter, guitar, piano and keyboard player in The Eagles, one of the greatest rock bands of the 1970’s, which he co-founded in 1971. After the band broke up in the 1980’s Glenn went on a solo career. The band got back together in 1994 and had a huge success. With the success of The Eagles, Glenn Frey managed to win six Grammy Awards and five American Music Awards and had 24 Top-40 singles.
Unfortunately, by the age of 52, Frey had developed two autoimmune diseases. He suffered from rheumatoid arthritis which causes harsh joint pain and can destroy the tissue through the body; and ulcerative colitis, a disease that causes intestinal bleeding, cramping, diarrhea and intestinal blockage. Autoimmune diseases are generally treated with a wide range of drugs that can have a serious negative impact on your body. Glenn Frey died in January 2016, with pneumonia and other complications at the age of 67. It yet uncertain if his death was caused by his diseases or by the drugs he took to treat them.
What are Autoimmune Diseases?
Your immune system protects your body from germs that invade it by producing cells and chemicals that seek and destroy the bacteria. Normally, your immune system can make the distinction between dangerous bacteria and the cells of your body. Unfortunately, in certain situations your immune system attacks your own body as if it were harmful bacteria. When your immunity is overactive it means that you have an autoimmune disease. when your immunity attacks primarily your joints it means you have rheumatoid arthritis and when it attacks primarily you colon and intestines it means you have ulcerative colitis.
Treating Autoimmune Diseases
Autoimmune diseases are treated with drugs that suppress your immunity. The drugs help reduce the pain and reduce the damage caused by the immune systems attacks on your own body. The drawback of these drugs is that they can increase the risk of infections, cancers and other health related problems. It is very important that you treat them with caution and the doctor prescribes the right treatment for them. Even the medications that you can directly get at the drug store such as acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can have serious side effects on your body.
Changes in Lifestyle to Treat or avoid Autoimmune Diseases
Studies have shown recently that there are many environmental and lifestyle that can lead to an overactive immunity. If you are already taking treatment for an autoimmune disease or want to reduce the risk of contracting one in the future you should try to make changes in your lifestyle such as avoid smoking and second-hand smoke, consume as less alcohol as possible, watch your weight, exercise regularly and keep moving your joints even if they are painful, keep blood levels of hydroxy vitamin D over 50 nmol/L, avoid having too much sexual contact and eat a healthy diet consisting of plenty fruits and vegetables.