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A -- stunner Venus Williams pulling out of the US open this week the tennis champion announcing she has an autoimmune disease.
That's affecting her ability to compete it's called -- -- syndrome.
And she says it's causing her fatigue and joint -- we want to take a closer look at that's what exactly is this syndrome.
I've actually even occur -- the University of Maryland school of medicine is joining us now though.
I doctor -- -- -- autoimmune disease but but what exactly is show -- syndrome.
Well it is an autoimmune disease -- means your body perceives as certain part of your body is -- in an attack that.
In the -- over and it's the type of gland called an X though -- land.
-- -- very gland that produced moisture for the -- tear -- things in the eyes can be affected.
And two of the most common symptoms are dry mouth and dry I.
Would you more than a nuisance because they can cause cavities in your mouth and officers and your high and the other thing is you do get that he.
And they can be associated with other autoimmune diseases.
Like rheumatoid arthritis the you can have joint destruction and joint problems that -- have the other this syndrome affects for a million people and as you can describing -- dry mouth dry eyes and his people that are listening right now.
That they -- -- that I -- I might.
I might happen of those and then how do you know when it's an actual autoimmune disease rather -- -- something out.
We'll believe it or not it's some of these diseases are very kind of insidious -- take awhile and I I think the average time to diagnosis.
Is seven years in fact Venus herself -- She was that he -- know what was going -- she just tried to push yourself harder.
But sometimes you can't help but if you persistently know that your eyes are dry and they heard all the time -- especially get severe pain it might mean you have an -- -- If you noticed -- suddenly getting a lot more cavities in your thirties and forties -- you had before.
You know you should talk to your Dennis talked to your doctor and the -- see -- we're looking at -- picture than Venus Williams and what a career she's had she's really the picture of -- Yet -- that's -- athlete why her her I would -- why did someone get an autoimmune disease.
You know nobody really knows for sure why people get them they know that in -- studies have shown that there is maybe some environmental factor that we don't know about because.
Twins identical twins that have the same DNA sometimes one will have it and one will not so -- not.
-- it can run in families autoimmune diseases but it's not a 100% inherited.
So we don't really know but.
You know you that the the perfect example you can be perfectly healthy tip top shape.
Training and still have this and it's amazing that she is trained so hard done so well and she's been fighting that's probably for years that the team can have.
It is beginning to think about that and that your latest plan out about twins and no one experiencing you know and one night we know her sister -- -- A place tens of course is this career -- it with people that have this whether they're athletes who did they're just clinical regular folks.
Is it a career -- of a job vendor it it is so debilitating at a certain point that -- your life and that way.
No I mean most people learn to cope there are medicine you can take anti immune medicines that can sometimes help that if you just have -- -- the -- It shouldn't it shouldn't be I mean she she might have to.
You know get used to a little bit more fatigue -- adjuster training and stuff and there are things you can do increase your fluid intake increased humidity artificial tears artificial mouth differences.
You know to keep your mouth -- And then of course that she has other things like -- bright -- which they haven't said that she had.
I mean and you have to deal with that but it's not necessarily a career -- you know Phil Mickelson -- the golfer.
And he had the type of autoimmune arthritis than he has a pretty -- that the injury and -- apparently that is nearly that.
I doctor thanks for letting us know more about -- dumping and a lot of -- -- know a lot about and and we appreciate learning about a -- thank you.
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