The growth of immune mediated diseases
Scientists began noticing a steep increase in autoimmune disease and allergies cases in the 1980’s. It is thought that the industrial revolution was a significant contributor to this rise.
Over 50% of global population now live inside city borders and increasingly in highly urbanised megacities. Although COVID-19 pandemic has created some movement back to less densely populated and rural areas, the megatrend of urbanisation continues on a global scale.
City-life can bring many benefits for its inhabitants, but the lack of natural environments and especially lack of physical touch with biodiversity-rich nature brings us new immune system-related problems that can create huge financial costs for societies as well as humane burden for the individuals and their families who are suffering from immune-mediated diseases.
Recent estimates state that as much as 4.5 per cent of the world’s population suffers from an autoimmune disease.
That’s over 350 million people.
“In the UK alone, at least 4 million people have developed auto immune diseases with some individuals suffering more than one. Internationally, it is now estimated that cases of autoimmune diseases are rising by between 3% and 9% a year. Most scientists believe environmental factors play a key role in this rise.”
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