Juvenile arthritis, also known as pediatric rheumatic disease, isn’t a specific disease. It’s an umbrella term to describe the inflammatory and rheumatic diseases that develop in children under the age of 16. These conditions affect nearly 300,000 kids and teens in the United States.

Most kinds of Juvenile arthritis are autoimmune or auto-inflammatory diseases. That means the immune system, which is supposed to fight against foreign invaders like viruses and germs, gets confused and releases inflammatory chemicals that attack healthy cells and tissue. In most JA cases this causes joint inflammation, swelling, pain and tenderness, but some types of JA have few or no joint symptoms or only affect the skin and internal organs.

DID YOU KNOW?

1. The most common type of chronic arthritis that affects children is called juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). JIA broadly refers to several different chronic disorders involving inflammation of joints. The various forms of JIA have different features, such as the pattern of joints involved and inflammation non-joint areas of the body.
*https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/juvenile-arthritis

2. By definition, JIA begins in children and adolescents before the age of 16. Most types of the disease are more frequent in females, but enthesitis-related JIA, is more common in males. Systemic JIA, a rare type of JIA that features fever and rash, affects males and females equally. Children of all races and ethnic backgrounds can get this type of disease.
*https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/juvenile-arthritis

3. While the origin of the immune system’s overreaction in JIA is unknown, scientists have identified some of the molecules that contribute to inflammation in some forms of the disease such as TNF-alpha, IL-6, and IL-1.
*https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/juvenile-arthritis

4. There is no single test used to diagnose JIA. As a result, diagnosis of JIA depends on physical findings, medical history, and the exclusion of other diagnoses. Other conditions that can mimic JIA such as infections, childhood cancer, bone disorders, Lyme disease and lupus should be ruled out before a diagnosis of JIA can be confirmed.
The goal of Wholestic Nutrition’s Juvenile Arthritis Awareness month is to heighten the awareness of this crippling affliction and highlight the importance of healthy lifestyle choices and use complementary therapies to manage the pain and stress of this condition.

We are proud to promote Juvenile Arthritis awareness by offering specific laboratory tests and Evexia nutraceuticals to support your clients and patients:

Lab Test Considerations:

  • Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)
  • C-reactive protein (CRP)
  • Rheumatoid Factor
  • Anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide
  • antibodies (CCP)
  • Antinuclear antibody (ANA)
  • Complement
  • CBC
  • HLA-B27
  • CMP

Additional Lab Test Considerations:

  • CytoDx – Cytokine Response Profile
  • Functional Stool Analysis – GI-MAP
  • 3X4 Genetics Test
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