Demystifying Scleroderma: Gundry Health’s Comprehensive Approach to Autoimmune Disease Management

Scleroderma, also known as systemic sclerosis, is a complex autoimmune disease that can significantly impact an individual’s life. This article aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of scleroderma and how Gundry Health is helping manage this condition.

Scleroderma is a long-lasting disease that affects the skin, connective tissue, and internal organs. It happens when the immune system causes the body to make too much of the protein collagen, an important part of the skin. As a result, the skin gets thick and tight, and scars can form on the lungs and kidneys. Blood vessels may thicken and stop working the way they should, leading to tissue damage and high blood pressure1.

Causes, Symptoms, and Prevalence

The cause of scleroderma is believed to involve an overproduction of collagen within the body’s tissues. Symptoms can range from skin thickening and tightening to digestive issues and lung disease.

The prevalence of scleroderma varies globally, but recent estimates suggest it affects between 50 and 300 people per million.


Nearly everyone who has scleroderma experiences a hardening and tightening of the skin. The first parts of the body to be affected are typically the fingers and hands. Other symptoms may include:

  • Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling, resulting in loss of motion
  • Numbness and tingling in the fingers and toes
  • Skin color changes
  • Hair loss and less sweating
  • Dry skin and itch
  • Digestive system problems, such as heartburn, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation
  • High blood pressure and abnormal heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath and lack of sex drive234

Treating Scleroderma with Gundry Health’s Clinical Care Program

Gundry Health offers a unique clinical care program designed to help manage autoimmune diseases like scleroderma. Key features of this program include:

  • Expert Knowledge: Our team comprises healthcare professionals who specialize in autoimmune diseases.
  • Annual Labs: We offer up to four labs annually at no extra charge to help monitor your health status.
  • Food Logging and Yes-No Food Lists: These features within our mobile app and desktop dashboard enable patients to keep track of their diet and identify potential triggers.

Treatment Options

There is no cure for scleroderma, but a variety of treatments can help control symptoms and prevent complications. The choice of medication will vary depending on the symptoms, and treatment typically focuses on inflammation, autoimmunity, vascular issues, and tissue fibrosis. Some common treatment options include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Immunosuppressive therapy
  • Medications that dilate blood vessels
  • Pills to reduce stomach acid
  • Antibiotics and medications that help move food through the intestines
  • Surgery, if complications can’t be resolved with less invasive treatments789

Patient Experiences with Gundry Health

Many patients with scleroderma have found Gundry Health’s clinical care program immensely helpful. For instance, Chris, a long-time sufferer of scleroderma, reported significant improvements in his symptoms after participating in our program. He particularly appreciated the food logging feature, which helped him identify dietary triggers and adjust his eating habits accordingly.

Real-Life Patient Experiences

Living with scleroderma can be a painful and debilitating experience. Many patients struggle to get a proper diagnosis and find the right treatment. Patient stories can provide insight into the experiences of those living with the disease. For example, Dee Burlile’s journey to a scleroderma diagnosis took four frustrating, painful years. She urges patients to be their own advocates and seek out resources to help them cope with the disease10. The National Scleroderma Foundation also offers personal stories from several members of their community about living with scleroderma and how they’ve coped with having a chronic condition11.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of scleroderma, it’s important to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. While there is no cure for the disease, there are treatments available that can help manage symptoms and improve quality of life.

Taking Control of Your Health with Gundry Health

Managing an autoimmune disease like scleroderma requires active participation and a comprehensive understanding of the condition. At Gundry Health, we’re committed to providing the tools and resources you need to take control of your health.

Whether you’re newly diagnosed with scleroderma or have been managing it for years, Gundry Health’s clinical care program can provide the support you need. Visit our website to learn more about our services and how to get started on your journey to better health. Remember, you’re not alone in this fight, and with Gundry Health, you’re always in good hands.

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