Most Chronic Disease are Linked to Inflammation

Dr. Ben Dyer

Chronic inflammation is one of the most significant health issues many of us will face today. It's been  linked to everything from chronic pain to a wide range of other mild and serious medical conditions。 Do not mistake acute inflammation for chronic inflammation.

What Causes Inflammation?

Acute inflammation describes your body's natural defense mechanism against injuries or toxins. When your immune system is constantly stressed, it can lead to chronic inflammation, which in turn can lead to other conditions.

Why it Matters: In 2014, it was estimated that over 50% of people had at least one chronic condition, and 40% had more than one. Chronic inflammatory diseases can include respiratory and heart disorders as well as diabetes. The majority of these disorders are linked directly to our lifestyle choices. Each day you have the option to  either increase or decrease your state of inflammation. 

Here are some fundamental ways to start taking your life back from chronic inflammation:

1. Eat right – Fruits and vegetables are high in natural antioxidants and may protect the body against  inflammation.

2. Get enough rest – Maintaining a regular sleep schedule can reduce your physical and emotional  stress levels, which has been linked to a lower risk of chronic inflammation.

3. Stay active – Exercise can lower the amount of pro-inflammatory chemicals in your body and  benefit your cardiovascular and mental health. 

Most Chronic Diseases are Linked to Inflammation

One of the most important health discoveries of the past 20 years has been that the immune system and  inflammatory process are involved in nearly every mental and physical health problem we encounter today. It's safe to say that chronic inflammation is a leading cause of chronic disease. 

Why it Matters: Chronic inflammation is a condition that can affect your immune system and can influence all of your  organs, tissues, and cells. Unlike the normal inflammatory response that happens after an injury and goes away within a few days, chronic inflammation is an abnormal response that can last years.

Here are just a few of the ways chronic inflammation can affect your body: 

1. Chronic inflammation can cause your immune system to function sub-optimally.

2. Fatigue, increased blood pressure, insulin resistance, and poor appetite have also been linked to chronic inflammation.

3. Heart disease and other neurodegenerative disorders have been linked to long-term chronic  inflammation.

Next Steps

It’s impossible to prevent chronic disease completely, but you have the power to reduce your risk every day. Taking action steps like eating right and exercising each day have been shown to dramatically decrease chronic inflammation and your likelihood of developing a chronic disease. Know we're here to help you live an active and fulfilling life. We understand that it’s hard to get enough exercise each day when you’re in pain. We hope you’ll take a moment to schedule a movement  assessment with us so we can create a plan to help you start moving and feeling better.

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