Bottom Line: 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:
- Chronic inflammation can cause your immune system to function sub-optimally.
- Fatigue, increased blood pressure, insulin resistance, and poor appetite have also been linked to chronic inflammation.
- Heart disease and other neurodegenerative disorders have been linked to long-term chronic inflammation.
Next Steps: It's true. 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.