Chronic Inflammation is a silent epidemic; a plague afflicting millions of unsuspecting Americans. It is the mother of most major chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer, obesity, Alzheimer’s and many others. Below you will find 12 tips for preventing and eradicating disease-causing inflammation.
Chronic inflammation is typically a silent, under the radar, asymptomatic disease— until actual tissue damage and loss of function occurs. There is no single direct test for inflammation. Instead, doctor’s use indirect methods by measuring blood levels of C-reactive protein, a pro-inflammatory marker, and homocysteine levels.
Even if you don’t have a chronic disease, chances are you know someone who does.
CDC Reports on Chronic Disease
Chronic diseases which are generally triggered by diet, lifestyle habits, and environmental toxins account for more than 75% of health care spending.
Seven out of Ten Americans die each year from chronic diseases. In 2005, 1 out of every 2 adults had at least one chronic illness, while about 25% of people living with a chronic illness experience significant limitations in daily activities.
Dr. Barry Sears, author of The Anti-Inflammation Zone: Reversing the Silent Epidemic That’s Destroying Our Health states:
“Silent inflammation attacks the heart, arteries, and even the brain, and you will not even know it. Obesity is the primary cause of silent inflammation and excess body fat is causing today’s epidemic rise in countless health threats.”
Acute vs Chronic Inflammation
Acute inflammation is the body’s natural and immediate response to an injury or insult. It’s the internal ambulance that rushes to the scene of the injury and stabilizes the victim and starts the healing process.
Anyone who has been stung by a bee, fallen off a bike and bruised their knee, broken out in hives, or experienced a blister from splattering grease while cooking knows firsthand what acute inflammation is.
A serious problem arises when the inflammatory response never turns off –when the body is continuously reacting to an offender. This type of inflammation is symptomatically silent, unlike acute inflammation, and can go on for years until troubling symptoms emerge and a major disease manifests.
Managing inflammation before it manifests into a recognizable disease is an important key to maintaining one’s health. Diet accounts for the majority of the benefits you reap from a healthy lifestyle, and keeping inflammation in check is a major part of these benefits.