One of the most important health discoveries of the past 20 years has been that the immune system and inflammatory processes 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.
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.
Reduce your risk of inflammation
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.
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.
Chronic Inflammation in the Etiology of Disease Across the Life Span. Nature Med. 2019.