From literatures, it is apparent that there is a general concept that chronic inflammation can be a major cause of cancers and express aging processes…studies suggest that chronic inflammation could have serious roles in a wide variety of age-related diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases. – Khansari N., Shakiba Y., & Mahmoudi M.: “Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress as a major cause of age-related diseases and cancer”
The word ‘inflammation’ doesn’t really evoke much concern, does it? Actually, many people associate inflammation with swelling – which, is true to some extent – however, inflammation can actually be a very dangerous thing.
Strange as it sounds, inflammation is actually a necessary defense mechanism of the body: “Inflammation is the body’s attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens – and begin the healing process.” However, inflammation of the chronic variety can be very harmful.
As can be gathered by reading a snippet of the inflammation study preceding this article, inflammation can actually cause a wide range of diseases, some of them fatal. Chronic (long-term) inflammation has been associated with conditions such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease and stroke.
Not so surprisingly, our diets affect the inflammatory response in the body. In America – along with other developed nations – this is bad news; as our shelves are stocked with heavily-processed foods and ingredients.