Signs of chronic or acute inflammation have been demonstrated in most cardiovascular diseases of multifactorial pathogenesis, including atherosclerosis and chronic heart failure, according to studies. Chronic inflammation may be a causative factor in a variety of cancers.
Inflammation, which is often described as redness, swelling, warmth, and pain in certain parts of the body, is a natural process through which body heals after an injury. It's how the immune system protects you from viruses and bacteria.
The problem is when the swelling gets out of control. Research also shows that inflammation plays a role in obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. When the immune system is overactive, it leads to pain, tiredness and damaged blood vessels.
Public health concerns such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), to name a few, all have inflammation in common. It triggers symptoms for other diseases as well.
Some foods such as processed meat and refined grains are known to be pro-inflammatory. Others curb it.
- Hristina Byrnes, The Active Times
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