The word inflammation comes from the Latin “inflammo”, meaning “I set alight, I ignite”. It is the body’s attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells and irritants and begin the healing process. It is part of the body’s immune response. Initially, it is beneficial when, for example, you cut your hand and tissues need repair or protection. However, sometimes inflammation can cause further inflammation.
Scientists from Stanford found that people with coronary artery disease, the leading cause of death globally, are most likely predisposed to the disease because they have gene variants linked to inflammation.
Why oxidative stress, which can lead to chronic often systemic inflammation, might be the underlying cause of almost all chronic degenerative disease.
- Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, found in a study that sleep deprivation or poor sleep quality raise inflammation, which in turn increases the risk of developing heart disease and stroke.
- Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington found that postmenopausal overweight or obese women who lost 5% or more of their body weight had measurable falls in levels of inflammation markers.
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