We all know that diseases like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease are on the increase.
Medical professionals are still working on the precise reasons why this is the case.
A new study published in Nature Medicine suggests that there is one main thing to blame.
And the good news is that this one thing can easily be controlled.
Researchers have discovered that there was a strong link between these diseases and systemic chronic inflammation.
Moreover, they estimated that 50 percent of all worldwide deaths are caused by systemic chronic inflammation.
Short-term acute inflammation is essential for our health. Such inflammation is your immune system’s way of killing bacteria and thereby of saving injured tissue that might be invaded and destroyed by bacteria. It also strengthens tissue.
But when inflammation becomes systemic and chronic, it causes a variety of diseases that contribute to the majority of disabilities and deaths globally. Such diseases include cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, cancer, kidney disease, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes, Lupus, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, motor neuron disease, and Huntington’s disease.
It’s also connected to psychological disorders like anxiety, depression, PTSD, and schizophrenia.
Environmental toxins can cause chronic inflammation. Typical toxins include air pollution, toxic metals and chemicals, plastics in our food, industrial chemicals, and even noise pollution. Poor diet and obesity are also major contributors. The unhealthiest foods include processed carbohydrates, processed meats and refined vegetable oils.
Other key contributors to chronic systemic inflammation include lack of exercise, stress, and a number of common sleep disorders.
Educating yourself with the common associated risk factors is key to changing behaviors to prevent unnecessary deaths from inflammation-related diseases and conditions.
But education isn’t enough to prevent cardiovascular disease and other inflammation-related diseases – action must be taken.