Chronic Inflammation

Chronic inflammation is defined as the continuous presence of proinflammatory molecules which can have damaging effects on the body. This can cause damage to the body’s tissues and organs, as it does not heal like in the case of acute inflammation. Chronic inflammation can be caused by infections, autoimmune diseases, and long-term exposure to irritants like cigarette smoke.

Regular inflammation can cause the body to produce proteins, cells, and chemicals like cytokines that can lead to serious health issues over time, if left untreated. Some possible long-term damage and illness that chronic inflammation can lead to include:

  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Metabolic Syndrome

Managing chronic inflammation starts with identifying the cause. If the inflammation is caused by a chronic illness, such as autoimmune diseases, then treatment must be aimed at managing the illness. If the cause of chronic inflammation is due to lifestyle choices, such as smoking, then making healthier lifestyle choices will help to reduce inflammation.

In addition to identifying and treating the underlying cause of inflammation, lifestyle modifications to reduce inflammation can include:

  • Focusing on a healthy diet that is low in processed foods and high in vegetables, fruits, and omega-3-rich foods.
  • Exercising regularly and getting adequate sleep.
  • Managing stress levels.
  • Cleaning rooms regularly to reduce allergens.
  • Getting vaccinated.
  • Avoiding contact with irritants like tobacco smoke and smog.

By understanding the cause of chronic inflammation and making the necessary lifestyle and dietary modifications, individuals can reduce the risk of long-term health issues related to chronic inflammation.