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What is the indicator for inflammation? How do you know if your inflammation level is normal, high or low?

By Anonymous October 31, 2014 - 6:19am
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All this talk about inflammation being cause of disease. How would one know if they have high levels of inflammation and what is the recommended procedure for reducing it to as low a level as possible?

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. That is a very good question.

There is no "test" to check an individual's "inflammation level.''

Scientists have linked heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, stroke and cancer to a condition known as chronic inflammation.

Inflammation is the body's natural response to injury and outside irritants. But when the irritants are chronically assaulting the body, the immune system over reacts and results in the increased risk for disease.

Common irritants include a diet of high-fat foods, too much body fat and smoking.

Experts say when inflammation becomes chronic it can damage heart valves and brain cells, trigger strokes, and promote resistance to insulin, which leads to diabetes. It also is associated with the development of cancer.

So, to answer your question, a person needs to assess her lifestyle to know if she is at risk for chronic inflammation and the development of the mentioned diseases.


October 31, 2014 - 8:58am
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