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Baby Boomers: Inflammation Is Public Enemy Number One

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It could be argued that for baby boomers, inflammation is public enemy number one. Inflammation of course is no good for anyone. But for baby boomers, now in their late 40s and up into their late 60s, inflammation presents with a higher price tag than it did when they (we) were young and invincible.

Inflammation can make itself known in an astonishing variety of ways and places in the aging human body. The unwary and uninformed among us, who have not yet started to implement ways of protecting ourselves, continue to offer ourselves as a kind of smorgasbord or carte blanche to the damaging octupus arms of inflammation.

Where can you find inflammation? Where can you not?

Look in your mouth. Inflammation causes infection in your gums that spreads into your bloodstream. Disease of the gums is called periodontal disease, and the final stage of periodontal disease is called gingivitis. Ultimately your teeth can fall out if you're not being vigilant.

Got aching joints? Wondering if you have arthritis? Inflammation is at work, in your ligaments and tendons. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, ankylosing spondylitis, and lupus -- all of them are disorders involving inflammation listed on Arthritis.org.

How's your digestion? Any gastric distress? Inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and related digestive disorders are alarm signals that inflammation may have settled in where you live.

How's your mood? Do you struggle with depression? Believe it or not, like it or not, inflammation can be making your low mood an even deeper blue. Inflammation in the gut can trigger or exacerbate panic attacks and anxiety.

Worried about holding on to your cognitive hat as you get older? Inflammation in your brain can play a big role in cognitive disorder and possibly dementia. Alzheimer's, anyone?

PubMed.gov labelled immune system disorders, neuritis and heart disease as chronic inflammatory conditions. Healthy-aging-for-women-babyboomers.com cited allergies, cancer, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and some types of skin conditions as being linked to chronic inflammation.

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The article has a lot of good points, but I agree that all the inflammatory diseases were not mentioned as Anonymous points out. Perhaps Jody was not permitted to have more space for the article? It's great that we have room here to add our comments and suggestions.
If you haven't already read the Time Magazine article from 2004 entitled "The Secret Killer", I suggest that you read it. It speaks of inflammation and when it leads to chronic inflammation, it can wreck havoc on the body.
The nopal cactus (prickly pear cactus) has been known to help the body to reduce inflammation. Read this very informative information. Click on the link for further information about how the nopal cactus can help reduce inflammation in the body.
Janet Weiner

January 13, 2012 - 9:23am
EmpowHER Guest

Pretty weak article. Many of the inflammatory diseases attack much young women. Lupus/ Ankylosing spondylitis visit women in their teens and 20's.

January 11, 2012 - 9:35pm
EmpowHER Guest

Great advice. Go Boomers!

Puristat Digestive Specialist

January 11, 2012 - 9:58am

Thanks for the head's up - let's go, boomers!!!

January 11, 2012 - 8:13am
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