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.
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.