Today’s guest post is by Dr. Karen Wolfe, M.B.B.S., MA • drkarenwolfe.org/blog/
Inflammation, Obesity and the Silent Killer…
In my seminar “Is Stress Fattening?”, the key topic I talk about is how stress creates inflammation in the body and subsequent weight gain as well as chronic illness.
What is inflammation?
Inflammation comes and goes in your body as part of the normal healing process. However, prolonged inflammation can be devastating. Many people are experiencing ongoing, low-level inflammation without even knowing it—and this is a crucial factor behind chronic disease.
This systemic or “silent” inflammation is the evil twin of oxidation, and where you find one, you nearly always find the other. But this type of inflammation doesn’t cause you any pain—it lives “under the radar,” quietly lingering for years and even decades, where it silently injures your heart, brain and immune system.
Left unchecked, systemic inflammation can lead to anything from asthma to rheumatoid arthritis to Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, the number of diseases linked to chronic inflammation is staggering:
Diet and lifestyle. Some of the largest contributors to chronic inflammation are smoking; a diet high in sugar, fried foods and trans fats; inadequate exercise; stress; and vitamin D deficiency. There are a couple of ways to measure how much inflammation is silently occurring in your body.
One blood test measures a substance called C-reactive protein (CRP), which might actually be a better predictor of your heart attack risk than lipids. Another test is called Sed Rate (or ESR for “erythrocyte sedimentation rate”), which is especially helpful in monitoring rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.
A Healthy Lifestyle Can Decrease Inflammation…
When you look at all the causes of inflammation of your arteries. they all can be significantly decreased, if not eliminated, by firmly establishing healthy lifestyles. When you combine a healthy diet, modest exercise, and nutritional supplementation, you can see the following health benefits:
- Improve Insulin Sensitivity
- Decrease Oxidized LDL Cholesterol
- Lower High Blood Pressure
- Improve Cholesterol Levels
- Decrease Risk of Diabetes
- Lower Homocysteine Levels
- Establish a Healthy Weight
Healthy lifestyles and becoming proactive in protecting your health is your best option to decrease your risk of heart disease or even reverse hardening of your arteries.
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