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Inflammation and Chronic Disease

Inflammatory Issues and Chronic Health Problems

Do you know what four of the leading causes of death in the United States – heart disease, cancer, dementia, and diabetes – have in common? Inflammation. Cellular inflammation may very well be the root cause of these frightening chronic diseases.

But you don’t have to live in fear. At Svelte, while we help many people achieve weight loss in Orlando, we are adamant about promoting a healthy diet and lifestyle that puts you in control of your health. Today, we discuss inflammation and what you can do to prevent it from destroying your body.

Silent Inflammation

Silent inflammation is the most dangerous type of cellular inflammation because, as its name suggests, it is completely silent. This means that for those individuals that have it, their organs can be under attack, becoming more and more damaged over time, without experiencing any pain or other warning signs. They go through life feeling, and therefore believing, they are completely healthy, unaware of the damage occurring inside their bodies. And if the inflammation is eventually discovered, it’s often too late, as significant damage has already been done.

According to Dave Schreck, in an article on this topic, the connection between inflammation and these four chronic illnesses are as follows:

  • Heart Disease – By destabilizing cholesterol deposits, inflammation causes heart attacks.
  • Cancer – Inflammation can cause the reproduction of abnormal cells that turn into cancer.
  • Dementia – Inflammation is associated with the development of amyloid plaques in the brain, which are toxic to brain neurons.
  • Diabetes – Inflammation causes fat cells to become inflamed, leading to insulin resistance.

How You Can Protect Yourself

Diet plays a large role in helping us to keep ourselves healthy and avoid chronic disease. Too much consumption of the wrong foods, such as processed carbohydrates, activates inflammation. By primarily focusing on consuming anti-inflammatory foods, you can significantly reduce the risk factors associated with these chronic diseases, giving you more control over your health – and your life.

Want to learn more about the benefits of maintaining an anti-inflammatory diet and how you can reduce your risk of chronic disease? Contact Svelte Weight Loss Center today to help you get started with weight loss in Orlando. We’d love to speak with you!

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