What is Chronic Inflammation and Why It May Be the Cause of your Health Problems?

Those who think that “everything happens for a reason” may actually turn out absolutely right when it comes to health, as some amongst the scientific community are starting to believe that a lot of conditions, even those that are sometimes seemingly inexplicable like heart attacks, may have an invisible yet fairly common culprit.

Chronic inflammation is an immune response of the body, which can become problematic in some cases, and which some medical experts believe may be related to diseases like stroke, cancer, and erectile dysfunction.chronic-inflammation

Chronic inflammation is, like the acute inflammation that most people will be fairly well acquainted with, a natural reaction that happens when the white blood cells are triggered to fight a disease or infection. The difference is that while acute inflammation is a good thing in a way, because it means the body is fighting a harmful infection, but chronic inflammation is the product of a sort of malfunction in this process. It happens as the white blood cells are tricked into “thinking” there is an infection and acting repeatedly on it, ultimately attacking healthy tissues and organs and provoking a disease themselves.

When this reaction is triggered, it seems to focus on the elements of your body which are weakest by default. This is what's believed to explain heart disease, in which case the white blood cells are damaging arteries; or arthritis, as they attack the joints, for instance.

This latter example is particularly pertinent because cases of arthritis are on the rise, as are those of respiratory diseases like asthma and allergies, and if this theory is to be proven, that points to an equal and alarming rise of chronic inflammation cases. The reason for this rise is yet unknown, but doctors speculate that modern lifestyle, conditions and diet may overwhelm the immune system, giving it all the wrong signals which prompt the chronic inflammation, even when there is no actual disease to be fought.

But while the name may suggest otherwise, the cycle of chronic inflammation can in fact be broken, which will not only improve the life quality of patients, but also prevent them from developing both fatal and degenerative diseases.

Testing your blood for C-reactive protein, whose levels rise in response to inflammation, will help you understand whether you're affected by this condition, which is the first step to take towards solving this kind of problem.

The actual solutions are largely something you’re surely used to hear by this point: you need to make lifestyle changes, such as losing weight. If your levels of C-reactive protein are too high and you’re at risk of cardiovascular disease, for instance, the doctor will probably prescribe you statins, a kind of medication that has proven to be highly effective in reducing both acute and chronic inflammations.