Acute inflammation is a healthy part of your body’s defense system. You need it to manage injury, infection, and the healing process. On the other hand, excess, long-term, or chronic inflammation is a major cause of disease in the modern world.
Modern health science pays careful attention to signs that your body is in an inflammatory state. There are key mediators, or “biomarkers,” that you can find in the blood that accurately measure how well you’re aging and whether you’re developing the common diseases of the elderly.
Inflammation is not only linked to cancer and heart disease, but diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, autoimmune disease, and aging, itself.
These markers of inflammation and pro-inflammatory cytokines that can be found in your blood can really tell you a whole lot about your present and your future. They are:
Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha)
C-reactive protein (CRP)
You may not know that the presence of markers like CRP put you at many times the risk of a heart attack than the presence of LDL cholesterol.
The good news is that these measures are tightly tied to lifestyle and therefore well within your power to control.
If you haven’t had your blood work done in a detailed manner and gone over it with a professional to give you recommendations on what to do to fix anything you may have; you may want to do that as soon as possible. Especially if you’re having symptoms and they haven’t gone away.