Chronic inflammation is a common thread that runs through many long-term health conditions, including autoimmunity and “inflammaging.” Inflammaging is defined as an “age-related increase in the levels of pro-inflammatory markers in blood and tissues.” Often triggered by chronic inflammation, it is strongly associated with an increased risk factor for multiple diseases that are prevalent in, and frequent causes of, disability in older individuals. This type of inflammation is different from acute inflammation, which is a normal part of the body’s healing response. Chronic inflammation is ongoing and can damage tissues and organs, contributing to a range of health problems.
How chronic inflammation affects aging:
1. Accelerated cellular aging: Chronic inflammation can lead to shorter telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes. Shorter telomeres are associated with an increased risk of age-related diseases and mortality.
2. Increased risk of age-related conditions: Chronic inflammation has been linked to a range of age-related conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer.
3. Altered immune function: Chronic inflammation can weaken the immune system, making it less effective at fighting off infections and increasing the risk of chronic health conditions.
Tips for managing chronic inflammation to support healthy aging:
1. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet: A diet rich in whole, unprocessed foods, including plenty of fruits and vegetables, can help reduce inflammation in the body.
2. Exercise regularly: Exercise reduces inflammation and improves overall health. If you are healthy enough, aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity daily activity.
3. Manage stress: Chronic stress can contribute to chronic inflammation. Practicing relaxation techniques, such as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing can help to reduce stress and promote relaxation.
4. Get enough sleep: Lack of sleep can exacerbate inflammation and increase the risk of chronic health conditions. Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep each night.
5. Consider supplements: Certain supplements, such as omega-3 fatty acids and turmeric, have anti-inflammatory properties and may help to reduce inflammation in the body.
6. Seek professional help: If you’re struggling with chronic inflammation or a chronic health condition, consider working with a functional healthcare practitioner. They can provide personalized recommendations to help manage inflammation and support healthy aging.
Chronic inflammation is a key driver of many persistent health conditions and can contribute to premature aging. By adopting healthy habits and managing inflammation effectively, you can support healthy aging and improve your overall quality of life.
If you’re interested in learning more about how lifestyle is affecting your rate of aging, consider registering for a complementary discovery session with Dr. Ward D.C., M.S.. He can provide insights and strategies to support healthy aging and optimize your health at any age.
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