Chronic Inflammation

Chronic inflammation is associated with a myriad of diseases and conditions

Inflammation is a normal part of the body's healing process in response to an injury or infection, and ends quickly under normal circumstances. However, in many chronic conditions, the inflammatory response persists and leads to significant tissue and organ damage. 

Many diseases and conditions that are leading causes of death worldwide are associated with chronic inflammation, including stroke, chronic respiratory diseases, heart disorders, cancer, diabetes, and obesity.

An abnormal inflammatory response may be closely linked with various chronic diseases. Chronic inflammation might stem from an autoimmune disorder where the immune system mistakenly identifies normal body components as foreign antigens and attacks healthy tissues. Additionally, fat tissue secretes pro-inflammatory mediators, which can contribute to chronic inflammation in individuals living with obesity. However, since chronic inflammation can persist and accumulate over time, it is often unclear whether it is the cause of certain disorders or a consequence of them.