Inflammation and the Link to Disease and Possibly Cancer

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Buzzed on inflammation: From the Editors: Mayo Clinic Health Letter.

According to this article from the Mayo Clinic, inflammation is the new medical buzzword.  In this article, you will learn more about how inflammation affects the body- possibly causing disease and even cancer.  Chronic inflammation, also known as systemic inflammation is often associated with autoimmune disorders, such as lupus and polymyalgia rheumatica.  It also is linked to asthma, ulcerative colitis, and Chron’s disease.  Research is currently being conducted to determine possible links between inflammation and cancer.

Did you know that smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol causes inflammation in the body?  I have read in other articles, that a diet high in sugar also causes inflammation in the body.  What should you eat, to reduce inflammation?  According to the article above, a Mediterranean diet is a very healthy choice.

You should eat:

  • plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • plenty of healthy fats (olive and canola oil)
  • small portions of nuts
  • red wine in moderation
  • fish (on a regular basis)
  • a limited amount of red meat

This article also discusses anti-inflammatory medicines, such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen as possibly treating or preventing cancer, however, more research is needed.

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