Is chronic inflammation the common denominator of all disease? In some way or another, it has been linked to some of the most prominent chronic medical disorders, such as cancer, arthritis, heart disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Inflammation is the body’s natural response to trauma, allergens or infection. There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic. Acute inflammation releases pro-inflammatory compounds into your system to fight infection, followed by anti-inflammatory compounds intended to heal you.
Chronic inflammation, however, occurs when your immune system ceases to function as intended and continues to produce pro-inflammatory cells. Chronic inflammation can cause severe tissue damage or oxidative stress, and is often a symptom of or contributing factor to the onset of chronic disease.
Our infographic explains the possible causes, known treatments and hallmark signs of chronic inflammation. We also examine what it means for the Canadian health care system as a whole.