Inflammaging: how chronic inflammation affects our health
As we age, our immune system becomes less effective at fighting off infections and other threats to our health. This can lead to the accumulation of damaged cells and tissues, which in turn can trigger an inflammatory response. While acute inflammation is an essential part of our immune response and helps to protect us from infection and injury, inflammaging or chronic inflammation can have harmful effects on our bodies and is thought to contribute to many age-related diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease.
Inflammaging can be caused by a variety of factors, including a poor diet, lack of exercise, chronic stress, and exposure to environmental toxins. These factors can lead to an increase in the production of pro-inflammatory molecules, such as cytokines and chemokines, which can damage our tissues and contribute to the development of chronic diseases.
However, there are steps we can take to reduce inflammaging and promote healthy ageing. One of the most effective strategies is to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management, and avoidance of environmental toxins. These lifestyle interventions have been shown to reduce inflammation, improve overall health and promote longevity.
By taking care of our bodies and staying informed about the latest research, we can live longer, healthier lives free from the harmful effects of inflammaging.