Friday, May 10, 2013
There are many different inflammatory diseases, yet all of them share the same underlying driver: an inappropriate inflammatory response, or a body out of balance with its inflamation zone. The difference between them is where the inflammatory response is taking place. (There are other differences, especially regarding which parts of the immune system are participating in the inflammatory response, but this explanation serves our purposes here.)
Chronic inflammation localized in the coronary arteries surrounding the heart leads to atherosclerosis and heart disease. In diabetes, as mentioned earlier, the body mistakenly identifies the islet beta cells in the pancreas as foreign invaders and destroys them so that they no longer produce insulin. When inflammatory cells such as eosinophils or neutrophils invade the small airways of the lungs, they cause asthma. Arthritis, meanwhile, occurs when the synovium—a thin, specialized tissue responsible for the production of fluid that lubricates joints—becomes inflamed. The list goes on and on. Inflammation in the upper bowel? Crohn’s disease. Lower bowel? Ulcerative colitis. The underlying process is the same; it’s just the location and symptoms that change. It's all the result of a body out of balance its normal inflammation zone.
Please, see my previous blog for the article web address.