Systemic inflammation involves the persistent activation of the immune system. Inflammation increases the risk of breast cancer and reduces survival. However, inflammation can be reduced by diet and lifestyle changes. A new study has described some of the complex interactions between inflammation signaling and the development of breast cancer.
Acute inflammation, which occurs after an injury, infection or exposure to certain irritants, results in temporary symptoms such as redness, pain, swelling and heat. Systemic inflammation, which is the "inflammation" discussed in the remainder of this news article, is a persistent state of inflammation that involves the chronic activation of the immune system.
Inflammation is influenced by diet and lifestyle. Essentially all of the fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, spices and culinary herbs on the Recommended Foods list have anti-inflammatory properties. High levels of dietary fiber regular exercise and maintaining a normal body weight. are associated with reduced inflammation. Inflammation is also reduced by
Inflammation has been found to increase as a result of consuming sugar, white bread and other highly refined flour products, high fructose corn syrup, alcohol, processed meats, red meat, butter, cream, full fat cheese, well done or fried meat or fish of any type, shortening and partially hydrogenated oil, as well as high omega-6 fats such as corn oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil and safflower oil. Smoking increases inflammation, as do obesity and metabolic syndrome (which is characterized by abdominal obesity, high blood sugar levels, impaired glucose tolerance, dyslipidemia, and hypertension).
Note to self - keep trying to eat better, get smaller, and move more. And don't start smoking. AS IF!!
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