Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Inflammation and Diet

What do heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, stroke and cancer have in common? Scientists have linked each of these to a condition known as chronic inflammation, and they are studying how high-fat foods and excess body weight may increase the risk for fatal disorders. 

-from the WSJ blog, The Informed Patient, and a post entitled "The New Science Behind America's Deadliest Diseases."

From a sidebar to the post:

2.2 Pounds

Losing this much weight reduced C-reactive protein, an inflammation measure, by 0.13 mg/L, a study found. Experts say CRP below 1 mg/L indicates low risk of cardiovascular disease, while above 3 mg/L is high risk.

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