Inflammation is your body’s natural response to outside invaders it perceives as threats. Specifically, it’s a process in which your body’s white blood cells protect you from foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses.
However, when your body is in a chronic state of inflammation, the inflammation can lodge in your muscles, joints and tissues. In fact, chronic inflammation is a leading cause of many diseases, both physical and neurological, including heart disease.
Is Inflammation Serious?
Inflammation is associated with a host of diseases like Crohn’s disease, colitis and arthritis, and many of them are life threatening. Said pathologist Ed Friedlander, M.D., “Probably your own death will be caused by your last inflammatory response … Whole body inflammation, formerly a popular term used especially by surgeons for the patients who they could not save, is going out of fashion in favor of multiple organ failure.”