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1, Jun 21, 2013

Reading Anti-Inflammation Diet book, part 3

Filed under: Healthy diet — admin @ 12:04 am

Chapter 3: Determining inflammation’s role in chronic disease
Inflammation is a common denominator among chronic diseases. Causes of inflammation include: smoking, chronic infection, daily stress, nutrient deficiencies, environmental toxins, lack of exercise, plus genetic predispositions.

The connections appear to be like this: all or some of the above -> decreased physical activity -> skeletal muscle weakness -> chronic disease -> inflammation. The cycle is self-perpectuating.

–Connection heart disease, obesity, and diabetes to inflammation
–Stress and weight gain: How cortisol release due to stress promotes weight gain

When your body is under stress or your blood contains low levels of hormones called glucocorticoids, the pituitary gland in the brain secretes a hormone called acetylcholinesterase (ACTH) which signals the adrenal gland on the kidney to secrete cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that increase blood sugar; supresses the immune system; decreases bone formation; and affects fat, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism, which can lead to weight gain. Cortisol levels are controlled by the part of the brain called hypothalamus.
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