Is Obesity Linked To Inflammation?

You bet.

English: A single FatCube, represents 1 kilogr...

A single FatCube, represents 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of adipose tissue (body fat) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For many years, it was thought that obesity itself could cause or somehow worsen inflammation.

This theory has been proven many times over, both in animal studies and in humans.

The exact mechanism for how this happens is complex.

But basically, our immune systems can view excessive fat cells for foreign intruders, like they are bacteria or other foreign bodies.

Once this happens, our immune systems swing into action in an attempt to destroy these “intruders.”

The net result is that obesity triggers a wide-spread, low level inflammation.

Now this inflammation can manifest itself in many different ways. For example, insulin resistance in obese diabetics is largely due to this inflammatory process.

Similarly, atherosclerotic plaques which form in our veins are also inflammatory hot spots.

Other problems can also develop. For example, osteoarthritis and other forms of arthritis may develop at an earlier age, and progress more quickly, in obese patients versus non obese patients, thanks in part to the inflammation that’s taking place.

So what can be done?

Well, obviously a weight loss program is needed to fight obesity and the inflammation that it causes. But in addition to a lifestyle change which includes proper diet and exercise, also consider anti-inflammatory foods as part of your new diet.

Natural anti-inflammatory supplements, such as curcumin turmeric, are also an excellent, safe way to combat widespread inflammation. This is far safer than taking low doses of prescription or even over-the-counter anti-inflammatories.