Inflammation is a defense mechanism that occurs in the body when the immune system responds to damaged cells, irritants and other harmful chemicals. It supports the healing or repair process.

© Pixabay Losing hair in the eyebrows can be a sign of hypothyroidism or thyroid imbalance.

However, inflammation can also harm the body. If it continues for several months to years, the body's inflammatory response may damage healthy cells, tissues and organs. 

Chronic inflammation has been linked to asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. But there are ways to avoid these conditions. 

The first thing to do is to know the early signs of inflammation. Detecting it early can help in diagnosis and provide access to wider treatment options. 

More in category

16 Healthy Prerun Meals and Snacks 16 Healthy Prerun Meals and Snacks
October 11, 2019Runner's World
Can Eliud Kipchoge Break 2 Hours? Can Eliud Kipchoge Break 2 Hours?
October 11, 2019Runner's World
Are You a Slow Walker? You May Age Faster Are You a Slow Walker? You May Age Faster
October 11, 2019Runner's World
Here's how this guy lost 120 lbs. and got back into shape Here's how this guy lost 120 lbs. and got back into shape
October 11, 2019MSN
42 strange symptoms that can signal a serious disease 42 strange symptoms that can signal a serious disease
October 11, 2019MSN
Male breast cancer: What doctors need you to know Male breast cancer: What doctors need you to know
October 11, 2019MSN
Rupp’s Return to Chicago Has Not Been Smooth Rupp’s Return to Chicago Has Not Been Smooth
October 11, 2019Runner's World
'The face of heroin': Mom shares haunting before and after pics of addiction 'The face of heroin': Mom shares haunting before and after pics of addiction
October 11, 2019MSN
12 diseases doctors can detect through smell 12 diseases doctors can detect through smell
October 11, 2019MSN
Sarah Silverman talks needing to 'be funny to survive' in new documentary about mental health Sarah Silverman talks needing to 'be funny to survive' in new documentary about mental health
October 11, 2019MSN
If the doctor asks for your Social Security number, do this If the doctor asks for your Social Security number, do this
October 11, 2019MSN
5 gentle ways to heal emotionally after a miscarriage 5 gentle ways to heal emotionally after a miscarriage
October 11, 2019MSN
This Hair Styling Tool Can Give You Perfect Bouncy Waves for Less Than $30 This Hair Styling Tool Can Give You Perfect Bouncy Waves for Less Than $30
October 11, 2019Shape
Former Athletes Talk About Salazar in Chicago Former Athletes Talk About Salazar in Chicago
October 11, 2019Runner's World
New PSA warns that youth football is just as bad as giving a kid a cigarette New PSA warns that youth football is just as bad as giving a kid a cigarette
October 11, 2019MSN
The lifestyle changes that helped this mom lose 234 lbs. The lifestyle changes that helped this mom lose 234 lbs.
October 10, 2019MSN
'Sesame Street' Teaches Kids About Addiction 'Sesame Street' Teaches Kids About Addiction
October 10, 2019Men's Health
This 3-Step Series Proves That Pushups Aren't Easy This 3-Step Series Proves That Pushups Aren't Easy
October 10, 2019Men's Health
How to Solve AC Joint Pain in Your Shoulder How to Solve AC Joint Pain in Your Shoulder
October 10, 2019Men's Health
What You Need to Know About Your Testosterone What You Need to Know About Your Testosterone
October 10, 2019Men's Health
20 Small Victories That Prove You're Making Weight Loss Progress 20 Small Victories That Prove You're Making Weight Loss Progress
October 11, 2019Prevention