“The term inflammation refers to the complex response of bodily tissues to harmful stimuli such as toxins, irritants, or pathogens. Although inflammation is the immune system’s attempt to remove the harmful stimuli and initiate the healing process, it can also promote uncomfortable side effects such as pain, swelling, and redness. In chronic inflammation, tissue may be simultaneously healed and compromised. Evidence points to inflammation as the driving force in many chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, autoimmune conditions, and allergies.” From Genova Diagnostics website, http://www.gdx.net.
Tests from Genova Diagnostics cover the following possible causes of inflammation: (the following are quotes from www.gdx.net.)
- Cardiovascular Health: Inflammation, reflected by certain lab markers, has been established as a major contributor to heart disease.
- Fatty Acids: Essential fatty acids convert to compounds in the body that either prevent or promote inflammation.
- Digestive Function: Inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract may be responsible for symptoms such as diarrhea and abdominal pain.
- Oxidative Stress: Oxidative stress from unstable free radical molecules is associated with inflammation and greater need of antioxidants.
- Intestinal Permeability: The passage of intestinal bacterial toxins or dietary antigens into the system increases the likelihood of inflammatory responses.
- Detoxification: Inflammation can result from activation of toxins and impaired ability to clear them from the body.
- Allergies: Inflammatory reactions to allergenic foods or inhalant substances may be responsible for a variety of symptoms in the body.
- Heavy Metal Toxicity: Heavy metal toxicity and associated oxidative stress can drive inflammatory reactions into the body.
- Adrenal Function: High or low adrenal function may be associated with inflammatory disorders.
- Male Hormones: Low testosterone or other androgens may exacerbate inflammation in chronic disease.
- Genetic Predisposition: Inherited impairments in controlling inflammation or clearing toxins can have a significant effect on clinical outcome.
- Bone Health: Inflammation is a common and significant contributor to bone loss, especially in post-menopause.