While inflammation is often cast in a negative light, it’s actually essential in small amounts for immune-surveillance and host defense against invading microbes or chemicals.
However sometimes inflammation persists even when you're not threatened by a foreign invader. That's when inflammation can become your enemy. Many chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer's are thought to be rooted in low-grade inflammation that persists over time.
The inflammatory process plays an important role in the pathogenesis of many chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus type 2, and metabolic syndrome. CRP and interleukin-6 (IL-6) are widely tested inflammatory markers involved in the development of these diseases. Several studies indicate a relation between nutritional status and the levels CRP and IL-6, with the role of diet in reducing inflammation supported by numerous studies.
A high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) test measures low levels of CRP and may be used to help evaluate an individual for risk of cardiovascular disease
Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a ‘proinflammatory cytokine’ which helps regulate immune responses. IL-6 can be elevated with inflammation, infection, autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular diseases, and some cancers. IL-6 is part of the "inflammatory cascade" that involves the activation of immune responses.
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