With age we have an increased exposure to toxins and stress which cause our bodies to be in “fight and flight” syndrome, which increases cortisol. Cortisol aggravates inflammation and causes a dysregulation of our blood sugar. The dysregulation of blood sugar AKA Insulin Resistance causes further inflammation.
When men and women enter their late 40's and 50's there is a hormonal shift called Menopause and Andropause. There is a decline in the hormones of Testosterone, Estrogen, Progesterone and DHEA. These are our natural steroid hormones and they help to reduce inflammation.
What Parts of Our Body Does Inflammation Impact Over Time?
Inflammation from injury and infection can cause problems in the tissues that are affected. If there is an injury, the inflammation causes the body to send support in the form of fibrinogen and calcium. Chronic inflammation in these areas will causes adhesions and scar tissue to form.
The more insidious type of inflammation comes from general toxicity, poor diet, and stressful lifestyle. These factors create a situation of high cortisol which disrupts the way our cells use insulin. This is called Insulin Resistance or Metabolic Syndrome. Insulin Resistance/Metabolic syndrome can lead to an inflammatory condition that is systemic in the body. The results are Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Heart Disease, Strokes, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Infertility, and even Cancer.
What Signs Point Toward Inflammation?
Fatigue, weight gain (especially in the midsection), blood sugar dysregulation, insomnia, anxiety, depression, pain and swelling, heart disease, autoimmune disease, allergy, immune deficiency, infertility and hormone Imbalances.
How Does Inflammation Affect the Skin?
Inflammation can cause premature aging, wrinkles, skin sagging, skin discolorations and melasma. You may also see inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, acne and rosacea.
What You Should Know:
Inflammation does not have to increase with aging, especially if we make lifestyle choices that reduce toxins and stress. We must also keep our bodies healthy and our diet in a healthy manner that promotes a balanced blood sugar. As we age, if we keep our hormones balanced, then there is better anti-inflammatory support in our bodies.
You'll notice that there are young people that have chronic infection, allergy, poor diet and extreme stress that will see premature aging in their bodies and their cells. Then there are older people that have a healthy diet, healthy lifestyle and balanced hormones. They may have bodies that are functioning at a much younger level and low systemic inflammation.
Inflammation is a factor of lifestyle, diet, stress, and toxin exposures. It is also a factor of how you respond to these things. If you make good and healthy choices, then inflammation does not have to increase with age.