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Aches & Pains? Possible cause of chronic inflammation identified?

At Chirosports - Centre for Spinal Health, Sports Injures & Rehabilitation on Sydney Northern Beaches, Dr. Alfie Arcidiacono Chiropractor says 'over the past 25 years we have seen an obvious increase in chronic pain every year.'

If you are one of these people suffering various aches and pains, the question is could it be due to 'chronic inflammation?'

Latest US research has identified a possible trigger for chronic inflammation in people with diabetes. If we can understand the cause, then appropriate strategies can be implemented to prevent complications such as heart attacks, strokes, kidney problems and other related health issues.

It is understood that excess dietary fat promotes insulin resistance by stirring up chronic inflammation. However, blocking the production of fat inside immune cells may prevent inflammation in people with diabetes and even in other conditions, such as arthritis and cancer, in which chronic inflammation plays a role. This could have a profound impact on health.

In this study, Prof. Semenkovich's team made genetically altered mice that could not make the enzyme for fatty acid synthase (FAS) in immune cells.

Without the enzyme, it was impossible for the mice to synthesise fatty acids, a normal part of cell metabolism. The researchers were startled to find the mice were protected from diet-induced diabetes.

Ref: The study is published online in the journal Nature.