Systemic Inflammation: Are you suffering from symptoms you are not aware of?

Leg Circulation Problems Linked to Systemic Inflammation

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a narrowing of the arteries in the extremities—usually the lower legs. PAD reduces blood circulation, and while it often causes no outward symptoms, sometimes it results in unpleasant effects such as leg cramping while walking or climbing stairs, leg numbness or weakness, and unhealthy-looking changes in the toenails.


Women are at an increased risk of developing severe symptomatic PAD if they have metabolic syndrome, which means they meet at least three of five criteria—insulin resistance, high blood pressure, increased middle fat, elevated blood triglycerides, and elevated LDL cholesterol.

But results of a 13-year study of more than 22,000 middle-aged women, who were cleared of cardiovascular disease at the start of the study, indicate that it's not actually metabolic syndrome per se that's responsible for symptomatic PAD. Instead, systemic inflammation is the culprit.

The women who had metabolic syndrome at the start of the study ultimately proved to have a 62 percent higher risk of developing symptomatic PAD than those who didn't have metabolic syndrome. And, their risk went up by 21 percent for each of the five metabolic syndrome criteria they met.

But researchers wanted to know whether it was metabolic syndrome, or perhaps one of those five risk factors, that set them up for PAD. So, they adjusted for the risk factors, re-examined the numbers, and found that the one thing that tied the symptomatic PAD sufferers together wasn't metabolic syndrome or any of its risk factors—it was their blood levels of inflammatory markers such as C-reactive protein.

My View: You can reduce your systemic inflammation

The results of this study, which was spearheaded at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, suggest that inflammation is at the root of metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and PAD.

But what else ties them all together?

Diet, lifestyle, and exercise. Even small changes like adding delicious but healthful herbs like licorice roots can help you with conditions like chronic inflammation. If you want to learn more about healthful herbs you can check out my book ( The Quick and Easy Guide to Healing Herbson using herbs to heal yourself.

Also read this article where I explain why turmeric can reduce inflammatory conditions.

If you eat well, exercise, and control stress, then you can reduce your systemic inflammation and your risk of associated diseases.'"

Dr Susan Richards

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Best selling author and national speaker Dr. Susan has sold over 2 million books on health & wellness. She has appeared on numerous national and regional radio and television shows and has been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. She has Served on the clinical faculty of Stanford University School of Medicine and taught in their Division of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Richards became an ordained Christian minister in 2009 and, within a year, she began doing hospital ministry in the ICU's, critical care and rehabilitation units in the San Francisco area community three times a week. Her ministry is based on the supernatural healing power of God and Jesus Christ and she has seen many miraculous healings of seriously ill patients. The ministry receives over 20,000 prayer requests for healing each week which are answered by their faithful and devoted prayer team. She is currently developing the first Medical and Health Ministry Training Program of Supernatural Healing in the United States. Her medical ministry is at medschoolhealing.com

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