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Chronic Inflammation: A Disaster for the Body

December 14, 2017 2 min read

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Longstanding Inflammation

Eliminate it...and live a healthier, happier life

Inflammation is a BIG deal.  Most disease is some form of inflammation, so battling inflammation is a key component to battling your dry eye and other eye diseases.  An estimated 80% of visits to doctor’s offices are for issues relating to a chronic disease, which stems from chronic inflammation of the body.  The CDC states that 7 out of every 10 Americans die of chronic disease!

Let’s look at the DEWS II (The Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society’s Dry Eye Workshop in 2017) definition of dry eye, in which it states that inflammation is one of the key reasons for dry eye:

“Dry eye is a multifactorial disease of the ocular surface characterized by a loss of homeostasis of the tear film, and accompanied by ocular symptoms, in which tear film instability and hyperosmolarity,ocular surface inflammationand damage, and neurosensory abnormalities play etiological roles,”

Short Term Effects of Inflammation on the Body

  • Dry Eye
  • Headache
  • Fatigue – feeling tired
  • Dilated pupils
  • Stiff neck and shoulder pain
  • Back pain
  • Increased heart rate
  • Sweaty palms and feet
  • Upset stomach
  • Depression

Long Term Effects of Inflammation on the Body

Meat is loaded with saturated fat, which contributes to the following chronic conditions:

  • Dry Eye
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • High Cholesterol
  • Heart Attacks
  • Strokes
  • Heart Disease
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Allergies
  • Psoriasis and Eczema
  • Osteoporosis
  • Digestive conditions such as colitis and diverticulitis

As you can see, inflammation is a BIG deal. The better you're able to battle it, the better off your health will be (and this includes the health of your eyes!)

One Love,

Dr. Travis Zigler, Heyedrate, Dry Eye Treatment, Exercise

Dr. Travis Zigler