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    The Role of Inflammation in Body Weight: An Intro to the Biology of Fat

The Role of Inflammation in Body Weight: An Intro to the Biology of Fat

By Dr. Aylah Clark

Inflammation comes up a lot in my
practice. It promotes many chronic diseases and correlates with worsening signs
and symptoms of many conditions, whether it be autoimmune disease, arthritis,
cardiovascular disease, or others. Inflammation is also intrinsically tied to
obesity.  How are inflammation and body weight related and what can
we do about it?

What
is inflammation?

Inflammation is your body’s attempt
to protect itself. It involves complex biological processes that are activated
by things like foreign invaders (bacteria and viruses for example) or
damaged cells (injury). We need inflammation to protect ourselves from these
harmful events and to initiate [...]

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    6 Reasons Why You Can Still Have Symptoms in Celiac Disease After Gluten Elimination

6 Reasons Why You Can Still Have Symptoms in Celiac Disease After Gluten Elimination

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease where gluten consumption
triggers an inflammatory response and damage to the intestines. It is caused by
a complex interaction between genetic predisposition, intestinal microbiome,
environment, and the immune system.

Symptoms & Diagnosis
Symptoms
can vary widely but can include gastrointestinal symptoms such as abdominal
pain, diarrhea, bloating, and mouth sores, but can also lead to weight loss or
failure to thrive, fatigue, dermatitis herpetiformis (a skin condition),
neurological symptoms, hormone disruption such as irregular periods,
infertility, early menopause, and nutrient deficiencies leading to
osteopenia/osteoporosis (bone loss).

Diagnosis is usually done by blood test but is [...]

Lipedema: An Underdiagnosed Cause of Weight Loss Resistance

Have you experienced weight gain, particularly in your legs
or arms, and had significant difficulty losing it? It could be a condition
called lipedema.

Lipedema is a common condition that almost exclusively
affects women. It involves accumulation of fat (adipose) tissue in the legs and
sometimes arms. The affected area can often be painful to the touch, have a nodular
texture, and easy bruising. Though many people have not heard of the condition,
some estimate that as many as 11% of women may be affected.

The weight typically comes on after a hormonal change, such
as puberty, pregnancy, or menopause. [...]