Our Nation is Suffering from an Epidemic of Chronic Inflammation & Chronic Inflammatory Disease!
And, despite the best health care technology in the world, it is getting worse, not better!
Continued changes to our food supply, diets and lifestyles have created a perfect storm that is further escalating our crisis of chronic inflammation, including, but not limited to the increase in omega 6s in our food supply and our sedentary lifestyles. Gene Smart helps empower America to fight chronic inflammation and prevent chronic inflammatory disease with its anti inflammatory diet & exercise program based on the latest understanding of the relationship between our diet & exercise, our genes and our health, especially our genes that control the inflammatory response.
Our Crisis of Chronic Inflammation & Chronic Inflammatory Disease
Consider the following statistics for these chronic inflammatory diseases, each of which has been associated with chronic inflammation:
Current figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put the prevalence of obesity among adults at about 66 percent. A recent study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine concluded that if we were to continue at the present rate, “by 2048, all American adults would become overweight or obese.”
Allergies now rank sixth among chronic human diseases.
There has been a 100 percent increase in the prevalence of hay fever in developed countries in each of the past 3 decades.
Almost 10 percent of young children are affected by allergic dermatitis, triple the rate in 1960.
Today, more than 25 million Americans have asthma—twice as many as in 1990. And the severity of the disease appears to be on the rise as well: More people died from asthma in 2000 than in 1970.
Nearly 24 million Americans—8 percent of the population—have diabetes, according to statistics released by the CDC in 2008. Even more shocking have been the data from individual states. In 1991, only nine states had diabetes rates of 7 to 8 percent, with none higher. By 2001, 43 states had diabetes rates of at least 7 to 8 percent, with Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida exceeding 10 percent. Estimates are that by 2025, the number of Americans with the disease will be close to 50 million.
Arthritis and joint disease affect 43 million people in the United States, almost 20 percent of the population. This number is expected to surpass 60 million by 2020.
More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, with the direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer’s and other dementias topping $148 billion annually, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Depressive disorders occur in approximately 18.8 million American adults, or about 9.5 percent of the US population age 18 and older.
Chronic Inflammation & Premature Aging is Overwhelming our Health Care System
Many of these chronic inflammatory diseases associated with chronic inflammation were once considered disease of aging. And their continued growth together with the associated growth in obesity and overweight is overwhelming our health care system and fueling our growing increases in health care costs.
Reducing Chronic Inflammation the Gene Smart Way
The great news is that by eating the right foods and exercising in the right way, we can greatly reduce whole body or chronic inflammation and win the war within against chronic inflammatory disease. In addition the relationship between chronic inflammation and premature aging, other strategies proven to reduce chronic inflammation have also been shown to slow the biological aging process. For example, in a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a high Omega 3 Index was associated with a much slower rate of cellular aging. Exercise has also been shown to slow the biological aging process.