ABSTRACT: CHRONIC LOW-GRADE INFLAMMATION HAS BEEN IMPLICATED IN THE ETIOLOGY OF A NUMBER OF DISEASE CONDITIONS INCLUDING CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE AND TYPE 2 DIABETES. OBESITY AND INACTIVITY ARE KNOWN TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH ELEVATED LOW-GRADE INFLAMMATION. THIS ARTICLE BRIEFLY EXPLAINS HOW LOW-GRADE INFLAMMATION IS LINKED TO ATHEROSCLEROSIS AND DIABETES, AND SEVERAL MECHANISMS WHEREBY EXERCISE DIMINISHES INFLAMMATORY ACTIVITY.
1Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia; and
2School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska
Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.
Robert Buresh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management at Kennesaw State University.
Kris Berg is a Professor in the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.