Living Well to 100: The Role of Inflammation
A surprising number of people do not have a first experience with a major chronic disease of aging until their mid-70’s or later, but many others have major medical events 20 years earlier. Much is now known about aging well. For example, individuals with chronic inflammatory diseases have a 20-30% higher frequency of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke than those without any chronic inflammatory diseases. Low grade chronic inflammation is one major determinant of your aging path, and moderate to severe periodontitis is one of the most prevalent chronic inflammatory diseases, second only to obesity. Low grade chronic inflammation is a major driver in multiple diseases, including various cancers, and new anti-inflammatory drugs reduce cardiovascular diseases, lung cancer, and progression of heart failure. It is now possible to help identify which patients and family members are on a more rapid chronic disease path and intervene to help many live well longer.
Open to the University public, Dental CE credit available. Lunch will be provided.
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