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Inflammation IQ

Inflammation and swelling can be a signal of dangerous conditions. Take this quiz to test your knowledge about inflammation.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What is inflammation?

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The correct answer is: Inflammation is a response from your body's natural defense system. The inflammatory process occurs to help fight foreign invaders, such as bacteria, viruses, irritation, toxins and trauma.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What is the cause of hidden inflammation?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. The main causes of hidden inflammation are many: stress, inadequate sleep, nutritional deficiencies, an inflammatory diet, food allergens, imbalances in your digestive function, nutritional deficiencies, low-grade chronic infections and/or a sedentary lifestyle.

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Can inflammation lead to a disease?

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The correct answer is: Maybe. In some cases, inflammation develops as part of a disease process, such as the inflammation that occurs in rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, asthma or an allergic reaction.

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What are the symptoms of inflammation?

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The correct answer is: Inflammation can be confined to a particular area or can affect much of the body. The affected area can be red, sore, swollen, stiff and warm, and you may lose some range of motion in affected joints or muscles. Occasionally, you may also have fevers or chills with headaches and a lack of energy.

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What should you first do about your inflammation symptoms?

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The correct answer is: You should talk to a doctor about your symptoms. Doctors can look for additional effects of the inflammation and prescribe medications or natural treatments to prevent complications like kidney failure.

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How does exercise affect inflammation?

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The correct answer is: Researchers have observed that aerobic or conditioning exercise significantly reduces elevated C-reactive protein (CRP) levels in the body. High CRP is associated with heart disease risk and obesity.

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What kinds of foods help stop inflammation in the body?

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The correct answer is: Foods with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help combat inflammation. These foods are particularly useful for those who are aging and unable either to exercise or to manage stress efficiently.

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True or false: Medications can help with inflammation.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Over-the-counter medication might include aspirin and ibuprofen. A doctor can suggest prescription pain killers and inflammation relievers.

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What is a natural treatment for inflammation?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. High levels of stress hormones can lead to the release of excess inflammatory chemicals, so use tools like meditation to help deal with it. Make sure to get enough vitamin D through sun exposure or an oral supplement and that your waist size is normal (35 inches for a woman; 40 inches for a man); otherwise, lose weight.

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True or false: Smoking increases inflammation.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Smoking hardens your arteries and increases inflammation. You can reverse the damaging effects to your arteries within 10 years of quitting.

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What kinds of foods should I avoid to reduce inflammation?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. In addition, avoid pro-inflammatory foods like trans fats, grains, foods cooked at high temperatures and oxidized cholesterol (cholesterol that has gone rancid, such as that from overcooked eggs).

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which of these can help with inflammation?

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The correct answer is: Get plenty of omega-3 fats by eating flax seeds and wild fish.

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True or false: Inflammation can affect your mood.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Inflammation can fuel brain changes that mildly or majorly affect mood, and may explain the link between depression and major health issues such as heart disease.

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True or false: Inflammation can cause allergies.

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The correct answer is: An overreactive inflammatory response is what triggers allergies and some autoimmune diseases, like arthritis.

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Which fruit is a powerhouse of anti-inflammatory nutrients?

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The correct answer is: A study from University of California at Davis found that regular consumption of cherries for 28 days produced a decrease in inflammation in blood, including a 25-percent reduction in C-reactive protein (CRP), the most widely studied marker of inflammation.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

What helps to control gum inflammation?

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The correct answer is: Your dentist may suggest using an antimicrobial mouth rinse or toothpaste to control gum inflammation. He or she also may recommend rinsing with a fluoride mouth rinse or applying fluoride at home and/or in the dentist's office to help prevent tooth decay.

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What is gum disease associated with?

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The correct answer is: In addition to diabetes, research also suggests a link between gum disease and heart disease, bacterial pneumonia and stroke.

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True or false: Swollen legs can be a symptom of heart failure.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Swelling often occurs because your heart cannot pump the blood around your body effectively. The blood backs up in your body, causing swelling in the feet and legs.

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What are the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

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The correct answer is: The most common symptoms are diarrhea and abdominal pain, usually on the left lower side of the abdomen. In more severe cases, IBD may cause a narrowing of the intestines caused by excess scar tissue and inflammatory tunnels that burrow through the intestines to either the skin or the bladder.

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Does inflammation of the arteries swell out or in?

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The correct answer is: Inflammation occurs in the middle layer of your arteries. As the middle layer swells from too much LDL "bad" cholesterol, it pushes into the inner layer because the outer layer doesn't give. That pushing into the inner layer reduces the size of the hole that blood can travel through.

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