IL-6 and Inflammation

Tuesday, September 24, 2019. Author FitnessGenes

IL-6 and Inflammation

IL-6 (interleukin 6) is a cell communication protein or “cytokine” that helps coordinate the body’s inflammatory response.

Although inflammation can be a useful short-term response for dealing with harmful stimuli such as bacteria, toxic compounds and tissue injury, persistent or ‘chronic’ inflammation can be damaging to our health. Chronic inflammation is thought to play a role in poor insulin sensitivity, Type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, ageing, and neurodegenerative disease.

This trait analyzes gene variants related to the levels and activity of IL-6, which can influence your susceptibility to chronic inflammation.

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