Nutrition and Chronic Illness

Updated: May 9

How does nutrition play a role in chronic illness? Inflammation is a word you will hear a lot when it comes to any chronic illness. Certain foods cause inflammation, while others are actually anti-inflammatory. How do you know which foods are which? Are all "healthy" foods anti-inflammatory? Stay tuned to learn more!

Did you know that adults that live a healthy lifestyle are at lower risk for chronic illness and medical conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and certain cancers?* Some shocking statics:*

  • Fewer than 1 in 10 US adults and adolescents eat enough fruits and vegetables.

  • 6 in 10 young people and 5 in 10 adults consume a sugary drink on a given day.

  • US diets are high in added sugars, sodium, and saturated fats.

  • 14% of children aged 1 to 2 years and 16% of pregnant women are iron deficient.


*National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion