Unfortunately, you probably won’t. There aren’t any reliable signs or symptoms of problem levels of systemic inflammation occurring within the body. Inflammatory markers are detectable, but unfortunately not in a reliable, diagnostic sense for the individual patient. It really is something of a ‘silent assassin’, although an examination of your diet and lifestyle habits will provide a fairly reliable indication of whether inflammation is likely to be occurring. In the same way that we don’t always directly see the damage that smoking or excessive alcohol intake is having on the body, we know through science that the toll exists. The science is now clear that the chronic levels of inflammation in the body linked to ageing, and exacerbated by our modern lifestyles, cause major pathology such as cancer, heart disease, dementia and stroke.