Have you ever wondered if all aging and disease could possibly be reduced to just one cause?  For the last several decades, professionals in medicine and wellness believe that “oxidative stress” is actually the common denominator behind the progression of the aging process plus hundreds of human diseases.

Oxidative Stress and Aging

Medical science has definitely linked oxidative stress with aging. “For the past 40 years or so, oxidative stress has been increasingly recognized as a contributing factor in aging and in various forms of pathophysiology generally associated with aging.”[1]  Even the 2006 edition of Merriam-Webster’s Medical Dictionary links oxidative stress with aging, defining oxidative stress as: “Physiological stress on the body that is caused by the cumulative damage done by free radicals inadequately neutralized by antioxidants and that is held to be associated with aging.”[2] 

Oxidative Stress, Disease, and Inflammation

Oxidative stress has been found “to be associated with the initiation and progression of a variety of human diseases in the modern world.”[3]  Medical science has discovered that “…as many as 200 human diseases have been associated with increased levels of oxidative stress….”[4]  And a recent 2021 study states, “Oxidative stress and inflammation are closely related pathophysiological processes and are involved in the pathogenesis of a number of chronic disorders such as fatty liver diseases, diabetes, and neurodegenerative diseases.”[5] Even cardiovascular disease and cancer have been linked to oxidative stress.

Oxidative Stress and Diabetes

Oxidative stress is especially dangerous to diabetics, because, “Chronic renal and vascular oxidative stress in association with an enhanced inflammatory burden are determinant processes in the development and progression of diabetic complications including cardiovascular disease (CVD), atherosclerosis and diabetic kidney disease (DKD).”[6] 

Red Light/Infrared Therapy Fights Oxidative Stress

With all the cellular damage that oxidative stress can cause, serious effort should be made to reduce it.  And Red Light/Infrared Therapy has been proven to do so!  Red Light/Infrared Therapy (also known as “photobiomodulation” or “PBM”) is “the use of red and near-infrared light to stimulate healing, relieve pain, and reduce inflammation.”[7]  Red Light/Infrared Therapy is able to successfully combat oxidative stress. “PBM is able to up-regulate anti-oxidant defenses and reduce oxidative stress.”[8]  And “…it is well-accepted that PBM when as a treatment for tissue injury or muscle damage is able to reduce markers of oxidative stress.”[9] 

And in addition to reducing levels of oxidative stress, Red Light/Infrared Therapy also fights inflammation: “One of the most reproducible effects of PBM is an overall reduction in inflammation, which is particularly important for disorders of the joints, traumatic injuries, lung disorders, and in the brain.”[10]  A 2015 study states that, “Photobiomodulation (PBM) is emerging as an effective strategy for the management of multiple inflammatory conditions…”[11] 

In Conclusion – Try Red Light/Infrared Therapy

If you are looking to repair or enhance your health (and/or relieve pain and restore function) Red Light/Infrared Therapy can help you to effectively reduce oxidative stress, increase circulation, and biostimulate and accelerate your body’s own innate healing ability to help you regain and maintain optimum wellness.  One Light Therapy system can bring you, your family, and/or your patients years of improved health!  Contact Rob Berman at Energia Medical at 860-707-4220 or via email at rob@energiamedical. com to learn more about Red Light/Infrared Therapy systems from Energia Medical.


[1] Hybertson BM, Gao B, Bose SK, McCord JM. Oxidative stress in health and disease: the therapeutic potential of Nrf2 activation. Mol Aspects Med. 2011 Aug;32(4-6):234-46. doi: 10.1016/j.mam.2011.10.006. Epub 2011 Oct 15. PMID: 22020111, p. 1.

[2] Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster’s Medical Dictionary: New Enlarged Print Edition. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated, Springfield, MA, U.S.A., 2006. p. 643.

[3] Dandekar A, Mendez R, Zhang K. Cross talk between ER stress, oxidative stress, and inflammation in health and disease. Methods Mol Biol. 2015;1292:205-14. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2522-3_15. PMID: 25804758, Abstract.

[4] Hybertson BM, Gao B, Bose SK, McCord JM. Oxidative stress in health and disease: the therapeutic potential of Nrf2 activation. Mol Aspects Med. 2011 Aug;32(4-6):234-46. doi: 10.1016/j.mam.2011.10.006. Epub 2011 Oct 15. PMID: 22020111, p. 21.

[5] Singh V, Ubaid S. Role of Silent Information Regulator 1 (SIRT1) in Regulating Oxidative Stress and Inflammation. Inflammation. 2020 Oct;43(5):1589-1598. doi: 10.1007/s10753-020-01242-9. Erratum in: Inflammation. 2021 Oct;44(5):2142. PMID: 32410071, Abstract.

[6] Jha JC, Ho F, Dan C, Jandeleit-Dahm K. A causal link between oxidative stress and inflammation in cardiovascular and renal complications of diabetes. Clin Sci (Lond). 2018 Aug 30;132(16):1811-1836. doi: 10.1042/CS20171459. PMID: 30166499, Abstract.

[7] Hamblin MR. Mechanisms and applications of the anti-inflammatory effects of photobiomodulation. AIMS Biophys. 2017;4(3):337-361. doi:10.3934/biophy.2017.3.337. Epub 2017 May 19. PMID: 28748217; PMCID: PMC5523874, p.1.

[8] Ibid.

[9] Ibid., p. 5.

[10] Ibid., p. 1.

[11] Rupel K, Zupin L, Colliva A, Kamada A, Poropat A, Ottaviani G, Gobbo M, Fanfoni L, Gratton R, Santoro M, Di Lenarda R, Biasotto M, Zacchigna S. Photobiomodulation at Multiple Wavelengths Differentially Modulates Oxidative Stress In Vitro and In Vivo. Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2018 Nov 11;2018:6510159. doi: 10.1155/2018/6510159. PMID: 30534349; PMCID: PMC6252186, P. 1.

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