Connective Tissue RSS
This jelly-like material is a type of matrix and, because it is secreted outside of cells, it is called an extra-cellular matrix or ECM. This ECM is the prime determinant of the health of connective tissue and the body as whole.
Almost all health challenges, including arthritis, vasculitis, cellulitis and heart disease have a connective tissue connection. CT is home to cells of the immune system, so connective tissue is often a target of autoimmune disease. And because of its role in supporting the body, the classic wrinkling, shrinking and shriveling effects of old age as well as bone and muscle weakness and fragility are all likely to occur as blast cells slow down the connective tissue matrix degenerates.