Autophagy is the process by which your body gets rid of what are called senescent cells.
A senescent cell is a dead or dying cell that has the potential to cause disease and inflammation in your body.
In addition, senescent cells can cause other cells around them to die earlier than the should. Senescent have a negative impact on neighboring cells by releasing compounds called inflammatory cytokines.
Inflammatory cytokines increase inflammation in the body, as well as, can produce certain problems in the body when they are not needed.