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High CRP (c reactive protein)
Is a Key Risk Factor for Heart Attack. Has Your Doctor Checked Yours?

The benefits of a CRP test are rarely mentioned by physicians.

It was several years ago that I first learned about c reactive protein, and how the inflammation that is measures is one of the key factors contributing to artery blockage that leads to a heart attack or stroke.

Dr. Perricone, the best selling author of The Wrinkle Cure and the Perricone Prescription has spent decades studying the connection between inflammation, heart disease, cancer and aging.

He relates his difference of opinion with his professors in medical school.

 “By the time I entered medical school, I had already served in the army and had been the director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Perhaps it was those few extra years in the ‘real world’ that made me less accepting of conventional wisdom. I was always eager to shake things up, to challenge traditional thinking.

I noticed that every time I saw skin cancer under the microscope, inflammation was present at the cellular level. I questioned my professors, and their explanation was that the body mounts an immune response to try to fight the cancer, resulting in inflammation.

I asked if an inflammatory response could be triggering or promoting cancer but medical students quickly learn that topics like this are not open for debate.

I knew what I saw and never let it go. Whenever I looked at a disease under a microscope—everything from arthritis to heart disease—inflammation was always a component.”

High CRP triples risk of heart attack.
This marker indicates an increased risk for destabilized atherosclerotic plaque and abnormal arterial clotting.

When arterial plaque becomes destabilized, it can burst open and block the flow of blood through a coronary artery, resulting in an acute heart attack. One of The New England Journal of Medicine studies showed that people with high levels of C-reactive protein were almost three times as likely to die from a heart attack.

Dr. Nicolas Perricone’s inflammation research
Dr Perricone focused on finding the causes of this inflammation and how to stop it. What he discovered may surprise you as it did me.  

CRP, sugar and inflammation
As a sweet-o-holic it pains me greatly to write this but simple carbohydrates such as sugar and white flour  are very inflammatory. There is also strong evidence that they are one of the underlying causes of weight gain…not dietary fat.

Can we stop this inflammation?
Can we control the amount of inflammation in our body? You bet.
Exercise and weight loss help lower CRP levels.

A new study at the renowned Cooper Clinic in Dallas, Texas, compared the amount of CRP in people with varying levels of fitness. Those with the highest fitness levels had nearly a 300% lower risk of having a heart attack than those with the lowest fitness.

A CRP blood test measures the inflammation in the body.
High levels of CRP in your blood  may indicate an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and more. Inflammation has also been linked to several risk factors including hypertension (high blood pressure) and high triglycerides.

What are your c reactive protein numbers?

  • A CRP level higher than 5 mg/L has almost three fold increased risk of congestive heart failure.

  • Elevated CRP levels significantly predict the risk of a stroke

  • A high c reactive protein level above 2.91 mg/L predicts a nearly three times higher risk of developing type-2 diabetes.

You should have a blood test of c reactive protein (CRP)
Inflammation in the arteries is a lethal combination
that you can and should minimize as much as possible. If your doctor hasn't checked your CRP recently I encourage you to have him include it in your next blood test.


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