I'm Gene Millen. It was about six years ago that I first learned about the benefits of a CRP blood test. The medical term for CRP is reactive protein, and is a measure of inflammation in the body.
Inflammation is one of the key factors contributing to artery blockage that leads to a heart attack or stroke, and it is a shame that it is rarely discussed by most physicians.
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.
Dr. Perricone, the best selling author of 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 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.
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 a high crp level were almost three times as likely to die from a heart attack.
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.
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 gainâ€¦not dietary fat.
The answer is a resounding yes. Omega oils found in cold-water fish flax seed oil and the new krill oil help lower c- reactive protein and quench the fires of inflammation.
I've found that it is difficult to find cold water fish that is pure and doesn't cost a fortune. I would love to have fresh salmon shipped in from Alaska but my budget doesn't allow it right now.
Unfortunately, some fish oil supplements may contain traces of mercury and other pollutants. To insure the highest quality of uncontaminated fish oil, look for pharmaceutical grade fish oil that has been molecularly distilled. The molecular distillation process effectively separates toxic heavy metals from the oil.
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 future first ischemic stroke
A c reactive protein level above 2.91 mg/L predicts a nearly three times higher risk of developing type-2 diabetes.
If your CRP blood test shows a high level it can be lowered by healthy eating, smoking cessation, exercise and weight loss.
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.
I am excited about Krill Oil, a ground-breaking nutritional supplement that is harvested from the icy waters of Antartica. This extraordinary supplement is superior to fish oil:
I'm here to be your advisor, help you avoid the pitfalls and false starts that I have made, and guide you to the cure for heart disease.
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