Biomarker Series: High-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein – A Beacon for Inflammation

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When you sprain an ankle your body sends more blood to the area of injury. The immune cells in this blood work to rid the body of dead or damaged tissue to make way for healing. Without inflammation, injuries would never heal. It’s easy to imagine inflammation for something big like a sprained ankle; we see the swelling, feel the pain, and wonder how long until our ankle will look more like an ankle again and less like a pineapple.

But inflammation can (and does) happen all over the body, at a much smaller scale. Whenever things go wrong the body will get more and more inflamed. You can probably start to see how the amount of overall inflammation can be an indicator for health and a general marker for chronic disease. In fact, some of the diseases associated with inflammation include:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Pulmonary
  • Neurological
  • Autoimmune
  • Diabetes II
  • Arthritis
  • Alzheimer’s

While there are a few ways to test for inflammation, it turns out that high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) is the best indicator currently known. In fact, WellnessFX’s own CEO, Jim Kean, has used periodic testing of his hs-CRP to lower his own inflammation through manipulation of Vitamin D supplementation. It’s been said that this test, combined with a basic lipid panel, is the best way to evaluate a person’s risk of heart disease.

In the video below Doctor Murdoc Khaleghi tells us more about why testing hs-CRP and controlling inflammation levels are so important.

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