There are many insightful markers that give a more comprehensive picture of what your body is up to and what is going on behind the scenes, beyond the routine tests you’d find in an annual physical or check-up. High-sensitivity C-reactive protein, hs-CRP, is one of the most important.
Knowing this marker is invaluable when it comes to living a long and healthy life. Here are 3 reasons why you need to be tracking this key biomarker.
What is hs-CRP?
hs-CRP is a protein your liver produces in response to inflammation in the body. Inflammation can and does happen all over the body. hs-CRP is one of the best indicators of inflammation.
3 Reasons You Need to Be Tracking hs-CRP
Reason 1: It’s an indicator of things that might be wrong, even if you can’t see or feel them.
The amount of overall inflammation is closely associated with overall health. Inflammation is associated with a variety of both acute and chronic diseases. hs-CRP is your body’s response to internal damage. This means that the body will get more and more inflamed whenever things go wrong.
hs-CRP is monitored to understand if there’s an infection to organ damage. Monitoring hs-CRP regularly gives you the opportunity to identify a problem before it becomes a problem.
Reason 2: You can monitor and potentially reduce your risk for chronic disease
It’s healthy for us to develop acute inflammation, such as when we have a trauma or injury – inflammation help our bodies heal. Chronic inflammation, though, is associated with many chronic diseases. Elevated CRP levels are associated with increased risk for cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even autoimmune diseases, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Did you know: Some suggest that testing hs-CRP, combined with a basic lipid panel, is the best way to evaluate a person’s risk of heart disease.
Reason 3: Check in on the impact your nutrition and stress is having on your body
There are certain foods that create inflammation in the body, and we’re not always aware of just how much our day-to-day eating habits have changed to incorporate these foods to an unhealthy excess (or where it could be hiding).
Foods with sugar, additives, refined grains can create inflammation. These ingredients are included in common foods such as muffins, pizza, cookies, bread, cereal, cakes, chips, crackers, and candy.
Foods that help fight inflammation are rich in antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, zinc and Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA). Check out our list of foods that help fight inflammation. Vitamin D can help reduce inflammation in Vitamin D deficiency as well.
Stress can also lead to prolonged inflammation. In a study featured in The New York Times, Danish researchers found that higher blood levels of CRP are associated with a greater risk of psychological stress and clinical depression. If you need to work on your stress management, try starting with these stress exercises.
How WellnessFX Can Help
Want to read more about inflammation? There are other markers that are less commonly tested yet can provide an even more complete picture of inflammation in the body. Take a closer look at two of these markers: homocysteine and fibrinogen.
We believe in the power in a drop of blood. Regularly testing your biomarkers via any of our Main tests (Baseline, Performance or Premium) will give you an accurate assessment of where you are now while starting the process of regularly monitoring your hs-CRP levels to see how much you might need to improve.
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