There are many insightful health markers beyond the routine tests you’d find in an annual physical or check-up. High-sensitivity C-reactive protein, or hs-CRP, is one of the most important.
Understanding this marker is invaluable when it comes to living a long and healthy life. Here are four things you can learn about yourself when you track this key biomarker.
4 Things You Can Learn When You Track Your hs-CRP
#1. Inflammation exists, even if you can’t see or feel it.
Inflammation is our body’s response to a variety of threats, from stress to a sprained ankle, and can spread throughout the body. Hs-CRP is a protein your liver produces in response to inflammation. and therefore one of the best measures of inflammation.
The amount of inflammation is closely associated with risk of many chronic and progressive diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and even cancer.
Monitoring hs-CRP regularly gives you the opportunity to identify a problem before it becomes a big problem.
#2. How you can better monitor and potentially reduce your risk for chronic disease
It can be healthy for us to develop acute inflammation, such as when we have a trauma or injury – inflammation helps our bodies heal.
Chronic inflammation, though, is associated with many chronic diseases. Elevated hs-CRP levels are associated with increased risk for cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even autoimmune diseases, such as 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.
#3. The impact of your nutrition on your body
There are certain foods that promote inflammation, 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 even where it could be hiding.
Foods with sugar, additives, refined grains, can promote inflammation. These ingredients are included in common foods such as muffins, pizza, cookies, bread, cereal, cakes, chips, crackers, and candy.
Foods that help decrease 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.
#4. The impact stress is having on your body
Stress can also promote inflammation. In a study featured in The New York Times, Danish researchers found that higher stress and depression is associated higher blood levels of hs-CRP. If you need to improve 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 your health is now while beginning the process of regularly monitoring your hs-CRP levels.
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