Tag: C-reactive protein

Four Blood Tests for Heart Disease Your Doctor Probably Missed

Four Blood Tests for Heart Disease Your Doctor Probably Missed

You are already familiar with the usual blood tests that tell you whether you’re at greater risk for heart disease—total cholesterol, LDL and HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar. But these tests only give part of the picture (and when it comes to cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, the numbers aren’t as accurate as you’re led to believe). The following four…

Soda Consumption Goes Down and Chronic Disease Risk Improves

Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages increased from the late 1970s through the following two decades, reaching a peak intake of 100 grams per day in 1999 to 2000. A recent study published in the journal Nutrition Research that analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) found that consumption of these sugary beverages has decreased from 100 grams…

Don’t Dwell on It

Just as it is important to attain—and maintain—physical health, we also need to work on our mental health. After all, each is related to the other. When one is out of balance, the other is affected. Just think about what happens when you are not well—it affects your emotions and thought processes, right? Well the same thing happens when you…

Inflammation During Pregnancy Linked to Autism

While the number of children with autism increases—currently we’re at one in 50—researchers are trying to determine what factors contribute to its development. In a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, researchers found that the risk of autism was increased by 43 percent in mothers with C-reactive protein (CRP)…

Silent Inflammation Linked to Depression

Silent inflammation is a chronic, low-grade inflammation that exists in the body in such a way that you don’t really see it or feel it. When silent inflammation persists it can trigger a host of negative health effects. In fact, inflammation is involved in most, if not all, chronic disease. A relatively recent discovery is the role silent inflammation plays…

Infectious Triggers of Alzheimer Disease

Alzheimer disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 50 to 80 percent of all dementia cases. Dementia involves memory loss and other impaired intellectual abilities, all of which interfere with everyday life. Though most people with Alzheimer disease are over 65 years, up to five percent have early-onset Alzheimer’s, which usually appears during the mid-40s or 50s.…

The Ups and Downs of Heart Health

  Optimum heart health involves paying attention to a lot of different factors. There’s cholesterol (but not just cholesterol—there’s good cholesterol, bad cholesterol, total cholesterol, oh my!), triglycerides, blood pressure, and inflammation markers like C-reactive protein – not to mention omega-3 levels and even vitamin D! Trying to look after your ticker is enough to make your head spin. Let’s…

Air Pollution and Heart Health

 Most people know that a diet high in bad fats (saturated and trans fats) and low in dietary fiber can lead to heart disease. But did you know that air pollution is also a risk factor? Of particular concern is the particulate matter (PM) or particle pollution, which is composed of solid and liquid particles in the air. PM comes…

Medicated Hearts

The recommended prescription medication for high cholesterol is usually statin drugs. These drugs are widely prescribed for people with high total cholesterol, and particularly those with high LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Recently, it was recommended that people with high levels of the inflammation marker C-reactive protein (hsCRP) in their blood should also be taking statins. High CRP indicates systemic inflammation,…