C-REACTIVE PROTEIN BLOOD TEST
Silent inflammation is an important factor in the development of HEART DISEASE. To measure the degree of inflammation, physicians determine the level of C-reactive protein (CRP) in the blood. CRP is one of the acute phase proteins that increase during systemic inflammation. Most of the research on CRP has focused on its role in predicting a heart attack. The higher the CRP levels, the higher the risk of developing heart attack. The same is true for sarcopenia, the higher the CRP level, the greater the acceleration in the loss of muscle mass. Elevated CRP levels are also associated with a significantly higher risk for the development of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
I recommend that part of your annual physical exam include determining CRP levels in your blood by a serum blood test. The goal is to keep your CRP level below 1.0 mg/L. At this level, there is little silent inflammation occurring. If the CRP is between 1.0 and 3.0 mg/L, that is a major caution – a yellow flag. If the CRP is higher than 3.0 mg/L, it is a serious red flag.