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Updated on July 10, 2011

CRP could save your life

c-reative protein blood levels- a risk factor?

Who would imagine that your own immune system would use your body's lifesaving mechanism against you? Well that's what happens when you get an autoimmune disease characterized by inflamed joints.

Inflammation is our warning that something is wrong with the body. It is an essential part of the body's response to infection. CRP or c-reactive ptotein levels in the blood is an indication of inflammation. Studies have shown that chronic inflammation is when the body starts to attack itself after the healing which leads to other ailments such as heart disease.

These studies suggest that CRP may just not indicate that inflammation is present, but may play a direct role in the inflammation process. In 2003, the American Heart Association and Center for Disease Control and Prevention jointly suggested that people who had a 10 to 20 percent increased risk of developing heart disease over 10 years, may benefit from having their CRP levels measured. Doctors could then decide based on the testing, whether they would need further evaluation or medicine.

Disorders that have been linked to chronic, low-grade inflammation include: Alzheimer's, RA, lupus, diabetes, cancer, age-related macular degeneration in the eyes, and multiple sclerosis.

The Center for Disease Control says the number of patients who began treatment for kidney failure attributable to diabetes has increased a staggering 485 percent in just two decades. Just think, it is all about finding CRP levels in the blood. All anout inflammation.


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      Lorna Lorraine 8 years ago from Croydon

      I just recently heard from my doctor of a friend of his who died from RA at a young age. Other than that I have never had first hand information of any cases. I recently had my second knee replacement from OA and the first knee is where my RA manifested 19 yrs ago.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      My mother died from RA - it finally attacked her heart. I didn't know about CRP levels in blood. Very important information - thank you very much for sharing!