Tuesday, April 08, 2014

How's your CRP?

My brother Bill, the doctor, tells me that the drugs they gave Mom ten years ago for dementia were worthless.

Now a blood test can determine whether you have elevated levels of a certain protein, CRP.

Apparently the liver produces more of this as we age (especially if you have the wrong genes), and too much of this protein causes inflammation of blood vessels in the brain and elsewhere.

Inflammation is one cause of the production of the placque that causes Alzheimer's Disease.

There are now medications to lower the production of this C-reactive protein.

Of course, exercise and low intake of carbohydrates and sugar are also good.


Make sure you are tested for the levels of CRP in your blood--and if you do, start doing things to lower your level.

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