Inflammation is a relatively new and exciting branch of medicine. Reversing inflammation can literally prevent disease, keep your body young and optimize your health. Know your baseline with the inflammatory module.
Chronic inflammation is a relatively new and exciting branch of medicine. More and more evidence point to chronic inflammation as the cause of a host of diseases including cardiovascular disease (heart attack and stroke), cancer, autoimmune diseases and Alzheimer’s disease, to mention a few. The immune system is constantly defending against disease and potential disease, such as bacterial and viral infections, autoimmune disorders, and atherosclerosis. As a result the cell signaling biomarkers are constantly at work, signaling or communicating the body’s needs. This “chatter” is normal and therefore blood levels for the cell signaling biomarkers will fluctuate depending on the body’s needs.
The science of cell signaling is an area of very active research. It is an exciting field that hopes to shed light on the complex problem of disease recognition and immune response. Quite commonly, Inflammation can signal metabolic dysfunction. Screening your baseline inflammation is extremely useful. We have found that many of the metabolic causes of inflammation are reversible, particularly if they are addressed early in their course. It is recommended that inflammation be assessed annually in most healthy individuals and more frequently in those who have significant joint, muscle or bone pain. If your baseline testing demonstrates inflammation, it is recommended you make lifestyle changes and repeat inflammatory testing every 3-4 months until the inflammation improves.
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One of the best researched biomarkers is called CRP and its association with the development of diseases including cardiovascular and autoimmune disease is quite high. Chronic elevation of CRP can be very dangerous. Most CRP is produced by the liver with additional production coming from fat cells and the cells that line the insides of blood vessels. Even at low levels, it is an excellent indicator of both acute and chronic inflammation in the body. A high sensitivity test (hs-CRP) can more accurately detect lower concentrations of the CRP (it is more sensitive).
Other inflammatory markers we test include homocysteine. Elevated levels of homocysteine in the blood signal an increased risk of stroke and heart attack. There is a great deal of research in understanding the link between homocysteine and Alzheimer’s as we look to identify those at risk of development of this terrible disease. Most experts agree, the treatment of elevated homocysteine is recommended when it is noted at any age.
As part of this module, we also screen for inflammatory muscle disease. This may be particularly useful in those with muscle and bone pain We will also look at serum uric acid. If you have elevated levels of uric acid, you may be at risk for gout. Gout is a condition where the uric acid crystals will precipitate in the joints and can cause severe joint pain. There are some dietary interventions that can be done to lower the amount of uric acid in your body.
We also included thyroid peroxidase antibodies as part of the inflammation module. If they are present, there is likely an ongoing inflammatory condition of the thyroid, which may ultimately lead to the thyroid’s destruction and the need for life-long thyroid replacement medication.
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