What does a high level of C-reactive protein?

An analysis of C-reactive protein can determine the presence of inflammation in the body. Save Blood test 2 image by Iosif Yurlov from Fotolia.com

C-reactive protein, or PCR, is produced by the liver and usually undetectable in the blood. A high enough level to be detected through blood analysis indicates an acute infection or inflammation somewhere in your body. When the high level drops, infection or inflammation are improving.

Inflammation causes

Although a positive CRP test can alert you to an infection or inflammation somewhere in your body, you can not determine which disease is what is causing it. Some possible causes of high levels of CRP are: cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, connective tissue disease, vasculitis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, pneumococcal pneumonia, rheumatic fever, tuberculosis and pelvic inflammatory disease. It may be the case of a false positive results if they are consuming birth or during the last half of pregnancy pills. Your doctor may also use a CRP analysis to determine your risk for cardiovascular disease.

cardiovascular disease and C-reactive protein

As inflammation is a factor in the formation of platelets in your arteries, some doctors recommend a special analysis of CRP called high-sensitivity CRP. If the result is 1 mg / L or less, you have a low risk of cardiovascular disease. Between 1 and 3 mg / L, the risk is medium, and more than 3 mg / L value indicates a high risk. However, MayoClinic.com explains that based on the values ​​of CRP to predict these diseases can be a mistake. CRP may be elevated due to various types of inflammation in the body, it can even be something as simple as a bruise. Other known risk factors such as hypertension, high cholesterol and triglycerides, are better predictors of the risk of cardiovascular disease.

antiinflammatory food

Some foods can help control inflammation and reduce CRP levels. These foods rich in omega 3. A good animal source of these compounds are fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardine. Good vegetable sources are flax, nuts and leafy vegetables. Foods rich in antioxidants, like fruits and vegetables help reduce inflammation. Green tea and black are rich in antioxidants. Soybeans and soybean products, whole grains and honey, as well as some spices such as ginger, nutmeg, cayenne pepper and oregano, also help reduce inflammation.

Exercise and inflammation

Exercise appears to reduce inflammation and CRP levels in your body. Researchers and therapists at the University of Illinois think they know why. When you exercise, your sympathetic nervous system causes increases your heart rate and your breathing is accelerated; to stop exercising, the parasympathetic nervous system returns everything to normal rhythm. Researchers measured fitness level in 132 people aged 60 to 83 years. They found that the parasympathetic nervous system who had the heart and breathing to normal in less time, had lower levels of CRP, which means they had less inflammation. Regular exercise is the best way to increase parasympathetic tone, giving you a reason to get up from the chair and get moving every day.