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Author Topic: CRP (C-reactive protein) blood test  (Read 2877 times)

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Offline pozoz

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CRP (C-reactive protein) blood test
« on: October 19, 2010, 01:58:05 AM »

The following article validated my request to my doctor to do a CRP (C-reactive protein) blood test today, along with the other 9 vials taken for a routine follow up.

It makes sense to me to want to know what these are, as it appears the research is suggesting a link with high mortality/ illness rates in those with elevated levels.

Perhaps if we know they are high, something simple (or not so simple) may help us get them lower ( fish oil ? , Aspirin?, Medication ?)

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Offline Tim Horn

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Re: CRP (C-reactive protein) blood test
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2010, 09:36:59 AM »

It would be a good idea to keep in mind what the authors of the study had to say about hsCRP testing as a matter of routine blood work:

"The authors caution that it is too early to suggest using either of these inflammatory markers as a means to predict which HIV-positive people might be most at risk for illness and death."

Presently, monitoring CRP is pretty much only indicated in people who have an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease. While its true that some ARVs and HIV itself are likely independent risk factors for CVD, data also suggest that PLWHIV with CVD are much more likely to be smokers, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, to have diabetes, to be overweight or obese or have sedentary lifestyles.

We have a good idea how to control for elevated CRP levels in folks with classic CVD risk factors -- mainly, control things that remain unchecked, like smoking, obesity and high blood pressure. In turn, before you rush to get your hsCRP checked, perhaps it would be a good idea to take a look at your overall health and figure out if there's something that needs to be controlled.



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