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A1C and CRP Levels, What Do They Mean?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

There are 2 Tests that YOU can take that will help you figure out if you have chronic inflammation or Pre-Diabetes...

They are simple, relatively inexpensive ways to give key insight into some of the most common underlying causes of illness and accelerated aging: inflammation, blood sugar dysregulation, and glycation.

High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hs-CRP)

High sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) is one of the most common and useful tests for evaluating low-grade, chronic, body-wide inflammation.

Chronic inflammation is the common denominator of many age-related diseases, including metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart and lung diseases, cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis, and dementia. We now use the term inflammaging to refer to that state of chronic, low-grade, body-wide inflammation related to these inflammatory conditions.

CRP is a type of protein made in response to inflammation. The high sensitivity (hs) t
est for CRP can detect even very small amounts of systemic inflammation, such as that which occurs at the very small level of the blood vessel wall and leads to atherosclerosis. This is why hs-CRP testing is so good at predicting your chance of having a heart attack or stroke.

The normal hs-CRP range is 0-3 mg/L. When hs-CRP is used as an independent predictor of risk for coronary artery disease, the cut-off points are:

  • Low risk: less than 1.0 mg/L

  • Average risk: 1.0 to 3.0 mg/L

  • High risk: greater than 3.0 mg/L

Most natural medicine practitioners help their patients strive for levels less than 1.0 mg/L to reduce inflammaging as well as risk for many chronic diseases, not just heart disease.

Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)

Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) evaluates long-term blood sugar control and a process called glycation, which is one of the leading theorized causes of aging. Glycation occurs when blood sugar (serum glucose) reacts with important protein and lipid molecules in your body. The reaction damages the molecules and can render them nonfunctional.

HbA1C is a reflection of this detrimental reaction.Glycation also causes the formation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which cause inflammation and oxidative stress and are implicated in a host of age-related chronic diseases.

Measuring glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) reflects average blood glucose levels over eight to 12 weeks, providing a useful longer-term gauge of blood glucose control compared to measuring glucose directly. Think of HbA1C as a way to track how well your body has been keeping your blood sugar levels under control over the past two to three months.

HbA1c reference ranges and ideal levels:

  • Normal: less than 5.7%

  • Prediabetes: 5.7% to 6.4%

  • Diabetes: 6.5% or higher

  • Ideal: less than 5.0%

If your level is 5.7% or higher, your body’s sugar levels have been too high for too long. Elevated long-term glycation levels are associated with accelerated aging and other chronic diseases. A high HbA1c is not just about diabetes and its complications, it’s also about premature aging and your risk for other chronic age-related diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, dementia, kidney disease, osteoporosis, cataracts and macular degeneration.

Natural Approaches to Reduce Chronic Inflammation and Glycation

Much can be done to naturally lower your hs-CRP and/or HbA1c and to decrease your body’s levels of chronic inflammation, excess glucose, and the damaging effects of glycation.

The first factor you can look at is Diet. The intake of high calorie processed foods can have a major effect on the levels of Inflammation and Glycation in your Body. It is best to stick to a Healthy diet and get plenty of exercise if possible.

Also, it is important to eliminate excess sugar from your diet as sugar is a major culprit that contributes to glycation and Inflammation.

The use of a High quality Nutritional Supplement that helps remove Inflammation like Boomer Barley can help control Glycation and Inflammation.

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