The Importance of hsCRP

High levels are an indicator of general levels of inflammation. High hsCRP levels are often caused by chronic inflammation, such as in autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus. Other common causes of high hsCRP levels include smoking, diabetes, being overweight, having a sedentary lifestyle, and having certain infections. High-fat diets and high levels of cholesterol can also lead to elevated hsCRP. For patients on low carb diets, it is important to make sure that you are not getting rancid fats into your diet or eating too many processed or conventionally raised animal protein.

Treatment of the underlying cause is typically necessary to reduce high hsCRP levels, however certain medications such as statins may also be used in some cases. Secukinumab may be an effective treatment option for patients with autoimmune diseases who have elevated hsCRP levels. Monitoring hsCRP levels over time can also help track progress and better assess if interventions are working or needs to be changed.

High hsCRP levels can be concerning as they may be a sign of underlying inflammation. Left untreated, this can lead to more serious long-term health issues and complications. Therefore, it is important for people to recognize when hsCRP levels are elevated so that timely and effective interventions can be initiated. It is also important people to maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly to reduce their risk of inflammation and elevated hsCRP levels.

Dental inflammation is a sign of inflammation that is much too often ignored. It can be caused by periodontal disease, gingivitis, or other dental infections. High hsCRP levels may indicate that there is an active infection in the mouth and it is important for dental professionals to work closely with their patient’s medical providers to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment of any underlying health issues. Early detection and treatment of dental inflammation can help reduce long-term health risks associated with high hsCRP levels. Dental inflammation has been implicated in diseases as varied as psoriasis and heart disease.

The diagnosis and management of high hsCRP levels is complex, and it is important for healthcare providers to be familiar with the various causes and treatments associated with this condition. Additionally, patients should understand their own personal risk factors so they can take the necessary steps to reduce their risk of developing high hsCRP levels. With timely diagnoses and proper management, the long-term prognosis for patients with high hsCRP is often very good.

I find that this is one of those markers that can be very educational for patients to be part of. Understanding how and why certain dietary and lifestyle choices can raise hsCRP often yields lifelong lessons that contribute positively to their overall health. With this knowledge, they can take an active role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle that will help keep their levels low. By doing so, they will greatly reduce their risk of developing serious long-term illnesses associated with inflammation.

Published by

Jonathan Carp, MD

Dermatologist, health food entrepreneur, beach addict, and health teacher.