Inflammation is an important contributor to atherosclerosis and CRP is an indicator of inflammation. It can be measured with a simple blood test that does not require an overnight fast. High sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) correlates best with the presence of atherosclerosis.
Irina Goldvekht, DO
Specialty: Internal Medicine
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- How is C-reactive protein (CRP) measured?
What are fatty livers?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredFatty livers-which are usually due to too many calories and too big an omentum (a fat-storing organ in your gut), also can be caused by excessive alcohol, viral infection, metabolic and nutritional disorders, and effects of certain medications-affect 20 percent of Americans.
If you're exposed to additional toxins, you'll get even more inflammation and scarring. The effect: Cirrhosis.
The best tactic is to reduce your waist size to half your height. At the same time, you'll also help out your pancreas, since our biggest diabetes challenge is not an inability to secrete insulin, but rather our responsiveness to insulin, which is blocked by the belly fat.
By the way, the weight loss should be gradual, since extreme weight loss may actually increase a fatty liver.
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Besides LDL cholesterol, what factors determine my risk of heart disease?
In addition to the lipid abnormalities nicely outlined above, advanced age, high blood pressure, high blood sugar or diabetes, smoking, and a family history of heart disease are all risk factors that have been found to be associated with an increased incidence of heart attack and stroke.
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