Table of Contents
- What is C-reactive protein and what does it do for the body?
- What causes CRP levels to become elevated?
- What levels are are considered normal range? What levels are high?
- I got my test results back and my levels are high. What’s causing this?
- Now you have a better understanding of what’s causing your eleevated C reactive protein levels. What can you do to improve your condition?
Today we’ll be discussing the causes, effects and remedies for high levels of CRP in the blood and it’s relationship to inflammation.
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What is C-reactive protein and what does it do for the body?
CRP stands for C-reactive Protein, which plays specific, beneficial roles for the body. In this post we will use both names interchangeably.
CRP is a native protein that’s first synthesized by the liver and then found in blood plasma where part of its role is to respond to inflammatory stress.
One of it’s physiological roles is to bind to compounds found on the surface of dead or dying cells. Once bound, it helps activate other bodily systems related to the inflammatory response, acting as an important support for the bodies innate immunity as it plays a role in an early defense system against infections.
With the help of CRP the body eventually clears deceased cells and unhelpful bacteria, as well as thwarting viral or bacterial attacks.
What causes CRP levels to become elevated?
As stated above, levels of the protein can elevate in response to any form of inflammation in the body.
What’s most important though for health warning signs are the causes of inflammation.
Sometimes a reactive protein test can show high results from a non-chronic, non-threatening condition. In these cases inflammation can heighten from strenuous daily activities or seemingly small colds and sicknesses.
But other times high levels of inflammation can prove a marker for much worse conditions.
- chronic bacterial, viral or fungal infections.
- Inflammatory diseases such as tissue wasting disorders, necrosis, rheumatism etc..
When these conditions are present in the body the liver could trigger high production of the protein for it’s immune response.
CRP levels raise within about two hours of the inflammations onset, peaking around two days, and has a half life of around two days. The half life means that level can easily rise and stay chronic.
Because of it’s strong relationship to inflammation, c-reactive protein can be used as a marker of inflammation. A potential interfering factor that could mess up the proteins production relationship relative to inflammation is in the case of liver/renal failure. If the liver isn’t working right, then production may falter; regardless of inflammatory levels.
While elevated levels will show a clear indication that there’s inflammation in the body, they will not likely help determine where in the body the condition is located.
What levels are are considered normal range? What levels are high?
The levels below are averages. Consult your doctor about what is deemed medically sound for you
Moderate/High: 10-40 mg/L
Elevated: 40-200 mg/L
Very high >200 mg/L
Normal range levels in a healthy individual are most commonly lower than 10mg/L. They can be a little bit higher in older individuals.Understanding your high C-reactive Protein levels (Elevated CRP) Test Results by admin