How To Lower C-Reactive Protein

High levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) in your blood may mean high levels of chronic inflammation, and greater risk of cardiovascular disease.

A healthy lifestyle like the Pritikin Program has been found to dramatically reduce levels of C-reactive protein as well as levels of other types of inflammatory markers.

Two Approaches For How To Lower C-Reactive Protein

Statin drugs can lower CRP levels.  Lifestyle changes like the Pritikin Program have also proven very effective.

“In fact, lifestyle is the most effective way to reduce C-reactive protein,” asserts Robert Vogel, MD, one of America’s leading cardiologists and co-author of the book The Pritikin Edge: 10 Essential Ingredients for a Long and Delicious Life (Simon & Schuster).

Lifestyle Changes

In just two to three weeks, the food and fitness principles of the Pritikin Program have been documented to dramatically reduce CRP levels in men, women, and children.

“We reported an average 45% reduction in CRP levels for women (Metabolism 53:377, 2004), 39% for men (J. Appl. Physiol. 100:1657, 2006), and 41% for children (Atherosclerosis 191:98, 2007),” notes Dr. James Barnard, UCLA scientist and author of more than 100 studies on the effectiveness of the Pritikin Program in preventing and controlling cardiovascular-related diseases like heart disease, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity.

Non-Pharmaceutical Approaches

It is critical that Americans understand how powerful lifestyle changes can be in curbing CRP and other inflammatory markers, notes Drs. Vogel and Barnard, because many Americans may prefer to try non-pharmaceutical options first. They can then avoid the potential side effects of statin medications, which include muscle weakness and cognitive problems such as memory loss.

Lifestyle changes are also much cheaper. Critics estimate that wider use of statins could cost our already bloated health care system more than $9 billion annually.

Finally, lifestyle changes like the Pritikin Program attack all facets of cardiovascular-related problems, including high cholesterol levels, high glucose levels and diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity, as well as inflammatory markers like C-reactive protein.

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