Inflammation is a normal physiologic response that is essential to our bodies. Without it, injuries and infections could be life-threatening. When the body is inflamed, chemicals are released to the damaged area to start the process of healing. Once the body is healed, the inflammation process ends.
When a body suffers from chronic inflammation, the inflammatory process may begin even if there is no injury and not go away. Individuals with chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and obesity often have higher levels of inflammatory markers in their bodies. Infections that don’t heal or autoimmune disorders can also be the culprit. It’s thought that this chronic state of inflammation can lead to numerous health problems, including heart disease, arthritis, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer.
Take steps to reduce chronic inflammation:
- Eat a healthy diet rich in lean meat, fruit and vegetables, whole grains and unsaturated fats
- Avoid sugary desserts and drinks
- Be physically active
- Get plenty of sleep
- Manage stress
The Riordan Clinic Inflammation Profile can provide you and your healthcare provider with important information that will identify any deficiencies that could increase your risk of inflammation and any current problems that need attention. Important measures in your report will include:
- C-reactive protein (CRP), which is a marker for inflammation, including arterial inflammation. Harvard researchers found that men with higher CRP levels—approximately 2 milligrams per liter (mg/L) or greater—had three times the risk of heart attack and twice the risk of stroke as men with little or no chronic inflammation.
- Antioxidants, which are substances found in many fruits and vegetables and can be taken in the form of a supplement. They are substances that may prevent some kinds of cell damage and support anti-inflammation.
- Essential fatty acids, which are fats that the body is unable to make on its own and must be ingested through food or supplements and are connected to the inflammatory process.
- Blood glucose (Hemoglobin A1c), which is a marker for type 2 diabetes. As type 2 diabetes starts to develop, the body becomes less sensitive to insulin and the insulin resistance also leads to inflammation. A vicious cycle can result, with more inflammation causing more insulin resistance and vice versa. Blood sugar levels creep higher and higher, eventually resulting in type 2 diabetes.
Your Inflammation Profile results will provide you with next steps for any areas of concern or any deficiencies that may need to be addressed.
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- C-Reactive Protein (CRP-hs)
- Essential Fatty Acids:
- Linoleic acid (LA)
- Gamma-linolenic (GLA)
- Dihomogammalinolenic acid (DGLA)
- Arachidonic acid
- Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
- Total Omega 6
- Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
- Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
- Total Omega 3
- Arachidonic acid to EPA ratio
- Oleic acid (OA)
- Total Monounsaturated fatty acids
- Palmitic acid
- Stearic acid
- Total Saturated fatty acids
- Unsaturated to saturated fatty acid ratio
- Elaitic (C-18)
- Hemoglobin A1c
- Potassium/Sodium Ratio
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C (Plasma, Urine)
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
Profile specific instructions for lab draw:
- This lab profile does not require fasting.
- A urine specimen will also be requested at the time of the blood draw.
- Drink plenty of water the day before and leading up to the lab draw.
- Additional instructions may be provided upon ordering/scheduling.
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* All information subject to change. Please check with Bio-Center Laboratory with any questions.