One of the best indicators of Ageing is level of inflammation in your systems. C-reactive protein (CRP) was originally discovered by Tillett and Francis in 1930 as a substance in the serum of patients with acute inflammation. As inflammation increases so does the level of CRP – it is this CRP that is reduced with both Steroids and Statins (those drugs that reduce Cholesterol)
“The human body heals itself, and nutrition provides the resources to accomplish the task.” Dr. Roger Williams (1893 – 1988)
In a 13 years study with over 20,000 participants a medical research company tracked the biomarkers of the study group with a view to establishing how nutrition affected ageing and in particular inflammation.
Biomarkers are sophisticated medical measurements that are used to track changes in biological functions or conditions within the body that relate to ageing and immunity. One of the markers they tracked was C Reactive Protein.
The study focused on a blood test called C-Reactive Protein (CRP). It detects and measures inflammation in the body. Inflammation is an indicator of disease somewhere in the body. The test cannot identify which disease. Some indicated diseases are cancer, connective tissue disease, cardiovascular disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), Lupus, Pneumococcal pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic fever and tuberculosis.
OK this requires a bit of explanation. If you take a population survey and test for CRP if the results show you have a level under 1 mg/l then you have low inflammation – or low risk. If you have a level in the region 1.1-3 mg/L then you are at an average risk. If however, you are between 3.1 and 9.9 mg/l then you are considered high risk.
By the way as you age CRP rises with age. In the study the control group of approx 5500 returned a result in the region of 5.1 mg/l which puts them firmly in the high risk group. The 13,000 people in the test group over 13 years have returned an average of 2.8 mg/l which puts them in the average risk band. Now bear in mind that as the age of the sample increases you should expect an increase in CRP taking this into account our test group were effectively showing an apparent CRP level that would be expected for someone many years younger – possibly 10-20 years younger.
The evidence is there, if you know how to read it, – lower your CRP levels and your biological age can reduce by many years.