What your blood says about when and how you’ll die

Inflammation plays a huge role in all kinds of diseases -- from IBS and other GI problems, to Alzheimer’s, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

So many of our bodies are being ravaged by inflammation right now, and we don’t even know it!

We may feel tired… we may be in pain… or we may just not “feel good”… and the likely culprit of it all is inflammation.

Inflammation might seem like some invisible evil force that’s making you sick, but it actually has some very distinct warning signs – and not just symptoms of feeling ill. You can actually find specific traces of it in your bloodstream.

And identifying not only the inflammation itself but also what’s causing it may actually save your life.

For years, researchers have been studying certain proteins in the blood that are indicators of systemic inflammation. And now, researchers are learning to better speak the language of inflammation in order to predict mortality.

A study recently published in Canadian Medical Association Journal presented data from over 6,500 middle-aged men and women who were tested for inflammation markers in the blood between 1995 and 1997.

The proteins most commonly associated with inflammation are interleukin-6 (IL-6), C-reactive protein (CRP) and α1-acid glycoprotein (AGP). The inflammation biomarker called IL-6 has been established as an important predictor of heart disease, but this new research shows that its presence can also predict the likelihood of dying within five years.

If you want to get a picture of your body’s level of inflammation, you can ask your doctor to test your blood for markers. It’s better to know what’s going on inside your body before it becomes a problem – even if you don’t show any signs of disease.

Regardless of what you’ve already got floating in your bloodstream, however, you’ll want to adopt some basic anti-inflammatory changes to keep this widespread cause of disease at bay.

I always tell my patients, you already have everything you need to start fighting inflammation TODAY. Just get up and get some physical activity every day. Whether it’s walking, jogging, dancing, or playing with the grandkids, find something you like to do and stick with it.

Getting some exercise will also help you sleep better – and lack of sleep is a common source of inflammation.

Finally, stick to the inflammation-busting Paleo Diet that includes fresh, natural, whole foods -- and start healing yourself from the inside out. Processed foods trigger an immune response because your body has no use for them… and it wants them OUT!

Sources:
Measures of inflammation in blood tests may help predict risk of disease and death
(www.medicalnewstoday.com)

(www.cmaj.ca)