Inflammation Test - CRP Blood Test

 
 
 

Excess inflammation is a process that occurs in your body as a response to the invasion of free radicals, bacteria, viruses, foreign substances, injury, heavy metals and the accumulation of toxic waste. A certain amount of inflammation is required by the body to assist in healing damaged tissue, but an excess of inflammation does two things to your body; it causes pain, and the death and destruction of your living cells which leads to disease. Inflammation is known as the silent killer because unless you are in pain, you don't know you have it, and this can send you down a path of ill-health.

The Inflammation Test is a simple finger prick blood spot and morning urine test which is sent away to pathology for analysis. The Inflammation Test investigates highly sensitive CRP, the ration between arachidonic acid and Eicosapentaenoic acid and the ratios between 17-Ketosteroid / 17-OH Corticoid. The combination of these inflammatory markers gives a great indication of systemic inflammation (whole body inflammation) and the catabolic (tissue breakdown) process within your body.

What is CRP Blood Test?

C-reactive protein (CRP) is one of the most abundant acute-phase proteins in humans. Its increased production by your liver is triggered by pro-inflammatory cytokines (immune signalling molecules) as a result of infection, tissue damage, inflammation and malignant neoplasia. CRP blood test indicates the presents of systemic inflammation. The CRP Blood test for highly sensitive CRP rather than standard CRP, which gives a far more accurate indication of how inflammation is affecting your body. Included in the Inflammation Test.

What is the AA:EPA ratio?

Essential fatty acids are known for their role as key modulators of the immune system and inflammatory process. Therefore it is not unexpected that essential fatty acid imbalances are associated with immune and inflammatory conditions such as allergies, asthma, auto immune diseases, cancer, cardiovascular disease, inflammatory bowel disease, skin conditions and rheumatoid arthritis.

Arachidonic acid (AA) and Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) are your body's key essential fatty acids that regulate inflammation. AA is an Omega 6 pro-inflammatory essential fatty acid whilst EPA is an Omega 3 anti-inflammatory essential fatty acid. The AA/EPA ratio is therefore a marker of inflammation and the balance of pro-inflammatory verses anti-inflammatory essential fatty acids within your body. When the ratio is high (due to elevated levels of the pro-inflammatory AA fatty acid or low levels of the anti-inflammatory EPA molecule), it indicates increased levels of inflammation within the body. A high AA/EPA ratio has been detected in insulin resistance, coronary artery disease and depression. By balancing these essential fatty acids you is able to effectively control inflammation within your body. This test is included in the Inflammation Test.

What is the 17-Ketosteroid: 17-OH Corticoid ratio?

The 17-Ketosteroid and 17-0H Corticoid are androgen and glucocorticoid urinary metabolites, which provide information on the balance of anabolism (tissue repair) versus catabolism (tissue breakdown). This test is a great indicator of too much wear and tear on the body and not enough rest, growth and repair, poor response to stress, inflammation, and diagnosed chronic illness or hyperthyroidism. This test is included in the Inflammation Test.

What will the Inflammation Test show me?

The Inflammation Test will give you an accurate indication on the ratio between your inflammatory markers and your anti-inflammatory markers, systemic inflammation and whether your tissues are breaking down at an accelerated rate. This test gives you an early indication on whether you are pro-inflammatory and heading down a path towards poor health.

It makes sense to have yourself tested for increased inflammation levels as a possible cause for your current or future health issues.

What is involved in my Inflammation Test?

The Inflammation Test is a simple non-invasive test that requires a spot blood sample obtained by a fingertip prick and a spot morning urine sample. Your Inflammatory test samples are sent away to pathology for analysis. A full set of instructions and any equipment required are provided in our Inflammation Test Kit.

How much does an Inflammation Test cost?

 

The Inflammatory Markers Test Kit includes a full set of instructions and all equipment to provide a urine sample for testing. Return express post of the Inflammatory Markers Test is including to our testing laboratory ( Australian residence only)

Online Inflammatory Markers Test $174.80 plus Postage

 
 

For more information

- Please refer to our health solutions page on Inflammation.

- Please refer to our Health Focus Newsletter issue on Inflammation for more information on the role of fats and inflammation.