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How long before inflammation improvement shows up in blood tests

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 18, 2011 at 12:47 AM

As of January 1st, I started eating Paleo (PaNu) style. I am down 14 lbs (194 to 180) and definitely seeing other positive changes. Just this week I had a regularly scheduled physical and had some blood work done. Amongst the many metrics, the one I was specifically interested in seeing a "significant" change was my High Sensitivity CRP number since I have some concerns about CVD given family history, etc.

I was a bit surprised it hardly budged at all - ever so slightly lower but not much - 5.5 down to 5.4, with <4.9 considered "good".

1) Am I being too impatient in expecting more of a change? 2) Are there better metrics that I should be looking at?

FYI on other metrics - Age 41 - Fasting glucose 84 - Total Glycated HGB 5.7 - Calc HA1C 5.1 - LDL 138 - HDL 40 - Total Cholesterol 201 - Triglycerides 115

Thanks, Aravind

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on February 18, 2011
at 01:27 AM

Wow 2 years! Are there other metrics you would look at that would have more meaning in the interim?

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on February 18, 2011
at 01:25 AM

No they did not

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on February 18, 2011
at 01:04 AM

did the lab provide you the margin of error on the tests performed? fro example, your HbA1C level has a 10-15% margin of error!

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on February 18, 2011
at 01:36 AM

Check again in another few months. 6 weeks isn't alot of time depending on how long your body chemistry was in an unfavorable zone. Other ways you might notice changes - quantity and quality of sleep, ability to recover from cuts & bruises, skin quality (face and body). Those are kinda qualitative, but sometimes lab values cannot quantify how you really feel.

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on February 18, 2011
at 01:26 AM

Since you're losing weight, pufas might be released from your fat cells. This would counterbalance some of the antiinflammatory effects of paleo. I've heard it can take up to 2 years for this to go away.

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on February 18, 2011
at 01:27 AM

Wow 2 years! Are there other metrics you would look at that would have more meaning in the interim?

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D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on February 18, 2011
at 01:24 AM

No they did not

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