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C-Reactive Protein

For people with elevated CRP levels, the traditional strategies for preventing heart disease still apply: Exercising, controlling diet, stopping smoking, and losing weight all lower CRP levels. Statin drugs, which traditionally are used to lower cholesterol, also lower CRP levels.

Since CRP levels tend to rise with increasing glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels (an indicator of long-term blood glucose control), controlling blood glucose levels may help to reign in CRP levels as well.

Ask your health-care team whether testing for CRP might be advisable for you. They can also guide you in what to do about the results.

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