Participants: Paula and Curtis Eakins
Series Code: AL
Program Code: AL00165A
00:01 As far as cardiovascular risk is concerned,
00:04 I understand that it's important
00:05 to know your cholesterol.
00:07 It's also important to know your blood pressure,
00:09 but now I understand it's also important to
00:11 know what is called CRP.
00:14 Is that a risk factor for cardiovascular
00:16 disease as well? Well,
00:18 we will answer that question entitled CRP
00:21 before CPR. We will be right back.
00:55 Hi, welcome to Abundant Living.
00:57 My name is Curtis Eakins. I would like to introduce
00:59 my bride of 13 wonderful years, Paula Eakins.
01:03 How you doing today? I'm doing wonderful.
01:06 You're looking mighty good too. Thank you.
01:07 You always look good by the way. Thank you.
01:09 I just need to keep saying it everyday.
01:11 Keep it up. Alright, I'll plan on.
01:13 Gets you lot's of brownie points.
01:15 Okay, I love brownie points.
01:16 Vegetarian value that is.
01:17 Okay. And moving on.
01:19 Sucanat not refined sugar.
01:21 Ok, I don't know, why we are kind of drifting off this topic.
01:24 Okay, you got these letters going on here,
01:26 okay, CRP and all that so,
01:29 I know that the audience is trying to
01:31 figure out what in a world,
01:32 we are going to be talking about when you talk
01:34 about this CRP. So what exactly is it?
01:36 Well, you know, we've done other programs
01:39 here in Abundant Living dealing with cholesterol
01:42 and then with blood pressure, knowing your
01:44 cardiovascular risk factors and now
01:46 as of late medical journal, New England
01:50 Journal of Medicine has published a study
01:52 several years ago and now CRP has now
01:55 reached center stage as far as one of the risk
01:57 factors to determine cardiovascular disease.
02:00 So, the question is what in the world is CRP.
02:05 Well it stand for C- Reactive Protein.
02:10 Now this is a molecule that is produced by the liver
02:13 and it's in response to any type of inflammatory signal,
02:18 so therefore now inflammation is necessary,
02:21 alright we cut off finger.
02:22 The finger becomes red and inflamed
02:25 that's the healing process.
02:27 So again when this injury in the body, the liver
02:31 produces this molecule and goes to the injured
02:34 portion and has the healing process.
02:36 So it's a molecule from the liver in signal
02:39 for the inflammatory response.
02:41 Does this inflammation cause a problem
02:43 for heart attack or stroke?
02:45 Well, now, yes it does. And it really depends on
02:49 where the inflammation is located. Umm! Umm!
02:51 Now, let's go to our first graph this is
02:54 a very profound statement.
02:55 This is coming from the New England Journal
02:57 of Medicine very profound.
02:59 Here's the trigger;
03:00 "Inflammation in the artery wall is the most
03:03 powerful trigger of heart attacks and strokes,
03:08 worse than cholesterol."
03:11 And this came from the New England
03:13 Journal of Medicine, 2005.
03:15 This is based on 28,000 individuals now watching
03:19 for the next 8 years.
03:22 So again we talked about cholesterol
03:24 is very important, but we are not neglecting that.
03:26 We are not neglecting high blood pressure,
03:29 but again the most powerful trigger
03:31 for our heart attacks and strokes is that
03:34 inflammation in artery wall can trigger that.
03:38 Walk us through the process
03:40 and also the causes of this then.
03:43 Okay, as I mentioned before may not mentioned before,
03:46 I will mention it right now
03:47 that when we do cut off our finger,
03:49 of course it produces inflammation, sure,
03:51 the redness that means the healing process
03:53 has commenced. Okay.
03:54 Now, the process when we eat a lot of foods that
03:58 is high in saturated fat and of course we talked
04:02 about this before that there are three foods
04:05 head and shoulders above all other foods as to
04:07 most artery clogging saturated fat.
04:10 Number 1 is cheese; number 2 is ground beef;
04:13 number 3 whole milk. Now, when this happens
04:16 those foods also converts into cholesterol
04:20 those saturated fatty foods.
04:21 Okay. Two, when we eat foods that contain
04:25 trans fatty acids or trans fats.
04:29 Those foods when eaten and ingested converts
04:33 into cholesterol and force plaque on the artery
04:37 wall that's an injury.
04:39 Hence, the inflammatory signal goes out.
04:43 Inflammation goes into that plaque
04:45 and before long it can form a cap break off,
04:49 form a blood clot if it's in coronary arteries,
04:53 heart attack. Carotid artery is stroke
04:56 that's how the process commences itself
05:01 when inflammation is very high
05:02 due to a plaque buildup.
05:05 The most prolific research on this inflammation
05:09 process is Dr. Paul Ricker;
05:12 he is a director of center for disease
05:14 and control, Cardiovascular Center
05:16 there in Harvard School of Medicine.
05:18 He has done a lot of research on this
05:20 very same issue, so again that's why a several
05:23 studies were published in New England Journal
05:25 of Medicine as far as knowing that inflammation
05:28 process and how it can impact cardiovascular
05:31 disease and cardiovascular risk factors.
05:33 Well, I guess then how we able to measure that?
05:36 Well, now there are several tests to measure
05:39 one's inflammation and folks it only costs about
05:42 less than 40 bucks and, excuse me,
05:46 this is so prevalent that now lot of your lab
05:48 reports are now including CRP
05:53 on the lab report because it's very important
05:55 in knowing what is our overall risk for
05:57 cardiovascular risk disease.
05:59 And now, now when you do have the test,
06:02 there are some parameters and some numbers
06:04 we need to know. Let's go to our next graphic
06:06 and look at the numbers because these are the
06:08 numbers that would be on your score.
06:11 Now the CRP measures inflammation in the body
06:14 you don't want that you want the hs-CRP,
06:19 hs stand for high sensitivity.
06:22 That measures inflammation in the artery wall,
06:27 it is different from inflammation
06:28 just as CRP test. Now here is your score,
06:31 if it is below 1 that means that you are at
06:33 low risk as far as the CRP is concerned
06:36 inflammation, 1-3 in moderate risk
06:40 for cardiovascular disease,
06:41 and if it is above 3 that means you are at a high risk
06:46 for cardiovascular disease, heart attack or stroke,
06:50 and this is also done on your lab report.
06:52 A lot of people asking for this because it needs
06:55 to be said that CRP is part of the overall package
06:59 in determining one's cardiovascular risk.
07:01 Now, sometimes you can have some false positives,
07:06 if it is over 10 the center for disease control
07:10 says actually doctor they throw it out,
07:12 and it look for any type of infection or cold.
07:17 So if you have infection or cold, if you are sick,
07:19 do not even bother to get a CRP test because
07:23 it will give you a false positive.
07:25 Wait till you are well and then go
07:28 and take the test, also if it's high
07:31 then the doctor needs to look for any sign of infection
07:34 and cold etc, and ask that you have it done
07:37 at least twice three week span and then get
07:41 average of that and those who are at
07:44 a high risk are those, who should have the CRP,
07:47 which are the smokers.
07:49 The smoking can increase your inflammation.
07:51 Okay. Also those who are diabetic
07:53 and also those who have high blood pressure
07:55 is recommended by the center for disease in
07:58 control to have those CRP tests done.
08:01 Which one that is more important;
08:03 high cholesterol or the CRP.
08:06 Well, both are important to underscore one's
08:10 overall cardiovascular risk factor,
08:12 but now it has been said that if a person has
08:16 high inflammation and low cholesterol
08:20 that there survival rate is very poor
08:25 compared to a person has high cholesterol
08:28 and low inflammation. So, therefore,
08:31 if we have to pick one above the other
08:33 then the CRP high sensitivity
08:37 CRP is very critical in underscoring
08:40 one's cardiovascular risk. So, both are important.
08:43 We are not neglecting the other one,
08:44 but this is now an added factor
08:46 in determining one's overall score
08:49 as far as the inflammation is concerned.
08:51 Does nutrition play a part in that as far as
08:54 helping to reduce that inflammation?
08:56 Yes, it can and we've talked about this before
08:58 because if one has high cholesterol we did this
09:01 one in our previous program.
09:02 The same foods that will lower your cholesterol
09:06 are the same foods that will lower
09:08 your inflammation, the CRP.
09:11 And let's go to our next graphic,
09:13 our last graphic. Let's look at these foods.
09:16 To CRP reducers; we talk about the Plant Sterols
09:20 and now these are not steroids,
09:22 but sterols and plant sterols are your Avocado,
09:27 your sesame seeds, sunflower seeds
09:30 and your navel oranges, the citrus fruits.
09:33 These are your plant sterols.
09:35 That will reduce an inflammation
09:36 and also reduce your CRP.
09:38 Second one is the soluble fibers.
09:41 Now not insoluble, but soluble fiber that will
09:45 also reduce your inflammation.
09:46 The soluble fibers are your both oats
09:50 and your legumes and also your apples
09:53 as well soluble fibers. And then the third one
09:55 you have is the soy or soy protein.
09:59 Soy protein can also lower the inflammation,
10:02 which will give you a lower CRP score as well.
10:06 The last one is of the nut kingdom is the walnuts.
10:10 Now walnuts have the highest amount of Arginine,
10:13 which will help to dilate the coronary arteries,
10:15 so that will also reduce the inflammation
10:18 in the artery wall. So those are some of the
10:20 things that we can do to reduce that CRP
10:23 or that inflammation, give us a lower
10:26 risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
10:29 Now, I know individual say things like okay
10:31 we've got the nutritional therapy and
10:33 it dealing between the cholesterol
10:35 and the CRP. What about lifestyle.
10:38 Well, now there are other lifestyle factors other
10:41 than the diet that can drop the CRP as well.
10:44 One is walking as we exercise preferably
10:49 in the outdoors in the fresh air will also reduce
10:53 inflammation also in the artery wall
10:55 thereby the CRP is reduced just by walking.
10:59 We mentioned of course smoking,
11:00 now cigarette smoke will create inflammation.
11:05 Thereby the stop smoking program there's many
11:08 out there all over the nation,
11:10 Engage in that and that will also reduce your CRP as well.
11:13 Stress will raise your CRP, your inflammation,
11:16 so again some anti-stress measures
11:19 listen to soft music, fresh air, the walking,
11:24 exercise, reading spiritual things
11:26 that will also reduce the stress factor as well.
11:29 One last thing is when those who have
11:32 over weight issues
11:34 particularly around the belly.
11:37 So it's not so much fat on the body,
11:40 but fat on the belly will also raise inflammation
11:45 and also your CRP score as well.
11:47 So those are some other lifestyle factors
11:50 that will drop that CRP and have a nice
11:54 low cardiovascular risk factor.
11:57 So, my understanding is that when we are going
11:59 to a doctor and you are having your cholesterol
12:01 checked, yes, then you need to ask also about
12:03 this particular test because I am wondering
12:05 is it already listed on that sheet
12:07 of testing to be done. Yes. It depends on
12:10 the laboratory because remember now some labs
12:13 are now including the CRP score.
12:16 Okay. Remember now if you just going
12:18 get this by itself it's critical to ask for the
12:21 high sensitivity hs-CRP, otherwise,
12:27 it will just measure inflammation in you body.
12:29 It doesn't zeros in on the artery wall itself.
12:33 So the high sensitivity CRP and again
12:36 you need to be done at least twice three weeks
12:40 as labs elapse time before the next one done
12:43 and then have average of that
12:45 then that will have a score on your lab report.
12:47 You know in Abundant Living we've done several
12:49 shows that talk about heart disease,
12:51 umm! umm! and here up-to-date is a brand
12:53 new term we learn and that's a CRP.
12:56 That's right. And so it's very interesting
12:59 that as we move on through the sciences
13:02 and move on through the times period
13:05 there are more and more things become available
13:07 to us and we just have to know a lot of time
13:09 we go to a doctor and we just kind of allow them
13:12 just to say anything when we've got these
13:14 important terms that we could actually bring up
13:16 and become proactive, yes, in taking care of ourselves
13:20 and reading upon this type of inflammation,
13:23 which is very, very good for us okay.
13:24 Yes. So, I think again now folks we are not just
13:28 saying the CRP by itself, right, the cholesterol
13:33 is still critical, absolutely, because
13:34 they have discovered in one last note that
13:37 there are people, lot's of people who have
13:39 had a heart attack and a stroke whose cholesterol
13:43 is in the, not put this in quotes, normal range
13:46 or in the low range yet had a stroke
13:49 or a heart attack and their CRP was very high.
13:54 So therefore, this is just a added factor
13:57 in knowing one's overall cardiovascular risk.
13:59 Just being in the know. Yes. Knowing
14:01 what's going on. One more score
14:02 we need to have in our memory bank, one more,
14:04 one more, one more, we talk about that
14:05 as we learn different things and we get out
14:07 there we bring the information to you also
14:09 on Abundant Living and you know,
14:11 today, of course, I know you are saying
14:12 aren't we gonna do any cooking
14:14 and the answer is yes.
14:15 And speaking about that cholesterol.
14:17 I'm actually, we are doing a recipe that does not
14:18 have cholesterol in it, Oh! That's good,
14:20 alright, and it is gonna be very, very surprise.
14:22 Okay. It is actually a Mock chicken Cacciatore.
14:26 Get your paper and pencil and meet us in the kitchen.