C Reactive Protein Blood Test (CRP) (cont.)
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C-reactive Protein Treatment
Any therapy to lower CRP levels focuses on lowering the cardiovascular risk factors. Regular exercise, appropriate diet, and smoking cessation are in the forefront of cardiovascular risk prevention and reduction.
Cholesterol-lowering medications (statins) have been linked to lowering of CRP levels in individuals with high cholesterol. The fall of CRP levels may occur even without significant improvement in cholesterol levels.
The use of aspirin in healthy individuals was not shown to reduce CRP levels significantly. However, in patients with cardiovascular disease and elevated CRP, the reduction of cardiovascular risk and CRP levels was noted after aspirin use.
Some oral diabetes medicines, thiazolidinediones (rosiglitazone and pioglitazone), were noted to reduce CRP levels in patients with or without type 2 diabetes. This effect was independent of their glucose-lowering effects.
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