Published on September 20, 2023
A study following over 12,000 individuals for 20 years found that those with the highest levels of CRP had a steeper cognitive decline compared to those with the lowest levels
- Alzheimer’s Disease affects an estimated 6.5 million Americans age 65 and older, a number that is projected to surpass 13.8 million by 2060, and it remains the 5th leading cause of death among Americans in this age group
- A study found that individuals with higher levels of inflammatory markers in midlife had increased cognitive decline over 20 years. Specifically, those with the highest levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) (≥4.69 mg/L) had an 11.6% steeper cognitive decline compared to those with the lowest levels of CRP (≤1.04 mg/L).
- Several tests, such as those included in the Inflammation Panel (which includes a measurement of CRP), can help an individual identify the amount of chronic inflammation hiding within their body
Tomorrow is World Azheimer’s Day – a day to bring awareness to a disease that affects an estimated 6.5 million Americans age 65 and older, a number that is projected to surpass 13.8 million by 2060. Alzheimer’s Disease remains the 5th leading cause of death among Americans in this age group, yet it is important to remember that Alzheimer’s is a progressive, preventable brain disorder, NOT a normal part of aging.
Reducing Inflammation in Midlife can help Reduce Cognitive Decline in Later Life
A study published by Walker et al. titled “Systemic inflammation during midlife and cognitive change over 20 years: The ARIC Study” assessed the long-term effects of chronic, low-grade inflammation during midlife on cognitive decline in later life.
In this study, researchers measured inflammatory biomarkers during middle adulthood for more than 12,000 participants in the United States. The specific inflammatory biomarkers were: C-reactive protein (CRP) and an inflammation composite score consisting of fibrinogen, white blood cell count, von Willebrand factor, and factor VIII combined.
Memory, language, and executive function were assessed over the course of 20 years (average age at first cognitive assessment was 57 years).
Higher CRP Levels Linked to Steeper Cognitive Decline
The study found that those with higher levels of inflammatory markers had increased cognitive decline over 20 years. Specifically, those with the highest levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) (≥4.69 mg/L) had an 11.6% steeper cognitive decline compared to those with the lowest levels of CRP (≤1.04 mg/L).
Further analysis determined a threshold of CRP associated with cognitive decline to be approximately 1.05 mg/L, above which similar levels of cognitive decline were observed. Also, those with the highest inflammatory composite scores had an 8% steeper cognitive decline than those with the lowest scores. Participants with more elevated inflammatory markers had a steeper dose-response decline in cognitive function.
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Testing with the Inflammation Panel Test Kit can help individuals take more specific steps towards achieving lower overall inflammation levels and decreasing the risk of chronic diseases. Determine what changes you may need to take, such as increasing vitamin D intake if necessary, and/or increasing omega-3 (EPA and DHA) intake while decreasing pro-inflammatory omega-6 intake (such as AA) and making dietary changes as indicated by the test results.
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