Fasting glucose is surprisingly important in healthy immune responses because higher sugar levels are a cause of inflammation in the body, and elevated sugar can weaken our defenses and make us more susceptible to infection.
Measuring fasting glucose provides information about your blood sugar levels at the time of testing and gives us information on your body’s ability to manage and respond to your sugar and glucose intake.
As this measures rises, we gain important information about the state of your metabolism and risk of progression towards Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes. Luckily, blood sugar abnormalities are reversible with easy food changes.
Measuring HbA1c provides information about your average blood sugar levels over the past 2-3 months. A high HbA1c means you have consistently too much sugar in your blood, which is known to impair overall immunity in several different ways
Studies have shown that when your blood sugars are persistently high, known as being in a hyperglycemic state, the activity of the cells that make up your immune system is diminished.
Monitoring your HbA1c regularly makes you better equipped to manage your blood sugar levels. Elevated levels can be brought down with lifestyle changes such as a healthy diet and exercise.
Vitamin D is produced by exposure of our skin to sunlight. It is also one of the most important and powerful nutrients for supporting the immune system. Numerous studies have shown that Vitamin D helps reduce the risk of colds and flu.
Many people have levels of Vitamin D that are too low to support optimal immune function. For optimal immune function, Vitamin D3 levels should be above 50 – considerably higher than the typical reference range used to support bone health.
Low Vitamin D levels are easily corrected with supplementation to match your need. In fact, Vitamin D levels can be increased and with follow-up testing in 9-12 months, most patients can return to appropriate levels.
hs-CRP is a marker of inflammation in the body. Most factors that can contribute to inflammation are related to our nutrition and lifestyle preferences which makes addressing those all the more powerful in restoring immune health.
Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response and is an important part of healing from an illness or injury. But too much inflammation from poor diet, stress, poor sleep, or more is a problem that negatively impacts our immune system health.
Inflammation anywhere in the body can cause elevation of hs-CRP, and it is a very sensitive measure that can tell us we need to take steps to protect our cells and tissues from ongoing damage.
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