4 blood tests that could save your life


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A quick presentation discussing four simple, relatively inexpensive blood tests that could save your life. Reduce your risk factors today, do not delay. Brought to you by Dr. Leon du Plessis of www.drleonduplessis.com.

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4 blood tests that could save your life

  1. 1. 4 Blood Tests that could save your LIFE Brought to you by Dr. Leon du Plessis (M.Tech Hom) www.drleonduplessis.com
  2. 2. Risk Factors• When assessing risk factors associated with cardiovascular health, cholesterol, always comes to mind.• But do not be fooled there are three other factors that can provide us with significant information regarding our risk for heart disease.• Identifying and resolving problems in these three areas are a major step towards your quest for better health.• Testing for these factors is relatively inexpensive too. www.drleonduplessis|2012 2
  3. 3. 3 Blood test• Homocysteine• C-reactive protein (CRP)• Fibrinogen www.drleonduplessis|2012 3
  4. 4. Homocysteine• Toxic amino acid that can damage the linings of your arteries and considerably increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.• Independent risk factor; this means that even if there are no other signs or symptoms, this silent attack on your arteries can be hurting you.• If high blood pressure is present, the danger from Homocysteine is even greater.• Homocysteine levels increase when the detoxification process called methylation is not working properly. www.drleonduplessis|2012 4
  5. 5. Homocysteine• A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine also showed that elevated levels of Homocysteine are a strong independent risk factor for the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.• Nutritional supplements such as Vitamin B12, B6, folic acid and trimethylglycine can lower Homocysteine.• Red wine has also been shown to curb the negative effects of Homocysteine. www.drleonduplessis|2012 5
  6. 6. C-reactive protein (CRP)• This special protein is formed when there is inflammation in the body.• An increase level of CRP is seen when you have a cold or flu or if you have arthritis.• Research in the last few years have shown that small but significant amounts are related to heart disease.• The reason for this is that atherosclerosis; the disease related to the plaque formation in arteries is an inflammatory process. www.drleonduplessis|2012 6
  7. 7. C-reactive protein (CRP)• Nutritional supplements such as Fish Oil and other high quality Omega-3 oils have been shown to reduce CRP.• Vitamin C and E and curcumin a derivative of the spice turmeric are also useful in reducing CRP levels. www.drleonduplessis|2012 7
  8. 8. Fibrinogen• This protein in the blood relates to clot formation.• Some Fibrinogen is good and necessary.• The risk involved is the more Fibrinogen in your blood the greater the risk of forming a clot.• Increased levels are highly associated with the risk for heart attack and stroke.• Always remember that you need some Fibrinogen to stop and prevent bleeding. www.drleonduplessis|2012 8
  9. 9. Fibrinogen• A nutritional supplement Nattokinase, an enzyme from Japanese Natto beans, help to “digest” fibrinogen and lower your levels.• Garlic can also be helpful. www.drleonduplessis|2012 9
  10. 10. Laboratory reference ranges• When assessing these three risk factors, there is a special note about the laboratory reference ranges that must be kept in mind.• It is always better to have values within the ranges than outside.• If you are interested in improved health and reduced risk it is recommended to strive to attain levels more favorable to optimal health.• Research has demonstrated that there is still the possibility of significant risk even within the reference ranges for these three risk factors.• We must remember that that reference ranges are often a compromise to provide both guidance for the monitoring of disease as well as general health care.• It is therefore recommended to bring the “normal” values into the optimal range. www.drleonduplessis|2012 10
  11. 11. Vitamin D• New research have shown that there is a very high rate of deficiency in vitamin D.• This brings a radical change in thinking as in past years there was a concern that people were getting too much vitamin D.• This new way of thinking also prompted the laboratory reference ranges to be raised.• Deficiencies in vitamin D are linked to a multitude of health problems, including osteoporosis, bone and muscle pain.• Lack of emotional well being and certain cancers may also be related to a vitamin D deficiency. www.drleonduplessis|2012 11
  12. 12. Vitamin D• The Mayo Clinic performed research on 150 patients with chronic nonspecific musculoskeletal pain and found virtually all to be deficient in vitamin D.• Deficiencies in vitamin D are easily identified with a blood test and can be corrected with a quality supplement. www.drleonduplessis|2012 12
  13. 13. Please consider having your levels tested, or like they say dont delay chat to your doctor today. www.drleonduplessis|2012 13
  14. 14. What you can do with this presentationYou have unlimited rights to reprint, republish, distribute and copy the presentation in any form.The only condition is that you may not alter it in any way or charge money for it. www.drleonduplessis|2012 14
  15. 15. Connect with me: Twitter @drleonduplessis www.drleonduplessis.comhttp://za.linkedin.com/in/drleonduplessis http://about.me/drleonduplessis www.drleonduplessis|2012 15