I recommend everyone over 45 to ask their GP to include the following items in your next blood test.
- hsCRP (High sensitivity C reactive protein). If your CRP is greater than 1 mg/L then you have some level of inflammation in your body.
- PTH (Parathyroid hormone). When this hormone is high, your calcium is being taken from your bones regardless of how many calcium supplements you are taking. High levels may also be a sign of a vitamin D deficiency or a magnesium deficiency.
- Ferritin – a protein that stores iron in the liver. If there is no liver disease then high Ferritin reading, which is still within a reference range, would indicate bacterial infection.
- Vitamin D. Vitamin D status is not just about your Calcium absorption. Since vitamin D stimulates cell differentiation, it is an important cancer protecting vitamin.
- Homocysteine – an amino acid, which is a by-product of methionine metabolism. Homocysteine accumulation is linked to atherosclerosis and dementia.