Every now and then, the mainstream accidentally stumbles on the truth.
And right now, researchers are scratching their heads over their own study… STUNNED that they seem to have found a way to predict heart attack risk.
The reason they’re stumped is that this one has nothing to do with any of the usual risk factors your doc won’t shut up about.
It’s NOT cholesterol… and it’s NOT blood pressure.
Researchers say they’ve found a new way to measure that inflammation with a marker called GlycA. The higher your levels, the higher your inflammation — and the higher your risk of the Triple Crown of bad news: heart attack, heart failure and death.
Someone should have signed these guys up for a Daily Dose subscription ages ago, it would’ve saved them a whole lot of trouble… because while this specific marker is new, the concept is not.
Studies over the years have found that another inflammation measure, C-reactive protein, is also a much better window on your heart risk than cholesterol.
The new study confirms THAT, too.
But here’s where it gets interesting.
Doing crummy on either one of the two tests increased the risk of heart problems… but flunking BOTH led to the biggest risks of all.
That makes sense — because if you have lousy scores on both, that means your inflammation must be all kinds of crazy.
That inflammation is the reason cholesterol can stick to artery walls. It starts to act like a lint trap, collecting junk and other debris passing by.
That leads to blockages and causes plaques to rupture.
The cholesterol ends up getting the blame, but it’s really just a bystander that got caught in a mess.
Reduce those inflammation levels, and cholesterol will pass through your arteries without sticking and you won’t have any issues with junky buildups.
I don’t know if the GlycA test will be available anytime soon. You can’t exactly walk into Tests-R-Us and ask for the latest.
But your doc can test your CRP levels tomorrow if you ask — and ask you should, since high CRP can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, and death from heart disease by 52 percent over five years.
It’ll also increase your risk of cancer by 30 percent… and death from the disease if you have it by 80 percent.
If your CRP numbers are low, you’re sitting pretty. If they’re high, don’t panic.
Get some Omega Power instead.
You know about the omega-3s, and they’re a good place to start. They can cut CRP levels by 29 percent.
But there’s another omega that’s even better.
It’s called omega-7, and the best form — palmitoleic acid — can slash your CRP levels by 44 percent in a single month!
Look for a quality supplement from a maker you trust.