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Anil Kumar, PhD | Last updated: Nov 28, 2018 IntroductionC-reactive protein (CRP) is a commonly used marker of inflammation.The liver raises CRP levels in response to inflammation in the body. High levels of inflammation can be caused by injuries, bacterial or viral infections. Chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or lupus also increase C-reactive protein levels.Low levels are generally associated with

Anil Kumar, PhD  | Last updated: Nov 2, 2018IntroductionThyroid hormones are key to everyday health. Abnormal thyroid levels can have serious consequences on metabolism, growth, and development.Overt hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are common thyroid disorders that occur due to abnormal levels of TSH (also called thyroid-stimulating hormone or thyrotropin).The risk of these disorders during lifetime are quite high, especially in senior population.One

Anil Kumar, PhD  | Last updated Sep 30, 2018Thyroid and iodine are highly interconnected as iodine is a essential part of the thyroid hormones, T4 and T3. About 75% of iodine in the body is used by the thyroid. Because iodine is not produced by the body, insufficient iodine results in an insufficient hormone production. When the body's tissues do

  Anil Kumar, PhD  | Last updated Sep 19, 2018Thyroid in pregnancy is required for baby's development, mother's health, and normal pregnancy. It is especially important for development of an infant's central nervous system. Because the baby's thyroid is not fully developed until second trimester, a mother's thyroid requirements increase during pregnancy. The levels fluctuate significantly in the first half of

By Anil Kumar, PhDArticle's theme: Thyroid hormones, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and key risk factors. What is Thyroid?Thyroid is one of the most critical glands for human well-being, particularly during pregnancy and childhood. Today, thyroid disease is a global health problem that impacts a significant population—including those in advanced economies despite widespread testing and continuous lowering of treatment thresholds that has brought significant

By Anil Kumar, PhD | Last updated: Oct 2, 2018Article's theme: Testosterone levels by age in men; testosterone test; TRT research; FDA guidelines on testosterone testingAgingAging refers to the deterioration of biological functions, over time, that are necessary for survival and fertility. As men age, there are telltale signs of the aging process. After they get into their 30s, commonly observed changes

June 7, 2018  -  Testosterone levels with ageMuscle and bone health peak around the age of twenty-five. That is when the hormone responsible for maintaining them peaks. This subsequent decline over age has been widely studied and is part of the natural aging process. The Massachusetts Male Aging Study looked at the effect of aging on key hormones in human

Using a saliva sample provides several advantages compared to other methods whenever it can be used.There are questions whether blood draw using needles is always necessary for a health test. In some cases, a saliva sample can be a non-invasive and stress free alternative while providing equivalent high quality results. A testosterone test using saliva sample is good example.Saliva samples

Relationship status, fatherhood, and how invested men are in taking care of their children, all have significant impact on their testosterone levels. An extensive scientific study shows chances of marrying and having a child are higher for those with higher T levels. However, the levels drop right after fatherhood before returning to normal. Testosterone levels peak around the age of 25 before