I am a healthy 48 year old male, normal weight, non-smoker, formally very physically active, non-drinker with a history of heart disease in family: father (normal weight, non-smoker, triple-bypass at 62, patient died of pneumonia and brother (sedentary, very overweight), heart attack before age 40. My blood counts:
3/07/08: blood work (non-fasting) : CRP 5.16, CHOL 194, HDL 44, LDL 120, triglyceride 179
9/20/05: blood work (fasting): CHOL 188, HDL 65, LDL 109, triglyceride 68
6/30/04: blood work (fasting): CRP < 1.0, CHOL 188, HDL 65, LDL 106, triglyceride 65
I do not like the trends I am seeing. My new PCP doctor (endocrinologist) is specifically concerned about CRP reading in conjunction w/history of heart disease in my family. He knows I eat healthy but that I have eliminated temporarily (for last 6 months) exercise due to scare associated possible lung cancer diagnosis (mentally I just do not want to work out - yet). He has recommended Niaspan (500). I can find zero information on the web about reducing CRP with any prescription drug. Do other doctors look to reduce CRP levels w/Niaspan - a drug designed to improve CHOL and Triglyceride levels?
Ideas on how my CRP can change so drastically in less than 4 years?