Four Ways To Lower
Using Natural Methods
1. Understand that there are certain foods and nutrients that can lower your chances of developing certain diseases. These foods, herbs, and vitamins can help to prevent the diseases that lead to elevated levels of CPK.
2. Eat foods that are known to lower your cholesterol. Foods that help to lower your cholesterol levels in turn help to prevent heart disease. Heart disease is one of the most common reasons for high CPK levels, so if you are able to keep your heart disease free, you will be more likely to lower your CPK levels.
3. Eat more garlic. Garlic has long been known to promote a healthy heart. It is also known to lower cholesterol, which keeps your heart’s arteries from getting blocked. Garlic produces a chemical called allicin, which is thought to help control and treat various ailments.
4. Add ginkgo biloba to your diet. Gingko biloba is a type of plant that is known to have properties that keep the heart functioning properly. In particular, gingko biloba helps to clear your heart’s arteries, which helps to prevent blockages that could cause heart problems.
5. Drink ashwagandha (Indian ginseng) with milk. This herb has anti-oxidant properties and reduces blood pressure and cholesterol while also helping thyroid conditions—all of which produce high CPK levels.
6. Increase your intake of vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is famous for keeping your immune system functioning. It also plays a role in maintaining your heart’s health. A healthy heart means lowered CPK levels. Try to consume at least 45 mg of vitamin C a day.
7. Take vitamin A supplements or eat sweet potatoes. Like vitamin C, vitamin A also plays a role in keeping the heart healthy. Sweet potatoes are packed full of vitamin A, so you should eat them often. You can also take a vitamin A supplement or take a multivitamin that contains your daily dose of vitamin A.
8. Load up on magnesium. Lack of magnesium can cause muscle cramps or spasms causing elevation in CPK levels. Try to get 50 grams of magnesium a day by taking a supplement or eating magnesium-rich foods like pumpkins, bananas, beets, and green leafy vegetables.
9. Drink more green tea. Green tea has a lot of health benefits, but the one that is most relevant to someone trying to lower their CPK levels is that green tea is quite effective when it comes to lowering your cholesterol. In fact, a study done in Brazil showed that people who took green tea capsules each day had an average 4.5% reduction in their cholesterol levels.
Changing Your Diet
1. Try the Mediterranean Diet. The Mediterranean diet is known to promote a heart-healthy meal plan that also helps keep your muscles strong. It focuses on eating five small meals a day, rather than three large ones. It also emphasizes using olive oil rather than butter because olive oil is a monounsaturated fat (which means it’s a good fat). Meals are generally made up of:
2. Get plenty of omega-3s and 6s. Don’t let the word ‘fatty’ fool you—omega-3 and omega-6 are two fatty acids that are essential nutrients when it comes to having a healthy body. These two nutrients work together to promote good muscle health; when your muscles are strong, you are less likely to over stress them while working out, which means your CPK levels won’t be as high.
3. Lower how much fat and salt you eat each day. As mentioned above, blood pressure and heart diseases can increase your CPK levels. You can lower your blood pressure by limiting the amount of salt you eat to approximately 1,500 mg a day. Fatty foods are normally high in salt content and are also linked to obesity, a condition that can cause serious heart issues. Try to stick with low-fat or non-fat products to maintain a healthy weight and a healthy heart.
4. Avoid a high-protein diet. Increasing your muscle mass can also lead to increased levels of CPK in your blood. Since eating a high protein diet can contribute to having an increased muscle mass, this should be avoided. However, do not eliminate all of the protein from your diet. Eliminating all the protein sources in your diet can cause muscle wasting since the body will try to get the protein it needs from your muscle stores. Muscle wasting entails muscle breakdown and can thus elevate CPK levels.
5. Cut alcohol out of your diet. Another reason for an elevated CPK level is drinking alcohol. This is especially true after an episode of binge drinking. Alcohol increases CPK level by acting on muscle tissues. After drinking alcohol, there is stress on the muscle tissues since it is exposed to an increased amount of alcohol in the body.
How The Test
Creatine phosphokinase (CPK) is an enzyme in the body. It is found mainly in the heart, brain, and skeletal muscle. This article discusses the test to measure the amount of CPK in the blood.
- A blood sample is needed. This may be taken from a vein.
- The procedure is called a venipuncture.
- This test may be repeated over 2 or 3 days if you are a patient in the hospital.
How To Prepare For The Test
- No special preparation is needed most of the time.
- Tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you are taking. Drugs that can increase CPK measurements include amphotericin B, certain anesthetics, statins, fibrates, dexamethasone, alcohol, and cocaine.
How The Test Will Feel
You may feel slight pain when the needle is inserted to draw blood. Some people feel only a prick or stinging sensation. Afterward,
there may be some throbbing.
Why The Test Is Performed
When the total CPK level is very high, it most often means there has been injury or stress to muscle tissue, the heart, or the brain.
Muscle tissue injury is most likely. When a muscle is damaged, CPK leaks into the bloodstream. Finding which specific form of CPK is high helps determine which tissue has been damaged.
This Test May Be Used To:
- Diagnose heart attack
- Evaluate cause of chest pain
- Determine if or how badly a muscle is damaged
- Detect dermatomyositis, polymyositis, and other muscle diseases
- Tell the difference between malignant hyperthermia and postoperative infection
The pattern and timing of a rise or fall in CPK levels can be significant in making a diagnosis. This is particularly true if a heart attack is suspected.
In most cases other tests are used instead of or with this test to diagnose a heart attack.
Total CPK normal values:
- 10 to 120 micrograms per liter (mcg/L)
Talk to your doctor about the meaning of your specific test results.
What Abnormal Results Mean
High CPK levels may be seen in people who have:
- Brain injury or stroke
- Delirium tremens
- Dermatomyositis or polymyositis
- Electric shock
- Heart attack
- Inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis)
- Lung tissue death (pulmonary infarction)
- Muscular dystrophies
- Pericarditis following a heart attack
Risks associated with having blood drawn are slight but may include:
- Excessive bleeding
- Fainting or feeling light-headed
- Hematoma (blood accumulating under the skin)
- Infection (a slight risk any time the skin is broken)
- Other tests should be done to find the exact location of muscle damage.
- Factors that may affect test results include cardiac catheterization, intramuscular injections, trauma to muscles, recent surgery, and heavy exercise.
Four Ways To Lower
High CPK Levels Naturally
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3 Diseases Which Display High CK Levels
These rare disorders may affect both adults and children, although Dermatomyositis is more common in children. Polymyositis and dermatomyositis are more common in women than in men. General symptoms of chronic inflammatory myopathy include slow but progressive muscle weakness that starts in the proximal muscles. Muscles closest to the trunk of the body.
Other symptoms include fatigue after walking or standing, tripping or falling, and difficulty swallowing or breathing. Some patients may have slight muscle pain or muscles that are tender to the touch. Polymyositis affects skeletal muscles (involved with making movement) on both sides of the body. Dermatomyositis is characterized by a skin rash that precedes or accompanies progressive muscle weakness. IBM is characterized by progressive muscle weakness and wasting. Juvenile myositis has some similarities to adult dermatomyositis and polymyositis. Click to read about Inflammatory Myopathies.
Regulating Your Physical Exercise
1. Understand the high CPK levels have been linked to high intensity exercise. Another common cause of an elevated CPK level is strenuous exercise. All forms of exercise (aerobic, stretching, or weight-lifting) can cause an elevation of CPK levels in the blood since your muscles are undergoing stress and metabolism.
2. Avoid strenuous exercise for five days before getting you CPK levels tested. Strenuous exercise is actually a common cause of a falsely elevated CPK level in patients being tested for CPK levels. Because of this, its important that you don’t exercise for five days before your doctor’s appointment so that you don’t get a false reading of your CPK levels.
3. Do warm-ups before doing any high intensity exercises. If you are going to do high intensity workouts, you should always warm up your muscles first. When you warm up your muscles by stretching or doing a light jog or easy bike ride, you help them to stretch and loosen so that they don’t sustain injuries (even slight ones) when you do your intense exercises. Great warm-ups include:
4. Lower your blood pressure by reducing your stress levels. Your stress levels can actually have a physical affect on your body but increasing your blood pressure. When your blood pressure increases, there is a chance that your CPK levels will go up. Because of this, it is important that you stay relaxed.
Avoiding Certain Medications
1. Understand that statins can increase your CPK counts. Statins are medications that are effectively used to lower blood cholesterol levels. However, one of their side effects is rhabdomyolysis or breakdown of muscle tissue due to inflammation. Because of this mechanism, these drugs cause an elevated CPK level. Examples of statins include:
2. Be aware that some other drugs can raise your CPK levels. If you are taking any of the drugs listed in this step, they might be the reason for your elevated CPK levels so you should talk to your doctor about trying different medications to treat your conditions. Other medications that can increase CPK levels include:
3. Ask your doctor for a revision of your prescription. If you are taking any of the above-mentioned medications and are having an issue with elevated CPK levels, you might want to consider trying different medications. You can consult your doctor, tell him or her of your elevated CPK levels, and ask for a revision of your prescription.
The modification date for all health, and medical content on this page was last updated, and checked on April 13th, 2017 PST U.S.A.