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A normal ESR indicates that a human body contains a typical amount of inflammation, according to MedlinePlus. Medical conditions that can cause an abnormal ESR, or erythrocyte sedimentation rate, include pregnancy, thyroid or kidney disease, anemia, and some cancers.


According to MedlinePlus, the ESR, or "sed rate," should be less than 15 millimeters per hour for men under 50 years old, while for men over 50, a normal reading is less than 20 mm/hr. That is the same sed rate for women under 50, although it should be less than 30 mm/h...


An ESR test measures the erythrocyte sedimentation rate to detect inflammatory activity in the body, according to Mayo Clinic. The test is used in conjunction with other tests to help diagnose and monitor the progression of inflammatory diseases.


According to MedlinePlus, a normal ESR range depends on age and gender. Men under the age of 50 should have less than 15 millimeters per hour, whereas men over the age of 50 should have less than 20 millimeters per hour.


No specific foods affect ESR levels. Typically performed as a part of an overall blood panel, patients may be asked to fast prior to taking the ESR test. Several different medications can affect ESR levels, states Healthline.


A normal ESR level is less than 15 millimeters per hour in men under the age of 50 and less than 20 millimeters per hour in women under the age of 50, states MedlinePlus. A normal C-reactive protein level is less than 1.0 milligram per deciliter, reports WebMD.


For someone with rheumatoid arthritis, an erythrocyte sedimentation rate, ESR or sedimentation rate, is likely to be above 15 to 20 millimeters per hour in men and above 20 to 30 millimeters per hour in women, notes MedlinePlus. ESR measures inflammation by timing the s...