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    Old 06-29-2014, 06:39 PM   #1
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    Liver test query

    I am a 28 year old male. In September 2013 my father passed away with end stage COPD and it made me become anxious about my health. In November I went for a routine blood test at doctors and I found I had slightly high cholesterol at 5.5 (should be under 5 in UK). One of my liver function tests was also slightly out. It was my ALT level at 77 Ė (Should be below 56 for lab). All other tests were normal and okay.

    I went to doctor and he said your young, fit, healthy with no prev medical problems and that I donít need to worry and that I should go back in 3 months to get liver checked again. I did wright 15 stone at 6ft tall so I was over weight. Told me it may be normal for my body, or a mistake at lab.

    I had been more active and purposely lost 2 stone nearly through swimming and felt much better. I also cut out takeaways and stopped drinking a few bottles of wine a week and just had the odd couple of beers every now and then.

    Few months afterwards (after worrying sick) I went back to doctor for repeat test. Cholesterol was down to 4 and ALT went right down to 30. All other tests were fine. Doctor said I didnít need to go back or go for any further tests. He was happy.

    Read on internet that even though blood tests are normal, could still have cirrhosis e.t.c?!? Makes me worry! I know I drank more thanI should but I never did spirits e.t.c and I did have a break a few days a month due to working shifts.

    Seen a few doctors as I was worried and they gave me re assurance. Doctors told me not to worry and that it was probably fatty liver and might not have even been alcohol related.

    Whatís your thoughts? The ALT was just an isolated incident and they keep telling me I am okay, but I am so anxious.

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    Re: Liver test query

    I think you were headed down the wrong road but took a right turn and all is great. Don't borrow trouble by worrying needlessly. Keep doing what you're doing.

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    Re: Liver test query

    It's quite normal for moderately high alcohol consumption to result in moderately high liver enzymes. The fact that they returned to normal quickly through a little healthy living is a good sign.

    It would be extremely unusual for someone your age to develop advanced alcoholic liver disease unless you'd been drinking so much you'd been hospitalized with alcoholic hepatitis or had other health problems like diabetes or Hep-C going on.

    Most long term functional alcoholics who develop cirrhosis are in their 40s or 50s, have a history of medical alcohol detox/relapse episodes, and have been warned by their doctors their drinking is seriously jeopardizing their health. When all else fails, trust your doctor... If he thinks your fine you probably are!

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