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Old 10-28-2004, 07:18 AM   #1
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I recently had a blood test done for employment at a state prison. They called me a few days ago and told me I would have to go see my family doctor and get a clearance for work because my blood test revealed elevated liver enzymes. They did not tell me anything else, so I am assuming that the rest of the stuff was okay.

Anyway-I see my doctor next Tuesday. I have know idea what the numbers are, I will get a copy of the test results today in the mail, but even then, I probably wont know how to read them.

So, what causes this? Is this something serious? I know I dont have hepatitis as they tested for that. I am not a drug user. And I dont drink every day. HOWEVER...

I had the test on a Thursday at 7:30 am. The Saturday before I drank 15 or more beers. This is a typical thing for me every saturday durning college football season-I drink 15-20 beers in one sitting. Would the readings still be high from the alcohol?

I am in good shape, I run, bike, and compete in strongman and powerlifting. I eat 5 to 6 small meals a day, limit fats, sweets, and all sugars.

Someone please fill me in on this stuff as I am freakin gout here...

 
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Old 10-28-2004, 07:48 AM   #2
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Re: Elevated Liver Enzymes?

About a month ago my AST/ALT were significantly elevated (165/82 when they should be under 40). I was drinking 3-4 drinks a day for several months leading up to the test. I stopped drinking for 3 weeks (including avoiding all alcohol-based products such as mouth wash) and had the tests re-done. The results came back yesterday at 30/52. You can see what getting on the wagon for a relatively short time can do for you. If I were you I'd go cold turkey for a couple of weeks like I did and see what the results come back as.

 
Old 10-28-2004, 07:54 AM   #3
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Re: Elevated Liver Enzymes?

I have to say I had the same thing about four years ago and I was told that it was due to the fact that I had put on allot of weight in a really short time and then nothing. I forgot all about and I was never asked back to do another test so I am guessing that it is not all that serious (I hope).
Keep us updated!!!

 
Old 10-28-2004, 09:15 AM   #4
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Re: Elevated Liver Enzymes?

Okay..I just got my blood tests.

ALT = 61 should be lower then 40
G-GTP = 61should be between 7-51

Heres the real shocker: total cholesterol = 235! Egads!

HDL = 66

LDL = 151! EGADS!

Could be worse, but damn. Chalk that up to giving up on my diet 3 months ago and eating nothing but fats, donuts, etc. I also gained 33 pounds in 3 months. Seriously.

Back on the diet wagon. Clean foods, lots of whole oats and greens, and lots of exercise!

Could the high cholesterol mean I have a fat *** liver? 27 years old and I am abusing my body already...what a fool.

New objective: no booze, clean diet, more cardio. ERRRRRRRRRRR

 
Old 10-29-2004, 06:16 AM   #5
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Re: Elevated Liver Enzymes?

Sounds like the right plan. I've heard oatmeal and cinamon (sp?) for breakfast helps the cholestorl. Keep us informed.

 
Old 10-29-2004, 06:37 AM   #6
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Re: Elevated Liver Enzymes?

pwrlfter, please do be kinder to your body and your results should improve. Let moderation be your guide. Fifteen to twenty beers at one sitting is quite dangerous for many reasons, which I am sure you know. I don't think you need to give up everything, just partake in moderation.

Milk thistle, which can be purchased at a healthfood store may also help to bring your liver enzymes down. Before taking it, ask your doctor if it is safe for you to take.

Good luck!

 
Old 10-29-2004, 08:13 AM   #7
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Re: Elevated Liver Enzymes?

Some others have told me to take the following:

Co-Q10
Sytrinol
Red Yeast Rice
Niacin

I ordered the sytrinol and niacin. Everything I have read about them sounds good. I will discuss this with my doctor on Tuesday.

I DO NOT want to go on cholesterol lowering drugs!

 
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