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Re: ALT test results

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Posted by thanbey on November 13, 2000 at 08:11:53:

In Reply to: ALT test results posted by jill on November 11, 2000 at 22:28:01:

: Recently I went in for routine blood work and was told
: that my ALT level was 127. From what I understand, this is quite a bit above the normal level, between 20-40. I am going in again for further workup this coming week but am wondering why the number could be this high. My cholesterol was also very high (301), and the 12 hour fasting glucose level was a bit high, 139. Are these numbers cause for alaem? Could stress possibly be a factor in any of them? I have just lost my father and son, within a week of each other and then, a few weeks ago, was in a car accident.

Dear Jil,

The normal ALT is somewhere in the 10-30 range, but labs use difference ranges to determine acceptable results. Always check on you lab result to find the range for the lab doing your lab work. (A good idea to keep your own copies of labwork)

An elevated ALT can have numerous causes and does not necessarily mean you have hepatitis.

Drinking alcohol is one of the worst offenders at raising the ALT, and there are conditions and other causes as well.

So, this may be something transietnt, or it may have a connection to your cholestrol.

I cannot say whether stress is the cause of these problems, but I can say that all the events you have been going through can't help but play some part in your overall wellbeing.

You do not say whether you have tested positive for hepatitis and, if you have, which one. These would definitely be a causal factor.

Iam sorry to hear about the loss of your father and son. Please accept my sympathy for your loss.

And take good care of yourself right now as you recover from the accident.

I hope this helps,


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