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What does my blood test report indicate?

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Posted on Thu, 28 Jul 2016
Question: Hi, im age of 27, I have just got done a blood test and got back the results, as I see by liver the ALT U/L is 51.
What does it say to me?
Have to be worried?
What are my next step?
And what can I do to minimize the normal to the normal average amount?
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Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (52 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Mildly elevated ALT:

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome,

First I want to say that while the ALT is elevated, it isn't severely elevated. Usually labs set the upper range for ALT at around 40 U/L. So I wouldn't be worried but I think you need further evaluation. For example, a full liver panel blood test would help put this in perspective.

Many things can increase ALT. This list includes some medications and herbals, very strenuous exercise, and drinking alcoholic drinks.

One thing you can do to try to decrease ALT is to decrease alcohol intake, if you drink. And if a full liver panel hasn't been done, get that done to be able to put this ALT in context.

So - don't worry, but do follow up.
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What does my blood test report indicate?

Brief Answer: Mildly elevated ALT: Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome, First I want to say that while the ALT is elevated, it isn't severely elevated. Usually labs set the upper range for ALT at around 40 U/L. So I wouldn't be worried but I think you need further evaluation. For example, a full liver panel blood test would help put this in perspective. Many things can increase ALT. This list includes some medications and herbals, very strenuous exercise, and drinking alcoholic drinks. One thing you can do to try to decrease ALT is to decrease alcohol intake, if you drink. And if a full liver panel hasn't been done, get that done to be able to put this ALT in context. So - don't worry, but do follow up.