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A 34-year-old female asked:

I have different lipase values at different labs. at the one with a range from 73-343, i'm always well within normal, but at the one with a range from 12-60, i'm always slightly elevated. is this likely a lab variation, or is my lipase fluctuating?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Lab variation: Different test methods will give different results. If you do not have any symptoms, do not chase lab values. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
Lab values: Best way to tell is to have same blood done in both labs. Discuss with Drs there who use both labs.

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Last updated Nov 27, 2017

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