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A 70-year-old male asked:

Lab test interpretation....protein serum 5.7 globulin cal 1.2 a/g ration 3.8...alt 45.....note ast was normal at 24....i have gained about -18 pounds in a year...ultrasound showed normal liver slightly fat....all other blood work normal?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Need more info: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, you low total serum proteins and fatty liver suggest poor nutrition, despite your weight gain. Talk to the doctor who ordered these tests. 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.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
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Wish you good health!
Nov 29, 2017
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Here's what to do: Let's repeat the liver function tests in a few weeks, and in the meantime, how about significantly increasing your daily exercise, especially the aerobic stuff, but the resistance too. Having a "slightly fat" liver is like "being a little bit pregnant" -- it's ominous, and your life is likely to become much worse if it's not managed. Your physician is your best guide here. Best wishes.
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Dr. Harold Fields
Family Medicine 62 years experience
Labs: Your labs are all within normal limits. It is important when you have questions regarding your labs that you ask the ordering physician as he knows your history and physical examination. Good Luck
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