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What does " ALPHA-1-ANTITRYPSIN " mean?Component Standard Range Your Value 90 - 200 mg 218 why is mine elevated?

What does " ALPHA-1-ANTITRYPSIN " mean?Component	Standard Range	Your Value                        90 - 200 mg           218

why is mine elevated?

Alpha-1: Alpha-1-antitrypsin is a protein produced by the liver which helps to protect the liver and lungs from damage. Approximately 1 in 2,500 people have a deficiency (hereditary) which puts them at higher risk for early lung (COPD) and liver disease (cirrhosis, cancer). This deficiency can be detected by a blood test. ...Read more

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Alpha-1-antitrypsin quantitation - will it tell me if I have a hereditary problem?

Alpha-1-antitrypsin quantitation - will it tell me if I have a hereditary problem?

AAT deficiency: Measurement of alpha-1-antitrypsin serum concentration is used to determine if a patient has the inherited disorder aat deficiency. If the aat serum level is greater than 80 mg/dl, it is unlikely that the patient has clinically significant aat deficiency. ...Read more

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Caring for an Elderly Loved One (Checklist)

Check your loved one's balance
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Remove obstructions that could cause falls
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Organize medications
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Add railings for support
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I just had some lab work done. What would cause a low serum albumin level, high alpha 1 and 2 and high c-reactive protein and low vit d?

I just had some lab work done. What would cause a low serum albumin level, high alpha 1 and 2 and high c-reactive protein and low vit d?

Likely inflammation: Generally, decreased Albumin and increased globulins are seen in inflammatory conditions, acute or chronic. The fever ; high CRP also support this. Of note, other conditions may cause this including cancer, but still, the most likely explanation is infection/inflammation. A low vitamin d level may be caused by inadequate intake, no sun exposure, absorbtion problem, kidney disease, obesity. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take alpha 1-proteinase inhibitor while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take alpha 1-proteinase inhibitor while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Not enough evidence.: There is not a lot of data or good studies to say that it is "safe" to take during pregnancy and breastfeeding. On the other hand, there is not any data that it is harmful either. You and your physician need to weigh the benefits of the therapy and the lack of other alternative therapies known to be safe for pregnancy. If you aren't healthy without it, then neither is your pregnancy... ...Read more

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Living with Type 1 Diabetes (Checklist)

Hypoglycemia is common with type 1 diabetes
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Check your blood glucose before and after 2 hours after eating
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Hypoglycemia is likely if the post meal glucose is lower than premeal
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If you do not feel hypo symptoms, consider use of a continuous sensor
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Could marijuana smoking be dangerous when you are a carrier for alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency?

Could marijuana smoking be dangerous when you are a carrier for alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency?

Smoking Marijuana?: Smoking marihuana can cause u to have symptoms similar to schizophrenia and can cause u to be in a motivational state. U r still 18 years old if u r not motivated , how can u succeed in life?! ...Read more

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Hello docs, is alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency life-threatening?

Hello docs, is alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency life-threatening?

Yes: With some variation, the form presenting in childhood can lead to liver failure and death if a liver transplant is not available. The chronic lung issues are disabling for some. ...Read more

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