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What Is A High Alt Level
What could consistently cause high AST & ALT levels in a healthy and active person who doesn't drink?
Not necessarily: These are liver function tests. When they are high, it means there is some degree of liver damage. High levels are seen in viral or alcohol hepatitis or drug toxicity with tylenol (acetaminophen) or some herbal preparations or fatty liver. Even though cancer can cause increased liver tests, other more common causes as listed above should be considered first. ...Read more
Not really: Alt is a reflection of liver enzyme activity. Per se, it does not mean you have an inherited disease. Elevation can be related to things like taking tylenol, (acetaminophen) or drinking too much, having a tumor, etc. There are hundreds of things that can cause alt elevation -- but it is usually not a genetic problem. ...Read more
Sgpt ALT level at 39 , could you please advise if this level is high or what measures are in place to bring this to normal conditions.
Sounds normal: This is either normal or very close to normal depending upon your lab. In either case it is not elevated enough to pay any attention to unless you have serious signs and symptoms of liver disease. Ast and alt are not "managed" to any goal. Simply avoid liver toxins such as excessive alcohol, and certain medications such as Methotrexate and acetaminophen. ...Read more
Sgpt ALT level at 39 my age 35 , could you please advise if this level is high or what measures are in place to bring this to normal conditions.
High ALT...: Elevated alt can be caused by hundreds of conditions. Acute HIV infection is one of them. Other viruses, medications, inflammation, and alcohol are much more common causes. If you are concerned about hiv, very good testing is available. In fact, you can now test yourself for HIV at home using a kit obtained from drug stores without a prescription. ...Read more
ALT: Alt elevated means the enzyme of liver leaking into your blood after liver cell damaged. You can see, if a lot of alt in your blood means your liver has been damage a lot. That is why very high level alt is dangerous. ...Read more
See below: 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. Do you drink alcohol? If you do quit entirely and retest in three months. Have you been tested for hepatitis? Are you taking any drugs, prescriber or otherwise? ...Read more
Nothing much: Repeat the tests every 3 months and follow up. ...Read more
Is it truly easier to take a full, deep breath of "fresh air" at high alt. Compared to sea level?
NO.: You will be able to take a deep breath about the same volume (vital capacity) at sea level or at high altitudes. However the oxygen content is lower at high altitudes, so you will actually be inhaling a lower o2 percentage. It may feel better, because it is cool and your looking at a beautiful, awe inspiring scene. ...Read more
Child on 25mg methotrexate her ALT levels went from 29 to 45 in 3 months. 45 is slightly high is this concerning?
Rx cause: Treat the person, not the numbers. I trust that this is not hepatitis c or alcohol abuse or wilson's or anything else that has a simple treatment. We'd all like to see your numbers down, but from now on an alt below forty may be like a lean weight is for many people -- something you work for and might achieve. Diet & exercise are the mainstay -- are you in a fitness club? Best wishes. ...Read more
How high is high?: Review your results w/your family doc or whoever ordered your tests. If you're overweight/obese or are apple-shaped w/waist greater than 35" in women & 40" in men, fatty liver could explain high ALT. Excess alcohol could too. And acetaminophen (Tylenol). If it's really high, greater than 3x upper limit of normal, then perhaps viral infection. Figure out & treat high ALT then focus on cholesterol. ...Read more
I have high ALT levels that aren't coming down and i'm getting nowhere with my doctor. What to do?
You need evaluation.: I agree with dr. Washington. This should be evaluated. Elevated liver enzymes should never be ignored. The most common cause of elevated alt in the United States is from nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (a metabolic disorder). There are also many other causees of elevated liver enzymes which are autoimmune, genetic, infectious, and metabolic. All of these should be ruled out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is an ammonia level of 41 umol dangerously high all other level test within normal range except ALT 87?
No: It's a marker for illness, not a dangerous level in itself. ...Read more
Need help docs! my 11yr has an ALT level of 83. They did ultrasound but what does this mean? Why are they so high?
High ALT=cell injury: Alt elevation often means that the liver has been injured. The list of conditions that cause alt elevation is very long. Some conditions are temporary (like many viruses) and some will only get worse unless treated. Your pediatrician will keep running tests until they find an answer or until the alt normalizes. Often a pediatric gastroenterologist will aid in finding the answer. ...Read more
Is an ALT of 50 and AST of 32 considered high normal since it is still in the standard range? Are these levels anything to worry about?
See below: 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, the results you provided are not a cause for concern. For good heath - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. 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. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
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