Elevated ALT/AST

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I had my annual blood work and everything was great except my ALT/AST levels were 92/100. Last year they were 80 each.  I’m on a triglycerides med and my GP said last year the rise could be from that. I do drink wine but I hit it hard this summer on our boat (Mimosas, Bloody Marys and wine on weekends.).  He scheduled an ultrasound in my liver and I’m scared to death. 

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    Hi. SUre it will be the medication you are on.    Have one less Bloody Mary! Good luck with ultrasound- sure it will be fine.
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    hello,I have had cirrhosis of the liver for ten years now and I was really scared because I only weighed sixty pounds and i was bloated and yellow.i was on deaths door.when I finally got out of the hospital,The first thing that I did was not drink anymore and that was no problem.Idid not have to go to alcoholics anonymous or any thing like that I just quit.I started taking really good care of myself and my levels went down.My doctor couldn't believe it.I'm sure I still have cirrhosis or maybemy liver isn't badly damaged but at the end of the day,it's important to not drink alcohol no matter what.Don't be scared because your levels will go back to normal as long as you do not consume any alcohol.Good luck

     

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      Hi Virginia, what a great post.  That is what we on here want to hear, it is a hard slog for some of us and we just keep at it.  But to read something as positive as this makes you want to go the extra mile.

      I am sure Jeannine will appreciate it, as do I smile

      So glad you are feeling much better - good on you.

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      Virginia, that’s a wonderful positive post. Thanks for sharing, gave up drinking wine about two and a half years ago. Although I didn’t drink every day I  often went over the 14 units at the weekend. My LFTs have always been ok, but I don’t take anything for granted. I do have a sweet tooth, but try my best to keep it to a minimum. Wishing everyone continued good health.
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    Hi jeannine,

    Your levels are only slightly raised, numbers like that are really not likely to be due to something sinister. Statins do elevate liver enzymes and are likely the cause. I really wouldn't worry. Let us know how the ultrasound goes! 

    Do you have the other numbers for your liver function btw? 

     

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      All my other liver numbers were within range - it was just the ALT and AST.  I had my ultra sound this morning and my doctor called and said except for a little fatty liver starting, everything looked great.  Told me to start exercising and eating better and lower my alcohol content.  Already bought a stationary chair for my hubby and I and started a new diet plan on Monday .
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      Okay, that's fine. So you just need to cut back on the booze, no more than 14 units a week with alcohol free days. Watch what you eat a bit more. If you're overweight then weight loss is the key. Then you're sorted! 

      If you have any questions let me know! 

      aa

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      Definitely!  14 units will be no problem at all after what I have been going through this last week.  Certainly puts things in perspective.  I'm not overweight but I could certainly eat much better.  Thank you so much!  A support group when you are scared is so appreciated.  

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    Wonderful. Just remembered I should of added that fatty liver is a totally reversible condition. With lifestyle adjustments your liver will repair itself over the next few months 

    aa

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      Good to know. I have also been reading a lot about hydration.  I know I don't hydrate well with just water so I've added Gatorade (low calorie) to my morning routine as well as CoQ10 daily.  He pulled me off my Tricor until my next blood draw in 8 weeks to see how the levels adjust.  

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      Hi guys I just came across this post and found it very helpful I hope u don't mind me chiming in. I also about 4 months ago was told i had a mind fatty liver and my alt and ast were alsy a little elevated. They are now both in the mid 30s when i last had my blood drawn. I also got extremely scared when they told me if i dident do anything about it it could turn to chirrohos. I immediately changed my diet I lost 35 pounds still have 20 to go to where my doctor wants me to be at. My question is is how long does it take to get your liver back to normal and healthy where it should b. I have luck on my side with the drinking part I don't drink at all I'm not a drinker I was just overweight because I loved food lol. Ty in advance for any responses. ??

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