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I recently changed doctors and had my first check up in a few years. A little background on myself: I'm 24 years old, 5'7" 146lbs. I recently started bodybuilding again, in the beginning of Feb. and I'm currently in the "bulking phase." Being an ectomorph I have the hardest time gaining weight, so I began eating a ton of food as well as drinking mass gainer (loaded with ~260 grams per serving and I take 1 serving a day).
My doctor got my blood test results back and called me me in to discuss my cholesterol. My lipid panel was:
Total cholesterol: 360
My dad has high cholesterol as well, and the doctor said he's very confident this is genetics related. I wouldn't say I'm way out of shape, but I rarely do cardio. I followed this same diet and bodybuilding routine from Aug-Nov then took a 2 month break before starting again, so I wouldn't say I'm way out of shape, I just lack in the cardio aspect.
Long story short, he also mentioned my liver enzymes were elevated. I didn't get the exact numbers but he mentioned one of my numbers being 65 when it should be around 40 (AST possibly?) He said he's pretty sure I have a fatty liver due to the very high LDL number, and sent me in for an abdominal ultrasound, to confirm his assessment, as well as check for any tumors/cysts. I had my ultrasound done today, I probably won't know my results until next week. I'm also now prescribed 40mg of atorvastatin to get my LDL under control (which is known to elevate liver enzymes as well)
I guess my question is...could my enzymes be elevated due to these high LDL numbers alone? Everything online suggests high LDL AND high triglycerides could raise LDL.
I've since quit the mass gainer, and includes a ton more veggies in my diet. I also take fish oil.
I guess I'm a little worried having heard the word 'tumor.'
Does this seem logical? Having the genes for high LDL being the driving force of elevated liver enzymes? Or has my LDL increased due to an elevation in liver enzymes?
Any insight would be greatly appreciated. I'm not as educated as I should be on this topic, since I always assumed being skinny and underweight would negate me from having this issues.
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