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Liver Test - Blood Tests

Hello… I posted this same sorta thing up here a few years ago about this, and just read through some other posts as well as read some other stuff on the Internet. I know you can beleive everything you read from google right…

Anyway… The last 3-4 years I go for my yearly physical with blood work. My liver, enzymes are always a bit high, more specific the ALT. The range is 0-47 from the last lab I had, my # is 56. All my other test are perfect, except this is a bit high… I wasn’t worried about it, until this just bit me in the ass cause this last test was for life insurance and my rate was ridiculously high because of this level, at least according to my agent.

I did lift the day before the test, Friday, had the blood drawn Saturday morning, however last year when I had my blood drawn I didn’t lift for about a week, that made no difference… I consistantly take creatine, but have been off that now for a week or two, only cause I ran out, but do cycle this on and off, not sure if I was taking it last year or the year before at the time of the test.

So I talked to my doc about my lifting and my eating, and generally I eat healthy, do protien shakes, etc. I’m known to have a beer or 2 on the weekends, but not excessive, but now on Tuesday he is sending me for a catscan of my abdomen and some more blood work.

Is there anything I can do between now and then to perhaps help these results? The last time I lifted was Wednesday, was planning on going today, but maybe I won’t. I seen some post about this, but anyone have anything to add or has this happened to anyone else recently?

Thanks for any input or advice on this, greatly appreciated…

LJ

My ALT came back higher than that a few weeks ago. My doctor had me do a retest because I had a couple pints (they might have been 22 oz.) of Guiness two nights before the test. I was thinking it was due to lifting because of some things I read on the internet. The retest came back normal. The doctor thinks my liver is very sensitive to alcohol. Did you drink any alcohol within a few days of your test? As for the poor insurance rating I am a little surprised. Did the agent hear this specifically from the underwriter?

bpeck

[quote]bpeck wrote:
My ALT came back higher than that a few weeks ago. My doctor had me do a retest because I had a couple pints (they might have been 22 oz.) of Guiness two nights before the test. I was thinking it was due to lifting because of some things I read on the internet. The retest came back normal. The doctor thinks my liver is very sensitive to alcohol. Did you drink any alcohol within a few days of your test? As for the poor insurance rating I am a little surprised. Did the agent hear this specifically from the underwriter?

bpeck[/quote]

I can’t remember if I had anything to drink the week of the tests. I don’t think so, if so it was the previous weekend. I very rarely drink during the week. I had these high levels of ALT for 3 or 4 years now… I think I’m going to skip lifting, skip protien till Wednesday of next week…

Well, the other piece to insurance puzzle for me is I had open heart surgery when I was 5. I’m 34 now and every 3 years see my cardiologist and he sorta laughs and says my heart is healthier then a lot of people who never had a heart issue. I just had a hole in my heart and my valve had to be opened, not replaced, just allowed to open farther. Even with that, I have a slight heart murmor. But, yeah… My agent said that Erie looks a lot on liver functions, but as I mentioned… Every other result is text book… So I don’t know…

If your agent thinks Erie is focusing on liver function then your agent needs to try a different insurance company. I am an actuary so I am familiar with this. I am not an underwriter but a 56 by itself doesn’t seem like something that should result in a bad rating.

bpeck

[quote]bpeck wrote:
If your agent thinks Erie is focusing on liver function then your agent needs to try a different insurance company. I am an actuary so I am familiar with this. I am not an underwriter but a 56 by itself doesn’t seem like something that should result in a bad rating.

bpeck[/quote]

Yeah, I didn’t think so either… What about my heart stuff??? He checked with a different insurance company and that was double what he originally told me, but half of what Erie quoted me…