An elevated ALT levels in your blood test results could be a sign of a related disorders and diseases, such as Fatty Liver disease, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Cirrhosis, and others.
ALT is a commonly required blood test requested by many physicians from their patients. It’s used to confirm or rule out liver disorders, simply because the enzyme is mostly concentrated in the liver, which is why a higher levels of the enzyme may suggest a problem in the liver.
What are the normal ALT enzyme levels?
The normal level of ALT in the bloodstream is 5 to 45 U/L (units per liter). This range can slightly vary depending where you take the blood test.
When a blood test shows elevated ALT levels outside the normal range, even a small amount, fatty liver and other liver disorders might be the cause.
If the cause of the ALT enzyme level increase is due to a severe liver disease (like Cirrhosis), the levels would be higher than what’s found in fatty livers patients.
Please note that some labs name ALT as “Alanine Transaminase”, “Alanine Aminotransferase” or “SGPT”.
What should I do if I have an Elevated ALT levels?
After you got your results, the first thing you need to do it to consult your physician, the one who requested from you to take the test. He can check the results and choose the next course of action.
In most cases, a follow-up blood test is required to confirm that the first results are not a one-time mishap.
If it is confirmed in the second blood test, you are most likely be required to do an abdominal ultrasound scan. The ultrasound is a necessary tool to look at the liver tissue and to confirm the existence of fatty liver and its severity.
How can I lower my ALT levels?
The most important thing to remember is that most liver diseases such as fatty liver, are very treatable. Fatty liver is also the most common cause of an elevated ALT level.
The main course of treatment is through a determined and decisive actions to heal your liver. It will include weight loss if you’re overweight, change in your food habits, exercise, and more.
Stop eating fat-concentrated foods, and start eating healthy. Use foods for fatty liver recommendations to learn more about what you should and shouldn’t eat. For full details please read thoroughly about fatty liver treatment.
Persistence and a real change in your life-style are the keys to lower your ALT levels.
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