• 7 months ago

    Liver Enzyme Opinion

    I am a 31 year old white male. 5'10", 160lbs, and I generally feel pretty good. I have drank alcohol pretty steadily for the past 8 years, with few extended breaks. I'd say I'd have averaged somewhere between 12-18 drinks per week throughout those years.... some periods less, some more. Usually beers, sometimes liquor. Most weeks 2-3 during the evenings with a binge of 6-8 on a weekend day. Average 2 nights of no drinking per week, but sometimes none.

    My last 2 labs gave the following results:
    September 2016
    Bilirubin 0.4 mg/dL
    AST 20 IU/L
    ALT 16 IU/L
    Albumin 4.8 g/dL
    Platelet count 205

    April 2017
    Bilirubin 0.8 mg/dL
    AST 23 IU/L
    ALT 20 IU/L
    Albumin 4.7 g/dL
    Platelet count 173

    I have never been noticeably jaundiced or had significant abdominal pain, though I do experience a few mild sharp aches from time to time in upper right quad. My question is should I be concerned about the AST/ALT inversion that I have? What would be the likelihood that someone with my background and age would have developed cirrhosis at this point, with little to no symptoms of acute liver damage along the way? Thanks...


  • 7 months ago
  • 7 months ago

    RE: Liver Enzyme Opinion

    Hi This is from an answer on site to a question on platelet count.

    Platelets are the tiny blood cells that help stop bleeding by binding together to form a clump or plug at sites of injury inside blood vessels.

    A normal platelet count is between 150,000 and 450,000 platelets per microliter (one-millionth of a liter, abbreviated mcL). The average platelet count is 237,000 per mcL in men and 266,000 per mcL in women.

    A platelet count below 150,000 per mcL is called thrombocytopenia, while a platelet count over 450,000 is called thrombocytosis. Platelets seem to have a large backup capacity: blood typically still clots normally as long as the platelet count is above 50,000 per mcL (assuming no other problems are present). Spontaneous bleeding doesn’t usually occur unless the platelet count falls to 10,000 or 20,000 per mcL.

    Platelets are constantly being produced in the bone marrow. A low or high platelet count is not often a problem by itself, but can frequently be a sign of another medical condition. For this reason, high or low platelet counts require additional medical attention.

    It could be where you problem lies. OK

    So please go seek help.

      • 7 months ago
        Firstly, thanks for the constructive response; however, my platelets weren't low by the normal range guidelines, it's just that they've dropped. My doc didnt see the need for any further testing on this stuff, so I'm not quite sure what help to seek?
      • 7 months ago
        Hi There are some very good ways of getting them back up, that's drug free, look up beef bone broth and platelets, google it, you should find it all very interesting, your find getting your count back will help you.

        Look take a good tip and get off the welcome wagon, get yourself healthy and like someone else said AA would be really good for you, start taking your new life one day at a time, start counting those days your of the wagon, and if you smoke try getting off them as well, doing those two things will really help your health and your future life. OK