Liver Function Profile
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Which blood tests are needed to check for liver function?
The most important blood tests to check for liver function are:
- Alanine aminotransferase (ALT)
- Aspartate aminotransferase (AST)
- Alkaline phosphatase
The liver and other tissues release these enzymes in response to cell damage caused by inflammation or injury, which may result from alcohol or other toxic exposures. Elevated levels indicate there may be a problem with your liver.
What does a liver function profile measure?
A liver function profile measures different enzymes and proteins in the blood released by your liver. Some of these enzymes' functions are:
- Metabolizing drugs and other chemicals
- Filtering harmful substances from the blood
- Breaking down sugars, fats, hormones and vitamin D
- Making new blood clotting factors to stop bleeds
- Keeping cholesterol levels within a normal range
- Forming bile acids
Many of these are all-time ongoing processes in your body. Testing the enzymes in charge of the processes helps to know what is going on when one or more of them may be off-balance, allowing for treatment as soon as possible.
What does a high liver function result mean?
If your liver has been affected by an infection or other disease, this can result in elevated liver biomarkers. The liver is a vital organ that performs several crucial functions. High results on a liver function test are a reflection of underlying health issues and should be addressed by a medical practitioner.
Why is testing liver function important?
Testing liver function is important because the liver is responsible for multiple body processes, including removing toxins from your body and metabolizing food into energy. A healthy liver can help reduce fatigue and prevent nutrient malabsorption, which can lead to weight loss and mood swings. Testing the liver is also important because it can help discover diseases such as Hepatitis and chronic liver disease.
How often should liver function tests be done?
It would be best to get your liver function tested yearly to monitor your liver health. Opportune testing can help doctors know how and when to start treatment if needed.
Do I need to visit a doctor?
Nope. You don't need a doctor's visit to get a test with us.
How do I get my results?
You'll get your results via email as soon as they are available. We will notify you via SMS as well. You can also see them at any time in the future right in your dashboard where you can easily share them with your professional and compare them side by side with future tests.
Does my lab prescription expire?
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