Cholesterol & Liver Enzymes
Yesterday I went back to see Dr. Lombard to talk about my blood test. I waited 1 hour and 45 minutes to see him. That's certainly one of the main reasons that I avoided getting a check up for 20 years. He said my bad cholesterol should be below 160 and mine was at 174. The bigger issue involves liver enzymes. My AST (Aspartate Transaminase) was at 154 and should be below 40. My ALT (Alanine Transaminase) was at 264 and should be in the 40-60 range. He said my liver felt fine during the examination, but that he wanted me to have another blood test for hepatitis and also a liver sonogram. Depending on the results, he said they might recommend a biopsy, but that's something I wouldn't do.
So what's the deal with my liver? My lovely wife would be happy to tell you that I drink too much alcohol. I would point out that it is hard to live with my lovely wife without it. The doctor acknowledged that alcohol wasn't helping my liver, but he thinks the problem stems from something else. I'm pretty busy now getting ready to give two papers in Dallas at a conference, but when I get back, I'm going to try to invent a cocktail that helps fix livers. I think it will involve carrot juice and rye whiskey.