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My wife and I have been doing a plant-based diet for four months now. We have lost a combined 109 pounds and feel very good. She went recently for routine labs, including a CMP lipid panel, CBC, and TSH. In the past, her liver enzymes have not been elevated but now her AST is 115 and ALT is 276, with the remaining being normal. Could this be related to our new way of eating and/or weightloss? She is 47 years old. Thanks in advance for any help anyone may give. Ken
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It doesn't sound like something related to a plant based diet. Can you be more specific about the diet you two follow?
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Take a look at any medications she may be on. A med I took for my asthma raised my liver enzymes a few years back, now I have to be careful with all meds. I had been on it over 10 years when suddenly the levels went up. 3 months off of it and things went back to normal but other meds have raised it since so I get my levels tested at least once a year, more often when a new med is added or dosage increased of my old ones. Even something as innocuous as Tylenol can raise liver enzymes in sensitive individuals.
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