Has anyone else been told you have abnormal levels
of ALT (alanine aminotransferase, a liver enzyme)
after running? I am an on-again off-again runner,
and also used to be a semi-regular *** donor.
I received a letter from the American Red Cross after
a recent *** donation (nearing a gallon and a half
mark). It said that the ALT level
in my *** was mildly elevated for the second time.
This *** cannot be used, and I will no longer be
accepted as a *** donor (I'm effectively blacklisted
from ever donating *** again for transusion).
The letter stated, "Most people who have results such as
yours, however do _not_ have a serious liver problem. In
fact, many people who jog before giving *** show elevated
levels of these enzymes in their ***." Well, I double checked
my running log, and I ran for 40 minutes the evening before
giving *** at 10 am the next morning. It was the first run
for me after laying off a few weeks, and I estimate my heart
rate at 160-170 during most of the run (age 27). So it was
a fairly stressful run for me, and I'm not surprised that
some *** analytes were slightly out of whack.
It just bothers me that I won't be able to give *** again,
although I probably have the cleanest *** in the world otherwise.
If they had contacted me after the first time the ALT level
was elevated, I wouldn't have gone jogging before giving
***! But I tend to get a heavy workout in before I give
***, since I know I won't be able to get in a really heavy
workout immediately after giving ***. Anyone else out
there have this problem?
For everyone's future reference, the letter stated several
things which can elevate the ALT level in ***: aspirin,
acetaminophen, some anti-arthritis medicines, some *** pressure
medications, birth-control pills, recent *** consumption,
strenuous exercise, being overweight, or quick weight loss.
BTW, my ALT levels were 74 and 71 IU/l, respectively.
Levels between 64 and 120 IU/l are considered a "mild elevation",
so my levels were barely over the threshold.
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