A blood test for AST is usually done to detect liver damage and disorders. When these organs are damaged, the enzyme is released into the blood and blood values are raised. AST is a useful test for the early detection of liver damage. AST does not have much significance when taken by itself.
It is often included in a comprehensive health or wellness panel to evaluate liver function and is also used when liver disease or damage is suspected. AST levels are used with the results of other tests, such as alkaline phosphatase (ALP), total protein, and bilirubin to help determine which form of liver disease is present.
AST may be used to monitor those taking medications that are potentially toxic to the liver. Pregnancy, injecting medicine into muscle tissue, strenuous exercise, and surgery can all increase AST levels.
S-AST (Aspartate transaminase)
The day before the test Avoid fatty foods and alcohol today.
On the day of the test Remember to take I.D. with you when going to take a test.
What happens next?
The lab sends the results to your personal dashboard, with comments from both a doctor and a nutritionist. If results are abnormal, we recommend seeing a doctor and, if appropriate, booking an appointment with a Nordic Wellth nutrition lifestyle specialist.
You may need to make lifestyle and dietary changes.
Why test AST?
Unless this is ordered as a retest or for a specific reason, we recommend ordering this as part of a health test.
Discover your risk factors for lifestyle diseases in time to do something about them.
You want to know how your liver health is affected by your alcohol consumption, weight, virus exposure, or other lifestyle factors.
Monitor changes to your blood values as you make lifestyle changes, take supplements, or undergo treatments.