The liver is the powerhouse of the body. It is the largest solid organ of the body. It performs a spate of bodily function – digestion of food (breaking down the substances), getting rid of toxic substances, storing minerals and vitamins, producing useful proteins, enzymes etc, regulating blood clotting. Symptoms of an unhealthy Liver are many – weakness, weight loss, loss of appetite, vomiting, abdominal pain, itchy skin etc.
Prevention – alcohol in moderation, get vaccinated, use medication wisely to minimize side effects, weight control etc.
A set of parameters – proteins, enzymes, substances etc which helps in understanding the status of the liver is called Liver Function test (LFT). Each parameter – Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST), Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT), Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP), Total protein, Bilirubin and Gamma Glutamyltransferase (GGT) has its own significance and helps to understand some aspect related to liver function. Based on the findings of the LFT test proper measurements can be taken. Liver function test thought simple is very important.
Blood samples can be taken at the comfort of one’s home at a convenient time and reports are shared, – to book an appointment for blood sampling for LFT click here.