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Why did my doctor order a Hepatitis Profile test for me?
Serious answers only please. I'm wondering if anyone could give me some insight to some lab work I have to have done. Maybe someone has had the same tests. First of all, I am overweight, and have diabetes, and high blood pressure. My cholesterol level is also a little high.my last calcium level was also a little elevated, it was 10.3.I go to a clinic for regular checkups and such. They want me to come in next week for some more lab work, so that the results will be there for my next appointment in April. They said that one of the tests will be a Hepatitis profile. Does anyone know why they would want that?I don't have any symptoms of Hepatitis, except maybe being tired a lot. My urine looks fine, my skin or eyes are not yellowed, and I haven't had mono. I have not had sex in about 5 years. Are they suspecting me of having liver cancer, or liver damage?I'm just kind of worried as to why they want to do a Hepatitis profile, and thought there were supposed to be reasons why they would do a certain test like this. So here's the run down of things that might need to be known:42 year old femaleconsidered obesediabeticcalcium level 10.3chlosterol levels a little highhigh blood pressurenot sexually activeno history of drug use of any kindAny info that someone may have will be appreciated. :)
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Anonymous
you probably have elevated liver enzymes (common in type 2 diabetes due to fatter liver) or they are doing it to make sure none of your meds are causing issues OR they want to start you on a new med.
Anonymous
A hepatitis panel will only test for hepatitis, nothing else. So if your doctor is testing you for it there is a possibility that they think you have it. There isn't anything in your description that would make me think that you have hep. but it is a possibility. I don't know what would make your doctor test for that but i'm sure there is a reason.
Anonymous
Seth's right on, my b/f has diabetes, and pretty much ever time they give him anything new, they test his liver function. He went to get an antifungal shot recently and they wouldn't give it to him until they got those results. If you're not getting on any new meds, chances are they just want to make sure everything's still working ok. My mom is also diabetic and gets these kinds of test every ten years and started when she was about your age. They did heart tests this week, with no history of heart issues, mainly just because diabetes can affect other organs besides the pancreas and they just like to make sure.PS my boyfriend had a heart attack in september of last year, and the root cause of the heart attack was weak arteries caused by his elevated blood sugars going untreated for so long...this isn't to freak you out, just to remind you why some of these tests are necessary.


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