Aspartate-aminotransferase (AST, SGOT)

Liver Health

A healthy result should fall into the range 10 - 34 U/L, or 10.00 - 34.00 IU/L.

Similar to ALT (alanine-aminotransferase), aspartate-aminotransferase (AST) is an enzyme found in the liver, heart, kidneys, brain, and skeletal muscles. It functions as a critical component of amino acid metabolism in our bodies. Low levels of AST are typically found in the human blood stream; however, when tissue in organs (such as, the heart or liver) has been damaged they release an excess of AST into the blood. This spike in AST level peaks in 6-10 hours after the injury and persists for up to four days. AST and ALT serve similar functions in our bodies, and as such the tests for both are often ordered together to make a more concise diagnosis about the cause of liver, heart, or kidney damage.

Normal Ranges in U/L:

Males: 14-20

Females: 10-36

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