Discussion in 'Fitness & Nutrition' started by velamint, Sep 17, 2005.
specifically how it rises/falls after exercise?
here's a little bit from t-nation...its still not clear to me whether or not heavy weight training would cause a rise in ast levels
AST (Aspartate Aminotransferase, previously known as SGOT)
This is yet another enzyme that's used to determine if there's damage or stress to the liver. It may also be used to see if heart disease is a possibility as well, but this isn't as accurate. When the liver is damaged or inflamed, AST levels can rise to a very high level (20 times the normal value). This happens because AST is released when the cells of that particular organ (liver) are lysed. The AST then enters blood circulation and an elevation can be seen. Increased levels can be indicative of heart disease, liver disease, skeletal muscle disease or injuries, as well as heat stroke. Decreased levels can be indicative of acute kidney disease, beriberi, diabetic ketoacidosis, pregnancy, and renal dialysis.
0-35 U/L (Females may have slightly lower levels)
yeah...that's why I thought some people on here might know about it...its primarily a test of liver breakdown, but is apparently also affected by muscle breakdown