Why Get a Liver Test?
From fatty liver disease to cirrhosis, people who drink alcohol are at higher risk for liver problems. While some damage is reversible if you catch it early, liver disease often has no symptoms until it becomes more serious.If you often have more than 4 or 5 drinks in one sitting, or more than 3 drinks a day, you might want to consider a liver function test.
How Is a Liver Test Done?
A liver function test uses a small blood sample from the arm, and is mostly pain-free. This blood sample is sent to a laboratory for analysis, and the results are usually available within a few days.
The laboratory will check for elevated liver enzymes, levels of bilirubin and albumen in the blood, as well as other indicators. If any of these are abnormal, it may be a sign of liver disease.
Ria Health currently offers free liver testing through Quest Diagnostics for qualified individuals.
Frequently Asked Questions About Getting Your Liver Tested
What conditions does a liver test help screen for?
A liver function test can help your doctor determine if you have fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, or any form of hepatitis. It can also help you understand how well your liver is functioning overall, and if you need to make some adjustments to your diet or lifestyle.
What should I do to prepare for a liver test?
When getting your liver tested, you’ll often need to avoid eating beforehand, and you should also avoid drinking alcohol. Plain water is just fine. Certain medications may interfere with the test, so check with your doctor beforehand about your prescriptions.
How can I interpret the results of the test?
Consult with your doctor or the Ria Health medical team for a full explanation of your liver test results.