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after a recent blood test my blood protein registered 8.2,

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after a recent blood test my blood protein registered 8.2, in previous teste in 2001 the number was 7.3, in a test in 2006 the number 7.7. should i be concerned and what can be done to reverse this,? i am a68 year old male who walks everyday from 6 to nine miles and lifts weights several times a week.i am 73 inches tall and weigh 205 lbs. i eat fruits and vegetables daily and dont eat hardly any red meat. i suffer from hypertension and take a pill daily.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Singh replied 8 years ago.
Hello,

Are these numbers for total serum protein, or any specific protein like albumin?

Did your doctor tell you that these numbers were abnormal?

Thanks.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
these numbers were total protein, my albumin was 5.0 . i was told the range was high .
Expert:  Dr. Singh replied 8 years ago.
There should be nothing to worry about these numbers in that case. The reference range for total protein is 5.5 to 9. Although this is towards the higher side, it will be still be considered within reference range in most institutions. So right now there is nothing that needs to be done to correct this. If the levels continue to rise beyond 9 in future tests, then more tests like serum protein electrophoresis can be done to rule out certain conditions. Very high levels are generally caused by some malignancy, autoimmune disease or infections. Your eating habits or exercise regimen will most likely not have any significant effect on these numbers.

Dr Singh
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
i do not accept this answer as it totally disagrees with any of the normal range scales of other sources iu have consulted.
Expert:  Dr. Singh replied 8 years ago.
Here are some credible online sources of reference range of serum proteins.

WEBMD: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/total-serum-protein?page=2

QUEST labs: http://www.questdiagnostics.com/kbase/topic/medtest/hw43614/results.htm

Yahoo health: http://health.yahoo.com/blood-diagnosis/total-serum-protein/healthwise--hw43614.html

The range for proteins is well known and I am not sure why there is confusion over this.

Dr Singh