About a year ago, I wrote about a scary life insurance denial and subsequent successful appeal.
The denial was based on a misinterpretation of a liver enzyme panel. At the time, I argued that elevated liver enzymes were likely related to high-intensity resistance training, which research has shown can increase certain liver enzymes that are sometimes but clearly not always associated with pathology.
Recently, I put that theory to the test. My physician ordered another blood test. Two weeks before I took it, I changed my workout routine to include only bodyweight resistance training (pushups, sit-ups, etc.). And for a few days before the blood test, I avoided strenuous exercise completely.
I changed nothing else in my diet or lifestyle.
Lo and behold, my results were fine. Liver enzymes previously elevated and of concern were in the normal range.
My doctor said that it’s likely I’m one of those people who will have ups and downs on liver enzyme tests over time, and that this isn’t a concern except for insurance applications.
I, however, am fairly confident that this moderately controlled test supports my original hypothesis.
So if you’ve been denied life insurance due to the results of a liver panel, consider whether your workouts are to blame, and appeal accordingly.