I am 50 years old with slightly elevated bilirubin levels. Should I be concerned about it?

Q. What does high bilirubin levels indicate?

Answered by
Dr. Dhananjay Tiwari
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 11, 2023

Hello doctor,

I am 50 years old, and my Bilirubin total is 3.0, and my Bilirubin direct is 40. Rest all within normal range. Anything to worry about? Please give your suggestions.

Thank you.



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I have read your query and I have gone through your reports.Your Total and Direct Bilirubin are slightly elevated. Mild elevation in bilirubin without any symptoms should not cause any concern. Most likely, it is insignificant. However, your Total Cholesterol, LDL, and Fasting Blood Sugar are elevated, and these should be addressed.Fasting blood sugar of 112 means you are in the Pre-Diabetes stage. Pre Diabetics are more likely to develop diabetes in the future than the normal population. According tosome studies, pre-diabetes is associated with a higher incidence of cardiac, renal, and other complications compared to the average population.Raised LDL and total cholesterol is associated with increased cardiovascular complications and stroke incidence.The management of both above conditions is almost identical and involves lifestyle modification. I am suggesting the following dietary modifications:


  1. Take a balanced diet with ample vegetables.
  2. Take one fruit daily.
  3. Monitor the total calories.
  4. Increase the component of complex carbohydrates like peas, beans, and whole grains in the diet.
  5. Restrict food with a high glycemic index like sugar, white, and potatoes.
  6. Avoid food with high cholesterol, like red meat, whole milk, fat, and butter.

7.physical activity for at least 150 minutes a week.Activity should consist of both aerobic and strength training.

Sugar and lipid profiles should be repeated after three weeks of lifestyle modification.

Get back three weeks with FSB (fresh still breath),HbA1c (hemoglobin A1c), serum Urea , serum Creatinine, LFT (liver function test),lipid profile, and ECG (electrocardiogram).

Hope my answer helps.


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