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Drinking habit curbed, on diet, lost weight. Liver function test shows elevated values. Treatment?

I slowed down drinking 2 months ago to weekends only. I was drinking 6 beers a day cutting back to a 12 pack on the weekends. For the past 3 weeks I haven t had a drop. In 2 weeks I do a follow up liver function test . My initial results were almost twice the normal levels. I did drink the night before. Stupid I know. I have also reduced my calories to less than 2000 daily. I have lost 15 pounds so far. I am 5 11 and currently 249 pounds..I am trying to get a flexible savings medical insurance plan so my wife can come work for me and not have to be getting grup insurance for our family. Do you have any suggestions to whether or not I should do a home test before my follow up or should I be okay at this point? I am afraid of having another bad result on my records. Do you know of a cheap home
Asked On : Wed, 9 May 2012
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Dear Nashvilledoor,
It is important to know how long had you been drinking 6 beers/ a day prior to
switching to 12 pcks/ once a week . Binge drinking does do as much or more damage
to your liver . Initially you will develop a condition called "Fatty Liver " which will cause
your liver enzymes to be abnormal . Also, alcoholic hepatitis can occur. Your weight
needs to come down by at least another 20 lbs. Beer can make you retain fluids
and add to the wight. If you want to stay healthy and qualify for insurance, I suggest
you quit drinking beer altogether for at least 2-3 months. Drinking 1-2 beers a day
or having a glass of red wine will be O.K. if your liver is not already damaged. Good
diet of proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables and adequate fliuid intake is advisable.
There are no reliable home tests for liver function.
Good luck.
Answered: Thu, 12 Jul 2012
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