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Gamma gt test showed elevated values. What besides alcohol could be responsible for rise in levels?

Hi, i did a gamma gt test 2 weeks ago and it was abnormally high - had a reading of 282. I did the same test yesterday again and the reading was 200. Do my doctor tells me this is still abnormal, especially when all my other liver function test had quite normal readings. My questions are (1) What could be the cause of such reading, I dont consume alcohol in excess (2) Right now I have changed my diet and stopped alcohol intake completely, how long would you estimate my readings would normalize (3) Asides alcohol, what other factors could be responsible for such a reading.
Asked On : Fri, 28 Dec 2012
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Hello, onyxera,
Eventhough the other liver tests come down when you quit drinking,
GGT enzyme takes much longer to come down. Important thing is
that you completely stay away from alcohol intake, does not matter
whether it is beer, whiskey or wine. You don't want to cause more
damage to the liver. I would expect, with proper diet, vitamin
supplementation ,especially Super B-Complex Vitamin, Vit-E 800 i.u. daily
and 1000 mg. of Vit-C daily, within three months that should come down
to normal levels.
You asked, what other things can do this. Hepatitis B and C ,in chronic
form can do this. You always have to have tests done for this, because
lot of times there may not be any symptoms. Other major cause is drug
induced damage to the liver. Even Acetaminophen, taken in excess can
cause liver damage. So do NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen, Naproxen etc.
Certain antibiotics, sulfa, tetracycline family of drugs can affect the liver
in some. THere are some rare metabolic diseases and genetic enzyme
deficiency that can cause liver disease.
Hope this answers your concerns.
I wish you well, have a happy ,healthy,New Year.
Answered: Sat, 29 Dec 2012
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