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Posted on Fri, 3 Jun 2016 in Liver and Gall Bladder
Question: Hi,

What are the best ways to bring down ATL levels?
Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Do you mean ALT levels? Please clarify.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on Health care magic.

I have gone carefully through your query but would need you to clarify what you mean by ATL level? I think you meant ALT levels instead. ALT between 7 to 56 units per liter is considered normal. Mild elevations are generally considered to be 2-3 times higher than the normal range. So, I would request you to specify the levels. Based on your inputs I will surely guide you further.

I will await your response.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 6 hours later

Yes i am talking about ALT and my levels were 110, i was doing alot of weights training before my blood tests and i was also taking medication for a ulcer whoch has healed up now and ive been told to stop taking stomach protections (protium) before doing repeat blood test next week
Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 12 hours later
Brief Answer:
Lifestyle modification is primary.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for writing back. Sorry for not being able to respond faster.

Before trying to bring down ALT levels we need to evaluate why it had increased in the first place. High levels of ALT may be caused by:
* Liver damage from conditions such as hepatitis or cirrhosis.
* Liver damage due to alcohol abuse.
* Lead poisoning.
* Decay of a large tumor (necrosis).
* Many medicines, such as statins, antibiotics, chemotherapy, aspirin, narcotics, and barbiturates.
* Mononucleosis (a common viral infection).

In short, the underlying cause needs to be clinically correlated and evaluated. Increased ALT indicates liver injury and could be due to fat and alcohol induced liver injury. The immune system of the body will then respond to this damage and cause inflammation to develop inside the liver. Inflammation of the liver cells is known as Hepatitis which can be due to viruses Hepatitis A, B or C. Alcohol and drugs can also cause hepatitis (inflammation of the liver cells).

It is important to know the Complete liver function test including total bilirubin, GGT and Lipid profile. Further workup will include routine hemogram, RBS (Random blood sugar), Renal function test, Viral markers.

Your problem is common among young adults due to changing life style and diet changes. Fatty liver is a reversible state and it can be reversed by diet and life style changes. The ways to lower ALT levels could be:
* Minimize your alcohol consumption. It is preferable to completely abstain from alcohol, if feasible.
* Drink more coffee.
* Avoid fried and fatty food. Foods rich in fibre need to be taken.
* Avoid red meat and high fat milk products.
* Cook food in olive or canola oil.
* Take limited salt in your diet.
* Eat organic foods. Take lot of fruits and vegetables.
* Increase your physical activity in the form of walking and exercise.
* Try to reduce your weight.

Hope that helps.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
Follow up: Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 1 hour later
Thanks a million for your detailed reply, this is most appreciated. I have a feeling this may have been caused my lifting weights in the gym, all other readings of liver fuction were all notmal so hopefully the next tests will ne fine and i will take on your diet advice too
Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 6 hours later
Brief Answer:
Lifestyle modification is primary.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks again for writing back. You can see the significance of lifestyle modification. I am sure that by incorporating them you would be fine.

Wish you health.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Sonia Raina
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