What causes slightly elevated GGT levels in an occasional drinker?
depends on many factors.
It's a reason to get all the other liver tests and a panel of other tests to see if there are reasons for liver injury
moderate alcohol use will often increase GGT to about double the normal value and this does NOT usually mean the liver damage is going to EVER be significant.
Or... could be hepatitis (and other liver enzymes that high or higher).
And.. some thoughts on alcohol.
It changes sleep patterns. This change can take a very long time to come back. Substituting other drugs for alcohol (valium, other benzodiazepines) isn't really going to be helpful. Substuting drugs that work differently (melatonin) might be better.
Alcohol is often taken in very high amounts and this can be plain poisonous. The rule of thumb (more of a guideline.. a guess ) from the Addiction Board is that about 4 drinks a week for a woman and about 6 for a man isn't going to be harmful and 1ish at a time/ per day is probably the limit for women and about 2 in a sitting is a limit for a guy.
AND..... seeing how it fits with overall life functioning matters as much or more.
If it is causing job/relationship/legal/monetary problems.... its a problem no matter how little alcohol is involved. Then.. if someone is about the guideline amount and never had anything bad ever happen in life from the alcohol, never really felt guilty about drinking never felt one had to cut down or been embarrassed by the drinking... then... hard to say there's a problem if there isn't a problem.
AST 25, ALT 26, Alk.Phos 91, GGT 74, LD 185, Chol. 5.2, AnionGap 17. Hoping these may help with your advice, kind regards, XXXX
I really hope your decimal is off
a Total Bilirubin of 10 would make you the color of Kermit. a Total Bilirubin of 1.0 is normal. You may check in the mirror. All the other numbers are normal, so, doubtful that one is very very bad. Sticking with previous statements (I almost always do!).
And, it's mostly the overall context on the severity... wow, there's this whole epistemologic issue on information only being comprehensible in relation and association with all other facts. So:
1) only one number abnormal (and it is the most sensitive to alcohol.. often being elevated when there is very little/no actual liver damage.
2) other health problems/symptoms/etc.
3) how messed up is someone's life otherwise... if alcohol doesn't intrude badly into any other facets of living, then.. not much of a problem.
of there most probably is "not much of a problem". Kind regards, XXXXXX
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