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Can consumption of pork increase the ALT in the blood?

In regards to an elevated ALT liver test, I have not had any alcohol in about 2 weeks hoping that my ALT would have decreased beloq 149. Yet today I had a blood test and it was 179. I had pork over thw weekend (Carnitas) besides that I can t think of anything else. Can pork increase ALT?
Wed, 26 Feb 2014
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Welcome to health care magic.
My dear friend as you asked about pork,that it can affect liver because trichinosis is type of parasitic disease that can harm the liver. Trichinosis is contracted from eating under-cooked meat (usually pork) and it affects the bile ducts that drain the liver and alter ALT.
Second thing is that you also have history of alcohol drinking but you did not tell about past history of alcohol intake duration.
In alcohol drinking patient ratio of AST/ALT is very important. The AST:ALT ratio of more than 2:0 is suggestive of alcoholic liver disease.

I suggest you to avoid alcohol and do ultrasound abdomen and complete liver function test after aproaching nearest physcian.It will help to know liver status and cause for raised ALT.
Thanx for query.

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