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Taking lipitor for high cholesterol levels. Elevated GGT and ALT levels. Are these high due to high cholesterol?

I am a 46 years old male. I am 5 6 and 154 lbs ( always around that) 2 years ago I went to the doctor to get a blood test and the results were my total cholesterol was high 7,33 mmol/L and GGT 338 UI/L. At that time, Lipitor was my only medication for almost one year. One month ago, I got new bad results about my cholesterol 7,82 and the new parameter ALT shows 95 U/L. I have changed my lifestyle ,eating better and going swimming in order to go down the cholesterol ratio , but i really concern about my liver . These both values (GGT and ALT) are expected because of the high cholesterol? thanks for any comments
Asked On : Mon, 3 Dec 2012
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Thanks for posting your query.
High cholesterol can cause fatty liver. Fatty liver is the most common cause of raised ALT. An ultrasound scan of the abdomen may be done to look for fatty liver.
Lipitor which is used to treat high cholesterol can also damage liver and cause elevated ALT.
High GGT alone may indicate alcohol intake. Along with other raised liver enzymes, it may indicate obstruction to bile flow which is not a feature of high cholesterol.
I hope that answers your question.
Answered: Tue, 29 Oct 2013
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