Elevated Liver Function

Think diabetes is irreversible?

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Despite what the medical establishment tells you, you can reverse diabetes -- without insulin or medication.

Today, I’d like to tell you about a new way of viewing -- and treating -- diabetes.

First, though, you need to understand why diabetes is such a problem.

A Growing Epidemic

The disease has reached epidemic proportions: Type 2 diabetes (formerly called adult onset diabetes) now affects nearly 100 million people worldwide, 20 million of which are Americans.

And it’s on the rise -- especially in kids. One in three children born today will have diabetes in their lifetime.

That’s because the path to diabetes starts very early.

The culprit is insulin.

When you eat a lot of sugar and other refined carbohydrates like bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes, your body eventually becomes resistant to the effects of insulin. It requires more and more insulin to keep your blood sugar balanced. High insulin levels increase your appetite -- and your belly fat.

High levels of insulin can occur decades before you’re diagnosed with diabetes. They are warning signs of this condition.

So are the other symptoms of insulin resistance, like belly fat, sugar cravings, feeling tired after meals, high blood pressure and triglycerides, and inflammation.

A family history of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and even dementia can increase your chances of developing insulin resistance and pre-diabetes.

And pre-diabetes is just as bad as full-blown diabetes. It, too, can cause heart attacks, strokes, dementia, cancer, and impotence.

So why is diabetes on the rise?

The answer is as close as the food on your plate.

Our bodies were meant to consume a diet that’s high in nutrients, fiber, and omega-3 fats and low in sugar. So when we eat unhealthy foods -- like sugar, trans fats, white flour, and processed foods -- we activate genes that promote diabetes.

Yet type 2 diabetes is almost totally preventable. In fact, in one major study, Harvard researchers found that lifestyle and diet changes could prevent more than 90 percent of all type 2 diabetes cases.

Early Diagnosis is Key

Diagnosing type 2 diabetes early is crucial to its management and reversal.

Because damage to the body can occur with even small changes in insulin and blood sugar, doctors should diagnose pre-diabetes as soon as possible.

The proof is in the research. One recent study found that people whose fasting blood sugar was higher than 87 were at increased risk of diabetes.

Yet most doctors don’t worry until the blood sugar is over 110 -- or worse, over 126, which is diabetes.

Instead, I recommend early testing with anyone who has a family history of type 2 diabetes, belly fat, or abnormal cholesterol -- regardless of your blood sugar level.

Ask your doctor for these tests:

1.Insulin glucose challenge test with 2-hour glucose challenge, 75 grams measuring fasting, 1 and 2 hour blood sugar AND insulin.

Your blood sugar should be less than 80 fasting and never rise above 110 or 120 after one to two hours. Your insulin should be less than 5 fasting and should never rise above 30 after one to two hours.

I recommend this test for everyone over 50, and for anyone with any risk of insulin resistance, even children.

2.The hemoglobin A1C is an important measure of glycated hemoglobin, which can be an early indicator of sugar problems. It should ideally be less than 5.5. Anything over 6 is considered diabetes.

3.Lipid profiles are important. An HDL under 40 and a triglyceride level over 150 usually means diabetes.

4.An NMR lipid profile identifies the size of your cholesterol particles.

5.High sensitivity C-reactive protein is a measure of inflammation, which is both a cause and result of insulin resistance and diabetes. It should be less than 1.

6.Homocysteine is often abnormal in people with diabetes. It should be between 6 and 8.

7.Fibrinogen measures your risk of clotting and is associated with insulin resistance and diabetes. It should be less than 300.

8.Ferritin is a nonspecific marker of inflammation associated with diabetes. It should be less than 150.

9.Uric acid should be less than 6. Higher levels indicate problems with insulin resistance.

10.Elevated liver function tests result from insulin resistance.

These are tests any doctor can perform and are covered by insurance. If you’re at risk for diabetes, I urge you to get tested.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What could be the causes of an elevated liver function?
    My doctor took a blood test and told me I have an elevated liver function. Does this mean I have something serious?

    • ANSWER:
      There are different tests the doctor does to determine
      a liver problem:
      1) the liver enzymes may show if the liver cells have
      become damaged. (these are known as the ALT,
      AST, GGT, and Alkaline phosphatase. However, only
      the ALT enzyme is specific to the liver because it
      is made mostly in the liver...the others are made in
      other organs also.
      2) the liver function tests may show how well the cells
      of the liver are able to do the necessary function, the
      liver does as a whole, to keep the body well.
      (these are the bilirubin, INR, Pt, Ptt, and Albumin)
      3) the liver viral tests to check and see if a virus has
      entered the body and is using the liver cells to replicate
      itself (like Hepatitis A,B,C, etc).

      It depends on which tests were done and how much
      they were elevated. It also depends on whether it
      was a liver problem or not. The last two tests listed
      give more of an indication of this.

      Usually liver disease starts out as the liver cells becoming
      damaged. When the cells of the liver are damaged,
      the immune system of the body responds to this
      and causes inflammation to develop inside the liver.
      This can cause the liver to enlarge in size.
      If the cause can be found and stopped and the
      inflammation is treated, then the liver cells can heal
      and the problem can be reversed.

      Here is a list of some of the many causes of
      liver problems that can lead to damage to the liver
      cells:
      alcohol consumption, medications toxifications,
      chemical exposure, fatty liver disease,
      mushroom poisoning, biliary obstruction/malformation/
      infection, viral infections, parasite infections,
      auto immune disease, hereditary conditions where
      the body holds onto too much copper or iron,
      metabolic disease where the liver isn't able to
      handle glucose well or there is a deficiency of
      an enzyme being made, cardiac/vascular problems,
      tumors/cysts/cancer/growths, and there are others.

      You should be with a gastroenterologist or
      hepatologist now, if your levels stay high.
      The very best test, that is done,
      to see how far advance a problem with the liver is...
      is the liver biopsy.

      A very slight elevation of the liver tests is not
      a cause for concern, as no one blood testing is
      100% accurate. The doctors may do more
      testing to see if these elevations do stay high.
      Things like exercising before the test is done,
      or receiving an intramuscular injection and there
      are other things that can cause an elevation.
      Some people naturally have an elevated amount,
      all the time.
      Wait and see what your next blood tests show.
      These may return to the normal level. If not...
      then what I mentioned first, should be taken
      into consideration.

      I hope things work out well for you.
      Best wishes

  2. QUESTION:
    What would cause someones liver function to be elevated??
    My husband had his annual physical exam and had his blood drawn. The results came back with an "elevated liver function" and was told to avoid tylenol and alchohol. He does not take tylenol or drink alchohol.
    He does take advil usually a few times a week, due to headaches.

    • ANSWER:
      This is something you need to talk with your physician about. Ask your doc what this means...Tell him that he is not taking Tyenolbut Advil for headaches (which if he is having this a few times a week, that would also concern me.
      Gastroenterologists also are specialists dealing with the liver and other related organs. In brief, if you can, stop any drugs that are known to have the potential to damage the liver (e.g., ketoconazole). There can also be interactions between drugs that might lead to elevated liver enzymes -- so you might have to stop several drugs. Also 'natural' food products/supplements/herbal preparations might cause liver problems.

      It would also be wise to eliminate any possibility of him having hepatitis A, B or C. There are standard lab tests for this.

      The liver, if not too damaged, will in time most likely repair itself if the drug causing the damage is stopped. The use of an extract of milk thistle may help speed up the process. Silibinin and silymarin are two of these extracts.
      Also
      Bilirubin is elevated in the case of liver disease or with the use of drugs that are toxic to the liver (hepatotoxic).

  3. QUESTION:
    Is elevated liver function levels a bad thing or can it be ok?
    I had a blood test this morning as i went to the doctors with extreme indigestion pain. He thinks i may have an ulcer but wanted to run a few more tests as well. He actually rang me at home tonight to tell me the liver results were elevated and did i feel ok? Al so said if i get the pain back to go to emergency straight away. I have another appointment with him tomorrow. Should i be worried???

    • ANSWER:
      If the pain comes on please go to emergency - raised liver enzymes are fairly serious if they exist along with severe abdominal pain...it could be several things but they all need treatment promptly

      Wait till tomorrow to see what your doc says.

  4. QUESTION:
    elevated liver function, elevated thyroid and slight anemia?
    would could possibly be going on with the elevated liver and thyroid? i just had a baby almost 3 months ago, so i'm figuring the anemia is from that, but maybe not. any help is appreciated. they're sending me for more bloodwork. sorry, i don't have any numbers; they just told me this over the phone.

    • ANSWER:
      i actually just went to the doctor today with similar results. i have known i have had hypothyroidism for 3 months now, and they just upped the dosage of my levothyroxine because my TSH levels were still low. my liver came back elevated (they think) due to the condition and the weight it has made me put on, but they are ordering an ultrasound just to be sure, which is probably what they will do for you too. if your levels are high with thyroid, it is hyperthyroidism which is the opposite of what i have, so i don't think that would affect your liver. if you drink heavily or anything like that it can really affect the liver by causing fatty liver disease. there is also non-alcoholic fatty liver disease which is what i most likely have from the added weight i have gained due to thyroid problems. the anemia doesn't make too much sense to me unless you are obviously bleeding, of course. hyper/hypo thyroid problems can cause a very uneven menstrual cycle and that is what is causing my own anemia, longer than usual cycles. hope this helps some! i am no doctor, but you seemed to be having similar problems! don't freak out - you'll be ok ;D

  5. QUESTION:
    elevated liver enzymes and elevated kidney function?
    I just got back some blood test results, and it showed elevated liver enzymes and elevated kidney function. What does this mean? I had the same test done about 2 months ago, and the results were the same. Now they don't want to do anything until they do another blood test in 6 months. Can anyone tell me what could be going on, and should I wait for 6 months?

    • ANSWER:
      You should be with a gastroenterologist now.
      He will do more blood tests to see if the liver cells
      have become damaged:
      1) the liver enzymes are made by the liver cells...
      when there is damage to the liver cells, these enzymes
      will leak out and go higher in the blood. However,
      there is only one liver enzyme that is specific to the
      liver (because it is made mostly by the liver cells)
      and that is the ALT. The other enzymes are found
      in other organs, also.
      These tests can be higher if you exercised before
      the test was done, had an intramuscular injection or
      muscle injury.
      The enzymes in the liver are known as the ALT, AST,
      GGT, and Alkaline Phosphatase
      2) The liver function tests will give the doctor an idea
      of how well the cells of the liver are still able to do
      the many functions, the liver does as a whole, to
      keep the body well.
      The liver function tests are the Bilirubin, INR, Albumin,
      Pt, PTT.
      3) The liver viral tests will show if a virus has entered
      the body and is using the liver cells to replicate itself.
      (these virus are known as Hepatitis A,B,C,ETC.
      4) The liver cancer tests known as alpha fetoprotein.

      All these tests can be looked up for an explanation at
      this site:
      http://www.labtestsonline.org
      OR you can place "liver function tests" or "liver enzymes"
      in your search engine and it will bring up much information
      on them.

      To check how well the kidney's are functioning...this would
      be the Creatinine test and the Bun test.
      Creatinine is a product produced from the use of our muscles.
      The kidney dispose of this in our urine. If the kidneys cannot
      remove this from the blood and let it go into the urine, then
      the kidneys are having a problem.
      Bun stands for Blood Urea Nitrogen. When our body's
      use protein, it produces ammonia as a by product. The
      liver takes this ammonia and converts it into urea, that
      the kidneys pick up so it will also go out in the urine.
      This will also show if the kidneys is having a problem.

      It depends on what these tests show, whether you have
      a liver or kidney problem.
      When the liver cells become damaged, the immune
      system of the body will respond to this damage and
      cause inflammation inside the liver (which will cause
      the liver to enlarge in size). An ultrasound test will
      show if this enlargement has taken place.
      Someone who has liver problems can develop kidney
      problems because the liver isn't able to handle toxins
      (to convert them to a non toxic form) the way it used
      to and it puts a strain on the kidneys to do this.
      However, this usually occurs if someone has advanced
      in liver disease.

      There are many things that can cause a liver problem:
      alcohol consumption, medication toxification,
      chemical exposure, mushroom poisoning,
      hereditary conditions, metabolic disorders,
      auto immune disease, fatty liver disease,
      viral or parasite infections, cardiac/vascular
      problems, cancer/cysts/growth/tumors,
      biliary obstruction/malformation/infections
      and others.

      All liver patients are told, "no alcohol".
      They are not suppose to take any medications
      that are not approved of or prescribed by their
      doctors (over the counter, herbs, herbal teas,
      vitamins, minerals, supplements, etc)

      If you find the cause of the liver problem and
      it can be stopped, then the liver cells may heal
      and the problem can be reversed. It is only when
      the liver cells die off and form scar tissue inside
      the liver that it becomes irreversible...progressive
      disease, known as Cirrhosis.

      Elevated kidney function can come from electrolyte
      imbalance or being dehydrated, also.
      Considering you have two sets of blood tests done
      that both show a problem...I believe 3 months to
      wait for the next blood test or a referral to a specialist
      is warranted. No one blood test is 100% accurate,
      but two and a comparison between them should be
      sufficient to make a determination on whether you
      need other tests done. It depends on much,
      out of normal range, these tests really where.

      I hope this information has been of some help.
      Best wishes to you

  6. QUESTION:
    Elevated liver function test?
    Elevated liver function test?
    what does a elevated ggt liver enzyme mean?

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    Elevated liver function mean?
    Dear Friends

    I did my medical checkup for insurance policy

    Where they rejected the same saying elevated liver function .

    Please update what it mean, also Insurance company is ready to give policy by increasing premimum amout by 25%

    So could you tell me in detail , What is exactly and what measures i have to take in this case

    Please guide on same

    Regards
    Kshitij Yelkar

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  8. QUESTION:
    Elevated liver function?
    My fiance's blood test showed slightly elevated liver function. They did find that he has H. Pylori (stomach bacteria) and are treating that. They want him to get a liver function test. What are the chances this is cancer? Do many people have elevated liver function? He RARELY if ever takes any kind of medication (even tylenol or over the counter). If he had hepatitis it would have shown on the blood test wouldn't it?
    Should we be concerned?
    The numbers were 794.8

    • ANSWER:
      Don't stress yet. Let the doctor run the tests and give you a diagnosis. If the doctors weren't specifically testing for Hepatitis, then it wouldn't show up in routine blood work. You mentioned he doesn't take a lot of medicine, so forgive me for asking, but how often does he drink? Alcohol affects the liver too. Since I don't know what test gave you that number, I can't tell what it might be related to, and if it is a cause of concern. Liver function is a whole panel of 5 or 6 tests. You should have a specific word or abbreviation associated with that number.

  9. QUESTION:
    can taking to much coral calcium cause elevated liver functions?
    trying to get life insurance policy I can get it but at high risk rate. i been doubling up on my coral calcium and i think that the reason I have a high elevated liver function. Any thought?

    • ANSWER:
      Unless it's contaminated with a liver toxin coral calcium would not affect your liver functions. It is possible to overdose on calcium, however, so be cautious about "doubling up" your dose. (Google "calcium overdose" for details.)

  10. QUESTION:
    Elevated Liver Function....?
    I have had elevated liver function for like 10 years now. I don't drink as much as I used to and they still haven't gone down. I read some where that it could be a sign for pancreatic cancer, which is really common in my mothers side of the family. Should I worry? If I continue to drink rarely, could it go down? I am not real sure what all it could be caused from. I would appreciate any and all advice. Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Fructose is metabolized in the liver exactly the same as alcohol. A 12 oz soda causes the same liver damage as a 12 oz beer. Fructose is now the number one source of calories in America.

      Read the labels. Odds are you've been eating fructose at every meal for years. Watch the videos linked below. They both say fructose causes fatty liver disease.

  11. QUESTION:
    Elevated Liver Function - any ideas which ones? I know the results.?
    I've had a string of liver function tests and 2 results keeps coming back as slightly elevated, but they are higher each time. Only problem is I didn't ask which ones! I'm having another test in 2 months and if they keep climbing, I'll be sent to a specialist.

    Anyhoo, one result was 133 which the dr said was about 10% higher than the normal upper limit (it had +2 next to it) and the other was 63 which he said was about 50% higher than the normal upper limit (it had a +1).

    Sounds cryptic to me, but maybe someone knows which of the 7 they test are the two in question?

    Oh, and I'm not much of a drinker, don't have any hep, fatty liver or anything else that comes up on the more thorough blood test - thus why a specialist will be the next step.

    • ANSWER:
      The first test sounds like Alkaline Phosphatase. Adult normal ranges generally run from 50 - 120 U/L depending on the methodology. So this is a likely candidate for your first test results of 133.

      The second test sounds like it could be either AST or ALT. Both are generally tested when assaying for liver function.
      The normal range for both is < 50 U/L (again, depending on methodology).

      The +2 and +1 may just have been an indicator as to how much higher than expected the results. Docs really don't pay much attention to the number, they initially look for the 'flags' next to the result.
      When they get to comparing initial to more recent results, the number comparison becomes more meaningful to them.

      Referral to a specialist seems appropriate.
      There are a number of different diagnoses that need to be considered.

      Good luck! HTH

  12. QUESTION:
    has anyone had elevated liver function tests after having Mirena inserted?
    I have always had slightly elevated ALT and AST test results but after having Mirena put in in May, my doctor I saw on June 6 said I needed to see a gastro doctor because they were more elevated. The gasto doctor now wants to do a liver biopsy. All hepatitis's have been ruled out and I still have a fatty liver. In researching Mirena, it is contraindicated for people with liver disease which might include metabolic disorders. I have metabolic syndrome and pre-diabetes. I am wondering if anyone else has shown elevated liver function tests after using Mirena.

    • ANSWER:
      I had elevated liver function tests aswell, but in the end i was fine.

  13. QUESTION:
    Excessive thirst / dry mouth...liver function test showed an elevated liver function?
    I'm a 23 year old male who rarely consumes alcohol. I have had a mystery illness for the past couple of months.
    The symptoms include: Extreme fatigue, a spacey feeling or dream like feeling, insomnia, excessive thirst, dry mouth, floaters, and occasionally experiencing minor chest pains and or shortness of breathe.

    I have had blood work done to try and find out the problem, and I recently had a liver function test done which showed an elevated liver function. The doctor thought maybe it was a lab error so he told me there is nothing to be worry about and that I could have another test done with in the next 3 months.

    I cant figure out why my liver function would be high since I hardly drink, the only thing I can think of is using creatine for a couple of months while I was working out, around a year and half ago. I also used ecstasy 3-4 times and smoked weed occasionally but this was around 3-4 years ago.

    Any input would be much appreciated, thanks.

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  14. QUESTION:
    elevated liver function test?
    what does a elevated ggt liver enzyme mean?

    • ANSWER:
      The Test

      How is it used?
      When is it ordered?
      What does the test result mean?
      Is there anything else I should know?

      How is it used?
      The GGT test helps to detect liver and bile duct injury. While some doctors use it in all people they suspect of having liver disease, others use it only to help explain the cause of other changes or if they suspect alcohol abuse. For example, both ALP and GGT are elevated in disease of the bile ducts and in some liver diseases, but only ALP will be elevated in bone disease. If the GGT level is normal in a person with a high ALP, the cause is most likely bone disease. GGT can also be used to screen for chronic alcohol abuse (it will be elevated in about 75% of chronic drinkers).

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      When is it ordered?
      A doctor usually orders GGT along with other tests to evaluate a person who has signs or symptoms that suggest liver disease. Some of the symptoms of liver injury include jaundice, nausea, vomiting, abdominal swelling, abdominal pain, pruritus (severe itching), and fatigue.

      GGT is increased in most diseases that cause acute damage to the liver or bile ducts, but is usually not helpful in distinguishing between different causes of liver damage. For this reason, use of GGT is controversial, and guidelines published by the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases do not recommend routine use of GGT. These guidelines suggest that it can be useful in determining the cause of a high ALP. In persons with a history of alcohol abuse who have completed alcohol treatment, GGT may be used to monitor compliance with the treatment program.

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      What does the test result mean?
      NOTE: A standard reference range is not available for this test. Because reference values are dependent on many factors, including patient age, gender, sample population, and test method, numeric test results have different meanings in different labs. Your lab report should include the specific reference range for your test. Lab Tests Online strongly recommends that you discuss your test results with your doctor. For more information on reference ranges, please read Reference Ranges and What They Mean.

      Doctors are not usually concerned with low or normal levels, but they do indicate that it is unlikely that a patient has liver disease.

      Elevated GGT levels indicate that something is going on with your liver but not specifically what. In general, the higher the level the greater the “insult” to your liver. Elevated levels may be due to liver disease, but they may also be due to congestive heart failure, alcohol consumption, and use of many prescription and non-prescription drugs including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), lipid-lowering drugs, antibiotics, histamine blockers (used to treat excess stomach acid production), antifungal agents, seizure control medications, antidepressants, and hormones such as testosterone. Oral contraceptives (birth control pills) and clofibrate can decrease GGT levels.
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      Is there anything else I should know?
      Even small amounts of alcohol within 24 hours of your GGT test may cause a temporary increase in the GGT. If this occurs, your doctor may want to repeat the test to verify that it is normal.

      Smoking can also increase GGT.

      Levels of GGT increase with age in women, but not in men, and are always somewhat higher in men than in women.

      GGT is about twice as high in persons of African ancestry as in those of European ancestry.

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  15. QUESTION:
    My blood test says ferritin 457 and very elevated liver function tests, what could this be?

    • ANSWER:
      maybe hemochromatosis?
      you need to go back for more tests.
      I had very elevated liver enzymes,i was really sick,itchy all over,tired.
      If you drink alcohol,this is a warning for you to stop ASAP!
      if you don't drink,this is something serious.
      Did you have your gall bladder removed?do you have any stones maybe?all these things must be checked,and get tested for hepatitis too!

  16. QUESTION:
    should i worry about my elevated liver function tests below, i was denied life insurance?
    Ggtp 301
    Sgot 46
    Sgpt 52
    Alk Phos 117
    Thanks
    Fred

    • ANSWER:
      You can easily check life insurance quotes in internet, for example here - lifeinsurance.awardspace.info

  17. QUESTION:
    what is elevated liver function?
    And if u can give me a website. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      elevated liver function is also known as elevated liver enzymes. your doctor orderd a complete metabolic panel- which test the chemical metabolites in your body such as glucose, sodium, chloride, etc. this test also includes liver enzymes such as ALT, AST and possibly GGT. liver enzymes tests for the overall function of you liver. they can become increased due to many things like medication, alcoholic liver disease, hepatitis, and other disease states. copy and paste the link below for more info:

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/elevated-liver-enzymes/HQ01011

  18. QUESTION:
    question here about my fatty liver and elevated liver function tests that keep going a little bit highter?
    each time I get my blood test done. what I need to know now considering I do not drink or have hep b or c nor am I obese although I am working at losing a few kilos, what I want to know is can my level come back down and my fatty liver go if I eat the right foods and exercise and lose weight? Is that a 100% guarantee? so if I exercise regular basis and eat better then I have been will my fatty liver go? and will my levels come back down?
    answer this, yep I went for a jog today and I will be going for anther one tomorrow infact I would love to jog about 5 days a week and yep I have been eating a lot ofgarbage and now is the time to eat better. tonight for dinner I had a bowl of low fat noodles and some chocolate low fat mouse. and before I go to bed a hot cup of choclate mild drink. yep in 3 months time I will go back to the doctors to get another blood test to see if it has come down and if not I will see a gastrointeroligst but I hope it comes down as it should, hey want about Aroapax I am on currently will that make it worse

    • ANSWER:
      A healthy diet and exercise will bring it down, if you go to a naturopath or nutritionist they can assist you with supplements to assist your liver and diet recommendations. Eventually with fatty liver you can sustain permanent damage to the liver but early on it is possible to fix the problem so now is the time to make some permanent lifestyle changes to improve your health.
      If you are in Australia you can go to http://atms.com.au/atmsPrac/Find.asp to find a suitably qualified nutritionist or naturopath in your area.
      I am a nutritionist and I have helped clients in your situation back to good health.

  19. QUESTION:
    What exactly is a doctor looking for in a LFT "Liver Function Test" if my liver has slightly elevated levels?
    I had just some routine bloodwork done this Monday, and I have to get it redone in 6 weeks non-fasting, this time because my doctor states there were some slightly elevated levels where I need this LFT test done now. Does this has any reason to cause me any concern?

    • ANSWER:
      I would not worry just yet lots of things can cause elevated liver counts.like fat intake,Tylenol and many other minor things. just wait and see what the doc says.Mine gets elevated quite often usually by tylenol and or the foods i eat

  20. QUESTION:
    elevated liver function tests.....concerned?
    my dermatologist drew blood and my alt and ast came back really high...... my only other blood test a yr. earlier was normal.

    i want to know possible causes of this.... they re-drew blood and i'm waiting those results but getting paranoid...

    two days before the first test i had taken about 5 percocets in about 5 hours.... a one time thing... which may have been the cause??

    i did take valium for an extended period of time... but stopped about 2 or 3 months ago.... would that still be showing up??

    i have recently changed my diet to a High protein - low carb diet... and exercised alot... would that be a cause??

    any insight is appreciated..

    • ANSWER:
      The liver enzymes can be raised by
      overdosing on medication or taking medication that is hard on the liver.
      The liver enzymes may be up if you
      exercised alot before having the blood test
      done.

      There are many things that can cause a
      problem with the liver:
      alcohol consumption, medication
      toxification( which includes over the
      counter, herbs, prescriptions,etc),
      chemical exposure, hereditary conditions,
      mushroom poisoning, viral hepititis infection
      like Hep A,B,C, etc., auto immune disease,
      fatty liver, biliary obstruction or malformation causing strictures and others.

      There are other blood tests that can
      be done to determine if you have a problem:
      known as the liver function tests which would
      show the doctor how well the cells of the
      liver are doing the job to keep your body
      healthy and also viral testing to be sure
      you did not get a virus that is affecting
      your liver.

      I know it is hard to wait for results.
      Usually a liver problem starts out as
      inflammation of the liver cells. If it
      is treated and the cause of the problem
      is stopped...then the liver cells can heal.
      If it is not treated, it can continue on and
      cause scarring inside the liver and then
      it is hard to slow the problem down, it
      is then known as cirrhosis of the liver.

      You should tell your doctor all medication
      you are on which includes over the
      counter, herbs, vitamins, minerals,
      and prescription drugs prescribed by
      other doctors. The reason is because
      most all drugs go through the liver first
      to be broken down before going to the
      rest of the body.
      Some people are more sensitive to
      drugs than others are. This may have
      come from the Percocet....it is for
      the doctor to determine the cause for
      sure.
      Percocet has "up to" 650mg of tylenol in
      it. Tylenol has been determined, "if
      taken in excess", can cause damage to
      the liver cells...especially if combined
      with alcohol.
      Here is a link about Percocet...notice
      the section on How to take Percocet:
      http://www.drugs.com/percocet.html
      I hope this is of some help to you.
      Tylenol is combined with many other
      drugs and also is used by itself...it
      is very easy to overdose on it. When
      I fiqured out how much you took with
      5 tablets...it came out to be 3250mg..
      which should of been in normal range of
      taking. It will depend on how many pills
      you took at one time and how far apart
      you took the medication and if you
      used any other drugs that contain it.

  21. QUESTION:
    Elevated liver function tests?
    My PCP ordered some blood work and here are my results. ALT 127 H reference range 6-40
    AST 54H reference range 10-30
    Protein, total 8.7H reference range 6.2-8.3
    ANACHOICE (TM) SCREEN positive reference range neg.
    ANA PATTERN SPECKLED
    ANTINUCLEAR ANTIBODIES 1:80H
    Ferritin 285H reference range 10-154
    I have an appt with a doc on Friday but I just can't wait to see what he is going to tell me. Does anybody possible know what could be wrong with me? BTW my blood work said Iam neg. for hep A,B,C.

    • ANSWER:
      Results may be used to indicate a precise diagnosis of the cause of liver disease. Elevations in serum iron, the percent of iron saturated in blood, or the iron storage protein ferritin may indicate the presence of hemochromatosis, a liver disease associated with excess iron storage. In another disease involving abnormal metabolism of metals, Wilson's disease, there is an accumulation of copper in the liver, a deficiency of serum ceruloplasmin and excessive excretion of copper into the urine. Low levels of serum alpha-1-antitrypsin may indicate the presence of lung and/or liver disease in children or adults with alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency. A positive antimitochondrial antibody indicates the underlying condition of primary biliary cirrhosis. Striking elevations of serum globulin, another protein in blood, and the presence of antinuclear antibodies or antismooth muscle antibodies are clues to the diagnosis of autoimmune hepatitis. Finally, there are specific blood tests that allow the precise diagnosis of hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and hepatitis D.

      In summary, blood tests are used to diagnose or monitor liver disease. They may be simply markers of disease (e.g., ALT, AST, alkaline phosphatase, and GGT), more true indicators of overall liver function (serum bilirubin, serum albumin, and prothrombin time) or specific tests that allow the diagnosis of an underlying cause of liver disease. Interpretation of these liver tests is a sophisticated process that your physician will utilize in the context of your medical history, physical examination, and other tests such as X-rays or imaging studies of the liver.

      you may also find the link here very informative about your ANA results- your antinuclear antibodies is high:
      http://dpalm.med.uth.tmc.edu/clinicalservices/Interps/ANA.html

  22. QUESTION:
    How can I make my liver function better?
    My recent blood tests have shown my liver to be functioning at an elevated level. I need antifungal meds that are somewhat toxic to the liver, but the doctor will not prescribe them to me because of the risk due to the elevated function.

    What can I do to bring my liver test results back to the normal/safe range that will allow me to take the pills I need?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have any diseases that have done some damage to the liver those diseaes or conditions should be treated.
      For example you have to refrain from taking alcohol.
      If you had certain diseases like hepatiis liver function can be affected.
      So you should meet a physician and find out the reasons for the elevation of those blood enzymes.

  23. QUESTION:
    will I have a problem passing z-visa health check in China if I have elevated enzyme levels (liver function)?
    I had a physical here (US), no AIDS, no syphilis, no STDs, nor anything else...but my liver levels were a bit elevated (I don't know the exact numbers yet). Will this be a problem for the visa?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure about your condition, but as long as it isn't contagious or won't affect your work, then it's fine. You could take some medications to lower your enzyme level.

  24. QUESTION:
    My almost 10 year old Bichon - elevated blood levels - liver function help..?
    My almost 10 year old Bichon has been healthy and showed no signs of an issue but at a routine blood test for a teeth cleaning she had an elevated blood value they said can be linked to liver damage. They did the liver test 2x (6 months apart ) and both came out okay but that value has climbed 200 points since than even though she is on a liver diet food. They no want to add liver function supplements, which I will start tomorrow. She has been on a steroid every summer for a month or so since she seems to get a skin allergy, but this only happens once a year (I read sometimes steroids can affect the situation so wanted to include all the information.) Why are the levels continuing to go up while she is already on the diet? Should I consider adding a milk thistle supplement for her? I love my dog and want to make sure this treatment is effective so the problem does not go any further. I am currently living inEurope and want to make sure she is getting the same care she would by the great vets in the USA. Please let me know what you think. Thank you!
    I read on vet websites that milk thistle is sometimes encouraged by vets and would not give her it without consulting mine, but wanted other dog owners with experience to answer the question. Also considering this is her first real problem and she is almost 10 years old, I am not believing this is an inbreeding issue (although could be genetic) and wondering how you came to the conclusion she is severely inbred? Any REAL dog owners that can input would be appreciated!
    Level was up 200 points (from 300 to 500)

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Linda,

      I have experience with this in two Scottish Terriers. Ask your vet about a supplement called Denamarin (link below). Denamarin is a supplement that contains milk thistle and SAM-e and can aid in liver support and liver repair.

      You don't mention which level. There is an Alkaline Phosphatase level (ALP) and Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) that are frequently measured. Scotties tend to run abnormal ALP values. My dogs' normal levels were 600-900. I had one dog develop hepatitis (complication from multiple major health problems) and her two levels were 2,000 and 1,800. After six weeks on Denamarin along with an antibiotic for the infection, her levels each dropped by 800 each. (No long term results because she passed from an unrelated problem). My other Scottie took a supplement called Denosyl (link below) and had a drop in liver values, but not as dramatic. His ALP was higher than your dog's. He passed at age 14 1/2 due to problems with the liver (cancer that the vet suspected originated elsewhere in the body and spread).

      An elevated ALP level is frequently seen in dogs that develop Cushing's disease. You may want to do some research on Cushings and see if your dog has any additional symptoms of this. I'm thinking probably not, since the vet would have picked up on this.

      You are correct in your thinking of the milk thistle supplement. I don't know if you can obtain Denamarin where you are or if it is cost-prohibitive (if I recall, it was rather expensive in the US). I have heard some dog owners do give the human supplements for milk thistle and SAM-e, but the vet needs to OK this and give the appropriate dose. I wish you luck. I've been here and I know how scary it is. If there is any way to avoid the steroids this year and give allergy medication instead, I would try that. There are links to liver damage with steroid drugs. One of my dogs mentioned above had allergies as well. Good luck.

  25. QUESTION:
    AST and ALT liver function slightly elevated?
    I went to the doctor a month and 1/2 ago....ast and alt numbers were about 139 for one and 69 for the other....2 weeks later, they came down to 46 and 69 and then I went back a month later and just found out my numbers are still slightly elevated but not normal (i think they were 79 and 47?)....I am going to a stomach specialist in the next month or so....any ideas on what this could be? I am a little nervous but my doctor doesn't seem too concerned!

    • ANSWER:
      in some labs those numbers aren't elevated at all, so no, your doctor wouldn't be concerned. Simple inflammation of one kind or another can cause a mild elevation in liver functions.

  26. QUESTION:
    What can cause continually rising liver function tests when the obvious has been ruled out?
    I don't drink, don't do drugs except teh ones I am prescribed. I have been taken off every Rx that affects my liver. My liver isn't swollen nor does it cause pain, but I have had an elevated Alkaline Phos since dirt and now the other enzymes are elevating to many times above normal. Short of having a liver Bx, are ther any foods or topical sources that could cause me to have chronically elevated liver enzymes? Please take this question seriously - my health, possibly my life is at stake. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many different liver enzymes we measure, and they all mean different things. The big three classifications are for intracellular damage, secretion and synthetic function.

      Liver markers for intracellular damage are ALT (most sensative) and AST. These have been called SGOT and SGPT in older classification systems. These are naturally occuring enzymes wich function inside liver cells. When liver cells are damaged, they leak out into the blood system and blood counts of these markers increase. So they indicate liver destruction. Most often this is from an insult of something [toxic] the cells are trying to proccess but can't. Alcohol is the classic example. Obesity and fat can have the same effect as alcohol. Prescribed medications can themselves be toxic this way if they overwhelm the liver's capacity to metabolize them. Other times its over the counter meds, herbs, alternative therapies. A second proccess that damages liver cells is viral infection, most often Hepatitis A, B, C, D or F but also CMV, HIV. Also intracellular bacterial infection like TB. Other causes are autoimmune (your own immune system attacks the liver) and genetic cellular damage (defect in enzymes, or ability to handle iron and/ or copper).

      The second classification of liver markers are those that tell us of secretion from the liver. Aside from metabolizing toxins as described above, the liver has a whole second duty of secreting things into your GI tract. Sometimes this is just to help with digestion (of fats) and sometimes its to elimante things from your body. The primary marker for secretion is Alk Phos. When the ducts that carry things out of the liver to the GI tract get blocked, Alk Phos and bile and other things get backed up in the liver and spill over into the bloodstream. Something has to physically block the ducts for this to happen. So causes related to this are physical. Gall stones, tumor (malignant or benign), inflammation and scaring.

      The third function of the liver is to synthesize new proteins. The main marker of this is albumin. Poor ability to synthesize new protein is usually related to overall health and nutrition and usually not do to the liver itself unless you have severe or end stage liver disease of the first type above.

      OK, OK. Now its not quite that simple. It really does depend on which exact markers are elevated. For instance, Alk Phos also comes from bone! Elevated levels of just alk phos can come from bone infection, brakes, erosion or tumor as well as hormonal mediated bone metabolism.

      Get a copy of your test results and look them up on a lab web site like the one linked below. Alternatively, post the list of test results in your question on this site.

      In the meantime, quite simply cut out any and all herbals and over the counter medications.

      Lastly, don't freak out just yet sometimes the body is just being stressed by something temporary and this may all resolve.

  27. QUESTION:
    can a dog eating cat food cause elevated liver (alt) count?
    my dog has been eating my cat food and has developed skin itching and has elevated liver functions. Could the cat food be the culprit?

    • ANSWER:
      Cat foods nutrient level are all wrong for dogs so long story short, yes this might be the issue. there are many possibilities though so it is up to your vet to determine the cause. I would keep the dog out of the cats food though.

  28. QUESTION:
    Can Gallstones cause your liver function test to be elevated or abnormal?
    Hello.

    I currently have been suffering heaps with pain in my upper-right-quadrant and have found that my liver enzymes are elevated. The symptoms of Gallstones are:

    ~steady, severe pain in the upper right section of your abdomen that may be felt right through to your back between the shoulder blades. The pain increases quickly and may last from 15 minutes to several hours before subsiding;

    ~nausea and vomiting;
    ~indigestion, flatulence or general discomfort in the abdomen; or
    ~intolerance to fatty foods.

    And i have every single one of them, the Dr even said he thinks i have gallstones. I have had lots of different tests and things and don't have any things horrible like hepatitis or anything, so do you think Or is it possible for (Gallstones) to cause my liver enzymes to raise?

    Thanks a bunch!

    • ANSWER:
      Gallstones can definitely elevate liver function tests. There are other causes for elevated liver tests as you know. Continue working with your doctor to evaluate this. Good luck.

  29. QUESTION:
    liver function blood tests was elevated, what does that mean?
    This was for a friend for a pre-employment exam... this friend is very dear to me, and I am worried

    • ANSWER:
      A number of things can cause elevated liver enzymes. Some are serious, and some aren't, so your friend should definitely discuss the blood test results with his or her doctor.

      In the US, the leading cause of elevated liver enzymes is fatty liver disease, which is not itself a particularly serious problem but can be an indication of an underlying condition.

      More serious things that can cause high liver enzymes in blood tests include viral hepatitis; autoimmune diseases such as autoimmune hepatitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, or primary biliary cirrhosis; liver damage due to medication overdose; alcoholic liver disease; and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.

      One other potential cause of high liver enzymes in a blood test is the nature of the normal limits. They're an average value that applies to most people, but if the enzymes are very slightly elevated, it's entirely possible that your friend is just one of the people who doesn't fit within the average.

      While chances are good that there's nothing seriously wrong with your friend, a follow up with a doctor is very important. If there is a serious problem, knowing about it as early as possible will give the best set of options for dealing with it.

  30. QUESTION:
    Liver Function Tests?
    Hello, I recently applied for life insurance and was told I had elevated liver function readings:
    Bili 1.7 (0.2-1.5 norm)
    AST 70 (0-33 norm)
    ALT 54 (45 norm)
    GGTP 284 (0-65 norm)
    HAA 10.9 norm (<10.5 norm)
    Yes, I've been drinking too much lately...been out of work for six months..fortunately I just found a job but what a price to pay if I killed my liver. I Now I DID drink quite a bit the night before I had the test and I've read somewhere that that could really raise the levels.
    I had had blood work done by my rheumatologist a month ago and thought all was fine since I hadn't heard back but called today and was told those numbers were high too (wonder when they were going to tell me...it's my life here....), again, I had been drinking the night before...

    So they are probably going to want to do more tests...I've been having trouble nailing them down on when and what but...
    Anyway...any suggestions on what I can do besides pray?

    • ANSWER:
      I am going to have to agree with bauer. Having elevations in the LFTs across the board would be an indication of long term high alcohol consumption, not just the result of a one night binge. They may normalize if you stop drinking, but there may also be some permanent damage there.

      It addition, there has to be concern for other hepatotoxic etiologies. (liver poisoning diseases). These could include: drugs, gall stones, cancer, hepatitis, and pancreatitis, to name a few.

  31. QUESTION:
    What could ultrasound of the liver be looking for?
    My husband's bloodwork recently showed 2 elevated liver functions. Now they want to do an ultrasound of his liver.

    He has not been diagnosed with diabetes.

    What could they be looking for? What liver problems can be detected through ultrasound?

    • ANSWER:
      I had the same thing. They look for fatty deposits on the liver, which is harmless and could cause elevated numbers. They are also looking for masses on the liver, possibly indicating cancer. It's just to cover their butts. Many times the numbers are elevated because of any medications you've taken, even OTC.

  32. QUESTION:
    elevated liver enzymes?
    I recently went to the doctor to have my liver, kidney and blood sugar levels checked because I drink between 1-3 energy drinks a day usually and I wanted to make sure I was fine.

    Unfortunately the first test showed that my liver enzymes were elevated. If I recall right, the usual was 8-44 and I was at 53-54. I say if I recall right because my doctor didn't write it on my blood test copy and I had to call them to get the actual numbers.

    I took a second test two weeks later, and it still shows levels elevated/abnormal liver function. Yet again, there was no other details on the copy other then that and my doctor recommending me to a GI. I don't know what the levels were at on the second test because its currently the weekend and the clinic is closed on the weekend.

    So, what I would like to know is what this could point to and what the GI doctor is going to do.

    I have a feeling they are going to ultrasound the liver and maybe biopsy it, but its always nice to have confirmation.

    Is my liver failing, or is this from the energy drinks?.

    • ANSWER:
      The doctors do more than one type of test to
      see how the liver is doing:
      The liver enzymes (ALT,AST,GGT,Alk PHOS)
      will show if there is possible damage to either
      the liver cells or biliary area
      The liver function tests (Bilirubin, INR, Albumin)
      will show how well the liver cells are functioning
      to keep the body well. [Liver has over 500
      functions].
      The liver viral testing to see if a virus has
      entered the body and is using the liver cells
      to replicate itself.

      It takes most of these tests to determine if
      further testing is needed...Blood tests
      are not 100% accurate, that is why you have
      more than one over a certain period of time.

      Let me explain what can happen in the liver:
      There are many causes of liver problems...
      alcohol consumption, medication toxification,
      chemical exposure, viral infection,
      parasite infections, hereditary conditions,
      fatty liver disease, auto immune disease,
      biliary obstruction/malformation/infection,
      mushroom poisonings, cancer/cysts, and
      others.

      When the liver cells become damaged,
      because of any cause, the immune system
      of the body will respond to this can cause
      inflammation to develop inside the liver...
      this will cause the liver to enlarge in size.
      The cause has to be found and stopped and
      the inflammation treated in order for the liver
      cells to heal.

      The liver cells makes enzymes, when the cells
      become damaged, these enzymes can leak
      out and go higher in the blood. However,
      a rise in the blood work can also be caused
      by exercising before the test is done. Also,
      even though they are known as the liver
      enzymes, some of them are made by other
      organs, also...so it may not be a liver problem.
      The ALT test is more specific to the liver
      because it is made mostly by the liver.

      If the liver cells start to die off, then this can
      become very serious...as it is a progressive
      disease known as Cirrhosis of the liver then.

      If the doctor thinks the liver is enlarged,
      he will suggest that an ultrasound or Ct scan
      be done. He will see this enlargement,
      any growths,tumors, cysts, how the blood
      is flowing through the liver, if you have
      gallstones, how the biliary ducts are.
      Most testing that is done is in the catagory
      of films...looking at films or pictures of the
      inside of the body. The one invasive test
      is the liver biopsy where they look at a
      direct sample of the liver and are able
      to give a more authorized diagnosis because
      of it.

      I cannot tell which test you have listed the
      results here of. If it is the ALT or AST...
      it is just mildly high according to what you
      posted as being normal. Labs have
      different ranges they consider to be normal
      range.

      I don't believe energy drinks would do this...
      I've never heard that they did.
      If you want to learn more about the testing
      I mentioned above...you can place the
      test: such as ALT in this site and they
      will tell you all about it:
      http://www.labtestsonline.org

      You are allowed to have a duplicated copy
      of your lab tests results. Just ask your
      doctor for it, he can make a copy there.
      You will see the name of the test,
      the normal range that the test should be in
      if you were healthy, and then your results.
      An H after the results means high, An L
      after the results means lower. It isn't
      hard to understand.

      The doctor may place his hand in the upper
      right hand quadrant of your abdominal area,
      just under the rib cage. He is trying to feel
      the very bottom of the liver to see if he
      can tell if it is enlarged.

      Best wishes to you...hope this has helped some.

  33. QUESTION:
    My liver Function Test shows elevated Alkaline Phosphate.other parameters normal.Possible reason & how 2 treat

    • ANSWER:
      When alkaline phosphatae (ALP) is elevated on its own, it can mean several things: First, it goes up when bones are growing, so it wil be 'elevated' in children, or in adults who have a healing fracture or other bone disorders that I won't go into. When its from the liver, it is a 'soft' indicator of biliary obstruction: it may go up if you have gallstones, particularly if they get caught up in the biliary tree. Some other more serious conditions associated with biliary obstruction will also have the same effect.

      ALP is frequently noted as an incidental finding with screening liver function tests - it means nothing important.

      So: if its only the ALP that is elevated, and you haven't any broken bones, and you are feeling well, you can either ignore it, or visit your doctor again for reassurance (which you should do anyway).

      Hope this helps.

  34. QUESTION:
    my dog has been DX with elevated liver functions and is on meds she doesn't seem to be improving, HELP anyone?

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to your vet about changing medications or seek a second opinion if you do not feel enough is being done.

      One of my cats was diagnosed with a very severe case of liver disease last fall and she did not do well with the vets regimen of strong medications in addition to fluids, force feeding and supplements. I ended up bringing her to another vet I knew after they told me to euthanize her, and got a second opinion on how we could try to treat her. It pretty much saved her life and she began eating on her own for the first time in months! She was on SamE for a longer period of time, but is now off all meds and back to her energetic self.

  35. QUESTION:
    ok serouis question before I go to bed. I have a fatty liver and my liver function tests all have elevated ?
    levels. Now about say 1 month ago my local doctor said he will do another one in 3 months time which is like 2 months now, and said if it is any Higher he will deal with it then more then likely go to a gastrointeroligst at a hospital. Now tonight for dinner I had a huge bowel of pasta with lots of cheese on it, and 2 nights ago I had a who packet of orios YUM as I had the munchies. I am not obese, but I am very very worried because I am so finding it hard to lose weight as my metabolism as slowed down. what I want to ask is this. If I keep eating pasta with lots of cheese, biscuits etc will I end up with liver damage/failure? in a way good cause I want out of this horrible pain full life. so please if you can answer this good. thanks
    hi Linus wow 1-3 weeks that is short. man. But thank goodness I know Jesus, I know where I am going. hey did they have a fatty liver to start of with to0?
    you have a point answerthis.I do now want to end up in a ward.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't want to scare you but fatty liver, if not managed medically, will lead to cirrhosis, then to liver cancer/failure. You should follow your doctors' instructions if you want to live longer. I have known friends and relatives who died of liver failure. It took only one week to three weeks.

  36. QUESTION:
    Extremely elevated liver ALT/AST levels alone grounds for ER visit?
    My wife was taken to the ER last week. The pain lasted maybe 2 hours and was mainly pain and nausea. We were informed there that she has gallstones and evidence of an enlarged bile duct (perhaps from passing a stone). Her ALT/AST levels from a liver function blood test were elevated at the time, but on a second pass blood test the day after were elevated even more so - on the order of 600 and 1000. We received the results from this second pass just today. My wife is at home now and is not showing any symptoms. So with ALT/AST levels this high from a test last week, and not showing any other symptoms, should we take her to the ER? Or just wait to see if she has any more 'attacks'? FYI we have an appointment with a surgical group to plan the removal of her gallbladder late next week.

    • ANSWER:
      If she is in " pain ", take her to the ER. She may have to have surgery alot sooner and the doctors will be notified of that.

      The liver makes bile that flows from the liver, through tube like structures(known as ducts) to the gallbladder to be stored and concentrated. When we eat and the food goes from the esophagus, to the stomach, and the first part of the intestines...hormones signal the gallbladder to contract and release this bile back into the ducts to flow to the intestines to help emulsify the fats we eat so they can be digested.

      Anything that blocks the flow of this bile, can cause the bile to back up into the liver and damage the liver cells. The cells of the liver, that become damaged, will cause the enzymes inside of them...to leak out and go higher on the blood work.

      The doctors can see these stone on an ultrasound and should be able to see if the stone is moving or completely blocking the ducts. If she is not in pain, contact the doctor office and let them know about the higher elevation and they will give you instructions on what to do...
      I think you should take action on this because there may be more than one stone in the ducts or the stone has become stuck and is not moving.

      Here is a very good link on the gallbladder and from there,there is a link about the surgery. Just click on it:
      http://www.markfuscomd.com/gallbladder.htm

      Best wishes to you both.

  37. QUESTION:
    Liver Function Test (AST and ALT Elevated)?
    My AST levels are 69 and ALT levels are 102. The range for AST is 14-50 while the range for ALT is 10-58. Can someone elaborate on what is occurring. Oh, and I keep losing weight. Within a week I've lost 4 lbs. This month (06/30-07/30) i've lost 12 lbs.. It's odd.

    • ANSWER:
      The doctor that ordered these tests needs to explain the results in the context of your medical history. There is not enough information to provide a good answer as to your abnormal results and weight loss.
      Some causes of abnormal liver enzymes include medications, infections such as hepatitis, alcohol abuse other liver diseases.
      Losing weight without trying to can be a worrisome sign.
      You definitely need to speak with your doctor.

  38. QUESTION:
    Having drank right before a liver function test?
    I had a liver function test done in July when I was a heavy drinker. I didn't know my doctor was going to order t he test and I had been drinking quite a bit before the test. My AST/ALT ratio was slightly elevated. Could being drunk during a test cause weird results?

    • ANSWER:
      Alcohol can cause the test you mentioned to be elevated.

  39. QUESTION:
    Transsexual and liver function?
    This is for the transsexual women and men here.

    Have you noticed any changes to your liver function with use of DHT blockers and other androgen blockers?

    I used propecia for a few weeks and then a herbal DHT blocker. I'm noticing that my liver functions have changed. I have slight elevated liver and when drinking alcohol i'm not getting drunk. I don't actually drink very often, in fact hardly ever. I used to get drunk very quickly and now i'm noticing that alcohol isn't having the same effect?

    I'm just wondering what damage i could have caused using DHT inhibitors? I also have dark circles under my eyes.
    Sunflower, mother nature messed with transsexuals first. Don't answer my question you are completely clueless and gave a pointless unhelpful answer. I am reporting your answer for not answering the question. Yes i am male, i am a transsexual male born with XX sex chromosomes. Don't hurt yourself trying to work out what that means.
    What time is Clones or Erica getting here?
    To clones there was only a difference after i used propecia, i also have chronic fatigue, dark circles under my eyes, but propecia reduced the hives to 70%. The hives were a previous problem induced by testosterone at the start. Blocking dht cured hives, but created other problems.
    also i am the only transsexual male to have experienced hives from T. This is not a common side effect.
    The hives are definitely from the T.

    • ANSWER:
      I never had any problems with my labwork in the 7 years approx that I took it.

      You said you used to get drunk quicker. Was that before or after T? It does make a difference!

      edit: Don't remember if I've asked you before but: Is the reaction from the T or the base that the T is in?

      edit: That's peculiar because every human being has testosterone in them. The things that make you go hmmm.

      edit: Just thought of another possibility: Maybe there is some kind of preservative in the base that you're sensitive to. I just can't believe it's the T. Is it bio-identical T?

  40. QUESTION:
    I had a liver function test done and although my ast levels went down my ast is still elevated.?
    It is at 56 when normal range is between 6 and 40.I'm not a smoker or drinker I am 40 pds. overweight though with high cholesterol. I'd had pain in the liver region after I had my gallbladder removed a few months ago and although the pain was constant then it had considerably subsided but then I was put on zocor 20mg once a day for the cholesterol and I've taken it for only 3 days and the pain is back and it's constant again like before. I've had ultrasounds done which show no inflammation so the dr says it's probably a fatty liver. But a fatty liver doesn't show up on an ultrasound I know cause I've asked the dr. When I had the gallbladder removed I asked the dr who did the surgery how my liver looked and he said fine so I'm left with the nagging question again if everything looks good then why are my alt's elevated????? I am going to the dr for this by the way but hearing input never hurts. So thanks for sharing your story if you're gone thru the same thing or even if you haven't but have something to share thanks too.

    • ANSWER:
      zocor will cause elevated alt ast tests maybe your medical doctor can prescribe a different lipid lowering agent

  41. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if my 10month old has gallstones? would his liver functions test be elevated if he did?

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    Liver function test?
    Should I reschedule my liver function test if I have had any alcochol in the last 30 days? My recent blood test had an elevated liver enzyme (not sure which one but it was only slightly elevated).

    • ANSWER:
      Definitely you should not have any alcohol for 5 days prior to the liver function test. Also avoid tylenol. Drink lots of water for 3 days before the test and you will be fine!

  43. QUESTION:
    Elevated feline liver enzymes?
    My kitten Esteban is around 7 months old. Before declawing, blood work was done and revealed elevated liver enzymes. He was put on amoxicillan for a month; the vet suspected he had a bacterial infection. He went back to the vet today, and despite the medication the levels are HIGHER than before. He is otherwise healthy, happy and playful. He is also eating and using the litter box normally, and he's too young for liver disease. I've read up plenty on liver function, but nothing related to kittens as yound as mine. Anyone have any advice?
    I DID ask the vet- I wrote this question while I was at home waiting for him to be neutered. I discussed it with her upon my return. I was merely asking for other people's insight/experiences in the mean time. Why do people waste time giving nonsense answers? Do I sound irresponsible? If I was, would I care or even KNOW about my cat's enzymes? And I don't believe de-clawing is cruel unless the cat is allowed outdoors, because it wouldn't be able to defend itself in the event of a fight with another animal. My cat is loved and extremely well-cared for, so unless you have experience in this dept, with useful things to say, go watch The Real World season 157 and leave me alone ok?

    • ANSWER:
      Did your vet still perform the declaw? If so...i would change vets!
      And FYI declawing is cruel.

  44. QUESTION:
    what are my chances of having liver cancer?
    I have recently gotten results from my bloodwork back and my bad cholesterol was a little high, everything else was fine except my liver showed elevated function. almost a year ago i got pain in my right side under my breast and some in my back. and i have gotten the pain a couple weeks ago and thats it..could it just be nothing with the elevated function..i am so worried and scared. i have two little girls, i dont see the dr until tomorrow.

    • ANSWER:
      It's hard to answer this question without your medical background, but as a hep c educator and one who knows that elevated liver enzymes may be a sign of hepatitis C, you should talk to your doctor about getting tested for hep A, B, and C. I don't know if you've had any of the risk factors, but if you have, even only one time, then you should get tested. Risk factors are blood transfusions before '92, tattoos, piercings, IV drug use (even if only once), snorting drugs, sharing razors or toothbrushes, military & medical exposure to blood, dialysis, pnuematic vaccinations (military), & risky sex (MSM, anal, or kinky where blood is involved). Best wishes.

  45. QUESTION:
    How much alcohol and in what time span will affect liver function test results?
    This is a follow up question from an earlier question.

    I had an elevated LFT result a few weeks ago, ruled out Hepatitis by blood test.

    A. Could it be due to 1200-1800 mg of ibuprofen and hydrocodone I was taking during the time for my wisdom teeth?
    B. And if not, could it be alcohol? More importantly, how much alcohol does it take to affect those tests? I hadn't drank for 3 days or so before the test.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Every person is different - that test is a snap shot of how your body is functioning. You had put a severe load on your liver and it showed and may take a while for the liver to heal. Look at the back of your pill bottles - they all worn not to take if you drink - some say 2 drinks a day. I think ibuprofen is filtered through your kidneys but still may warn of liver problems. There are industrial toxins that you come in contact with too that your liver has to deal with. You want something to scare yourself with - check out : http://www.medicinenet.com/tylenol_liver_damage/article.htm

  46. QUESTION:
    Pregnant With Elevated Liver Numbers?
    Back In 2000 I had a liver transplant and have been stable since...The beginning of this year I got pregnant..Im currently 35 weeks ;)

    Yesterday I checked into the Hospital for abdominal pain,They did a blood test which came back with high liver numbers (ALT) & (AST), as in almost 3x as what they are suppost to be...Can this be good for my unborn baby?

    Im really worried because the baby doctor at the maternity ward just sent me home like nothing was wrong!! I got the feeling they might have been just trying to rush me out of there.

    They said it wasnt that Important , but I just think they dont know to much about the liver function??

    I would think if the liver numbers are that high they would admit me for at least a day , induce labor ,or at least something of that sort....

    I have an appointment with my OB/GYN this week but just wanted to get some info on it right now....

    any info or thoughts would be very much appriciated...Sorry for the misspelled words or bad punctuation...Just in a bit of a rush =)

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    My AST and ALT levels are around 100 when I did liver function test. However I'm non-drinker and non-smoker. ?
    I have been taking Cipralex 10 mg 1 per day and Atorvasatin (cholesterol control) for a month. Any one tell me why the ast and alt levels are elevated.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many causes of a liver problem.
      However, the Alt is the only test of liver
      enzymes that is more specific to the liver.
      The AST is found in other organs also.
      These are liver enzymes that can show if
      the cells of the liver may have damaged.
      The liver function test will show how the
      cells of the liver are functioning to keep the
      body healthy...they are usually the
      bilirubin, albumin, and INR.

      Statins are known to be hard on the liver...
      the doctors will check you to see if this
      is the problem of the results of your test.
      However, they have to be sure this is
      the cause and then they will either decrease
      the amount you take or change you to
      something different.

      There are many different causes of liver
      problems: alcohol consumption, medication
      toxification, chemical exposure, mushroom
      poisoning, biliary obstruction or malformation,
      hereditary diseases, viral infections like
      Hep A,B,C, etc..., auto immune disease,
      fatty liver disease and others.

      No one blood test is 100% accurate. He
      may do more than one to determine this.

      I hope this information is of some help to you.

  48. QUESTION:
    Is anyone aware of any connection between elevated liver enzymes (ALT & AST) & the weight loss med Alli?
    I've been followed for the past 7-8 years for a chronic liver problem for which I've been on Prednisone when required to get my liver "back in check." My liver function tests had been normal until the last couple of months at which time they skyrocketed. The only new thing that I've introduced into my system is the weight loss medication Alli (orlistat 60 mg). Any answers would be greatly appreciated as this medication has really seemed to help me lose some pounds and I'd hate to stop taking it unless I absolutely have to.

    • ANSWER:
      Orlistat help you lose weight, hence you have to because of the result of your ALT and AST..the liver primarily synthesize fats and other substances..in that case your liver can't synthesize more fats because of the dysfunction in your liver.. In that sense you have to agree with them that you need to lose weight, you might experience a bad consequence.

  49. QUESTION:
    What can I take to relieve pain if I have liver damage?
    I just got my blood workup results letter from my doctor, it says that my liver function tests were significantly elevated. It also says to avoid alcohol (I don't drink anyway), tylenol, advil, aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medicines. What can I take to relieve pain?

    • ANSWER:
      Narcotics in a reduced amount. Call your doctor and ask what specifically you can take for pain and see if you can get a prescription for that medication. Different medications are metabolized in different parts of the body; liver and kidneys, mostly. Your doc can help find a medication that is eliminated in your kidneys, rather than liver.
      You might also want to try different forms of treatment depending on what kind of pain you are having; acupuncture, TENS unit, steroid injections, massage, physical therapy, Reiki, among others. Since you weren't specific about where your pain is, it's hard to say what will help you.

  50. QUESTION:
    I am a diabetic with high blood pressure and "high" liver enzymes,should I be nervous?
    I'm slightly overweight and have had elevated "liver function" tests for 11 years...yet, here I am..walking, talking, working, no yellow eyes....I think this AST/ALT is just a bunch of crap. If not, what can happen to me?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are diabetic with high blood pressure, then please make sure that you exercise regularly to maintain your blood pressure. If not, you might have problem in coming few years.

      and about the liver, its not depends on what you are doing. Its totally depends on what you eat and drink.
      I think you might have same condition with me.
      when I diagnose about my diabetes few months back, I have high liver enzymes, high cholesterol. So when I check my liver, I have fatty liver problem. After I control my cholesterol, my sugar level also comes to normal level.

      So please try to maintain your liver healthy to protect from diabetes.
      And don't eat fatty food and high cholesterol foods.