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One of the levels in my liver function blood test keeps rising indicating that I am still drinking although I have stopped for 18 months why?

One of the levels in my liver function blood test keeps rising indicating that I am still drinking although I have stopped for 18 months why?

Possibilities: Liver tests include transaminases (ALT/SGPT, AST/SGOT, high when liver cells are being damaged), &alk phos (high when bile system or pancreas are being damaged). These enzymes are also found elsewhere:eg transaminases in muscle, alk phos in bone. Possibilities: Liver's being injured by something else (eg hepatitis C, tumor, med/nutritional supplement, fatty liver), problem is elsewhere (muscle, pancreas) ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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Blood test scares me, my GPT (ALT) is 48, the range is 10-40, does it mean I have liver disease? I don't drink, I don't smoke, I have no symptoms.

Blood test scares me, my GPT (ALT) is 48, the range is 10-40, does it mean I have liver disease? I don't drink, I don't smoke, I have no symptoms.

Abnormal AL T: ... Can be a sign of liver disease, but when the other liver tests are normal, it most likely will turn out not to be a big problem. It is important for you to have a repeat set of liver tests in a few months, to be sure that it has gone back to normal, however. If it is still abnormal, good further testing may be necessary. Be sure to follow up. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could drinking alcohol the night before a blood test raised liver enzymes?

Could drinking alcohol the night before a blood test raised liver enzymes?

Yes: It's common. Tell your physician you were partying. If the enzymes are high, they'll be repeated after a time off alcohol. ...Read more

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I do blood test for liver and I found gamma GT is 93 and I never drink alkahol so what it is meant and is it the reason for my enlarge liver?

I do blood test for liver and I found gamma GT is 93 and I never drink alkahol so what it is meant and is it the reason for my enlarge liver?

Some ideas: About 1 person in 1000 simply runs a GGT well above the reference range; it's genetic and means nothing. However, if your liver's large, something else is probably going on. It may be nothing but fatty change perhaps from not enough exercise, or your physician may order labs if other enzymes are up, or to rule out hemochromatosis ; wilson's. ...Read more

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What does GGT 64 mean? Male 32 82kg 180cm. Gp says blood test shows liver normal. Rarely drink & not on any medication. What else can cause high ggt?

What does GGT 64 mean? Male 32 82kg 180cm. Gp says blood test shows liver normal. Rarely drink & not on any medication. What else can cause high ggt?

May just be you: About one person in 1000 has an autosomal dominant trait that raises GGT without any other effect, often much higher than yours. Occasionally I have to write these folks letters to reassure their friends that they are not secretly drinking a lot of alcohol. ("you must be in deep denial.") stop worrying and if this causes you trouble from some bureaucrat, your personal physician can explain. ...Read more

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I drink a glass of wine each day. Latest blood test shows increased fat deposits in liver. Should I stop drinking wine?

I drink a glass of wine each day. Latest blood test shows increased fat deposits in liver. Should I stop drinking wine?

Fatty liver: Fatty liver is common in america, and is typically associated with alcohol ingestion, obesity, high cholesterol/triglycerides, and diabetes, among others. The more of these risk factors, the greater the risk of having fatty liver. When your liver tests in blood elevate in the setting of fatty liver, then the condition is of even greater clinical concern. Absolutely cut out alcohol! ...Read more

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Docs thought I had poor liver function from weekend binge drinking, 2nd blood test has elevated levels yet I have abstained? What could it be?

Docs thought I had poor liver function from weekend binge drinking, 2nd blood test has elevated levels yet I have abstained? What could it be?

Liver issue.: As you’ve repeated the enzyme tests and found elevated levels again, it’s time for a work-up. You need blood testing for infectious, genetic, inflammatory or metabolic issues. You also need an ultrasound to image the liver and surrounding structures. As your levels have remained high, this work-up is necessary. ...Read more

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Hi, corner of tray hit above rightfloating rib cage, 2 years ago bearable pain get worse after drinking alcohol liver pancreas blood test normal help?

Hi, corner of tray hit above rightfloating rib cage, 2 years ago bearable pain get worse after drinking alcohol liver pancreas blood test normal help?

RUQ pain: Have your tests included an ultrasound and or ct scan to thoroughly evaluate the right upper quadrant of the abdomen? I would be interested in checking for gall stones, rib cage abnormalities, although sludge in the gall bladder or certain gall stones may not be visualized. If symptoms persist consultation with a gastroenterologist or abdominal surgeon would be worthwhile. ...Read more

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Returned from a week of binge drinking & had a blood test done next day GGT 275 & HBsAb 2.0 Is alcohol the reason and is my liver damaged?

Let's sober up!: Truth be told, Ms. Deb, I'm glad you wrote. You're liver's not happy about that alcohol, and is hurting, but nothing that won't heal with sobriety. The HBsAb just means you're immune, perhaps immunized. My sense is that you already regret the binge drinking, and realize that the real danger is to your life, your brain, your career, and your relationships with those who love you. Let us help you. ...Read more

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Liver enzymes were normal in early April – AST was 32, ALT was 28, at that time I was drinking maybe 4 or 5 pints of beer on weekends (no alcohol during week). Since then, I have had 5-8 pints per wknd...blood test in a week. Will liver levels rise?

Liver enzymes were normal in early April – AST was 32, ALT was 28, at that time I was drinking maybe 4 or 5 pints of beer on weekends (no alcohol during week). Since then, I have had 5-8 pints per wknd...blood test in a week. Will liver levels rise?

May be: May be is not much of an answer and you may already know the results of your tests. However, I would like to stress that alcohol is a poison that never did anybody any good ever.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink wine before going to blood test?

Is it ok to drink wine before going to blood test?

Depends on the test: You should discuss the matter with your doctor who will be ordering the test. Generally it is better to be fasting for blood tests and have the test in the morning. ...Read more

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Can drink coffee before blood test cause elevated alt?

No: In fact, coffee has been shown to lower ast and alt. ...Read more

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When fasting for 12 hrs to do a blood test can u drink water?

Fasting Blood Test: Yes, you can drink water and eat no food for your test. ...Read more

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Can I get a copy of the blood test report from hospital after my drink was spiked?

Can I get a copy of the blood test report from hospital after my drink was spiked?

Sure can!: Your medical rights are yours! You can request a copy of any medical record. There will be a process to go through, and you might have to pay for the copies. It is always a good idea to keep a copy of your tests and procedure results at home, as well as a list of your medical conditions, allergies, and meds that you take, in case of emergency. ...Read more

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I have been drinking fairly heavily for 5 days. Before this nothing for 6 weeks. How long should I wait before I have a GGT blood test.

Be brave! EZ duz it: If you are being monitored for compliance with an abstinence program, the real question is how you will stop. Your drinking endangers yourself & probably other people. Once you start, stopping is very hard. If you have a sponsor, tell them you've had a slip & want help. You're smart enough to have found healthtap & your life & health are far more valuable than a lab. Wait a week on the test. ...Read more

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I have a high blood count due to exccesive drinking in the past and need to lower before my blood test in two weeks any other suggestions other than stop drinking which I have allready done?

No alcohol, clarify.: You likely have a naturally high concentration due to volume depletion from high alcohol intake. Alcohol dehydrates a person which is why those with gout get an attack as it increases the uric acid concentration. In your case, it likely removes water, etc. From your vessels and raises your concentration. You must specify what count/value (s) you are talking about, but water dilutes concentration. ...Read more

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What happens if I drink alcohol before a blood test?

Bad idea: It would depend on the tests to be conducted. Some tests are affected by food and alcohol. Please discuss the matter with the doctor ordering the tests. ...Read more

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Can you drink diet pop before a fasting blood test?

Can you drink diet pop before a fasting blood test?

NO: It will change the results. Fasting means fasting. Rinse your mouth out if you're dry. ...Read more

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Can you drink pedialyte while fasting for a blood test?

No: Pedialyte contains a sugar. This breaks the concept of a fast. Non-nutrient liquids only during the period of fast. ...Read more

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Before blood test I drink red bull it's possible because of it my homeglobin show 19.5?

Before blood test I drink red bull it's possible because of it my homeglobin show 19.5?

There is no such eff: No drink can have such a quick effect on your hemoglobin. It takes several days to make a amture red cell before it will increase your Hemoglobin level.
If you hemoglobin is as high as 19.5 Gms, you need to go back to your doctor who will likely repeat your blood test to confirm that you indeed have a probelm or not. Hemoglobin >18 grams is abnormal and it can be a sign of disease in your blood. ...Read more