I have recently been diagnosed as diabetic type 2, the doctor has also found high ALT and AST levels. Upon further tests my ferritan levels are around 979. I have been tested for hemochromatosis and found to have 2 of the 3 genes, so they say I am definitely a carrier but they cannot tell me I have the disease. I am not sick. I am about 50 pounds overweight. My liver ultrasound came back as fatty liver. Can weight gain be causing all these elevated enzymes?
Yes, being overweight and having type 2 diabetes can cause both the fatty liver and resulting high liver enzymes. I am not en expert in liver disease(or hemachomatosis) so I do not know how your carrier status may paly into this. but I am fairly sure that your diabetes, especially if it is not well controlled, is likely a culprit in your liver disease and high enzymes. Weight loss, dietary changes and getting your blood sugars under control(through medications if necessary, diet and exercise) should improve this substantially.
Good luck and definitely give it your best shot. It is well worth the effort.
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