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Re: Can High SGOT and SGPT levels return to "normal"....?

Posted By karen on February 02, 1999 at 17:15:22:

In Reply to: Can High SGOT and SGPT levels return to "normal"....? posted by JBK on January 11, 1999 at 09:15:27:

On a life insurance test, I encountered high SGOT (52) and SGPT (99) numbers.  On re-test, several months later, the SGOT went down to 41 and SGPT to 81.  Just prior to each blood test on a Monday or Tuesday, I had coincidentally had very rich meals and several glasses or wine and cognac after dinner the prior weekend. From reading this forum and other sources, I have no other symptoms of any kind. I will, of course, retest after totally abstaining from any alcohol.  Just to assuage some fears prior to my scheduled MD visit, however, my question(s) are:
(1) Could a three day earlier spike in alcohol consumption generate higher numbers alone?
(2) Assuming the numbers are indicative of alcohol-related liver damage (I otherwise consume 1-3 servings of alcohol 4-5 days per week), and assuming for this question that there is in fact liver damage, can the liver damage naturally "heal" and if so, what can I do to help it.
(3) Assuming the liver "heals" through a combination of care which includes total abstinence from any alcohol, is ther some point in time that I might resume drinking even one glass of wine with a meal?
(4) In light of the news coverage that alcohol -- in some moderation appears "good" for some parts of the body, what type(s) of alcohol are acceptable and what amounts are considered "moderation" so as not to cause liver damage which might be manifested  in higher AST numbers?

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