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i had blood tests taken two weeks ago the results have came back saying my enzymes in my liver are upset what exactly does this mean i binge drink could this be the problem
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1293711 tn?1272495099
Considering you are slowly killing your liver (and thus yourself) by binge drinking I'd say it you should slow down if your life is important to you.  When you binge drink you are overloading your liver and by drinking massive amount of alcohol you are causing damage and scarring to your liver....so it won't function normally.
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The liver is one of the only organs in the body that is able to replace damaged tissue with new cells rather than scar tissue. For example, an overdose of acetaminophen (Tylenol) can destroy half of a person's liver cells in less than a week. Barring complications, the liver can repair itself completely and, within a month, the patient will show no signs of damage.

However, sometimes the liver gets overwhelmed and can't repair itself completely, especially if it's still under attack from a virus, drug, or alcohol. Scar tissue develops, which becomes difficult to reverse, and can lead to cirrhosis. Watch for dark urine, yellowing of your whites of your eyes, these are symptoms of liver failure.

If you feel you need to drink, instead of trying to limit your daily amt, try limiting how many days you drink. it will be easier to do this first. it will give your liver a chance to heal things can turn around for you. there are some foods that can help you reverse it too. here's a link
http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/liver-foods.shtml
like garlic and onions/high antiox fruits/apples, artichokes, beets and broccoli. also, Freshly squeezed lemon in hot water. Drinking freshly squeezed lemon juice in a cup of boiled water first thing in the morning helps to cleanse the liver and promote detoxification. It also stimulates bile production, cleanses the stomach and bowel and stimulates a bowel motion.

good luck. keep getting checked until your levels are normal to make sure things dont get worse.
351246 tn?1379685732
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Welcome to the MedHelp forum!
I am not sure what you mean by elevated liver levels. Many a times AST (SGOT)and ALT OR SGPT (both are collectively called transaminases) rise without any cause. Because AST is found in many other organs besides the liver, including the kidneys, the muscles, and the heart, having a high level of AST does not always (but often does) indicate that there is a liver problem. For example, even vigorous exercise may elevate AST levels in the body. However to reach at that conclusion the medical causes of these raised transaminases have to be ruled out. Causes of liver transaminase elevations include viral hepatitis, alcohol use, medication use, steatosis or steatohepatitis, and cirrhosis. Steatosis and cirrhosis are ruled out by the ultrasound. Other common health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, pancreatitis, hemolytic anemia and thyroid disease, can also cause liver transaminase elevations. Most liver diseases are characterized by greater ALT elevations than AST elevations except cirrohsis and alcohol abuse.
Raised alkaline phosphatase (The normal range is 44 to 147 IU/L (international units per liter).is often found in a growing child and at puberty. There are several bone disorders too that can raise this enzyme like rickets, osteomalacia, Paget’s disease of the bone, tumors, metastasis and recent fracture. High concentrations of GGT are found in the liver, bile ducts, and the kidney. Hence kidney and urinary problems could be causing the high GGT level. Greater-than-normal levels of GGT may indicate: congestive heart failure , cholestasis (congestion of the bile ducts) , cirrhosis, hepatitis , liver ischemia (blood flow deficiency), liver necrosis, liver tumor, use of hepatotoxic drugs (drugs toxic to liver).
Yes, binge drinking can cause liver toxicity. Please discuss further with your doctor. Hope this helps. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!


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