What Can Cause Elevated GGT Levels?

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An elevated level of GGT could be the result of liver diseases such as scarring, necrosis, tumors, ischemia or hepatitis. Other medical conditions that could cause it include pancreatitis, diabetes or heart failure. Lung disease and the blockage of bile from the liver are other potential causes. The use of drugs that are toxic to the liver or alcohol abuse may also increase GGT levels. An elevated level of gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase enzymes indicates that there is liver damage, but the GGT test does not determine the cause. Some symptoms of high GGT include fatigue, decreased appetite, nausea, vomiting, and swelling or pain in the abdomen. Generally, the higher the level of GGT, the more damage has been done to the liver. This could rule out bone disease as the cause if the level of alkaline phosphatase enzymes in the liver is also high. Other symptoms of elevated GGT include light-colored stools, dark-colored urine, jaundice and itching. Keywords: GGT level; liver disease; lung disease
I have PBC an auto immune defect of HFE gene mutation why dont you mention this? I am 57 all supplements are stuck in my liver? its a mutation of bile ducts I was born with it but didnt catch my liver enzymes climbing till 2009 same week as my brother RIP he passed in 2013 my sister has it also she has swollen spleen,bile ducts ,type 2 diabetic and just lost her Thyroid? 3 od her 4 adult children show signs shes in denial we haveno protein aka interfurons to eat viruses and she has no T cells to eat mini cancers we make all the time Why dont you do complete rersearch for reasons for GGts to rise  its an epidemic especially in UK 20 year old women are infected only cure is liver transplant which are getting reinfected What are they doing woih the Primary Biliary Cirrosis donations?
Hello! GGT, an abbreviation for gamma-glutamyl transferase, is a liver enzyme. It is also known as a gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGTP or g-GTP). A blood test can determine your GGT level and it can be used to detect damages to the liver. GGT levels are increased in persons with diseases that cause damage to the liver and pancreas. For example, about 75 percent of people who habitually drink too much  alcohol have elevated GGTs.
Some other facts are that GGT is contained within liver cells. When these cells are damaged, the enzyme leaks into the bloodstream and can be detected with a blood test. Pancreatic cells also contain this enzyme. GGT levels are often ordered as part of routine bloodwork during a physical or checkup. What's more, GGT is particularly sensitive to alcohol, and it is elevated in alcoholism and the use of medications and drugs, which have to be processed by your liver. For women younger than 45 years, a GGT level greater than 27 units per liter is considered high. And for men and women older than 45, a GGT level greater than 38 units per liter is considered high.