Have you recently had a blood test, and the results came back with high liver enzymes? It may sound like a reason to panic — and in some (not all) situations, it could indicate something’s not working properly. As Medical News Today explains, liver cells that are damaged or inflamed will release more enzymes into your bloodstream.
Typically, a doctor will order this blood test if you’re showing symptoms of a liver problem such as fatty liver disease. Getting the enzymes under control means treating the underlying condition, as well as eating the right foods to aid in the process. Here are some to enjoy that help protect the liver, and some to avoid…
What Causes a Spike in Liver Enzymes?
Medical News Today explains that 25 to 51-percent of patients with elevated liver enzymes have fatty liver disease. A doctor may order further tests to pinpoint the problem, as well as ask you more about your diet and lifestyle.
However, there are several other possible causes of higher levels. They include metabolic syndrome, hepatitis, as well as cirrhosis, which is scarring of the liver. Other potential triggers are alcohol abuse or celiac disease, adds the source. Some medications for treating pain and high cholesterol can also bump up enzyme levels.