Jun 29, 2005
Dear Dr. B. Young, Thank you very much for replying to my message regarding my GGT... Further today I saw my GP who has informed me that my GGT levels have risen from 49 and is now at 67, which in view of all the various herbal medicines I am taking such as Milk Thistle, Dandelion, Beta-Carotein, Alpha-Proctin, Chlodine, I would have thought that my condition would have dropped... instead it has risen. As previously mentioned, I am instructed to carry on taking Arimidex. I feel alright although have experienced fifteen days bleeding which has now stopped. My GP for some reason is delaying my request to see a liver consultant, and will look at my situation in September, then probably he will recommend me to see a liver consultant which may take 3 months.. so with the increasing rise plus the time factor involved what would you recommend I do? We are very concious and use all the anti-oxidants fruits, berries, and vegetables, but as you can appreciate, we are very concerned as to know what is the right thing to do, would you like to see my reports if I sent them to you as an attachment... please advise. Bridgette
Response from Dr. Young
Bridgette, thanks for your follow up.
I'd emphasize that your GGT level is not very alarming. Before drawing any strong conclusions, I'd like to know what your other liver function tests (AST, ALT, bilirubin) are doing. The fact that you had bleeding raises the ante, though it's reassuring to hear that your feeling better.
I don't want to sound like a doubter (but I am), but with such a modest increase in the GGT, I'd be more inclined to worry about an exposure to a low-level toxin- quite commonly this could be alcohol, a medication or supplement (including one of the several that you're currently taking).
The first thing that I'd do if you were my patient would be to recommend that you stop all of the non-essential medicatdions and supplements, avoid Tylenol and alcohol and repeat the tests in a couple of weeks. BY
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