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Author Topic: Ways to lower ALT levels?  (Read 11567 times)

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Offline d-boy86

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Ways to lower ALT levels?
« on: October 18, 2013, 02:30:28 pm »
My levels have been increasing over the last couple of months. Are there any things I should do to decrease them? I have stopped smoking marijuana, in fear that this may have some relation to the increase of my ALT levels. Should I change my diet? Does milk thistle actually work?


Good thing is my VL decreased from 4mil to 1mil.

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Re: Ways to lower ALT levels?
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2013, 03:00:46 pm »
One of the odd things about hep C is that the viral load and the ALT can go up and down and it doesn't mean that you are getting better or worse. Some of this is random, and a viral load drop like that (oh I hate saying this) doesn't mean anything. On the other hand, an ALT going up usually doesn't mean anything either, unless it goes way up, like several hundred points.

Rather than focusing on labs, I like to focus on health. I can measure improvements in my health, and what is good for the body is good for the liver. Fantastic on giving up smoking. Here are other suggestions, more or less in order of liver importance:
No alcohol
Caution with all drugs, prescribed, OTC, rereational, and supplements  - many are not liver-freindly
Healthy weight
Healthy diet
Coffee with caffeine appears to be protective of the liver, so unless you have a cardiac problem, coffee is good
Find an exercise plan that you can live with

I am not a fan of milk thistle since most of the stuff here in the U.S. is inferior grade and not sure it does much. It won't hurt your liver but does interfere with some meds. Avoid iron, vitamin A or too much vit C since it binds with iron.
Hope this helps.

Lucinda Porter, RN
1988 Contracted HCV
1997 Interferon nonresponder
2003 PEG + ribavirin responder-relapser
2013 Cured (Harvoni + ribavirin clinical trial)

Offline Elijah

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Re: Ways to lower ALT levels?
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2013, 03:33:57 pm »
What Lucinda said about being healthy is so true.The better your health the better change you give your body to beat it.Its not rocket science just do whats good for you and you should beat it.


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