You may not know that you have gluten intolerance, but you should be highly suspicious if you have elevated liver enzymes.
Gluten intolerance, largely a genetic disorder, can cause many health challenges. People suffering from swelling, constipation and / or diarrhea, fatigue, weight gain, bone or joint pain, dental enamel defects, depression, infertility, anemia, alopecia areata (hair loss), migraine, multiple sclerosis (MS), psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis or any of the dozens of other symptoms should suspect that their disease is related to gluten intolerance.
Elevated liver enzymes can indicate inflammation or damage to liver cells. Inflamed or injured liver cells lose more than normal amounts of certain chemicals in the bloodstream, including enzymes produced in the liver, which can cause elevated liver enzymes in blood tests. Two common liver enzymes regularly tested in most blood chemicals include AST (aspartate transaminase) and ALT (alanine transaminase).
AST (aspartate aminotransferase), previously called SGOT, can also be elevated in heart and muscle diseases and is not specific for the liver. The normal range of AST is between 0 and 45 U / L
ALT (alanine aminotransferase), which was previously called SGPT, is more specific for liver damage. The normal ALT range is 0 to 45 U / L
In addition to these two enzymes, the liver produces other enzymes, which are special protein-based molecules that aid the chemical reactions necessary to take place. Liver enzymes activate the activity in the body’s cells, accelerating and facilitating natural biochemical reactions and maintaining various metabolic processes within the liver.
I regularly see patients with high liver enzymes of “unknown etiology”, which simply means that the cause has not been discovered. A common sign of gluten intolerance is the elevation of liver enzymes. Elevated liver-related enzymes can lead to additional damage to other parts of the body outside the liver if the cause of the elevated enzymes is not discovered.
I challenged a patient of mine who has had elevated liver enzymes since she can remember being adequately tested for gluten intolerance. You probably guessed it, she was gluten intolerant. This patient agreed to eat gluten-free for the rest of her life. In a month on a proprietary specialized dietary healing plan, his liver enzymes returned to the normal range, the first time since his liver enzymes were tested many, many years ago!
Unfortunately, most doctors still use obsolete and inaccurate tests for gluten sensitivity tests. At Johnson Chiropractic Neurology and Nutrition we use the most advanced and cutting edge gluten intolerance. The tests we use include tests for genes that predispose to celiac colony and gluten intolerance (I discovered that I have one of each), as well as a special test that measures the sensitivity of one to different components (epitopes) of wheat . Until very recent times (January 2011) tests for gluten sensitivity have only been against a component of wheat; alpha gliadin. Through extensive research, Cyrex Labs has identified the twelve components of wheat that often cause an immune response. We recommend that you learn more about this specialized testsespecially if you have unexplained elevated liver enzymes.