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Hi all! 

When I was first diagnosed with celiac at the beginning of October 2016 my liver numbers were elevated. They were around 63 and 150ish. My question are, has anyone else experienced elevated liver numbers when recently diagnosed with celiac, is that common? What are some things I can do to get those numbers back to normal? My birthday is in late December, I'd like to enjoy a drink or two. How long can I except before I see improvement enough to where I could enjoy a gin and tonic again? 

Thank you all for your support and advice! 

Spencer

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Liver damage is very common in people with celiac.  Plan on no alcohol for a while.  Trust me it's not worth it, your body needs to heal.  Thankfully the liver is the one organ that can repair itself, but it can only do that if you help take care of it.  I wouldn't even think about drinking till your numbers are normal again, and even at that point I'd give it more time.  Your body has been threw war, time to let it heal.  Discuss with your MD taking a milk thistle supplement.  Milk thistle is a natural liver support supplement.  Just make sure anything you take states that it is gluten free.  I personally take Jarrow brand myself.

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My liver function tests showed I had elevated gamma globulin levels for about six months prior to diagnosis which worried my doctors.  They came down to normal after I adopted a strict gluten-free diet.  I have never drunk alcohol so it just goes to show that gluten alone can cause odd liver function tests! 

I have a book here, 'Celiac for Dummies', Wiley Publishing, that says that if you have newly diagnosed celiac disease, you have up to about a 40 per-cent likelihood that your liver enzyme levels (specifcially the transaminase levels) will be mildly elevated on a blood test. The authors then go on to say that it does not necesarrily mean that you have significant liver disease, and that the levels typically return to normal after a few months.

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Cell apoptosis can cause elevated liver enzymes.  Cell apoptosis is when cells die in the body.  The dying cells can exude harmful chemicals into the blood stream.   Those chemicals can cause raised liver enzymes.  The liver results should return to normal after being on  the gluten-free diet a while.   For more and better info, search for cell apoptosis in celiac disease.  Here's a link to an article on liver issues and celiac disease.

https://www.celiac.com/articles/21501/1/Celiac-Disease-and-Liver-Disorders/Page1.html

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I was dx'd with a fatty liver pre-celiac dx. Went gluten free & liver is completely normal.

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 I had an increase in my liver enzyme tests that turned out to be due to a cinnamon supplement I was taking… Once I stop taking it my liver was fine. After searching the Internet I discovered cinnamon can cause elevated enzymes in sensitive individuals. 

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34 minutes ago, admin said:

 I had an increase in my liver enzyme tests that turned out to be due to a cinnamon supplement I was taking… Once I stop taking it my liver was fine. After searching the Internet I discovered cinnamon can cause elevated enzymes in sensitive individuals. 

That's really interesting Scott. Good info.!

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Thank you all! Great information here! Just got back from my first GI visit. I am getting more blood work done this Friday to rule out other possibilities and to see whats going on with my liver now. I can say that I had a full abdominal ultrasound, back and front, radiologist reported everything looked normal there. 

My GI wants to run these tests:

-Alpha-1-Antitrypsin blood

-Ana Blood Screen W/Reflex Titer 

-Ceruloplasmin 

-Iron + TIBC Panel 

-Metanephrines Urine Fractionated 

-Vitamin D 1,25 Dihydroxy 

-Vitamin D 25-Hydroxy  

Anyone else have these tests run? Is this normal protocol?

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