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Gamma Glutamyl Transferase

Gamma Glutamyl Transferase

Overview

"Gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT) is an enzyme that is found in many organs throughout the body, with the highest concentrations found in the liver. GGT is elevated in the blood in most diseases that cause damage to the liver or bile ducts. This test measures the level of GGT in a blood sample.

Preparation(Before)

Inform your doctor if you are on any medications, have any allergies or underlying medical conditions before your GGT. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for GGT.

You may need to fast (not eat or drink) for 8 to 12 hours prior to the test. Your healthcare provider may advise you not to drink alcohol within 24 hours of the test.

Result explanation

Depending on your HbA1c test results your diabetic treatment plan is decided by your doctor. Since this test shows the results of three months, it shows how well the treatment is working, if you are already on diabetic treatment.

If your HbA1c test results are slightly higher than normal value then it may indicate that you are in the prediabetic stage. If your HbA1c tests results are high, there may risk of certain diseases like heart disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, stroke or eye disease.

If your HbA1c test results are higher than the normal range then it indicates that you are diabetic and need to control your blood sugar levels. If you are not on regular medication or if your blood sugars are not well maintained, then HbA1c test results show a higher value.

Your doctor may have different recommendations for you keeping in mind your overall health, weight, age, and other factors.

Gender Age groups Value

OTHER All age groups < 5.7 is normal If the test result falls in the normal reference range generally no medical intervention is necessary.

Low or normal GGT test results specify that you are less likely to have liver disease.

If the test result shows high GGT levels in the blood may indicate a problem with liver function. This can be mainly due to liver diseases like cirrhosis or hepatitis. Increased GGT levels may also be due to other diseased conditions such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, pancreatitis, or a blockage in the blood flow of the liver. Individuals who chronically abuse alcohol, smokes or who are on medicines that can cause liver damage (acetaminophen, clopidogrel, phenytoin, etc) also may show increased GGT levels in their blood. Your doctor may ask you to perform a few more additional tests to specifically locate the exact cause of the liver damage.

If GGT is measured in relative to ALP, and if both GGT and ALP are elevated, it may indicate liver disease or disease of the bile duct. Individuals with high ALP and normal GGT levels are more likely to have a bone disease.

If you have higher or lower than normal levels of GGT in blood consult your doctor for further instructions. Based on the test results, your doctor may advise appropriate medical treatments, lifestyle modifications, or further diagnostic tests.

Gender Age groups Value

MALE All age groups 12 - 48U/L

FEMALE All age groups 6 - 29 U/L If the test result falls in the normal reference range generally no medical intervention is necessary.

Low or normal GGT test results specify that you are less likely to have liver disease.

If the test result shows high GGT levels in the blood may indicate a problem with liver function. This can be mainly due to liver diseases like cirrhosis or hepatitis. Increased GGT levels may also be due to other diseased conditions such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, pancreatitis, or a blockage in the blood flow of the liver. Individuals who chronically abuse alcohol, smokes or who are on medicines that can cause liver damage (acetaminophen, clopidogrel, phenytoin, etc) also may show increased GGT levels in their blood. Your doctor may ask you to perform a few more additional tests to specifically locate the exact cause of the liver damage.

If GGT is measured in relative to ALP, and if both GGT and ALP are elevated, it may indicate liver disease or disease of the bile duct. Individuals with high ALP and normal GGT levels are more likely to have a bone disease.

If you have higher or lower than normal levels of GGT in blood consult your doctor for further instructions. Based on the test results, your doctor may advise appropriate medical treatments, lifestyle modifications, or further diagnostic tests.

Gender Age groups Value

MALE All age groups 12 - 48U/L

FEMALE All age groups 6 - 29 U/L

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