test results

By rellypoo Latest Reply 2013-01-09 17:09:04 -0600
Started 2013-01-08 20:28:41 -0600

Hello my friends, I just got back from the docs with my latest blood test results. he told me my hba1c was 9.3mmol (australian) and that my fasting glucose was 13.5 mmol. I was also told that my gamma gt was 108 normal range in Australia is betwees 5-35 I do not really understand these results I knew that My hba1c would be high as my medication is not helping controll my diabetes but he said that my gamma gt result was from alcohol abuse, I was so angry as I have given up drinking for a long time now because of my health reasons and medication, it there anything else it could be from

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Nick1962 2013-01-09 10:11:21 -0600 Report

From Wikipedia (and I’m not saying the internet is right)….”Numerous drugs can raise GGT levels, including barbiturates and phenytoin. GGT elevation has also been occasionally reported following NSAIDs, St. John's wort, and aspirin. Elevated levels of GGT may also be due to congestive heart failure.”

I think this would be worth further investigation. Your meds might have something to do with it. It might also be a mistake. I’ve had numerous tests repeated because of a high number here or there, only to find out it was something benign like fatty deposits in my liver.

If levels like that were due only to alcohol consumption, you and I wouldn’t be talking right now. I may not be able to outdrink an Aussie, but my midwest German heritage has left me with a few skills to bring to the fight if I have to try.

Edit: Just out of curiosity, did the list what your anion gap number was?

rellypoo 2013-01-09 14:32:01 -0600 Report

no it didnt, I am ringing my endo today to see what so so about it. I have sent the paper work in for me to have lapband so I am playing a waiting game.

Nick1962 2013-01-09 14:55:11 -0600 Report

That test number (which should be between 3 and 11) is also kind of an alcohol indicator. If it’s high, it indicates things like lactic acidosis, ketoacidosis, diabetic ketoacidosis, or alcohol abuse.
I know when I was on Met I had one of the rare side effects of lactic acidosis which shot that number up high (that side effect wasn’t widely known then). Dr. thought it was DKA, but after a c-peptide test, that too was ruled out. Only other possible cause at the time was I drank too much and my liver was shot. But….now 3 years later and good numbers, obviously the liver still works. Coincidentally, as soon as I was able to decrease my blood pressure and cholesterol meds (and change to a generic), this number went from 17 to 7. Add to this that the sample the anion gap test is taken from has to be pretty fresh or it changes the result. I’d think if your GGT was that high up, so would the anion, and I’d seriously look at meds and ask for a do-over before I cast the alcohol net.

jayabee52 2013-01-08 21:01:25 -0600 Report

Howdy Relly

I was under the impression that A1c % levels are the same worldwide.

The gamma gt test may perhaps be better understood by going here ~ http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/ate/smokingalcohol...
Since I don't have that problem with my liver (one of the few I don't) I know little about this. However from the article one hjs to be alcohol free for 3 months to return to a normal level. Of course individual responses may vary. The article said that there is no medicine or other substance which will speed up the process.


rellypoo 2013-01-08 21:17:02 -0600 Report

thanks for that James I have been alcohol free for about 15 months now I mainly drink iced water, it is a bit more boring that alcohol but I know that I want to get my health on the right track

jayabee52 2013-01-08 21:56:20 -0600 Report

i have to drink filtered water too attempting to keep what little Kidney function I have,

But right now it does not look good for me as my kidney function is near 0 now and my heart is pumping toxic waste throughout my body. I expect to either be on dialysis again soon or be pushing up daisies.

rellypoo 2013-01-08 22:35:00 -0600 Report

I hope you are not going to push those daisies up we need people like you too keep us all sane. I hope that they can do something else for you my friend keep me posted

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s l k 2013-01-09 13:55:59 -0600 Report

I'm probably the only one thinking of the song from Doris Day "Please please don't eat the daisies"!!!!!!!!!!

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s l k 2013-01-09 17:09:04 -0600 Report

Now I'll always think of you when I hear that song (not that I hear it that often!) lol