What causes high liver function levels?

Are you experiencing high liver function levels? Well, don’t panic! In this article, we’ll examine some of the potential causes while injecting a little humor along the way.

The Basics

Let’s start with what exactly liver function tests are. The liver is a vital organ that filters toxins and harmful substances from our bloodstream. When it isn’t functioning properly, certain enzymes leak into our blood, resulting in elevated liver enzyme levels.

Liver function tests typically measure alanine transaminase (ALT) and aspartate transaminase (AST) levels – two enzymes largely found inside hepatocytes or liver cells – but can also include alkaline phosphatase (ALP), albumin and bilirubin amongst others (because who doesn’t love acronyms!).

Why High Levels Matter

Elevated liver enzyme readings may indicate an underlying condition such as cirrhosis or hepatitis. However, before you start diagnosing yourself with a faulty billiary network (not recommended) , there could be other reasons for your raised enzyme count.


Ah yes.. alcohol; the good friend turned foe to many livers worldwide. Alcohol has long been known to cause havoc on both vital organs for those who indulge excessively over extended periods (or weekends) . This damage ranges from fatty deposits in the liver up to full-blown ‘alcoholic hepatitis’ where inflammation severely damages cell lifespan thus killing off healthy tissue sadly leading ultimately through addiction based disesases like Alchohol-related Cirrhosis Steatohepatitis Syndrome which unfortunately threatens even young people’s health if left unchecked…(if only drinking water was just as enjoyable!).

Another source of dietary issues indicating heightened AST/ALT levels is eating too much sugar/carbs which easily gets converted into fat since excess glucose invokes greater insulin responses within the body hence the importance of moderation in eating well-balanced foods.


Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by a virus and typically marked as hepatitis A, B, C or others (rockstars get E, F & G) . An infection can raise AST/ALT levels because it causes damage to the liver where ALT/AST enzymes are leaked into bloodstream faster than usual. Symptoms like nausea , flu-like symptoms including dark urine appearance should not be ignored.

Gallbladder Issues

About one in ten people develop gallstones at some point which could require surgery which occurs mostly due to fat-rich diets especially amongst middle-aged female demographics since excess cholesterol builds up forming stones causing bile duct blockages (good excuse for corny jokes about getting “stoned” if you ask me!) . If left untreated however it leads to cirrhosis characterized by scarring thus permanent loss function – reason enough not take chances with this one!

Autoimmune Diseases

Your body’s immune system capability defends against foreign invaders but sometimes they can mistakenly identify healthy tissues as intruders prompting an attack on your own organs leading to hepatitis autoimmune types 1-3 (bad news). Accumulated bilirubin high levels lead complications such as joint pains.This usually afflicts more women than men and has been associated with hereditary genes connectivity factors too hence genetic testing becomes necessary.

Medications Can Cause It Too!

Interestingly, certain prescription drugs also cause elevated liver enzyme readings. For example pain medications like ibuprofen slow down normal blood flow through our hepatic veins that alters their pumping strength making them weaker thereby hindering oxygen supply whilst simultaneously taking livery small breaks from other functions… and before you know it those dreaded dark colored toilet trips commence! Another common cause of raised ALT/AST levels would include hypertension medicines – so always be sure check all labels properly before consumption.


We’ve covered a lot in this article about what can cause high liver function levels. From overindulgence, to hepatitis and autoimmune diseases to medication side-effects – the key takeaway is that it’s not always straightforward and requires more than just ignoring its negative symptoms. Keeping a balanced diet paired with healthy activities like regular exercise could go a long way (making up stories for gym buddies even longer! ) but most of all reducing any alcohol intake if battling cirrhosis/alcohol-related conditions also gets one out of health dangers faster than possible so say no when you have to; perhaps try tempting yourself with water instead… Good luck getting used to tastelessness though!


None required as content is purely anecdotal.

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