Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase (GGT) Testing
How to check your Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase levels with a home fingerprick blood test kit
What Is A Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase Test For?
The enzyme Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase (GGT) is found throughout the body, but it is most concentrated in your liver.
This makes a GGT blood test very useful helping to assess liver function and general health.
GGT levels are usually low, but can rise following liver damage. A GGT test is also particularly sensitive to detecting bile duct problems.
Learn all about Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase Testing:
- Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase Testing UK Statistics 2021
- What If Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase Test Levels Are High?
- What If Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase Test Levels Are Low?
- How To Test Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase?
- Why Take The Liver Function Test?
- Who Should Take The Liver Function Blood Test?
- How Much Do Liver Function Tests Cost?
- What Is A GGT Blood Test?
- When Should I Take A GGT Blood Test?
- What Is Considered A High GGT?
- What Does A High GGT Mean?
- Should I Be Worried If My GGT Is High?
- What Causes A High GGT?
- How Can I Decrease My GGT Levels?
- How Long Does It Take For GGT Levels To Return To Normal?
- What Is The Process For An GGT Blood Test?
- Further Reading On Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase Tests At Home
Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase Testing UK Statistics 2021
16.5% of people tested have Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase levels which are too high.
And 1.6% have levels that are too low.
The average Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase result is 43.3 IU/L
Note what is normal for you may differ for your age and gender.
Women tend to report higher gamma-glutamyl transferase blood levels in their blood than men.
As many as one in six women tested have high levels of Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase
of people have Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase blood levels in the normal range. Do you?
Are you in the 81.9% with normal results?
What If Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase Test Levels Are High?
High levels of Gamma-Glutamyl Transpeptidase are found in people who drink a lot of alcohol or take a lot of other toxins (such as paracetamol).
This often indicates long-term liver damage and/or alcoholism. However, this damage can often be undone by adopting a healthier alcohol or toxin-free lifestyle.
Raised GGT concentrations indicate that something is going on with your liver but not specifically what.
Smoking may increase GGT concentrations and alcohol consumed within 24 hours of your GGT test may cause a temporary increase in the GGT result, if you consume alcohol regularly.
If this occurred you may want to repeat the test to verify the result.
Several drugs increase the concentration of GGT in the blood, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), lipid-lowering drugs, antibiotics, histamine blockers, antifungal agents, anticonvulsants, antidepressants, and hormones such as testosterone. These increases do not indicate damage to the liver.Otherwise, in general, the higher the result the greater the damage to your liver; these elevated concentrations may be due to liver disease or congestive heart failure.
If the GGT is very high, especially if other liver enzymes are also increased, then further investigation is needed to determine the cause.
What If Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase Test Levels Are Low?
Low or normal results are not usually of interest, but they do indicate that it is unlikely that you have liver disease.
How To Test Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase?
The Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase (GGT) Test allows you to accurately check your levels of Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase in a fingerprick blood sample.
You can check your Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase levels by buying a home fingerprick blood test kit below. Your sample is then professionally analysed in an accredited laboratory for total reassurance. The Vitall Liver Function Home Test Kit includes a Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase test and is available for just £39.
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