I came across an article that caught my eye regarding celiac disease and liver abnormalities. Liver abnormalities can refer to elevated liver enzymes that can be caused from multiple liver conditions. In celiac disease, those liver conditions can range from a mild inflammation of the liver, know as celiac hepatitis, to fatty liver disease, and even chronic liver failure. The liver plays an important role to the body and has hundreds of functions; some of those include:
According to Ruba Azzam, MD, a modest elevation of liver enzymes (AST, ALT) is found to be common in untreated celiac disease, occurring in 15%-55% of patients. Also, it is important to note that celiac disease has been found in as many as 9% of patients with elevated liver enzymes. Although more research needs to be done it is expected that liver enzymes will normalize on a gluten-free diet in 6-12 months with certain liver conditions, but has not been proven for all. Celiac disease patients should follow up with their physician if liver enzymes have not begun to normalize after 6 months. If you have unexplained liver enzymes that are elevated and have not been diagnosed with celiac disease, it would be beneficial to have further testing.
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