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Elevated Liver Enzymes

I had a doctor tell my work out partner that he had elevated liver enzymes. He went on to tell him that he should stop taking in so much protein. He only takes in about 200g on a good day. He also told him that if he wants to be healthy just get 3 square meals in and jog, but we are bodybuilders not joggers. He then went on to diagnose him as a obsesive compulsive body builder and that he could write a prescription to help him get over that. Does antbody know anything about liver enzymes and what causes them to elevate. I have read a lot of things that say protien shakes help the liver?
-Charles

Some doctors are morons and this doctor sounds like he falls into that category. See another doctor that specializes in athletics.

I went to the doctor to get my blood pressure checked (it tends to run borderline high). He took my BP, looked at my wieght chart. And with out asking one personal question about my lifestyle he told me I needed to loose weight and exercise more. I laughed under my breath, beacause I am of course a t-man 6’6"10% BF 281 lbs, and I like most of us exercise to borderline overtraining. Doctors can be the smartest idiots sometimes.

This is a subject that really hits close to home for me. I had some severely elevated liver enzymes as a result of drastic overtraining and poor diet (I lost over 80 lbs.). The first thing you need to realize is that the vast majority of doctors you’ll meet are simply robots who have been programmed to say what they were taught back in med school. The truth is, if it’s not in their textbooks, they don’t know how to treat it, so they’ll try to bullshit their way through it. Last time I checked, bodybuilding wasn’t in any medical textbooks, which is why they always shun those who pursue the healthy lifestyle you choose. I was lucky enough to realize that my doctor was an idiot and that if I was going to get better, I was going to have to figure out how to do so on my own. I met up with a local exercise physiologist who competes as a bodybuilder and he taught me how to train and eat properly. Also, I looked into an herbal supplement called Sylmarin (also found in Milk Thistle) and have been taking it ever since. I eat over 2g of protein per pound of bodyweight, train like crazy, and love every minute of it. I’m happy to report that all of my enzymes are back to normal, and I feel better than I have in 3 years. What is especially satisfying is that my doctor is still overweight and I know that I did it without his help. My recommendations would be to make sure that your friend isn’t overtraining, and tell him to supplement with Sylmarin and find a new doctor that is physically active and not afraid to think outside of the box.

I asked the same thing on the steroids side of the forum recently. The response I got from the guru’s is that high protien diets and intense workouts can cause elevated liver enzymes. Mine were only slightly elevated and neither my doctor or I am concerned. I think it really depends how high they are but a little is not so bad.
Booze can increase liver enzymes as well.

If your friend is taking steroids or pro hormones, they will cause an elevation in liver enzymes. They may also cause elevated Cholesterol and Triglycerides as well.

You might look into Gilberts (sp?) disease. It is a chronic disease characterized by an elevation in liver enzymes. There are no other symptoms and causes no adverse effects, People who gotit, jus havit. Check into it.

Any medication “could” elevate your liver enzymes. ie: Precription medication or even too many pain killers. :slight_smile:

It may very well be the working out, so I would not get excited, but hepatitis c is very sneaky and also can result in mildly evelated liver enzymes without any other symptoms. Get a bloodtest to play it safe.