I have high liver enzymes. What is the best alternative to lower my cholesterol?
If one has high liver enzymes, then the liver is working double-time thereby making it harder for your liver to regulate cholesterol.
A couple of your liver's functions are to create more HDL (high-density lipoprotein, or "good cholesterol") and to process sugars properly. The first thing would be determining the cause(s) of the high liver enzymes - and there are many.
Common causes of elevated liver enzymes include:
- Side effect of medication, such as certain nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), cholesterol medications, antibiotics or anti-seizure medications
- Drinking alcohol
- Elevated triglycerides
- Infection, such as viral hepatitis and mononucleosis
- Autoimmune disorders of the liver and bile ducts, such as autoimmune hepatitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis or primary biliary cirrhosis
- Metabolic liver...