Alcohol and Drug Rehab Raleigh NC News | Liver Disease and Drinking
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In part one, we discussed that Saverio Stranges was the main author of a study that linked some of these drinking patterns with liver disease. At one point in his career, he was a research instructor at the State University of New York at Buffalo for the department of social and preventive medicine. When he was discussing how they test for liver disease, he said that GGT levels were significantly higher in both genders for current and former drinkers compared to lifetime abstainers. GGT is an enzyme that serves as a significant medical diagnostic marker.
Stranges said that these "findings also suggest that how and when drinkers consume alcohol may be as important to a healthy liver as the amount consumed" and that "these findings reveal gender differences in the effects of drinking on the liver. In men, the amount and frequency of drinking seem to be more important than pattern, while in women, pattern appears to be more important than the amount consumed. Specifically, we found that the men who drank daily had the highest levels of GGT; while in women, GGT levels were highest in those who drank only on weekends." If you or any of your friends could use help from our alcohol and drug rehab Raleigh NC facility, please call us.
The study also found that there was even a gender difference with food intake. Stranges noted that "Women who did not eat or snack when they drank had higher levels of GGT than women who drank primarily with a meal, even though the amount of alcohol was the same. In men, there was no significant difference in GGT levels between those who drank with food and those who did not. Finally, and not surprisingly, the amount of alcohol men and women could consume without causing potential liver damage, based on GGT levels, also differed. Results showed that the safe range for men was 14 to 27 drinks per week, or three a day; for women, the safe range was 7 to 14 drinks per week, or no more than two a day."
The way that men and women metabolize alcohol differently seems to be a greater contributing factor to liver disease than at first thought. With these findings women drinkers should understand that they can damage their liver quicker, with less alcohol than men putting them in a higher risk category for developing liver disease.
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