Hi, Lucy. I am glad that you had a response to your post. In answer to your question, enzymes are complex proteins that break down food substances, causing them to break down into simpler compounds. When the liver enzymes test as above normal, it generally means that your liver is damaged and having to work hard to break down the foods and drugs that it filters. That is why red meat is discouraged; it is the hardest substance for the liver to break down. The testing of liver enzymes is the easiest way to determine liver health or damage. However, they are not the be-all of liver knowledge. Biopsies and scans tell far more. I have hep C and had liver cancer; however, my liver enzymes were never as high as 3 x normal.
Although I have blood work every 3-4 months, the doctors rely more on the results of CT scans and MRIs with contrast (also every 3-4 mos.) to see what is going on. The blood work also includes testing for potassium, protein, etc., which are also important in liver health.
Please do not focus so much on possibly needing a transplant a few years from now. Learn to live one day at a time and do what you have to do today to feel better. Don't forget to have some fun. Eat a healthful diet and get plenty of sleep. It's important that you take care of yourself.
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