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Low (GGT) Gamma Glutamyltransferase level in the blood

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Low (GGT) Gamma Glutamyltransferase level in the blood

What is low GGT level in the blood called?

  • Low GGT

What is the normal level of GGT in the blood?

If you need to know which are the GGT reference ranges or you require more information about the role of GGT in the blood you can visit: Normal GGT level in the blood

What does a low GGT level in the blood mean?

A GGT low level in the blood is not usually a matter for concern. It can be a sign of an unbalanced diet with vitamin or mineral deficit.

  • Mild GGT decrease (0 - 8 U/L):

    The GGT level in the blood is low. It is not associated with any medical condition or disease. It may be a consequence of an unbalanced diet with deficiency of magnesium or vitamin B6.

    GGT low level can be also present in case of hypothyroidism. If it is your case, visit your doctor.

Which factors can reduce the GGT level in the blood?

To suffer a particular health situation can reduce your GGT level in the blood:

  • Magnesium deficiency
  • Vitamin B6 deficiency
  • Pregnancy
  • Drugs
    • Oral Contraceptives
    • Fibrate
      • Clofibrate

Which diseases can reduce your GGT level in the blood?

The following diseases can explain a GGT level in the blood lower than normal:

  • Hypothyroidism

    What can I do to increase the GGT level in the blood?

    A low GGT level in the blood can be due to a magnesium deficiency. The following foods are rich in magnesium and can help you to increase the GGT level:

    • Cocoa (chocolate)
    • Nuts: Almonds, walnuts, peanuts, pistachios
    • Vegetables: spinach, chard, cabbage, broccoli
    • Fish: Salmon, tuna, mackerel

    Where can I find more information about GGT in the blood?

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    Which values are considered a low GGT level in the blood?

    The following values are considered to be below the normal range:

    IMPORTANT: These levels are expressed in U/L. They are an example of a healthy man of about 45 years old with no known disease and not taking any medication. The ranges can be different depending on the laboratory or on your personal circumstances.

    GGT Gamma Glutamyltransferase
    Mild GGT decrease
    7 U/L6 U/L5 U/L4 U/L3 U/L2 U/L1 U/L0 U/L
    foto de Dr. Javier Muga Bustamante
    Written by

    Dr. Javier Muga Bustamante

    Last update: 26/03/2020

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