FLD or fatty liver disease is commonly caused by alcohol or metabolic syndrome such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity and dyslipidemia. However, there are several factors that could also attribute to such condition. These include metabolic and nutritional factors, plus drugs and toxins.
The liver has a very important role in metabolism and other functions such as glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification of the body and since there is no artificial organ or any artificial devices at the moment that could replace all the functions of the liver, a simple malfunction due to disorders or diseases should be given immediate attention or else it could shut down the whole body system.
Thus, can a fatty liver kill you? Certainly YES if the condition becomes much complicated! However, there are helpful tips on how to reverse such condition.
It is very important to know the main root of fatty liver disease in order to give the correct treatment. Generally, there are two categories of fatty liver disease – AFLD or alcoholic fatty liver disease and NAFLD or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
1. AFLD or alcoholic fatty liver disease is primarily due to heavy consumption of alcoholic beverages. The reason for this is that alcohol hinders the oxidation of fatty acids in the liver and the release of fatty acids from the liver as it slows down the discharge of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) in the bloodstream. A person will then be advised to develop discipline with regards to alcohol level intake.
2. On the other hand, NAFLD or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is caused by several factors such as high-fat diet, obesity, diabetes, hyperinsulinemia, and metabolic disorder. Weight and sugar level are the main keywords for such disease, thus, changing of eating habits and getting involve with daily physical exercises in order to lose weight are essential for its treatment.
In the long run, AFLD or NAFLD could lead fatty liver complications such as hepatitis and cirrhosis. Both of these could be fatal. So why wait for such condition to happen. From this moment on, take care of your liver. It is recommended to have your blood tested once a year.
Also, detoxify your liver as often as you could. A healthy lifestyle comprising of a healthy diet especially with fruits and vegetables, enough rest and exercise would certainly cleanse the toxins away and pamper your liver. A pampered liver lives longer!
Frequently Asked Questions
I have NAFLD (Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease). What are my chances of getting Cirrhosis?
I went to the the ER the other day because I have had chronic diarrhea, dizziness, and abdominal pain for more than 3 months now. The Dr. found that I had NAFLD and said that I should be seeing a Dr. for this condition and said that I need MANY tests done to see what is causing it. She also said that I have to be on a vegan diet (I am not overweight) to see if it can reverse the Disease. My questions are: Is there a cure for this & What are the chances of it forming into Cirrhosis?
You should be seeing either a gastroenterlogist
or hepatologist now.
Fatty liver disease can be caused by many
different things: alcohol consumption, certain
medications like steriods, weight gain, hereditary conditions,
diabetes, insulin resistance, high cholesterol/triglyceride levels
The cause needs to be determined.
There are different stages of this disease….
Simple fatty liver doesn’t usually cause a
problem and can be easily reversed by
stopping the cause. Alot of people are very
thin and can still have this problem.
The fat pushes on the liver cells and can
even push the nucleus of the liver cell out of
place. That is why it has to be treated immediately
….so the fat will disappear and not harm the cells.
The liver is surrounded by a membrane capsule and
the fat only adds to the pressure inside the liver.
If the cells of the liver become damaged, it signals
the immune system of the body to respond to
this. The immune system then causes inflammation
to develop inside the liver, also. This will cause the
liver to enlarge in size. It then goes from simple
fatty liver to steatohepatitis. Steato means fat,
hepat means liver and itis means inflammation.
This becomes more serious…the inflammation adds
to more pressure inside the liver and the cells can
more easily start to die off. When the cells die off,
it becomes a progressive disease known as
Cirrhosis of the liver. What happens now, it the
cells die off and form scar tissue inside the liver
that blocks the flow of blood through the liver on
its way back to the heart and may also block
the flow of blood to the other liver cells and they
will continually die off.
If the patient follows the doctor instructions and
is treated for any inflammation that may have
developed…then it may never go to the point of
becoming Cirrhosis of the liver.
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I hope this information has been of some help to you.
my mildly inflammed fatty liver (non-alcoholic)…but I’m not obese?
so i have a mildly inflammed liver (mild NASH) due to extensive fatty change (fatty liver). Here’s a question though: I read that this is a condition that happens to people that are OBESE or morbidly obese. But I’m not obese…I may be overweight (was 190 lbs at 5’10 when I got tested with elevated liver enzymes). However my triglycerides and cholesterol are both high and have been rather high for the past few years. Could this be the culprit? That high cholesterol and triglycerides have caused this NASH because I’ve been just piling the fat onto the liver? I have lost weight and in my ideal now at 173 and now eat a lot of vegetables/fruits/fiber and avoiding high fatty foods (junk foods) and exercising daily. They say NASH can be stopped and reversed through weight loss, exercise, good diet but most articles seem to relate it to the obese…would this work on someone that is overweight? Is the prognosis for this better on the overweight?
to babygurl: yes they did an ultrasound and it said i had a bad fatty liver. They assumed its NASH. What was the reason for your elevated enzymes? My doctors didn’t really recommend getting a biopsy done to see if its NASH unless if my enzymes were high EVEN after I’ve lost weight to my ideal, eat right and exercise.
The reason most of the articles talk about the obese is because it’s most common in that population. But it can still occur in some that is not obese. Your liver ranks #3 in terms of organs that burn the most fat.
Unfortunately it’s not able to do that because the fat in your diet is over-saturating the organ and fat is building up faster than the liver can metabolize it.
There are some supplements out there than will help you get rid of the fat on the liver. They don’t physically remove the fat from the liver, but they prevent new fat from being stored in the liver, thus allowing you to burn what’s currently there.
Try this: http://my.apexfitness.com/products/product_details.php?item=1038
Can someone please give feedback?
it’s an essay of who’s responsible for obesity in america… need help concluding
America, Home of the Fat
America, home of the free right? Wrong. America is one of the fattest nations in the world. We would think that one of the most productive and developed countries would be the healthiest. The truth however, is we are not. The question that is presented then, is who’s to blame? People always find it easier to point a finger and blame someone else. Americans are suing fast-food companies for “making them fat”, and such lawsuits are becoming more prevalent each day. Blaming the fast-food industry for obesity is like an alcoholic suing an alcohol company for giving them cirrhosis of the liver. Caesar Barber of Bronx, New York “filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Bronx Supreme Court, naming McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken” (
) because he didn’t it was unhealthy. What has happened, to self control and personal responsibility? The individual and the parents are the ones to blame for American’s obesity.
It is a parent’s responsibility to care for their child and therefore they are also responsible for their health and what they consume. A parent would not let their child do drugs, so why do they allow them to overindulge on soft drinks and unhealthy food if they both harm your health. In The Battle Against Fast Food Begins At Home Daniel Weintraub states, “It is a parents – not the government, not the fast-food companies, not the video-game manufacturers – who are responsible for teaching kids healthy eating and exercising habits” (Weintraub42). Parents much teach children how to how to exercise and get involved in physical activities. If they fail to do so they are setting their children on a path of lifetime health problems. Many parents allow and approve their child’s sedentary behavior without thinking about the consequences. Eating junk food and playing video games everyday is not benefiting them in any way, and who is responsible to get them off the couch and shooting hoops? McDonalds, Burger King, Carl’s Jr, Jack in The Box? No, of course not. It is parent’s duty as the one who cares for the child. Some people may think companies lure kids into buying food with cartoons, truth is parents need to teach children how to look out for these marketing strategies companies use because that is something they will need to know when it comes to important choices in life, like choosing auto insurance, credit companies and so forth. If children obesity
An adult individual unlike a child can make independent decisions but Americans often make the wrong decisions when it comes to managing their diets. A trip to the market could save you money an unneeded calorie intake. You can cook your own meals and know what you’re eating and manage your caloric intake but Americans simply have become addicted to fast- food, and it is their lack of discipline that has made them so obese. Sue Widemark conveys in her article Reason for Obesity, that an attitude Americans seem to have is that of “Eating is some kind of pastime…and if we feel that we are denied a bit of this fatty and very unhealthy food which we crave, that we have no quality of life” (Widemark1). Folks simply do not know when enough is enough. In Obesity Epidemic: Overeating is to Blame Mark Fergusson explains “To return to the average weights of the 1970’s we would need to reverse the increased food intake about… 500 calories a day for adults.” An individual has nothing to blame but their carelessness of what they eat and their deficiency of self-control when it comes to how much they eat. Fast-food would not make anyone obese if it was eaten in moderation. Everyone knows that too much of anything is bad. David Zinczenko in his article Don’t Blame The Eater argues that when it comes to food “Advertisements Don’t carry warning labels the way tobacco ads do” but when do Americans plan on becoming responsible for looking for this information? Certainly people who follow healthy lifestyles would ask for calorie information about what they are going to consume and the rest must learn to do the same. Over-eating is definitely a main factor of American obesity. Now, combine A lifestyle of daily fast-food and inactive behavior and you are well on your way to becoming obese.
A person, who is not willing to stay active and yet, constantly eats fast food, cannot expect to be thin. Your body needs exercise not only to look good on the outside but to be healthy on the inside as well. No one neglect their body in a way that would damage their health, but that is exactly what they do when they gorge on greasy fries and soft drinks and do not exercise. Michael Lemonick in his article “How We Grew So Big” writes that “Fully two-thirds of US adults are officially overweight and half of those have graduated to full blown obesity” he
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