Can Fatty Liver Be Reversed

If you have fatty liver, you are not alone! It is the most common liver disease in the United States.

Fatty liver is a mild liver condition where fat accumulates inside your liver cells. This build-up of fat usually causes no damage by itself. However, it can cause inflammation of the liver, which is a sign that a harmful condition is at work in your body.

What Causes Fatty Liver?

At first, you might think that eating fatty foods causes fatty liver, but this is not true.

Your liver plays an important role in the metabolism (break down) of fats. When something goes wrong in this process of metabolism it causes fat to build up in your liver.

Many health professionals believe that Candida albicans (a yeast-like bacteria found in your intestinal tract) may be the root cause fatty liver disease. Candida--the most common cause of yeast infections in women--can over-populate your digestive system and cause problems with your metabolism.

In addition, your liver is responsible for storing excess blood glucose (sugar). When your blood sugar is too high, this excess glucose is converted to fat and accumulates in your liver. Candida thrives on sugar and refined carbohydrates (which convert to sugar in your body) and can make you experience intense sugar cravings.

Your liver is also responsible for removing bacteria and toxins from your blood. And it kills germs that enter your body through the intestine. Candida and other harmful bacteria in your digestive tract produces toxic by-products. If your liver is not functioning at top capacity, then a build-up of bacteria and toxins can occur and cause inflammation and infection.

The first signs of toxic build-up are headaches, nausea and fatigue. You feel exhausted when your liver is in a constant battle to eliminate fat, sugar, and toxins from your body.

How to Cure Fatty Liver

You can reverse fatty liver by relieving the stress on your liver and giving your body what it needs to heal.

First, losing weight is by far the most important treatment. Being overweight is the most critical factor in fatty liver disease, so losing weight is essential.

Second, cut down on sugar and refined carbohydrates, especially white breads, pasta and rice. This will lower your blood sugar so your liver will not have to work so hard to store the excess glucose--which converts to fat and accumulates in your liver.

Third, eat fresh vegetables, fiber-rich whole grains, and drink plenty of water to eliminate bacteria and toxins that harm your digestive system.

Finally, use natural "cleansing" foods and supplements to purify your liver, soothe inflammation and infection, and ease the pain.

The good news is your liver has the power to regenerate and renew itself. If you're suffering from fatty liver, take heart... Your liver can heal!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can fatty liver be reversed?

    • ANSWER:
      It strongly depends on the Underlying Condition or Reason why you developed Fatty Liver.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can fatty liver syndrome on a budgie be reversed?
    I have a Budgie who i brought not long ago as an adult. And he is showing signs of fatty liver syndrome.. maybe he was fed an all seed diet before i got him. I changed his food to low fat healthy crumbles stuff but no improvement. How long will it take? I think he is pretty sick... He sleeps all day fluffed up. He is still eating and drinking. I hope he will pull through with a healthier diet.

    • ANSWER:
      The usual remedies are improved diet with lots of fresh foods,a compound of lactolace and milk thistle or aloe detox . I had a quaker with fatty liver disease and he never showed any signs of illness at all even on the eve of the day he died. I found out in a routine avian exam. He lived a happy life for several years after diagnosis. His enzyme readings were quite high but he never seemed sick. We played games every night. The only sign was an overgrown beak. You need vet help for this bird.I don't know if the disease can be reversed but it can be improved and your bird can be pretty comfortable.

  3. QUESTION:
    Q for ppl who are farmiliar with GERSON THERAPY?
    i do nto have cancer but have fatty liver disease. someone online posted that gerson's book says taking 5,000mg vitamin C a day can burn fat from the liver, reversing fatty liver disaese. does anyone know if this is treu?

    • ANSWER:
      Most who have used the Gerson Therapy as a sole cancer treatment are long dead now. If you have fatty liver, more than likely you are an alcoholic or maybe just obese. It would be rather obvious what the treatments would be, ie, get clean and sober or change your diet and lose some weight. And no, vitamin C overload doesn't cure fatty liver.

      Look it up

  4. QUESTION:
    Will she need a feeding tube for fatty liver with her situation?
    My cat had surgery for a blockage in her intestine. She didn't eat for 3 days before this. Her recovery has been long because she was running a fever that stumped the vet, and they couldn't understand where it was coming from.

    They didn't want to force feed her because of her situation and because she is a difficult cat.

    Finally today her fever has been normal for well over 12 hours. She still will not eat though. She is currently on day 6 without food. The vet was reluctant to force feed her still because she vomited up a dropper full of vitamins they gave her yesterday.

    Anyway, today like we tried a barium x-ray to check how her stomach and intestines are working. She didn't vomit the barium and although the barium is moving EXTREMELY slow through her stomach and slowly making it's way into the intestine, we are confident we can force her to eat.

    So tonight they were going to force some food into her. My question is, the vet says now that shes showing signs of jaundice...possibly fatty liver so they did bloodwork which I'll find out the results to tomorrow.

    Say she gets her appetite back tomorrow, will she be able to reverse the fatty liver on her own? Or does it always need aggressive feeding through a tube or syringe?

    Do you think now that the barium is moving through and her fever is gone that she might start eating again? I hope she doesn't have liver damage but I realize 6 days is long. She weighed 8.9 lbs prior to getting sick.

    What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't understand why the vet waited so long. The problem you face here is that IF your cat does NOT eat tomorrow, you risk death. At this point she needs calories to reverse the hepatic lipidosis before irreparable damage is done..
      have you tried bringing food like chicken to her?
      Feeding tubes sound worse then they are and can always be removed. I would get it done if there is any questions moving forward.

      Please
      for now on, NO DRY FOOD. The System needs water t pass through and cats cannot drink enough to make up for the dehydrating factors of dry foods
      I wish you the very best of luck

  5. QUESTION:
    seeking a nutritionist to treat my fatty liver that has mild inflammation?
    according to an ultrasound and blood tests, my doctor believes I have fatty liver with mild inflammation. I also have high bad cholesterol and triglycerides so the only treatment possible is to lose weight ,eat healthy, and exercise which I have been doing. I was once 190 but now 175lbs over the course of a month and a half from my lifestyle change. However, I feel that my gastroentereologists are giving me mixed information which is angering me mostly due to the fact that I think they don't really know much about fatty liver with inflammation since it's new. I believe by eating right I can treat and heal my liver and can avoid doing unnecessary procedures like a liver biopsy. How effective are nutritionists? Do you think they are of much help in terms of lowering my cholesterol/triglycerides and reversing my fatty liver with inflammation?
    It turns out that my condition is prevalent within my own ethnicity (asians) I figured seeking an asian nutritionist who has had experience treating ppl with my condition would be beneficial since they would understand our physiology much better than say someone who was non-asian and probably only seen people with this conition who are extremely obese
    lee - was your liver inflammed as well? A liver can have fat in it but if its inflammed from the fat that's a different story. My liver ended up having A LOT of fat in it so I'm working on reducing it.

    • ANSWER:
      I had a little bit of fat in my liver about 6 years ago. The doctor just told me to lose some weight and that the body normally burns fat in the liver first. It's a pretty common condition and I'd be surprised if your doctors didn't understand it more. It has nothing to do with being fat, it's just a freak thing that happens. I wouldn't see a nutritionist. I would just exercise and eat healthy (don't starve yourself) and get tested every once in a while. I also had the biopsy. It was no big deal. Your abs hurt for a couple days. Good luck.

  6. QUESTION:
    Is fatty liver part of the ageing process? can it be reversed with diet or medication?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver disease can develop from different causes:
      weight gain, obesity, malnourishment, insulin resistance,
      diabetes, certain kinds of medications (like steriods),
      having Hepatitic C makes a person more susceptable to have
      this, metabolic disorders, being in the third trimester of pregnancy,
      and more. Alcohol consumption is another main cause.

      It depends on what has truly caused the disease.
      Let me explain a little about it.
      When the fat first starts to develop inside the liver, it may not
      cause any problems...however, as more fat develops it can
      and will put added pressure inside the liver that will damage
      the liver cells. When the liver cells become damaged,
      the immune system of the body then responds to this.
      It then goes from simple fatty liver to Steatohepatitis
      (steato means fat, hepat means liver, and itis means
      inflammation0. The inflammation inside the liver also causes
      more liver cell damage and more pressure in the liver and
      will cause the liver to start to enlarge in size.
      This can be seen on an ultrasound or Ct scan.

      If caught early on and the problem is stopped: either by
      changing medications, being on a low cholesterol/triglyceride
      diet, stopping the consumption of alcohol, and what ever else
      is the cause...the problem could be reversed.
      However, if this isn't done OR cannot be done...
      it can lead to where the liver
      cells start to die off and form scar tissue inside the liver.
      It then becomes a progressive, irreversible disease known
      as Cirrhosis of the liver. Fatty liver is not a part of natural aging
      process.

      You should be seeing either a gastroenterologist or hepatologist.
      Many times a fatty liver disease can be reversed. I hope this
      is so in your personal case. I hope this information has been
      of some help to you. Here are a few links to learn more about
      this disease:

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver
      http://www.gastro.com/Gastro/liverdisease/fatty_liver.aspx
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm
      http://www.liverdoctor.com/index.php?page=fatty-liver

      Best of wishes

  7. QUESTION:
    a question fatty liver with inflammation from high cholesterol and triglycerides (NASH)?
    My gastroenterologist said that I have fatty liver with inflammation (NASH) and that I should lose weight. According to him and some other gastroenterologists, they said that the inflammation can be reversed and the condition can improve if I lose weight which I have been doing. However, when I read about this condition on the internet, they make it sound like the inflammation cannot go away and its not reversible. I know fatty liver with no inflammation is reversible 100% but can a fatty liver with inflammation be reversed as well through weight loss and proper eating? If anyone knows about NASH please provide some right information thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis or NASH can be reversible.
      The major feature in NASH is fat in the liver, along with inflammation and damage. Most people feel well and are not aware that they have a problem. Nevertheless, NASH can be severe and can lead to cirrhosis.

      Both NASH and Fatty Liver are becoming more common, possibly because of the greater number of Americans with obesity.

      Currently, no specific therapies for NASH exist. The most important recommendations are to lose weight, follow a healthy diet, increase physical activity and avoid alcohol.

      If the cause for the inflammation is removed such as obesity for NASH, then the liver will rejuvenate and the damage will be reversed. If the damage continues it can lead to cirrhosis which is permanent. There are four stages. Fatty Liver, Inflammation, Fibrosis, Cirrhosis.

      So the best thing you can do now is not overreact, eat right, lose weight, don't drink and follow up with your doctor in three months.

  8. QUESTION:
    How can I "burn" my fatty liver?
    I'm skiny, a non acoholic and a non diabetic person. I was told by my doctor that i have a fatty liver. Does anyone know how to reverse this? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You really need to return to the doctor to discuss this in detail.

      A fatty liver is not something that you can 'burn off' like a fat abdomen. This is an early stage of liver failure and it is very serious.

      Don't spaz out just yet. But go! to the doctor again for information. If you don't feel that you are learning enough, then ask for a referral to a specialist, or go to a different doctor.

  9. QUESTION:
    How long can you Live with a Fatty liver ?
    How long does it take for you liver to fail if the condition isn't reversed ? is it years or how long ?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver can be control by daily diet.
      It don't kill you but it is no good for your liver.
      If you are really concern about your liver function please go for a full panel liver test.
      And you have to watch your diet.
      Avoid oily stuff, deep fried food and no supper.
      Good care, good health.
      Good luck.

  10. QUESTION:
    I suffer from fatty liver...how can i reverse this?
    i was diagnosed with this condition 5 years ago but have not taken seriously now i want to take it seriously any suggestions how to go about it?

    • ANSWER:
      It would be a good idea to have the doctor do
      blood tests on you again and check your liver.
      He may want to do an ultrasound also.
      The reason I am saying this, is because
      simple fatty liver can advance to a more
      serious fatty liver disease with inflammation
      of the liver cells, known as NASH
      (non alcoholic steatohepatitis). This then
      can progress onto cirrhosis of the liver.

      If the fat is located outside the liver than there
      isn't much of a problem. However, if the
      fat is located inside the liver, it puts stress on
      the liver cells and can even push the nucleus
      of those cells out of place. When the
      liver cells become damaged in this way,
      then the immune system of the body steps
      in and causes inflammation to develop in
      the liver.

      There are different types of fatty liver disease:
      some is caused by weight gain or hereditary
      conditions...some is caused by alcohol
      consumption. Stopping the consumption
      of alcohol or losing weight and doing exercises
      is usually the course taken. The doctor may
      also prescribe something to help remove
      the inflammation from the liver cells.

      The liver is a very quiet organ when there is
      damage to it. It doesn't really show any
      signs or symptoms until the cells of the liver
      can no longer perform the functions they
      once did to keep the body healthy...so
      it is good to be checked for what is really
      happening now. Inflammation can reverse
      if the cause of the inflammation is taken
      away, however, once it turns into cirrhosis...
      that is a progressive disease.

  11. QUESTION:
    If someone has fatty liver what can be done to reverse it?

    • ANSWER:
      Basically your body ran out of places to store excess fat and began using your liver as a fat storage organ. This used to be considered of no real consequence until it was discovered that it can produce non alcoholic cirrhosis. The answer of course is to lose weight and decrease your body's percentage fat.

  12. QUESTION:
    how i know my liver is improving from grade3 fatty liver without tests?
    how i know my liver is improving.can i cure my fatty liver from grade3 to grade1 or grade 0, all websites suggests that fatty liver is reversible.but not even single website told me how much time it takes to reverse. what is the meaning of reverse,why they don't said curable pls tell me in detail

    • ANSWER:
      treatment depends on the underlying cause of it, you will have to talk to your Dr who can help work out a treatment/medication plan for you. Your treatment will be monitored by follow up visits and testing to see if improvement is being made and how much

  13. QUESTION:
    severe fatty liver. Please help.?
    Hello. My brother recently had an CT scan and they discovered a severe fatty liver. We are very concerned about his condition and really don't know what to do. His ALT and AST are little elevated, and his cholesterol was little elevated. He is not a diabetic, he is not overweight he is totally normal in weight, he doesnt take meds except some tylenol when he gets cold,he doesn't drink or smoke, he doesnt eat fatty food..what he eats most are fruits vegetables, rice, potatoes and pasta..and he is only 24. . I researched online more information but I cant find about the specific form of severe fatty liver. Is it very dangerous? Does severe mean that he has an inflamation or chirhosis? what is the difference between mild moderate and severe and the complications of severe?What can he do to treat or reverse his severe form of fatty liver? I dont think that he should lose weight because he is perfect weight for his height and age. Please help us. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Your brother has fat infiltration of the liver. This can range from
      not being a true problem to becoming very serious.
      I will explain.

      There are different causes of fatty liver and they are still
      discovering more of them as they do more research:
      alcohol consumption, certain medications like steriods,
      weight gain, high cholesterol/triglycerides levels,
      hereditary conditions, metabolic disorders, diabetes
      insulin resistance. There is also evidence that this can
      occur in someone who contacted a virus, like Hepatitis
      C. And there are others reasons, also.

      The liver is surrounded by a tight membrane capsule.
      The addition of fat inside the liver causes pressure to
      the point it can even push the nucleus of the liver
      cell out of position. If the doctor can determine
      the cause and it can be stopped and then it
      can be reversed...then the cells of the liver may
      heal. This is usually known as Simple fatty liver.

      However, if the cause cannot be stopped and
      there is damage to the liver cells, the immune
      system of the body will respond to this damage
      and cause inflammation inside the liver. This
      is then known as Steatohepatitis. STeato
      is fat, hepat is liver, and itis is inflammation.
      This is much more serious...but it still
      can be reversed with treatment.

      If no treatment is given or the cause isn't
      stopped, it can lead to where the liver cells
      start to die off and on top of the inflammation
      inside the liver, scar tissue will also form in
      the liver that blocks the flow of blood through
      the liver on its way back to the heart and also
      to the other liver cells. It is then a progressive
      disease known as Cirrhosis of the liver.

      NASH stands for Non alcohol Steatohepatitis.
      This means there is inflammation inside the
      liver because of cell damage that did not
      come from an alcoholic cause.

      Alcohol Steatohepatitis is inflammation from
      an alcoholic cause.

      NAFLD is Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.

      Here are some links that will help you understand
      this disease much better, that you can click on.
      http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060601/1961.html
      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver
      http://www.gastro.com/Gastro/liverdisease/fatty_liver.aspx
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm

      He should be with a gastroenterologist or hepatologist now.
      The very best test done to determine how far advance in the
      disease he is, is a liver biopsy.

      I hope this information has been of some help to you.
      Best wishes to you both.

  14. QUESTION:
    I have been told I have a fatty liver. Can I do anything to reverse this. I do not drink.?

    • ANSWER:
      Please don't worry to start with.My son had the same ,and he didn't drink either,he had a diet sheet with the doctor,he followed it reasonably,still had the occasional take away,and the next time he had a test it had come down considerately.

  15. QUESTION:
    Mild fatty liver infiltration?
    how can it be reversed? Dr said i had it today (after ultrasound results came in) and now is ordering a CT scan and referrng me to a hepatologist.... just wondering if it reverseible and how so? Will losing weight help?

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    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.

    • ANSWER:
      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

  17. QUESTION:
    i was told after an ultrasound last week that I have a FATTY LIVER.. What does it mean and can i reverse it?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is also known as NASH, which stands for Non- Alcoholic Steatorrhoeic Hepatosis or Non-Alcoholic-Fatty-Liver-Disease (NAFLD) but don’t be put off by these big terms – they just mean that your liver is being invaded with fat! Fatty liver or NASH, is very common in overweight persons, over the age of 30.

      It contains an excessive amount of fat and the normal healthy liver tissue is partly replaced with areas of unhealthy fats. In such a liver, the liver cells and the spaces in the liver are filled with fat so the liver becomes slightly enlarged and heavier. The liver has a yellow greasy appearance. There may be discomfort over the liver, which is situated in the right upper abdominal area. There may be gallstones composed of cholesterol and bile salts. It is often possible to see the excess fat in the liver in an ultrasound scan of the liver. There may also be elevation of the liver enzymes.

      Can you reverse a fatty liver?
      Yes indeed you can and you will find inspiration in the testimonial from Dr Eanelli. Click here for his inspiring testimonial. Conventional or orthodox medicine has no specific therapy or drug treatment to reverse a fatty liver. Indeed many drugs such as cholesterol lowering drugs can exert toxic effects on the liver cells.

      The article in the Journal Medicine Today encouraged a gradual reduction in weight which has been shown to improve liver function and reverse liver damage. However the authors warn against very rapid weight loss from fad diets or radical surgery which may have a negative impact upon the progression of liver injury. The good news is that gradual weight reduction , with as little as a 5 to 10% loss of initial body weight over 6 months is recommended. In general the treatments discussed in the Medicine Today article were somewhat uninspiring and I am pleased to tell you that in reality there is much that can be done to reverse the condition of fatty liver.

      So, fatty liver can be reversed but this can take some time - years in some cases. If you are overweight & find it very difficult to lose the excess weight it is important to look at all the factors relevant to your present weight & state of health.

  18. QUESTION:
    How long can a person live with fatty liver disease without treatment?
    I was diagnosed with a fatty liver in Feb and i weighted 260lbs im 6'0 , and since then i have worked really hard and im down to 220 i run for 45 mins a day and have cut out fast food and butter and pop and chips and now drink skim milk , i haven't had my check up yet but am looking forward to it

    I am juss wondering how long it takes for a liver to go bad from this if i isn't reversed like 10 years 5 or 20 or what .

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is caused by increased deposition of lipids in your liver cells (hepatocytes). In it's mild forms, its very reversible and there's a good chance that your diet and exercise changes have made a big difference.

      As long as you continue exercising and eating right, as well as minimising your alcohol intake and controlling your cholesterol, it might not ever get worse.

      It's great that you've made so many changes to your lifestyle - it really reduces the risk of advancing liver disease. Keep at it!

  19. QUESTION:
    What can I do to improve the health of my liver?
    I had an ultrasound of the abdomen today and they said I have a slightly fatty liver.

    I don't drink alcohol nor do I smoke. What are some things I can do to reverse this?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty infiltration of the liver can be cause by different things.
      You eliminated the alcohol one...others are weight gain,
      high cholesterol/triglyceride levels, diabetes, insulin
      resistance, metabolic disorders, hereditary conditions,
      certain medication like steriods and others.

      Depending on the cause, if the cause can be stopped,
      the liver cells may heal and the problem will be reversed.
      You see, the liver is surrounded by a membrane capsule...
      the added fat inside the liver causes increased pressure
      on the liver cells. This can damage the liver cells. If this
      happens, then the immune system of the body will respond
      to this and cause even more pressure inside the liver by
      inflammation developing in there...this lead to the liver
      enlarging in size. (which can be seen on an Ct scan or
      ultrasound test).

      This then goes from simple fatty liver disease, which is
      what you may have, to Steatohepatitis. Steato means
      fat, hepat means liver, and itis means inflammation.
      In your case, since it isn't an alcohol problem...this
      would be called NASH or non alcoholic steatohepatitis.

      If you need to lose weight, then a diet similar to this may
      help:
      Fresh fruits and vegetables (no canned...wash well before
      eatting as many people handle these items in the stores)
      Poultry, like chicken or turkey...it is best to remove the skin
      from..this helps reduce cholesterol
      Use good oils like olive oil instead of solid or high trans fat
      ones.
      Choose lean cuts of meat...fish like salmon is good.
      However, avoid any types of shellfish as people who have
      liver problems are more prone to get a hepatitis virus from
      them if they were from unclean waters.
      You want to stay as well as possible, so wash hands often.
      Avoid shaking hands with others. Use purell in between times.
      Avoid open salad/food bars that people can cough or sneeze
      into. Use disinfectant wipes to clean shopping cart handles
      (which I see now that some stores provide these), telephones,
      tv controllers, door knobs, bathroom fixtures, etc.
      You don't want to become sick and have your body weaker
      and take additional medication. Medication go through the
      liver first, to be broken down before going to the rest of
      the body. Therefore, it is very important not to take any
      medications that are not approved of or prescribed by
      your doctor (this include over the counter, herbs, vitamins,
      minerals, supplements)...Some drugs are harder on the
      liver than others and some drugs can interact with
      medications the doctor may give you.

      I'm giving you links on fatty liver disease, so that you
      can read more about it...I hope this will be of some
      help to you...just click on them:
      http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060601/1961.html
      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver
      http://www.gastro.com/Gastro/liverdisease/fatty_liver.aspx
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm

      There are different diets for those who have diabetes,
      have high cholesterol/triglycerides level, or have metabolic
      problems. It would be best to ask the doctor to refer
      you to a dietitian or give you guidelines to follow.
      Avoid all prepackaged foods, food with high preservatives,
      and fast foods.

      Best wishes to you.

  20. QUESTION:
    Need help getting sick cat to eat food?
    Symptoms: drinking a lot, not eating, lost 5 pounds suddenly (fat cat), weak/tired, skin started turning yellow.
    Background (you probably don't have to read all of it): We took him to one vet who said he probably had a weak immune system, then we took him to a vet who gave what seems to be a more accurate diagnosis. He said that the cat was dehydrated and that he had stopped eating causing him to develop fatty liver disease where the body uses fat from the obese cat when he stops eating, and the fat builds up around the liver (which was causing his skin to turn yellow). So they hydrated him and told us to force feed him with a syringe which would help reverse the fatty liver disease until he would start eating on his own.
    Currently: We're trying to get him to eat by himself, but he only eats in very tiny portions so we continue to feed him with the syringe. I noticed when the syringe food was in his mouth that he made a weird crunching noise while chewing, but the food is like a very soft formula. Then I tried feeding him some dry and wet cat food and he ate some of it but he still made that crunching/grinding noise. I'm wondering if he has misaligned teeth or a sore tooth or something. Has anyone had any experience like this or have any idea as to what might be going on? I just tried feeding him his favorite dry food and I shook up the bag before pouring it out, and he let out a big meow like he was hungry and wanted to eat, but then he couldn't. I'm gonna see if I can take him to the vet tomorrow to check it out, but in the mean time thanks to those who answer and give their opinions! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Continue frequent syringe feeding in spite of the strange sound. It is important to get plenty of calories into the cat.

      The crunching sound you mention. Do you actually mean crunching such as the sound of something hard ( like a human eating cereal or potato chips) fragmenting or do you mean a strange wet/soft sound. If the later, that sound is the cat gagging, his esophagus closing, and means you have put more food in his mouth than he can swallow.

      If this is the case, introduce only about 1 cc of food per squirt waiting until he swallows before the next. Squirt it between his side teeth, not through the front of his mouth.

      If what you are hearing is a hard/brittle sound the only thing I can think of is some sort of dental malocclusion. Perhaps a tooth came loose and is grinding against another. I think your guess is probably correct.

      When you bring him to the vet tomorrow explain everything that you have here and ask that the vet give him a dental examination.

      Until you can get him there and find out whether it is a dental issue or not, get as much food into him as you can. The equivalent of 6 ounces of canned food (before it is mixed with water) or more if possible.

      Hope he is okay.

  21. QUESTION:
    The doctors say my husband has a fatty liver.....?
    I have researched this, and I need more information. AST 45, ALT 114, GGT 85, BILIRUBIN 1.6, GLUCOSE NORMAL, ALKALINE PHOSPHATEASE 58, PROTEIN 8.2,ALBUMIN 3.2, TTL CHOLESTORAL 187, LDL 114,HDL 4.3, LDL/HDL 2.66,TRYGLERCRIDES 149, HEP/HIV NON REACTIVE AND NEGATIVE. He does chew tobacco. I need someone that can interpret this and tell me how bad they think things might be, and what the best course of action will be to reduce/reverse this. Becuase of these levels, our life insurance wants to jack up prices, etc. I have been looking online for information, but I thought if I could get a professional opnion from somewhere, it might help as well. I am worried about his health safety.

    thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      I guess I tripped over your question as I was trying to find liver disease groups. There does not seem to be a specific group for fatty liver disease problems. Also there does not seem to be much information on it except that you stop drinking or if you are not drinking stop eating and loose weight, and exercise. In my case I have been fumbling with NAFLD- nonalcoholic fatty liver disease for 9 years and although I have not lost significant amount of weight and I fluctuate, I am still around and maybe feeling a little better than I used to.

      If you get a copy of the test, it tells you right next to the numbers the acceptable range. Although I am not very good at these scores, they look not too bad to me.

      I know that I have become a vegetarian ( almost) mainly because it FEELs better to eat vegetable and fruit then it does to eat meat lately. I eat small amount of meat , very little fatty stuff, and absolutely no nicotine, caffein or alcohol. I am feeling better than I have for years, but it took years to get here. Clara from OR

  22. QUESTION:
    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?

    • ANSWER:
      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
      and more.

      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.

      Here are some links to help you learn more about
      this, that you can click on:
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm
      http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060601/1961.html
      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver

      I hope this information has been of some help to you.

  23. QUESTION:
    Can Nash be reversed? and what i have to take instead of Avandia?
    During a regualr blood test 4 years ago, my ALT and AST and GGT were found to be double than normal. When doctor checked the ultra sound he told me i have a fatty liver with inflammation and he said it is NASH.
    As my weight was 120 kg and hight is 180 cm, he asked me to lose weight and do some regular daily sport.
    After doing more detailed tests, he ommitted the other posiblities of having any kind of virus or immune reasons and stayed with the reasons related to obesity and said i am suffering from an insulin resistance case.

    My All other blood figures where good, triglycérides is 85 only , HDL 65, LDL 150 , and all other related tests were very good including fasting sugar " below 100 "

    My questions are:

    1- I read that NASH is linked to High triglycérides / low HDL / and High LDL levels. Totally contrary to my case! can i still consider it that i have NASH with such results!!?? or what?? knowing that the inflammation in liver is clear in Ultra Sound.
    My ALT & AST were about 50 and 75 and GGT was about 110 in the same tests.

    2- Doctor asked me to take Avandia 4mg on dailt basis to improve insulin resistance and take off some pressure off the liver. After a month of treatment, liver functions figures went back to normal. all below 40.
    But also after 4 months, they increased again to previous level but he told me to keep taking Avandia and lose the 5 kg i gained in these 4 months, maybe because of the drug itself. This was 18 months ago and after this i continued avandia but did not do any test. I still feel some pain in the upper right just below my rips.

    Was Avandia the correct solution?? and what to take instead now after it is removed from the market in my country?? what is the best replacement if any?

    3- Can Nash " if i have Nash " be reversed and how?? is there any new efective drug that solve the problem of liver inflammation and higher figures of enzimes ??

    I can not go back to my doctor now koz he left the country and i have to start again with another one.

    Hope to receive good news.

    Thx A lot.

    FAM

    • ANSWER:
      If you are talking about nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) that is a liver inflammation caused by a buildup of fat in the liver, doctors are not sure what causes it. Some have suggested it is due to drinking, but that's not a well accepted view.

      John Hopkins researchers did a lot of work on the liver and in particular, the fatty liver issue. Since doctors know so little about nutrition and detoxing of the body, NASH becomes a difficult issue for them. They manage illness and relieve symptoms with drugs and surgery so this problem is not something they are good at helping you with. Looking at the enzyme elevation just gives you an indication of the problem, not the cause. If you focus on lowering enzymes, you will just be treating a symptom, not solving the problem. By the same token, cholesterol is NOT a problem for most people, but doctors seem to think by lowering cholesterol far below what is normal for people that have good longevity, they are doing the person a favor. If these guys understood nutrition and how the body works, they would be putting drug companies on notice and stop this lunacy. Giving you Avandia just puts you at risk for many side effects and if that is the doctor's only solution, you need to get a new doctor.

      The fatty liver is due to "Intrahepatic gallstones" that is old bile that has hardened. Typical blood tests will not show this, and scans and other diagnostic tools will not show this. Eating foods high in cholesterol will not cause this. What does cause this problem is eating bad fats and bad digestion. Taking drugs will NOT solve this problem, but will contribute to the problem.

      There are three important steps needed to solve this problem. You need to change what you are doing nutritionally and then detox that liver. The first thing is to get your blood sugar in a level state and to do this you need to go on a blood sugar handling diet for 2 weeks. The next thing is to prepare your body for detoxing the liver by taking herbs to prepare the elimination organs, etc. and then do a liver & gallbladder flush to remove the stones. The liver stones have virtually no minerals so they are different than gallbladder stones and you will also get gallbladder stones as part of this flush. Typically a person has to do about 6 to 8 months (one per month) of these flushes to clean the liver & gallbladder. While you are doing this, your diet has to change so that you are greatly reducing the reason you got into this mess.

      You need to reduce your carb intake to 75 grams maximum per day. Eliminate ALL of the BAD FATS from your diet and those are: ALL Soybean, Canola, Cottonseed, and Corn oils. All trans fats, fried foods, hydrogenated anything, and ALL margarines (no matter what their marketing hype tells you).

      The good fats should be in this quantity: 60% monounsaturated (olive oil); 30% saturated (coconut oil, real RAW butter from raw cream of grass fed cows); 10% polyunsaturated oils (from nuts and seeds). You also need to eliminate completely from your diet, ALL GRAINS, SUGAR, and CORNSTARCH.

      You didn't say, but I am suspecting you have acid indigestion issues also and need to address the low hydrochloric acid and digestive enzyme deficiencies from your pancreas to reduce to toxic load you are putting on the liver from the food you have been consuming. I strongly suggest you see a Certified Nutritional Therapist that can help you through this.

      good luck to you

  24. QUESTION:
    I've been diagnosed with a serious but potentially reversible liver disease can you help?
    I was diagnosed by a doctor for having fatty liver with inflammation (caused of liver enzymes elevation) due to being overweight (not obese) with high cholesterol (not a drinker). I had an ultrasound done but my liver size was normal but incredibly fatty at the time which was at my worst condition. Does that usually mean minimal-moderate inflammation because I have elevated liver enyzmes? They say RIGOROUS exercise or rapid weight loss can make the disease worst but safe exercise can reverse the disease. What can I eat and what's a good workout that is safe and helpful in healing my liver? Any nutritional and exercise advice would be great...would like to heal my liver the safe way. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      This is a problem that is becoming almost epidemic in the U.S. It is due to diet, drug use, and in many cases chemical exposure. The liver is an incredible organ, but you must take care of it, or it will NOT take care of you.

      Low fat, high carb, no red meat diets are creating many of these problems. The liver is responsible for making bile that breaks fats and oils down into digestible parts. The liver gathers up bile that is left over from this process and also used bile and reconstitutes it to be used again. If you are eating bad fats and oils, or not good fats that feed and nourish the body, the liver will suffer greatly because it is trying to do it's job, but you are not giving it what it needs.

      The liver also prioritizes it's functions. When the body is put under stress for any reason, the liver goes into protection mode and sets aside other functions. Early man had few "fight or flight" stimulations, but when he did, his organs went into action to protect the body. We have only changed about 1% genetically from early man. The same body response happens when you put the body under stress. The endocrine system is like an orchestra, but if one instrument gets out of whack, the whole system is effected.

      To fix the problem you are having and continuing the life style and diet you are eating is not going to be easy. My suggestion is to eliminate the garbage in your diet that is causing the issues and work on reducing the stress. You will find that eating better will go hand in hand with stress reduction.

      You can actually induce a stress response in the body by causing the adrenal glands to fire. A cup of coffee or any caffeine will do this. When this happens, the liver and other endocrine organs go into protection mode and now your liver is not working on the other functions it should be because it is prioritizing to protect the body.

      If you are not digesting your food well, you will be emitting lots of toxins that your liver is going to have to filter. Not enough water in your body is going to greatly affect the way the liver functions.

      From your description of being over weight, high cholesterol, and liver issue, I would say you have a serious fat digestion issue. This can be corrected through diet. When you eat very little fat, your body cannot sustain energy well, many functions of the liver are compromised, and the gall bladder will suffer greatly. The high carb diet will put a strain on the liver as well, especially when you are eating lots of simple sugars. The inflammation you mentioned is typically caused by this same fat digestion issue.

      The liver is responsible for making cholesterol that is an essential element required by the body for healthy arteries and cell membranes. Inflammation of tissue is the body's normal response to assist it in getting more blood flow to an area to bring nutrients to keep it healthy. If the nutrients are not there, the inflammation keeps going and can create other issues that are not good.

      I suggest the following: Go to the web site: www.healthline.cc (not .com) and purchase the following products:

      Heart Nano Detox --- This will help with your cholesterol issue.
      Liver Detox --- This will cleanse the liver
      Gall Bladder Detox --- This will cleanse the gall bladder

      I also suggest you do some intestinal cleansing. Buy the Colon Cleanse and take 5 in the morning and 5 at night for 3 months. This will assist your liver greatly. Additionally, after about 1 or 2 weeks on the Cleanse, I suggest you get coffee enemas 2 times per week for the 3 month program. This will help greatly in detoxing the liver. You can get the information from the healthline company listed above on the coffee enemas.

      Additionally, order the following for better digestion:

      Betaine HCL --- Take 2 to 4 capsules after each meal
      Activator --- Take 1 to 2 capsules after each meal.
      Quantum Digest --- Take 1 to 2 of these during the meal.
      Probiotic --- Take 1 in the morning and 1 in the evening.

      The above items will help your body to address the unhealthy liver, but you need to fix the diet as well for the long term.

      I suggest you buy a book called: "Life without Bread, by Christian Allan, pH.D." This book will give you a great understanding of why people gain weight and be sure to look at page 140. This shows a man weighing 250 pounds and in 2 years, he was in perfect shape and health, just by changing his diet.

      The food industry in the U.S. has progressively destroyed most of the food value in real food and is promoting more and more ways to make food distribution, farming techniques, and cheaper food costs, at the expense of our health. It is truly amazing that this is happening in America.

      Your fat content in your diet should comprise about 30% to be healthy and broken down as: 10% polyunsaturated fats like omega 3 and omega 6 in balance 1:1, 30% saturated fats from animals fed on Grass and free range (no feed lot, grain fed animals like Angus Beef you buy in local stores), and 60% monounsaturated fats like Olive Oil that contains lots of omega 9 fatty acids and oleic acid.

      Stay completely away from VEGETABLE OILS, like Canola, Soybean, Cottonseed, and Corn Oils. These are terrible oils for you, contrary to what is being preached by the "hired guns" of the food industry. These oils arrive on grocers shelves most of the time, rancid. When these oils are heated, even slightly, they polymerize and the "cis" configuration of the bonds more to the "trans" position and form trans fats. They are very high in omega 6 fatty acids and this throws off your omega 3 to omega 6 balance. The omega 6 fatty acids are INFLAMMATORY omega's. Eliminate anything with hydrogenated oils in it. Even small amounts of this will create huge problems for the liver and fat digestion.

      I suggest you also eat lots and lots of real butter made from raw cream. This is loaded with butyric acid and nourishes the large intestinal cells. Also, eat lots of coconut oil. This is a saturated fat that is very good for you and contains about 50% lauric acid and your thyroid gland will love you for this. Both of these items do not require bile to break them down. When you eat them, they become a great energy source for the body.

      Your doctor is not the person to ask about diet. The AMA has precluded doctors from prescribing nutrition to cure a disease. Doctors are required by law to first diagnose a problem and then ONLY prescribe drugs or surgery to fix the problem. Their knowledge of how the body works and how nutrition relates to that is close to none, thanks to the AMA and drug companies that fund doctors educations and government organizations designed to regulate them like the AMA and the FDA.

      There are many other things you can be doing to improve your diet. I would strongly suggest you seek out a Certified Nutritional Therapist to run some tests and determine where your nutritional deficiencies are exactly and also help you with your diet.

      good luck to you

  25. QUESTION:
    For any experts or medical people that know a lot about the liver...?
    because my ALT/AST was mildly elevated (132) and the ultrasound showed a fatty liver, my gastroenterologist assumed that its the reason my liver is inflammed (nash). But anyway I'm not obese, but overweight and at the time been having high cholesterol and triglycerides for a while. As instructed, I lost like about a good 15 lbs over the course of 2 months, change my diet to low - fat but high in fiber/vegetable/fruit diet, no potato chips and I exercise regularly for 40 minutes doing cardio. According to the BMI I went from overweight to ideal normal weight...getting a blood test in Feb. What are the chances that I have reduced the fat on my liver? Due to the fact that I am overweight but not anymore, will my choelsterol/triglycerides lower? Have I reduced the liver's inflammation by lessening the fat intake? I hear you can reverse this over time (roughly 2 years) if you change ur lifestyle....any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      I have the EXACT same problem and have been changing my life to help get rid of this condition. Yeah chances are you have reduced it but getting rid of it will take a looong time so expect to live a healthy lifestyle for years if you want to be "normal" again

  26. QUESTION:
    Help with planning my type 2 diabetes meal plan?
    I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes & fatty liver about two years ago. I'm only 16 now, so i was 14 back then. I was scared, so i just denied it and kept eating wrong. A few months back i got a health scare and changed my habits. When i decided to do that i weighed 340 pounds. Now, a mere 6 months later, i am down to 240lbs and am going to keep going until i am a normal weight. Here is my problem- I am severely limited to what i can eat(no pasta, rice, dessert, etc.) because of the Pre-diabetes and fatty liver that i am trying to reverse.I eat Whole-grain bread & pasta a lot as well, since they are healthy, and also i eat a lot of Chicken-but i can't keep eating the same 3 or 4 things because it is driving me crazy having so little to choose from. What i want to ask all of you is this: Do you know of different meals that i can eat with peace of mind knowing that it is healthy and at least somewhat tasty?

    • ANSWER:
      Think veggies and fruits and legumes.salads, soups,samies on one slice low carb bread.
      You can enjoy meat and fish too.

      Here is a sample dinner menu :
      Protein of your choice - Grilled fish with tomatoes and onions and lemons .
      salad
      Piece of fruit.

      Before bed snack :Glass of skim milk and a fruit.

  27. QUESTION:
    I ate McDonald's all month to try to win the million dollars and now i feel sick?
    Before you say what an idiot I am, understand my situation. I am unemployed and live when many places have closed up or downsized. I am desperate to take care of my family! I figured I will eat cause it is cheap and have a good shot of helping people who need serious medical care in my family and can't work.
    Now I think maybe I have a fatty liver form all this junk and have won zero dollars.i feel terrible! With eating less and a diet of bland foods- do you think it will reverse itself?
    And I promise NO MORE MCDONALDS!

    • ANSWER:
      LOL THAT IS FUNNY I WON AT LESS SO SUCK IT
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    • ANSWER:
      very informative but what is your question?

  29. QUESTION:
    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

    • ANSWER:
      Thank you for your article. I was not knowing it earlier

  30. QUESTION:
    I've been diagnosed with a serious but potentially reversible liver disease can you help?
    I was diagnosed by a doctor for having fatty liver with inflammation (caused of liver enzymes elevation) due to being overweight (not obese) with high cholesterol (not a drinker). I had an ultrasound done but my liver size was normal but incredibly fatty at the time which was at my worst condition. Does that usually mean minimal-moderate inflammation because I have elevated liver enyzmes? They say RIGOROUS exercise or rapid weight loss can make the disease worst but safe exercise can reverse the disease. What can I eat and what's a good workout that is safe and helpful in healing my liver? Any nutritional and exercise advice would be great...would like to heal my liver the safe way. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      There are a number of things that they usually tell someone with liver disease and it is true for all liver patients:
      (1) try to eat fresh fruits and vegetables that are washed thoroughly.
      (2) try to eat meats and things that are non fat, like lean cuts of beef, chicken without skin, and fish. The best oils to use are olive oil or canola oil, if you need to use it.
      People with high cholesterol know to limit the amount of milk and milk products.
      (3) the things to avoid are high salt foods,
      prepackaged preserved food (which have
      an awful lot of salt); buy canned vege that have low salt content. Patients who have liver trouble can have a problem with the body retaining too much sodium. That doesn't mean to cut it out completely...just slow down on its use. Sodium is needed by the body and the doctor can tell, by your blood work, how much you should limit.
      (4) do not eat from open salad bars and dip into communal dips where people dip chips and other things into. It is important right now that your liver not be forced to work any harder than it is. Therefore, you don't want to become sick with anything else where you have to take medications or the body has to fight off more. Medications go through the liver first to be broken down before going to the rest of the body. If the liver is not doing well, it may handle any medication quite differently than before.
      It is a good idea to let the doctor know any medications you are taking, whether over the counter, herbs, herbal teas, or medications prescribed by another doctor.
      (5) make sure you drink enough water. This is good to see that your kidneys are flush out when they are removing things from the body through their filtering system. Don't over due the fluids and check with your doctor to be sure how much fluid you are allowed to take in.
      (6) walking is the best exercise for the body..it doesn't put a strain on the joints and
      deep breathing exercise can help expand your lungs so your body gets more oxygen where it is needed in the body to help heal.
      (7) liver cleanses are usually for people who have healthy livers....not for patients that are known to have a liver problem. It is best to only take things the doctor prescribes for you or talk with the doctor first before trying new things like herbs, vitamins, and cleanses.
      (8) I mentioned before about becoming sick...this is also true in trying to keep you well...to wash your hands often, to stay away from people who are sick, have been sick or been around others who are sick...
      when you cannot wash your hands, carry purell or germ-x with you to use. People touch many things like shopping cart handles, door knobs, they shake your hand,
      money and even foods. Even children,etc. blowing out birthday candles on a cake really isn't good cause they may not show symptoms of being sick until the virus has built up inside their body.

      Please take note that I was mentioning to limit things and not do away with them entirely. The body needs a certain amount of fats, proteins, and vitamins and mineral which will come from all sources. However,
      I found that if I have something a little on the salty side one day, I will try to avoid it almost completely the next day. If I have a cheese sandwich one day (cheese is high in cholesterol), I will have fruits and vegetables the next day. This is just a
      suggestion.

      If you want to know more about your liver problem, here is a site:
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm

      Please take note that there is fatty liver disease that causes no problem...this is like having fat around the outside of the liver.

      However, in fatty liver that the fat is in between the cells of the liver...it causes
      inflammation because it blocks blood from flowing properly in the liver to reach the cells with nourishment and oxygen and also puts pressure on them. If this inflammation goes away by losing weight and taking medications the doctor prescribes, then the liver cells can heal. It will become more of a problem if the inflammation continues and the liver cells die because of it. This can lead to cirrhosis.