Diet For Fatty Liver And Pancreas

A fatty liver grow due to a variety of factors. Obesity, pregnancy, too much intake of alcohol, and poor eating habits are just some of them. One of the liver's functions is to break down the fats that are brought in from the stomach.

However, problems occur when too much fat than it can break down reaches the liver. These fats will just build up and infiltrate the liver cells. Anything that the body takes in can either worsen or lessen the damage in the liver. To help deal with the situation, fatty liver diet guide should be made and followed.

Since fatty liver can't be cured but possible to reverse, a healthy diet would be a great help. Everything that the body consumes will pass through the liver. So if the body takes in foods that are not good for the health, it means that the body especially the liver is in danger of being damaged.
Eating fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamins and minerals preferably manganese, selenium, vitamins B1, B2, B6 and B12 would do well for they can help in the development, metabolism and growth as well as medium in the production of energy from carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

Diabetes can develop fatty liver as well because if the blood sugar level is high it also means that there is an increase in the cholesterol level. So the sufferer should avoid drinking sweetened drinks and foods like ice cream, sodas, and jams. Instead have fresh fruits as part of your diet to satisfy your sweet tooth. And stop consuming sodas instead, drink a lot of water to help you eliminate the toxins that has been in your body.

Do not include foods like dairy products, butter, processed meats, avocados, cakes, cookies, turkey, egg yolks and chicken for they are high in saturated fats. The body still needs to comply with the fat intake daily requirement so it is recommended to cook vegetables and chicken using olive oil.

Foods that are rich in fiber like non-starchy vegetables, whole grains for instance barley, red, purple or brown rice, oats, spelt, flaxseed, rye, amaranth and fruits are good for the fatty liver. However, some starchy vegetables like beets, carrots, peas and corn needs to be taken in moderately. Potatoes, parsnips and white rice are not to be included in this diet because they have high GI.

This fatty liver diet guide should be followed by anyone suffering from such disease in order to not worsen the damage done to the organ. This diet should go with daily exercise and complete abandonment of alcohol intake for a better health.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Feeling very anxious, stressed, have ovarian cysts and acid reflux, husband alcoholic....?
    Can I put anything else in the subject line..... :)

    I feel like I have everything wrong with me at the moment and I am making myself ill I think!!

    Basically my husband is an alcoholic, which he is getting help for, but over the last few months he has been a complete nightmare and has left me in a bit of a state really. He was verbally and mentally abusing me to the point where I was hiding in my own home as he wasn't letting me sleep, which is very silly!!! He has now seen the light and has apologised for things and is trying to get help, but because of his behaviour he has caused me to be very stressed and very very anxious all of the time, I can not seem to calm down. I am shaking typing this.

    Also, I was diagnosed with acid reflux about 2 months ago, and am now on lansoprozol tablets twice a day. They were helping me, but now they don't seem to be, I don't know if its because I am stressed and anxious that my stomach does feel worse. My stomach feels very tender, If I press it, It makes me feel a bit nausious for a second then goes away. I have not actually been sick at all. I was also diagnosed with a fatty liver, which is just down to diet and exercise as they did a scan of my liver, gallbladder and pancreas and all came back clear apart from the liver part. But this area sometimes feels awkward to. When I first apoke to the doctor he said that these feelings are completely normal and in time they will go away (This was before I started being anxious etc though) I have not been back to the docs since. I do feel bloated most of the time. I have lost almost 2 1/2 stone over all of this, which is great as I needed to!!!

    Another stress is I have ovarian cysts, I have suffered with these for the 14 years now, they dont cause any pain though, but I just want everything to go away now and for me to feel better.

    I want to stop feeling anxious and I am constantly shaking on the inside not on the outside if that makes sence. I feel very on edge all the time and feel better when I walk around etc!!

    I also now have a pain in my right calf that I am now starting to worry about. My lower left side also feels quite tender.

    Can I add anything else to this????

    Does anyone have any advice on this other than go to my GP? Does anyone else have the same kind of thing going on. I am just really worried and thinking that other things are wrong with me.

    Thank you for reading this boring message :)

    • ANSWER:
      First, I'm guessing that you're from the UK. If that's true, then I'll apologize in advance if any of my advice doesn't help since I'm from the USA and might not realize some areas where our countries are different. I'll do my best though, so please bear with me.

      Second, is there any way you can get out of the home for a while? Go visit relatives, take a vacation, etc? I won't bother telling you to leave your husband since I don't think you will anyway, but I do think you two need a break from each other and you need to go somewhere where you can rest, relax and get yourself together. It might also help your husband if he got away somewhere too....alone. I don't know how other countries do it, but here we have rehab clinics where patients can check in and get 24 hour help and constant monitoring. If he could go to one of those and you could go to a spa and get some therapy, it might go a long way towards helping you both through this. I know that some of this might be expensive...I couldn't afford to go to a spa, but if you've got the income for it, then take advantage of the help that can be given to you.

      As for the physical problems, honestly, go to a doctor and at least get a pregnancy test. Make sure you're not pregnant and if you're not, then ask for some birth control pills. I get ovarian cysts a lot and have all my life. For some reason, the pills help shrink cysts and keep them from being such a pain.

      A second thing you'll want to do is start getting out of the house and reconnecting with the outside world in a new way. Take walks, go to a wooded area or park and collect leaves or study botany or something that interests you. The point is, you need to do something that helps you get rid of stress and being in nature will go a long way towards helping you do that. With it getting warmer, this might be the perfect time to try that. If nature doesn't work for you, then get out and do something else that does interest you. Whatever works for you will be fine and begin to help.

      Third, can you get to a psychologist? There are medications that you can take to help you relax and calm down. I don't really like them myself, but if your stress levels are this high that it's causing you physical illness, you might really need at little something for a short time...just until things calm down a little. It also wouldn't hurt you and your husband to go to one for counseling. He's got an addiction and you're the one who has to suffer the consequences. It could help a lot if you could get him to go with you.

      As for the pain in your calf, just in case its something serious, have a doctor check it specifically. I know many doctors like to tell you that there's nothing wrong and send you out the door, but seriously, if you're worried, you need to insist that he check you out. You should also be on medication for the reflux. It can do a lot of damage over time and you need to take care of your stomach and esophagus now before the damage becomes too great.

      The pain in your side can be from the cysts and/or it can be from PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease). I've had that too and it seems that women who get cysts are more prone to getting PID sometimes. A good antibiotic cures that up, though, so there's really no need to worry about that too much. Just get the meds you need.

      Another thing to do is change your diet. I don't know what a fatty liver does to the body, but if you put in more fruits and whole grains in your diet, you'll start feeling 100% better in about 2 weeks to a month. Grains and fruits (and veggies) help flush fat out of your system and boosts your energy levels. If you're also taking walks or doing other exercise, it'll produce endorphins in your body and you'll feel less depressed/anxious and/or worried.

      In essence, a lot of this is stuff that you have total control over. Other things, you don't have a lot of control over, but there are things you can do. Start thinking about what's good for you and go after it...make yourself happy and healthy and you'll start feeling a bit better every day. If your husband doesn't get the help he needs and doesn't stop making you feel like you're on edge every second of your life, then please think about leaving him for good. I know that will be hard, but he's not putting you first, so you've got to do it for yourself.

      One other thing...take a self defense course. Maybe you'll never need it to save your life...maybe you will. One thing it will do is get you into better shape and it will give you the confidence that if someone does attack you, that you will be able to defend yourself and survive such an encounter. Self confidence will go a long way towards getting rid of your fear and anxiety.

      Anyway, that's all I can think of for now. I hope something I said here helps you and I wish you the best.

      Take care.

  2. QUESTION:
    Feeling very anxious and have acid reflux, ovarian cysts, and stressed.....?
    Can I put anything else in the subject line..... :)

    I feel like I have everything wrong with me at the moment and I am making myself ill I think!!

    Basically my husband is an alcoholic, which he is getting help for, but over the last few months he has been a complete nightmare and has left me in a bit of a state really. He was verbally and mentally abusing me to the point where I was hiding in my own home as he wasn't letting me sleep, which is very silly!!! He has now seen the light and has apologised for things and is trying to get help, but because of his behaviour he has caused me to be very stressed and very very anxious all of the time, I can not seem to calm down. I am shaking typing this.

    Also, I was diagnosed with acid reflux about 2 months ago, and am now on lansoprozol tablets twice a day. They were helping me, but now they don't seem to be, I don't know if its because I am stressed and anxious that my stomach does feel worse. My stomach feels very tender, If I press it, It makes me feel a bit nausious for a second then goes away. I have not actually been sick at all. I was also diagnosed with a fatty liver, which is just down to diet and exercise as they did a scan of my liver, gallbladder and pancreas and all came back clear apart from the liver part. But this area sometimes feels awkward to. When I first apoke to the doctor he said that these feelings are completely normal and in time they will go away (This was before I started being anxious etc though) I have not been back to the docs since. I do feel bloated most of the time. I have lost almost 2 1/2 stone over all of this, which is great as I needed to!!!

    Another stress is I have ovarian cysts, I have suffered with these for the 14 years now, they dont cause any pain though, but I just want everything to go away now and for me to feel better.

    I want to stop feeling anxious and I am constantly shaking on the inside not on the outside if that makes sence. I feel very on edge all the time and feel better when I walk around etc!!

    I also now have a pain in my right calf that I am now starting to worry about. My lower left side also feels quite tender.

    Can I add anything else to this????

    Does anyone have any advice on this other than go to my GP? Does anyone else have the same kind of thing going on. I am just really worried and thinking that other things are wrong with me.

    Thank you for reading this boring message :)

    • ANSWER:
      The reason you have these problems is down purely to stress get rid of that and your health problems will disappear. Drink more water and get your system moving again.

  3. QUESTION:
    Someone please help, why does my stomach hurt?
    Do not tell me to go to the doctor. I have gone 5 times in the past month of July, have been to the ER twice, gotten blood tests, an x-ray, AND an EKG and nothing is found :(
    My stomach has been KILLING me. I can't even breathe a good amount of the time! It hurts so badly, I've not been able to eat at all, and when I do, I feel like fainting, I get sweaty and want to vomit, (well, not WANT).

    I have eaten regular foods, grains, noodles, dairy, etc., and even changed my diet to fatty foods from a doctor's order. But nothing seems to help. It hurts so badly I can barely move from my bed, I've lost nearly fifteen pounds :(

    I am now 90lbs, and I'm weak, I want to eat eat eat, but I cant..
    I have sharp pains, and its really extremely hard to breathe, going to the store later is going to be horrible, my mother wants me to venture with her on a sale, I feel like I'm going to die!

    I am not anorexic - just...in pain! I am not pregnant, I do not have a boyfriend. I have had an ultra sound, it isnt my gallbladder, pancreas, liver, or anything down there.

    Its not the stomach flu, its been going on for so long. I have been prescribed six or seven medications but none have worked so far! I have been reccomended to a specialist but I can't go for another two or three weeks. I lost nearly ten pounds in one week, someone, please help me! Do you know what this is?! Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Warnings:

      Don't starve yourself to "make it go away", chances are it'll get worse.
      If you have bad heartburn as well, mint could irritate.
      Stomach pain may be a symptom of a serious medical condition like food poisoning or allergies. If you experience fever, severe nausea, or sweating, seek medical help. Seek medical attention if the stomach pain persists for a long time, or if it's severe, of course.
      Prolonged or frequent cramps, especially associated with loose stools or diarrhea may indicate a serious medical condition.
      Diarrhea associated with stomach cramps may cause dehydration, which can lead to shock or even death. Drink an electrolyte solution like Pedialyte, or a clear, low carbohydrate sports drink frequently if you experience diarrhea for an extended period of time.
      If you have significant pain in the lower right part of your abdomen, perhaps with nausea, loss of appetite, and/or fever, go to the hospital. It might be appendicitis.
      If the pain is severe, immediately go see a doctor.
      Having too much vitamin C will cause a stomach ache.
      If you have a stomach ache at school, go to the nurse and lay down, ask for some crackers, and drink warm water.
      Take an antacid like milk of magnesia
      Lie down on your stomach and place a pillow under your stomach. It works!
      Do not laugh when your tummy hurts. It will make it worse!
      Don't drink anything with carbonation if the problem is gas because you're trying to get air out, not put more in.
      If you are sensitive to spicy foods take an antacid such as Pepto Bismol before and after you eat.
      Think about what you eat before you eat it that is the cause of many stomach aches.

      Tips:

      Get as much rest as you can.
      Relax. Kick back, watch some TV, and drink some Sierra Mist or 7-Up. Carbonated beverages are a big help when it comes to stomach aches.
      Lay down with your legs rested higher than your chest and rub your belly. Piling pillows and resting your legs on them is comfortable and will settle your stomach.
      Eat some plain crackers. They soak up some of the acid in your stomach!
      Try the BRAN diet: B=bread, R=rice, A=apples or applesauce, N=noodles (plain)
      Try drinking 14 ounces of pure coconut water on an empty stomach. Do this two times a day. You should have relief within an hour or so. It worked with my gastritis.

  4. QUESTION:
    please help me iam scared..what this could be?
    ultrasound shows Liver normal in size..Its echogenecity is uniformly increased...spleen,kidneys,pancreas rest all are in normal size...Impression -Fatty Infiltration of liver...I met 3 doctors (in which two doctors are gastroenterologist..they did blood test(complete blood count,platelets count,serum creatinine,urine test etc..all were normal..i dont know about the rest of blood test..they have put me on diet and exercise & all 3 doctors say it will go away after 3 months..i have never drank any alcohol or other things..just little bit lazy & has been on sedentary life(no exercise for past 4 yrs)...but im really afraid of it...many say there are four stages in fatty livers...can any1 tell me im in which stage with the above information?

    • ANSWER:
      DO NOT WORRY man fatty liver is due typically your life style as you discribed and when you change your life style by bit of exercise and balnced diet low in fats ,it is going to be alright , but you must have will power to change life style for longer days to come.Good luck.

  5. QUESTION:
    Heartburn, Stomache pain on Right side, Prior ultrasound? Any answers?
    Hello. I am a 35 yr old female, have had 2 children (c-section) and a hysterectomy. I am a bit overweight, approx. 40 pounds. I have been diagnosed in the past with stomach ulcers. Most recently (January) I had severe right side (2-3" below the ribs), I went to the Dr. assuming I had an appendicitis, well it seems I didn't. He ran tests and did an ultra sound, my stomach, pancreas, gallbladder, kidney and appendix were all fine, however he did say that I showed signs of moderate fatty liver disease. Recently, (last week) I started having the same pain in my side, it was severe last weekend and hurt worse with movement. I took it easy, what what I ate (when I did) and it has gradually gotton better, (is still a dull, constant, aching pain), however in addition to it now I have SEVERE heartburn after I eat/drink anything. I have a horrible taste in my mouth, my stomache, chest and throat burns, I still have the pain in my side as well. Antacids don't help, bland diet didn't help, water didn't, Aciflex meds didn't help. I am in pain and am not sure what else this could be. I know I should see a gastroenterologist, but I am not eligible for insurance for another month. I know there are such things as gall stones, acid reflux, GERD, ulcers, etc. But does anyone have any educated idea as to what this is and should I be extremely concerned or should I hold out a few more weeks until the insurance kicks in and I can see a professional. My quack of a Dr. doesn't seem to help me much, anyone out there with the same symptoms and a diagnosis, and Dr's out there with suggestions. Thanks for any help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      This is reason for concern and could be an indication of something like a problem with the heart (when a woman has a problem with her heart such as if there's an impending heart attack-just using this as an example only-the symptoms that can occur can be in the stomach area and also cause heartburn) but I would recommend checking with the city health department to see if they offer a free health clinic that can evaluate the situation.

      If not, I would recommend going to the ER for further evaluation of the situation to see what they say.

  6. QUESTION:
    Interesting article "Thin people might be fat on the inside" no question here...?
    Internal fat around organs can increase diabetes and heart risks
    The Associated Press
    Updated: 12:03 p.m. PT May 11, 2007
    LONDON - If it really is what’s on the inside that counts, then a lot of thin people might be in trouble.

    Some doctors now think that the internal fat surrounding vital organs like the heart, liver or pancreas — invisible to the naked eye — could be as dangerous as the more obvious external fat that bulges underneath the skin.

    “Being thin doesn’t automatically mean you’re not fat,” said Dr. Jimmy Bell, a professor of molecular imaging at Imperial College, London. Since 1994, Bell and his team have scanned nearly 800 people with MRI machines to create “fat maps” showing where people store fat.

    According to the data, people who maintain their weight through diet rather than exercise are likely to have major deposits of internal fat, even if they are otherwise slim. “The whole concept of being fat needs to be redefined,” said Bell, whose research is funded by Britain’s Medical Research Council.

    Without a clear warning signal — like a rounder middle — doctors worry that thin people may be lulled into falsely assuming that because they’re not overweight, they’re healthy.

    “Just because someone is lean doesn’t make them immune to diabetes or other risk factors for heart disease,” said Dr. Louis Teichholz, chief of cardiology at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, who was not involved in Bell’s research.

    Even people with normal Body Mass Index scores — a standard obesity measure that divides your weight by the square of your height — can have surprising levels of fat deposits inside.

    Of the women scanned by Bell and his colleagues, as many as 45 percent of those with normal BMI scores (20 to 25) actually had excessive levels of internal fat. Among men, the percentage was nearly 60 percent.

    Relating the news to what Bell calls “TOFIs” — people who are “thin outside, fat inside” — is rarely uneventful. “The thinner people are, the bigger the surprise,” he said, adding the researchers even found TOFIs among people who are professional models.

    According to Bell, people who are fat on the inside are essentially on the threshold of being obese. They eat too many fatty, sugary foods — and exercise too little to work it off — but they are not eating enough to actually be fat. Scientists believe we naturally accumulate fat around the belly first, but at some point, the body may start storing it elsewhere.

    Still, most experts believe that being of normal weight is an indicator of good health, and that BMI is a reliable measurement.

    “BMI won’t give you the exact indication of where fat is, but it’s a useful clinical tool,” said Dr. Toni Steer, a nutritionist at Britain’s Medical Research Council.

    Unhealthy skinny people
    Doctors are unsure about the exact dangers of internal fat, but some suspect it contributes to the risk of heart disease and diabetes. They theorize that internal fat disrupts the body’s communication systems. The fat enveloping internal organs might be sending the body mistaken chemical signals to store fat inside organs like the liver or pancreas. This could ultimately lead to insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, or heart disease.

    Experts have long known that fat, active people can be healthier than their skinny, inactive counterparts. “Normal-weight persons who are sedentary and unfit are at much higher risk for mortality than obese persons who are active and fit,” said Dr. Steven Blair, an obesity expert at the University of South Carolina.

    For example, despite their ripples of fat, super-sized Sumo wrestlers probably have a better metabolic profile than some of their slim, sedentary spectators, Bell said. That’s because the wrestlers’ fat is primarily stored under the skin, not streaking throughout their vital organs and muscles.

    The good news is that internal fat can be easily burned off through exercise or even by improving your diet. “Even if you don’t see it on your bathroom scale, caloric restriction and physical exercise have an aggressive effect on visceral fat,” said Dr. Bob Ross, an obesity expert at Queen’s University in Canada.

    Because many factors contribute to heart disease, Teichholz says it’s difficult to determine the precise danger of internal fat — though it certainly doesn’t help.

    “Obesity is a risk factor, but it’s lower down on the totem pole of risk factors,” he said, explaining that whether or not people smoke, their family histories and blood pressure and cholesterol rates are more important determinants than both external and internal fat.

    When it comes to being fit, experts say there is no short-cut. “If you just want to look thin, then maybe dieting is enough,” Bell said. “But if you want to actually be healthy, then exercise has to be an important component of your lifestyle.”

    • ANSWER:
      For those like me, a man of very large size, I don't have health issues other than my 550 plus pounds. For a man of my weight, I would say I am sort of active. I do walk, albeit slowly and with a careful waddle to make sure I keep my balance, and I do like to swim. I also like to eat and I do eat a lot. That comes with the size. Good article.