Fatty Liver Enzymes

Natural Cures for Fatty Liver

Finding natural cures for fatty liver has long been the goal of several health professionals. Several patients nowadays also prefer natural cures to expensive treatment and medicines. For those who may not know, fatty liver is a disease that occurs when an excessive amount of fats build up in the liver and eventually replacing the liver cells.

According to several researchers recently, natural cures for fatty liver can be possible through a healthier lifestyle a balanced diet, regular exercise, and a lifestyle without unhealthy vices. There are also natural supplements that can help naturally cure fatty liver and here are some of those supplements.

Southern Ginseng
Southern Ginseng (Gynostemma Pentaphyllum) is a common herb used in Chinese medicine to treat various illnesses. It can supposedly increase one’s energy, help in healthy cell development, and reduce the body’s cholesterol. Moreover, Southern Ginseng can protect the liver due to its anti-oxidant activity.

A research in Taiwan has shown that Southern Ginseng has been beneficial to patients with non alcoholic fatty liver disease (or NAFLD) by reducing the liver enzyme levels in the blood and increasing insulin resistance.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids
These are the essential fatty acids or the goods fats that one should opt for instead of the bad and unhealthy fats. These essential fatty acids can be found in vegetable oils, seed oils, raw and fresh seeds, raw and fresh nuts, and fish (tuna or salmon).

Some example of those good oils are canola oil, linseed oil, and black currant seed oil. Seeds such as flaxseeds, alfalfa seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seed, pumpkin seeds, and legumes like beans and peas are also very helpful for the liver.

Essential fatty acids are said to reduce heart disease risks, decrease inflammation, and reduce amount of liver fat (especially for those with NAFLD). Omega-3 also reduce liver enzymes level and help improve liver texture.

Milk Thistle
The milk thistle herb contains silymarin, which can improve liver health. Several studies have shown that it can help increase liver cell regeneration and that it can protect the liver from injury. It can also decrease cholesterol absorption.

These three supplements can indeed be helpful in finding natural cures for fatty liver.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    if i had a fatty liver, could the doctors check my liver enzymes to see if i had it?
    could they check my liver enzymes to see if i had a fatty liver? because they checked them twice in the past week and said i came out fine, but i just want to make sure.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes elevated liver enzymes is a very good way to diagnose fatty liver disease. If they arn’t elevated you probably don’t have it. If a doctor thought you had it they would use a blood test to exclude hepatitis (which presents in a similar manner) and then give you an ultra sound to confirm it. If theyhavent done that then they are either very bad doctors or you don’t have FLD

  2. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver Normal Enzymes..?
    I was told I had a fatty liver years ago after having elevated liver enzymes and an ultrasound. I lost weight and the enyzmes normalized, since then over the last 7-8 years I have gained weight a couple of times and the enyzmes went up and then back down when I lost the weight again. I recently had a ton of bloodwork done and everything came back normal (markers, enyzmes, scarring tests, etc). I also had an mri(contrast) done however and the dr. said I still have some fat in the liver but its not a big deal. I was wondering if this ever goes away completely? A couple of my drs. basically have told me to just watch what I eat, keep my weight down like it is, limit alcohol intake and come for blood work each year to monitor the enzymes. Should this be something to worry about?
    Ya, I used to drink a lot on weekends back years ago but those days are over now. I basically just want to have a drink here or there and not have to stress about it. I think ALT was the one that used to come back around 100 but if I am under 195lbs (6 feet tall) then they are all normal levels.

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone should be concerned about their health at all times. I’ve had elevated liver enzymes, so I’m watching my weight and diet, and limiting the alcohol. Once a health issue arises, it can be a nagging condition for the rest of your life. Listen to your docs, and keep up the healthy lifestyle. Another cause for liver problems could be using acetominophen….don’t take too much (or none at all). Unfortunately, it takes a health crisis to get most people off their butts and into the gym or health food store. I wouldn’t worry about it too much, but then again, the times of partying and binging are all over. I’ve known people with diabetes, cancer, other health issues who have lived well into their 90′s once they actually started taking care of themselves. Good luck!
      BTW, what were your levels, and did you have pain/discomfort on your right side?

  3. QUESTION:
    What to do when you have elevated liver enzymes? fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is the build-up of fat in the liver cells. It is not a normal condition but fat in the liver usually causes no damage but it can be a sign of more harmful conditions. Fatty liver may be associated with or may lead to inflammation of the liver. This can cause scarring and hardening of the liver. When scarring becomes extensive, it is called cirrhosis, a very serious condition.

      Fatty liver is caused by alcohol, drugs, diabetes or obesity.

      The elevated liver enzymes shows inflammation or damage to the liver. I suggest you follow whatever advice or treatment your doctor recommends. That treatment will be based on what is causing the fatty liver and the elevated enzymes.

  4. QUESTION:
    How do you get a fatty liver when your not obese or have elevated liver enzymes?
    Had a CT of abd was told had a fatty liver. I’am concerned about this being that Iam not obese I am 39 5/7 weight 168. Normal liver enzymes they have been ckd a dozen times due to abd pain. Also cholesterol & tryglicerides levels are normal and I do not drink. Just had gallbladder removed a month ago. No gallstones or infection, it was not working, had adhesions on it. So where did this fatty liver come from? Docs don’t seem to concerned. They just told me to watch what I eat & exercise. I don’t even eat large amounts of fatty food, Iam confused still having rt side pain even though gallbladder is out not sure thats what it was. Any advice??

    • ANSWER:
      Causes of fatty liver:

      Metabolic
      Abetalipoproteinemia, glycogen storage diseases, Weber-Christian disease, Wolman disease, acute fatty liver of pregnancy, lipodystrophy

      Nutritional
      Malnutrition, total parenteral nutrition, severe weight loss, refeeding syndrome, jejuno-ileal bypass, gastric bypass, jejunal diverticulosis with bacterial overgrowth

      Drugs and toxins
      Amiodarone, methotrexate, diltiazem, highly active antiretroviral therapy, glucocorticoids, tamoxifen, environmental hepatotoxins (e.g. phosphorus, toxic mushroom)

      Other
      Inflammatory bowel disease, HIV

  5. QUESTION:
    Had my gall bladder removed about 6 years ago and have had high liver enzymes since?
    My doctor doesn’t seem worried about it. He just says its fatty liver. I’m not a heavy drinker. Anyone know why my enzymes would be high? Should i see a different doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have been evaluated with a CT scan or ultrasound, it would show if there was dilation of the common bile duct. This, if present, might indicate that a stone may be blocking it. More common is fatty liver, where the fat cells in the liver cause the normal cells to become inflamed and release their enzymes. Other causes include viral hepatitis, like Hepatitis C, effects from drugs, alcohol etc. Less likely includes primary sclerosing cholangitis, primary biliary sclerosis or other. A good gastroenterologist or hepatologist could sort thru this to find the cause.

  6. QUESTION:
    Which drug causes a fatty liver?
    I am a fit 33 year old and found out my liver enzymes are super high so my Dr ordered me a ultrasound and found out I have a fatty liver. I also have been on a high dose of steroids and arava. One Dr blames the arava the other blames the steroids. The steroids keep me up so my Dr gave me clonazepam. What is it?

    • ANSWER:
      Of those three I would definitely suspect arava…anti-rheumatological drugs are notorious for causing liver damage. Steroids and clonazepam are for the most part pretty ok to the liver, but arava is certainly hepatotoxic.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can you help me how to quickly lower down my liver enzyme (SGPT) due to a fatty liver?
    I’ve been taking milk thistle & other herbs for the past 4 weeks and it works but I need something to that will lower it down more quickly.

    • ANSWER:
      Sure, A diet low in fat and high in fiber, fruits and vegetables can usually correct this problem.
      rachel

  8. QUESTION:
    What does fatty liver mean?
    My hubby recently got a scan back saying he has fatty liver enzymes

    and ideas?
    WOW…thanks lilly…

    • ANSWER:
      It basically means that his liver is swollen and unable to properly metabolize fats, alcohol, drugs or foods in general. Its kind of like it swells up and starts to choke. It is often a sign of too much alcohol and untreated it could eventually lead to cirrhosis. Has he been drinking a lot recently or have a history of chronic alcohol abuse? Is he taking prescription medicines that are known to be particularly hard on the liver? could he be at risk for hepatitis? Does he have a diet that’s too high in saturated fats? He should see his doctor. Milk Thistle supplements are also very good for liver function.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the treatment for a fatty liver??
    I have been having alot of abdominal pain, my liver atl enzymes are up to 131 (my norm is 24). My doctor has ran every test and everything came back negative. I go to a specialist today, but I have read up on fatty liver and it explains alot of the symptoms I have. So i was wondering what the treatment is?
    I don’t drink by the way and i just delivered a baby five months ago.

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment involves correcting the condition that caused fatty liver and providing supportive care. In fatty liver caused by alcoholism, the treatment is to give up drinking alcohol and to eat a healthy, well balanced diet. In fatty liver associated with pregnancy, the recommended treatment is to deliver the baby, if the pregnancy is far enough along. Vitamin and mineral supplements along with nutritional support may be useful.

  10. QUESTION:
    does anyone have problems with elevated liver enzymes?
    what is a fatty liver i am a little worried about it. my enzymes are pretty high.

    • ANSWER:
      A fatty liver is a liver that is full of “fat stones.” The liver filters out toxins so it is imperitive that you cleanse your liver. To quote a woman with a fatty liver:

      “When I went on a ultrasound the doctor said I have fat-structures in my liver(fatty liver) and it practically means that the liver is full of
      stones, though they are not visible on ultrasound because they are “fatstones.” These stones are soft and fit perfectly in the bile ducts like a hand in a glove. After my 4 cleansings I have lost 40 pounds and my digestion and metabolism hasn’t been this good since I was a child. I really recommend it to everyone who has not tried it.” To read the rest of her post go here: http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=331436#i

      Everyone on the forum raves about the liver cleanse; some of them even posts pictures of their stones which are pretty gross.

      Always do a kidney cleanse before the liver/gallbladder cleanse.

      http://www.curezone.com/cleanse/kidney/default.asp

      http://www.curezone.com/cleanse/liver/

  11. QUESTION:
    how fast can a fatty liver progress to liver damage?
    i have a fatty liver and i saw my doctor about 2 or 3 months ago and my liver enzymes were normal and no liver damage but i also have a bad back and take norco its 20/650 i take it every night for my back pain so my question is could it progress to liver damage that quick? no sign of liver damage but im very paranoid also im a 23 year old female and im about 250 pounds

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    how bad are these results for liver enzymes?
    ALT-89
    AST-35
    ALKP-69
    TOTAL BILIRUBIN 1.7

    had 2 ct scans, first indicated mild fatty liver infiltration, second 4 months later showed normal attenuation.

    thanks for any advice. it listed alt as high on sheet along w/ bilirubin.

    • ANSWER:
      These are not “bad”. They are mild elevation and could be related to an illness of some sort that your body has now resolved or some medication you have taken that is metabolized in the liver. This would be up to your doctor to give you an opinion on what this all means. Only he can put the pieces of the puzzle together based on symptoms, lab work and CT results.

  13. QUESTION:
    Did anyone have high liver enzymes during pregnancy? I was on lovenox but they do not think it is from med?
    I also have a fatty liver anyone else exerience this during pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      My enzymes were elevated with my second pregnancy. It is a very serious condition. They monitored my son very closely, I had to go in for bi-weekly stress tests and and weekly ultrasounds. They also had to take about a gallon of urine samples. Finally when his lungs were developed enough they induced labor. Luckily this happened later in the pregnancy and were able to hold off inducing him until two weeks before his due date. I don’t want to scare you but they warned me that he could be born still born or that I could possibly die if not monitored closely.

  14. QUESTION:
    Am I gaining weight because of high Liver Enzymes?
    I went to the doctor and they ran a blood test, I was told that the Liver Enzymes were at 84. But when I was at the doctor in February, my Liver Enzymes were at 14. I have been eating very healthy, and exercising every day. I have been gaining weight very fast recently and am unsure if my weight gain is because of the high Liver Enzymes, possible “fatty liver” or if the fatty liver would be caused by my weight gain. Why am I continuing to gain weight when I am working so hard to lose? Would this be the cause?

    • ANSWER:
      The liver does metabolize our foods…however, how fast it metabolism them depends alot on the thyroid gland.
      Someone who has a low active thyroid can easily gain weight.

      The liver enzymes are not the only test done to check the liver. Enzymes are made in the liver cells, but exercising before having the testing done or having an intramuscular injection, such as a flu shot, and other things can cause a rise in these tests. The doctor does liver functions tests, also, to check and see how well the cells of the liver are able to do the functions needed to keep the body well.

      The doctor may do more blood testing to see if these stay elevated…if they do, then he will seek a cause.
      Some people can develop fatty liver disease because of weight gain, diabetes, certain medications, insulin resistances, pregnancy, high cholesterol/triglyceride levels and other things. Fatty liver causes the liver to enlarge in size because inflammation can develop in the liver…however…I’ve not heard that it causes weight gain, unless you are in the very last stages of Cirrhosis of the liver. . Weight gain can cause fatty liver, though.

      You may be losing fat weight gain and
      developing muscle weight gain.

      I hope this information has been of help to you.

  15. QUESTION:
    what are normal liver enzymes?
    i went to the doctors today and i have a fatty liver in september my enzymes were normal and i had blood work done in december and my ast was 51 and alt was 57 is that really high the doctor said i t was a little but nothing to cause concern what do you think

    • ANSWER:
      No that is not really high, normals are up to the high 30′s low 40′s or so. Liver enzymes can elevate into the thousands. Your doctor is right.

  16. QUESTION:
    I am a 58 year old female and just had a blood test that showed my liver enzymes were elevated, so the Dr.?
    orded a sonogram which showed a mild fatty liver. I weigh 110 lbs, but I do drink wine. Is this possible?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes this is common in people who have a less than ideal diet. As the years go by the liver just becomes clogged and sluggish. I doubt it’s the wine unless you drink to excess, but it can contribute to fatty liver. The good news is these changes at this stage are reversible, the liver has a remarkable ability to regenerate. However it needs some help from you.

      You need to do a liver cleanse immediately. Not the harsh product-derived program but a gentle diet-based detox. There is a famous liver doctor called Sandra Cabot (The Liver Cleansing Diet) who worked this diet up and it works fantastically. I would recommend it for you. It takes 8 weeks for the cleanse to complete.

      Basically you need to eliminate red meat, animal fats, dairy and anything processed and full of additives. Replace this with fresh seafood (not fried), some lean chicken (no skin), lots of fresh vegetables, salad and fruit (raw is more cleansing), and wholemeal bread, pasta and rice. Drink lots of water to flush through the toxins, and try to make a fresh raw vegetable juice every morning.

      I’ve done this diet myself and it’s the real deal. There is a little more to it but you won’t starve. Read the articles below that explain the diet further and offer an example diet plan. Best wishes.

  17. QUESTION:
    My doctor says my liver enzymes are elevated what herbal supplements can I take to improve that?
    he did a catscan of my liver and also said that I have fatty deposits in the liver

    • ANSWER:
      Your liver is likely a bit stressed because of the fatty deposits. Among other things, the liver stores fat (pate de fois gras)

      The treatment is to remove the problem…in this case you are overweight or drink too much alcohol. Herbs have nothing to offer, and may potentially damage the liver further.

  18. QUESTION:
    how do you get a fatty liver?
    and high liver enzymes in your blood work?

    • ANSWER:
      By consuming stuff that will suppress liver function like alcohol. Do you know that the Tylenol we usually take also causes liver failure? So if you or someone you know takes more than one tablet a day, it is very dangerous. Tell the ones you love!
      God bless you

  19. QUESTION:
    Treatment for Elevated Liver Enzymes?
    Hello,

    I’m currently 19 and for the past 2 years I’ve had fatty liver and elevated liver enzymes.
    Also, when I was 16 or 17 I had my gall bladder removed.

    As of right now I’m taking 2 capsules of milk thistle daily, avoiding refined fatty / sugary foods or carbs, and losing weight gradually instead of losing it quickly.
    I’m trying to avoid taking pain killers or any other medication that passes through my liver.

    I’ve searched through several Google pages, but could only find basic information I already know and people trying to sell miracle pills.

    I’m pretty desperate just to find someone who has this as well, I really need to figure out what would be best to aim for or avoid.

    • ANSWER:
      Different things can cause fatty liver disease:
      alcohol consumption, certain kinds of medications,
      increase weight gain, malnourishment, obesity,
      fast weight loss, diabetes, insulin resistance,
      high cholesterol/triglyceride levels, develop
      in the third trimester of pregnancy, having
      a viral infections and others.

      As the fat continues to build up inside the liver,
      it can cause liver cell damage. The liver is
      surrounded by a tight membrane capsule and
      the fat adds to the pressure inside. When the
      liver cells become damaged, the immune system
      of the body responds to this damage and
      can cause inflammation to, also, develop inside
      the liver. This will cause the liver to enlarge in
      size. This is no longer, “simple fatty liver” then,
      it is Steatohepatitis. Steato means fat, hepat means
      liver and itis means inflammation.

      If the cause can be found and if it can be stopped,
      the liver cells can heal and the problem can be
      reversed. This is the only thing that will start to
      make the liver enzymes go down in the blood
      tests results. You see, the liver cells make
      these enzymes. When they become damaged,
      the enzymes then leak out and go higher in the
      blood.

      If this cannot be stopped, then the liver cells
      may start to die off and form scar tissue inside
      the liver: This is then “Cirrhosis of the Liver”,
      an irreversible, progressive disease.
      ………………………………………

      It would be best if the doctor would refer you to
      a dietitian or nutritionist who would make up a
      diet especially for you and all your medical
      conditions. This way you would not be lacking
      vitamins, mineral, or proteins that your body
      truly needs.

      It is best to use good oils: olive oil or canola
      Best to bake, broil, or boil your foods.
      Remove any skin from poultry you may eat.
      Buy lean cuts of meat, eat fish with good Omega 3 oil.
      Buy fresh vegetables and fruits, frozen is second best…
      avoid canned.
      Cereals are very high in sugar…Shredded Wheat
      biscuits, Honey Bunches of Oats, and oatmeal are
      lower in sugar and higher in fiber.
      Lower your salt intake by not adding any during cooking.

      Be careful about being around people who are sick
      or have been around others who are sick. Wash
      hands often and use germ killer in between.
      Wash all fresh fruits and vegetables. Use
      disinfectant cloths on shopping cart handles, door
      knobs, TV controller, phones, etc. Avoid open
      salad/food bars that people can accidentally sneeze
      or cough into. Avoid birthday cakes where the candles
      are blown out on. Becoming sick can cause you to take
      additional medications and weaken your body more.
      Most all mediations go through the liver to be processed
      before the rest of the body. Liver patients are told,
      NO alcohol. However, they should also avoid
      grapefruit and its juice and licorice…as this can have
      an effect on how medications react in their bodies.
      They should discuss all medications with their
      doctors (this includes over the counter, herbs,
      vitamins, minerals, supplements, etc) to be sure
      the doctor approves of or will prescribe them.

      Exercise is good. However, breathing exercises are
      very beneficial. Singing or whistling is good. Anything
      that can expand the lungs to a fuller capacity is of
      benefit because the more oxygen the body receives
      helps the body to heal and the organs to function better.
      (sick patients, and those in pain, tend to breathe
      shallowly).

      Staying hydrated is a must. Don’t overdue fluids but
      be sure to drink enough so that your kidneys can
      remove wastes from the body, during your diet, to
      prevent getting kidney stones.

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

      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

      http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/175472-overview

      http://www.liverfoundation.org/downloads/alf_download_20.pdf

  20. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver? Alcoholic or Nonalcoholic?
    My husband was diagnosed with fatty liver via enzymes and an ultrasound. The doctors appear to have led him believe that it is due to his weight (he is about 50 pounds overweight).

    However he drinks 2 liters of wine everyday, and he used to drink 18 beers everyday. Why are they assuming his liver problem is caused by obesity and not by his alcohol consumption?

    I’m worried because when the fatty liver is caused by drinking it is a much more dangerous thing right? Because they are making him think it is simply a weight issue he really isn’t taking it seriously.

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe your husbands doctor does not know the extent of his drinking. You are right in that the drinking is probably doing a lot more damage than the weight. A fatty liver is just the start of it if he continues to drink. It could easily and most likely will progress to fibrosis and then cirrhosis. Once it reaches being cirrhosis, that is permanent scarring of the liver that does not go away.

      His doctor should have told him that no matter what is causing this fatty liver, that he should stay away from all alcohol since that would only hurt it more even if it was due to his weight. He should not be drinking no matter what is causing his fatty liver because alcohol would only irritate the liver more.

      You know him better than us here, so I don’t know if you can get it across to him or not that having this fatty liver is a wake up call in its early stages. If he chooses to ignore it, there may be very bad consequences he will have to pay in the future. I had cirrhosis from an autoimmune disease and had to get a transplant. I sat in clinic many days talking to people who drank their way to cirrhosis and was trying to get a transplant. The first thing they must do is to be sober for at least 6 months before they will even consider you for a transplant. Some make it, and many don’t. Some can’t or won’t stop drinking. Some get so sick that they cannot get the surgery since they would die on the table. Everyone of those people I am talking about started out by having a fatty liver. He better pay attention. That is too much booze for even a healthy liver to handle daily. If his doctor knows about this and has said nothing, I would never want that doctor to take care of me.

  21. QUESTION:
    Can gallstones cause liver enzymes to be elevated?
    My liver enzymes were slightly elevated. I was not sure why. I been having right upper quadrant pain, abdominal under sternum, bloated and abd pain after eating fatty meal, pain under my right ribs and going to the back. Could gallstones cause my liver enzymes to be higher than normal??? What do you think! I do have a appointment on Thursday!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it would! ALT and AST would be elevated (mostly AST). Also, direct and indirect bilirubin would eb elevated, and your WBC.

  22. QUESTION:
    PLEASE HELP>>>ENLARGED SPLEEN, FATTY LIVER, WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
    Hello, my mom has just told me today (after undergoing lots of testing) that she has been told she has an enlarged spleed, a fatty liver and her liver enzymes are up as well and also some vein or artery that goes from her chest to her neck (thats just where she pointed to) is also enlarged and they are doing more testing as well and bloodwork but I would like to know if anyone has any ideas as to what this could be?? my mother will be 46 in July and she is diabetic(controlled with diet and pills), has hbp(under control), and high cholesterol(under control as well)…Also she is a smoker..please help

    • ANSWER:
      Fat inside the liver causes pressure. It usually
      starts out as Simple Fatty liver. However, if the
      Fat damages the liver cells, the immune system
      of the body will respond to this. It will cause
      inflammation to develop inside the liver. This
      is no longer Simple Fatty liver, it is
      “Steatohepatitis”. Steato stands for fat, hepat stands
      for liver, and itis stands for inflammation.
      Inflammation inside the liver will cause the liver
      to enlarge in size.
      If the cause is found and stopped, then the liver
      cells may heal. If it is not stopped, it can proceed
      to where the liver cells start to die off and form scar
      tissue inside the liver. This is then an irreversible
      disease known as Cirrhosis of the liver.

      Many things can cause a fatty liver: alcohol consumption,
      weight gain, losing weight fast, being mal nourished,
      diabetes, insulin resistance, high cholesterol/triglyceride
      levels, and others.

      If the blood cannot flow well through the liver, on its
      way back to the heart…it will back up into the portal
      vein and cause pressure there (Portal hypertension).
      This pressure can force the blood into, yet, smaller
      veins that are not used to handling this amount of
      blood and they can have weak spots and balloon
      outward and break open. These vessels are known
      as varies. If there is any blood in the sputum, vomit,
      or rectal area…this is an emergency. The doctor can
      go in and band these vessels to stop the bleeding.
      The blood can also back up into the Spleen. This
      will cause the spleen to enlarge in size.

      Your mom should be under the care of a
      gastroenterologist or hepatologist.
      Here are some things you may see in the links, you can
      click on, to learn more about this disease:
      Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver cells.
      Cirrhosis is death of the liver cells and scar tissue formation
      ..inside the liver.
      NASH stands for Non Alcoholic causes for Steatohepatitis.
      NAFLD stands for Non Alcoholic causes for Fatty Liver
      ..Disease

      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

      http://www.gastro.com/Gastro/liverdisease/fatty_liver.aspx

      Hope this information has been of some help.

  23. QUESTION:
    Why do I have fatty live disease and is this a necessary procedure?
    I came to the hospital last week with uncontrollable vomiting, the found that my gallbladder is inflamed and I have fatty liver disease. I’m skinny and I don’t eat a whole bunch of fatty foods, why do I have fatty liver disease?
    They also said my liver enzymes are high and the want to test for hepatitis, auto immune diseases, and they want to do a liver biopsy.
    Are they just trying to get money from me by doing unnecessary procedures?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, all these tests are routinely done to find out what is happening to your liver. The liver biopsy will be the definitive test that will show them the most. Hepatitis and the autoimmune disease testing will be nothing more than bloodwork. You want to find out what is going on so that you can correct it before permanent damage is done to your liver. This is very important when it comes to liver disease.

      I have had 3 liver biopsies done and another one due next month. Mine were painless and took very little time. One time I was waiting for them to do it and they told me they were done. Other times all I felt is some pressure and a little discomfort. So don’t worry about getting one done because it will be over before you know it.

  24. QUESTION:
    Taking supplements with fatty liver?
    17 years of age, Doctor said i had a “fatty liver” and they found that during an ultrasound which they did after a simple blood test which determined i had high liver enzymes. My question is, can i safely take No-Xplode, Cellmass and Nitris bodybuilding supplements? I went in a second time after changing my diet and taking one-a-day maximum multivitamin pills and they said my enzymes were back to normal, then i went back for another test and they were high again. Doctor said to lose weight and they will give me a blood test in 2 months. Am i somehow susceptible to ruining my liver using these products? I am tired a lot, probably cuz im chubby/fat borderline. Trying to increase my energy/endurance so its easier for me to go and run/workout every day. Training for the Marine Corp.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, given that you have a medical condition, you shouldn’t be taking those supplements. But, even without the medical condition, you are just wasting your money on those products. There is no valid, peer-reviewed scientific research to back up any of the claims they make, and basically they just suck you in with slick marketing.

      If you’ve got a fatty liver, then obviously you were most likely eating poorly, with a lot of junk. No supplements will overcome that. If, as you said, you’ve cleaned up your diet, then just follow a properly structured fitness program, and you’ll get the results you want without wasting your money on miracle supplements that basically don’t work. You’ll get better results spending that money on a real fitness program.

      If you want to find a good program to follow, you should check out Turbulence Training by Craig Ballantyne at http://www.bestfitnesstools.com/turbulence.html or Muscle Gaining Secrets by Jason Ferrugia at http://www.bestfitnesstools.com/musclegain.html .

      Hope that helps,
      Dave S.
      Owner, Perfect Fit Personal Training Studio

      http://www.thetruthaboutdiets.com

  25. QUESTION:
    a question about fatty liver?
    my mom was diagnosed with fatty liver about 9 years ago however she went on a very strict diet and did sports and after 3-4 months she got rid of it… now her liver enzymes are high could this be due to a fatty liver again?
    if you don’t know what it is then please don’t answer!

    • ANSWER:
      It’s possible it could be. If she is diabetic or drinks more than 2 alcoholic beverages daily, then she could be restoring the fatty liver disease (FLD) to it’s original problematic state.

      I also have hereditary high cholesterol & triglycerides and have to watch out for this too.

      For those who don’t know what FLD is: It’s a build up of triglycerides in the liver, which can be very dangerous to your health. It can be hereditary and it can also come about by eating high-fat foods and alcohol (over 2 drinks per day).

  26. QUESTION:
    High Liver Enzymes?
    Is 112 considered to be elevated liver enzymes and what could they be elevated from? my husband had a blood test that should elevated liver enzymes. the doctor said it could be a fatty liver. what does that mean? and what does that mean for the future of his liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Imagine you are in a room by yourself.
      You have lots of space and can move
      around and function well. Now imagine
      that a number of people enter the room…
      you have less space. Now imagine
      that there are so many people in the room
      that you are backed into a corner and the
      walls start to close in on you. What happens? You are stuck and cannot get
      out. You start to lack oxygen and, if
      you are hungry, you cannot get nourishment.
      Eventually, if there is no way of leaving or
      getting the things you need, you could die.

      This is what happens inside the liver.
      The liver is surrounded by a capsule.
      The fat builds up inside the liver and
      causes pressure on the cells. The fat
      may also be inside the cells. What happens
      is that it can block the cells from getting
      what it needs to function and eventually
      can cause damage. How? When there
      start to be damage in the liver cells, it
      signals our immune system. The
      immune system responds and can cause
      inflammation inside the liver which only
      adds to the problem. It causes the
      liver to start to swell up and can destroy
      even more cells.

      Sometimes, if the problem is caused by
      weight…losing weight will help the cells
      and everything will be fine. If a person
      who has a fatty liver being caused
      from drinking alcohol, by stop drinking
      it and getting treatment…the condition
      can be reversed.

      Here is a link that explains the different
      types of fatty liver disease:

      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm

      This is a link for those who do not drink
      alcohol.

      Sometimes the fat is not inside the liver
      but surrounding it. This may be what
      is known as Simple fatty liver and may
      not do any harm, but would be treated
      with just trying to lose weight.

      It is important that your husband informs
      the doctor of all medication he is taking now. This includes over the counter,
      herbs, herbal teas, vitamins, minerals,
      and prescriptions from other doctors.

      Follow the doctors advice closely.
      Inflammation of the liver can be treated
      and cured, but death of the liver cells can only be slowed down.

      I hope this helps you understand more.

  27. QUESTION:
    Just fatty liver infiltration, or not?
    For the past 6 months I’ve been experiencing a variety of symptoms such as, nausea, headache, extreme hunger pain, irriability, excessive thirst, with excessive urination the day afterwards. I’ve gone for multiple blood tests and have been tested for hepatitis, diabetes, pregnancy, tons of things. Only 2 levels came back off…my liver enzymes. At this point, i went for an ultrasound on my liver where it showed I have fatty liver infiltration. My doctor told me not to worry about it. And he confirmed that my other symptoms were unrelated to my fatty liver. He told me I was living a healthy lifestyle and to go about it and get rechecked in 3 months. I dont like this answer. Does anyone know any dieseases or illnesses or anything related to fatty liver infiltration? Or any info at all on illnesses with my symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      it sounds like diabetes to me, but if your levels came back OK then you need to go to a different dr for a 2nd opinion. If you can’t get a referral when your symptoms are at their worse, go to the ER and ask for a work up regarding your symptoms – maybe something more can come from that.

  28. QUESTION:
    I am 28yrs old with elevated liver enzymes for the better part of 3yrs. From ages 21-25 I used to drink A LOT,?
    I am 28yrs old with elevated liver enzymes for the better part of 3yrs. From ages 21-25 I used to drink A LOT, approx 12 drinks per day EVERYDAY. I now drink much, much less but am about 5’9” and 235. How likely is it the elevated enzymes are the start of cirrhosis instead of fatty liver or something else? Any elaboration at all is appreciated.
    Also, please read the questions—not to be rude but the 3 responses thus far are simply lecturing my behavior…..thats not what I asked for.

    • ANSWER:
      The experts say that 10 years of heavy drinking can put a person on the road to cirrhosis. That’s the average, and please keep in mind that everyone is different. It could be less. It could be more for some. My guess is that the liver is inflamed due to trying to process the alcohol. Even if you are drinking half of what you used to drink, it is still enough to irritate your liver to inflammation.

      I’m not going to lecture you on drinking. You won’t have any signs of cirrhosis at first except for those elevated levels. I had cirrhosis. My first sign was fluid retention in the belly. Out of the blue, I just started swelling up. Had no other symptoms other than that. My liver enzymes were only slightly elevated. It turned out that I only had 10% liver function left. 90% was destroyed with cirrhosis. It is an amazing organ in that it functions quite well without a clue as to something being wrong until it is too late to correct. My cirrhosis is caused by biliary disease, but cirrhosis is cirrhosis no matter what the cause. I had to get a liver transplant and am doing well today.

  29. QUESTION:
    Have I been cured of NASH (fatty liver+inflammation)?
    3 months ago I was diagnosed with NASH (fatty liver with inflammation) through an ultrasound and elevated liver enzymes. They say a possible cause is through elevated cholesterol/triglycerides which I had. 3 months later after eating healthy and exercising, my liver enzymes have gone back to normal but high normal and my cholesterol is normal. Is it safe to say that I do not have NASH anymore? Or do I still have it and have to maintain a healthy lifestyle so I don’t get it again. What are some foods that are good for the liver?

    • ANSWER:
      i studied NASH deeply and i can say that you are lucky since untreated not only affect liver but also make you diabetic or even hypertensive in the next 5 years as you might saw that you were lazy tired obese specially the abdominal part and the doctor prescribe you actos and glucophage and ursodiol and lipanthyl well now you can enjoy life BUT stick to that the sport the healthy food no junk no fast food no fatty meals no salt or XS carb and the most important keep your weight as normal as you can and test the liver enzyme every 6 month

  30. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver NASH Wilson’s Disease?
    I recently had a liver function test and it came back that my liver enzymes were elevated. About 2 years ago I also had a liver function test that said the same thing and an ultrasound that said both my liver and spleen were enlarged. I was both vaccinated and tested for hepatitis and my tests were negative. My current doc said that I may have a fatty liver and that we will recheck liver function in 4 weeks. My question is can Wilson’s Disease present as Fatty liver or NASH? I understand that Wilson’s is a very rare hereditary disease but I don’t want to assume it’s merely fatty liver if Wilson’s is behind it as that could be fatal. I’ve also heard that fatigue and depression as well as enlarged spleen are symptoms of Wilson’s. Any info would be appreciated.
    Also, I don’t drink, at all. I never have. I’m 23 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      Okay, so I doubt you have Wilsons disease. Wilsons and fatty liver (steotosis) present differently. The classic wilsons picture is elevated liver enzymes, psychosis, and low ceruloplasm. Testing for wilsons is really easy – all your doctor has to do is do a blood test, test for serum copper and ceruloplasm. On physical exam, you would exhibit keiser-fleischer rings (bronze colored rings around your eyes) as well as have psych abnormalities. Wilsons disease is a metabolic abnormality where copper is absorbed in excess. Its easy to test for so you can rule that out with a blood test.
      In terms of steatosis – are you overweight by any chance? Even if you don’t drink, you can develop a fatty liver as a part of metabolic syndrome if a person is overweight.
      Anyway, how elevated are your enzymes? What are the exact numbers? Have you had your alkaline phosphatase measured as well?

  31. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver/ NASH/ Wilson’s Disease?
    I recently had a liver function test and it came back that my liver enzymes were elevated. About 2 years ago I also had a liver function test that said the same thing and an ultrasound that said both my liver and spleen were enlarged. I was both vaccinated and tested for hepatitis and my tests were negative. My current doc said that I may have a fatty liver and that we will recheck liver function in 4 weeks. My question is can Wilson’s Disease present as Fatty liver or NASH? I understand that Wilson’s is a very rare hereditary disease but I don’t want to assume it’s merely fatty liver if Wilson’s is behind it as that could be fatal. I’ve also heard that fatigue and depression as well as enlarged spleen are symptoms of Wilson’s. Any info would be appreciated.
    Also, I don’t drink, at all. I never have. I’m 23 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      Does anyone in your family have Wilson’s? The best thing to do is either call your doctor and ask or wait until your appointment and ask. Sometimes doing research on your own can relieve anxiety and sometimes it can bring about needless worry. No one here can tell you whether or not you have Wilson’s, but I’ll be thinking about you.

  32. QUESTION:
    My Dr. wants me to get an ultrasound of my liver because my liver enzymes came back high.?
    My question is I know that this can be because of a fatty liver but what else can cause high liver enzymes in your blood? I am a some what healthy 31 year old woman. I am slightly obese and am a mother to three. Any ideas on what else this could be?
    I do not drink. I had a glass of wine over the holiday but that is it. Nor do I do drugs! I am over weight by 50 lbs though. I hope that helps some.

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  33. 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

  34. QUESTION:
    Innocent causes for high liver enzymes (ALT)?
    Please only respond if you know about this, rather than posting a URL with generic information.

    My husband had high levels of liver enzymes 3 years ago but we thought it was due to the fact that he had taken 2 tylenol the day before. Recently, he was retested and his ALT is almost 3 times the normal limit (highest normal is 55 and his is 145), twice what it was 3 years ago. All of his other liver panel tests were normal, AST, billirubin, etc., as well as CBC.

    Our GP suggested that it could be something called NASH, or fatty liver disease, however, other than the high ALT, he has NONE of the typical characteristics. He has below average triglycerides and cholesterol and his glucose levels are normal. Also, his liver proteins (albumin) are on the high side of normal and these levels would be low if he had cirrhosis or fatty liver. I should also add that he does not drink and is not exposed to toxic chemicals. He is not overweight but also does not exercise.

    Any ideas please? I’m hoping there could be some simple explanation like vitamin deficiency, poor diet or dehydration. We could not get an appt. with a specialist for another month, at which point they will presumably perform an ultrasound to check things out.
    He is negative for viral hepatitis.
    His Albumin/ Globulin ratio was elevated 3 years ago and approx. twice what it should be (2.2) but I don’t think they retested it.
    He is also negative for hemachromatosis, which runs on his father’s side of the family.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      The ALT is an enzyme that is located in the liver and is released into the bloodstream when there is damage to the liver cells. ALT is also located in other tissues, such as muscle tissues. Other blood tests can be performed to evaluate whether it is from the muscle tissue, such as the creatinine phosphokinase and aldolase. Most cases of a persistently elevated ALT are related to liver disease though. The most common causes for an ALT of this level would be alcoholic liver disease, hepatitis C, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), non-alcholic steatohepatitis and medication related. There are many other less common conditions, such as chronic hepatitis B, autoimmune hepatitis, Wilson’s disease, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and hemochromatosis.

      Most of these conditions can be evaluated with by simple blood tests, which are routinely ordered for the evaluation of this. The exception would be NAFLD/NASH, because there is unfortunately no blood test that can identify this. NASH is becoming much more common and it is always something to consider when the rest of the work up was negative. It sounds like you already know the characteristics and risk factors of NASH including obesity, diabetes, and elevated triglycerides. The presence of these increases the likelihood of NASH, but is not necessarily diagnostic. The absence of these risk factors does not eliminate the possibility of NASH, but it does make it less likely. Even though your husband does not have these issues, NASH is still possible. The definitive test to evaluate for NASH is a liver biopsy.

      I would recommend that your husband be evaluated by a hepatologist or at least a gastroenterologist regarding this if he has not already. Standard blood tests that would be ordered to evaluate this include: Hepatitis B and C tests, Antinuclear antibody (ANA), anti-smooth muscle antibody, Ceruloplasmin, Iron, Total iron binding capacity and Ferritin. Imaging like ultrasound is also helpful in identifying any abnormalities in the liver. Your husband may have had some of these tests already. Do not worry about the details, because the doctor’s will know what to order.

      You are correct that albumin is a marker of the synthetic function of the liver and low albumin is associated with cirrhosis. The ALT and AST are markers of damage, but they do not tell anything about how well the liver is functioning. The PT/INR is also a marker of how well the liver is functioning. It is good that your husband has normal function of the liver based on his elevated albumin.

      The concern with a persistently elevated ALT is that it is a sign of ongoing liver damage that could eventually lead to cirrhosis. This is why it is important to try to identify the cause and treat it if possible to prevent progressive damage to the liver. Vitamin deficiency could potentially lead to elevated liver tests, but this would be very rare in the absence of other signs of vitamin deficiency. Dehydration is not known to increase ALT. Poor diet can lead to NAFLD and NASH, but do not cause elevation in the ALT directly. You will have more answers once your husband sees the specialist. If you have further questions, then let me know. Good luck to you and your husband.

      Edit: It is good that the viral hepatitis and hemochromatosis evaluation is negative. The specialist may want to check additional labs depending on the previous results. Hopefully, you will have more answers by then. If your husband is on medications, then it is also important to determine if any of them are causing them. Some herbal supplements can also elevate liver enzymes, so do not forget about them.

  35. QUESTION:
    My cat has fatty liver disease and he was very sick, i just want to help people with their questions about it?
    Hi, my cats name is fatso. He was 4 years and 8 months old. Fatso was a black cat with a very nice face and had long very beautiful hair. He was a very playful and kind cat to be around. He loved to joke around and rub his head against anyone who came close to him. Fatso was always purring and wouldn’t hurt a fly because he was way too nice. He would always meow as loud as he could just so he would make sure that you knew he was there. Fatso had recently become very ill on Friday May 29, 2009. We noticed that Fatso had stopped eating quite a bit and has lost some weight even though Fatso, who was normally known for his name, loved to eat. Even though he stopped eating we noticed that his stomach was still getting bigger. He had also become very lethargic and stopped his purring. Fatso wasn’t being himself. He seemed to be very thirsty on this Friday during the day, but he wouldn’t drink anything because his mouth seemed to be hurting him. We tried to get him some water by squirting from through a syringe (without the needle of course) into his mouth. On that Friday night, fatso had started to throw up this white puffy gloop and it looked very painful for him. He kept trying to stick his tongue out like there was something caught in his throat. Fatso wasn’t doing so well so we brought him to the vet on Saturday morning at 7 am. He stayed there in critical condition for 3 days. The vet did a blood sample test, and noticed that his liver enzymes were quite high. Fatso was put on IV and was taken care of for these 3 days. On the second day when we went to see Fatso he seemed to be looking a lot better. Then on Monday, the 3rd day or yesterday, we had a call from the vet saying that Fatso wasn’t doing so well and that he would have to be transferred from the vet’s office to an actual animal hospital. So we made a decision and picked up Fatso from the vet and brought him to the animal hospital. When we picked him up the doctor seemed to be right because he seemed to have gone back to the way he was when we first brought him in. At this time Fatso’s skin that was exposed above his eyes seemed to be turning yellow and this was because of the enzyme build-up in his liver. This caused his blood to change color which caused the skin to change color. I let him out of his carrying cage while we where waiting in the lobby of this animal hospital (In Guelph Ontario, this place is probably the best place in the world for sick animals and is called Guelph Animal Hospital) and I let him out of his cage. He sat with me for a little while but he wanted to walk around, so I let him. Fatso could barely stand up and fell to the floor twice. We put him up on the bench and he started to fall asleep. Since that time Fatso has had multiple tests and has been diagnosed with fatty liver disease, pancreatitis, and fluid build-up in his stomach (which is the reason why his stomach was getting bigger even though he wasn’t eating). After this call we decided that we did not want him to be poked and probed anymore because that is not the way a cat should live. Cats should be able to do everything they are supposed to do not sitting around eating food through a tube in his stomach. So we are going to go and see Fatso today but he is going to be put to sleep. The reason why I am writing this story is so that people who are in need of help and need answers quickly will be able to read Fatso’s story and help there Kitten(s) or Cat(s). We will miss you always.

    For Fatso, it is what he would want me to do

    • ANSWER:
      This is a very sad story and I’m very sorry for your loss. It’s very sad that Fatso had to suffer so much. At least you tried everything you knew to do. Hang in there as we all know how hard this is and it’s OK to cry. I’m just SO sorry for your loss.

      What kind of food has Fatso been eating all these years? I’ll bet the lesson here is what WILL happen to a cat being fed dry kibble and canned foods from the grocery stores or WalMart type stores. Commercial dog and cat foods, loaded with corn, wheat, soy, glutens, artificial preservatives like ethoxyquin, artificial colors, lots of toxic crap, will eventually cause major damage in our pets!! These foods cause allergies, kidney disease/failure, UTI’s, liver disease/failure.

      The worst part of all of this is that the veterinarians around this world should KNOW this and put a stop to it. Just because the pet food is a mulitbillion dollar industry, DOES NOT MAKE IT OK that they’re killing our pets. WE think we’re doing the best we can for our pets and these BASTARDS KNOW that what they’re putting into pet foods is KILLING our babies that we love with all of our hearts!! THIS IS A CRIME and HAS to be stopped!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. QUESTION:
    I have Fatty Liver can i still eat what I want and be okay?
    I was told by my doctor that my liver enzymes are high about 300 or something like that. They also told me that I have hepatitis A and that I have a fatty liver from being obese and having a bad diet or whatever. So I already lost over 60 lbs. from eating better and cutting my portions way way down. I want to know if I can eat what I want fast food, bad food or whatever as long as I don’t eat a lot of it and I also incorporate veggies and fruit? Is my liver gonna die if I eat somewhat fattening food? I’ve been kinda nervous……. I also have bad gastritis and an ucler in my esophagus….. just been having a lot of problems and I’m only 19 and I’m scared.
    Thank you very much I will definitely try my hardest to eat healthier.

    • ANSWER:
      Time to get very serious about your health and it looks as if you are doing that. A fatty liver from eating poorly or from diabetes looks and acts about the same as the liver of an alcoholic. Since you must have a liver to live, it behooves you to take it’s plea for help seriously and not stress it further. Plainly you have some other digestive issues that are serious, so you probably ought to make that life style change of eating only healthy foods and save the bad stuff for your birthday and Christmas only.
      Hey, and congratulations on the weight loss. Sixty pounds is very impressive and shows you have tremendous will power, so don’t let your love of pizza and fries lead you to an early grave.

  37. QUESTION:
    Liver enzymes of 109, what is normal. GP couldn’t answer, not even how to normalise?
    Over three months have not eaten dairy (cheese was my favourite food- refused it even on christmas day), avoided saturated fat and not drunk any alcohol. My enzymes have dropped from 127 to 109. What should they be? I asked my GP a direct question. He couldn’t say, but told me not to drink alcohol – I keep telling him I rarely drink (years of being married to a muslim and now when I do try a glass of wine I go scarlet, blotchy, get very hot and strangers point at me!!) I had an ultrasound and that said I have a fatty liver. What next? I miss cheese, I am virtually a vegetarian. Am I close to the endgame?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a gastroenterologist; GP’s are often not informed about liver problems, that’s why we have specialists. Get checked for Hepatitis C & B. Hep c (HCV) as well as Hep b (HBV) causes elevated liver enzymes and fatty liver too. You’ll be OK, but you need an accurate diagnosis so you’ll know what to do next. Best wishes.

  38. QUESTION:
    I have High Liver Function Levels and High Blood Pressure, what could be wrong?
    I am going to be 24 yrs old in a month and i have high blood pressure. I take medication for it and it helps but the doctor found my liver enzymes to be really high. I dont have hepatitis or a fatty liver either. can someone tell me what would cause liver function levels to be high?? And would that cause my blood pressure to be high?

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  39. QUESTION:
    Had ultra sound of liver it found fatty liver, then dr ordered CT Scan but was it unnecessary?
    my liver enzymes were up. so my family doctor ordered ultra sound. the ultra sound found mild fatty liver. he admitted he doesnt know much about it so sent me to a hepatologist (still waiting on the referral, ugh). he ordered a cCT scan of my liver in the meantime. I went and took it but now worried i faced unnecesary radiation exposure. i had already had the ultra sound. not to mention the hepatologist didnt order it, my family doctor did. how much radiation exposure did i get ?? should i worry? I had one other CT scan 10 years ago when i was 19 on my kidneys.

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  40. QUESTION:
    how long does it take for a fatty liver to progress to liver damage?
    i have a fatty liver i found out about a year ago i went to a liver specialist about 4 months ago and my liver enzymes were normal he thinks the cause of it is me being overweight i am a 23 year old female and im 260 pounds but i also take pain killers everyday for another problem i take 3 norcos a day but i am trying to cut back my question is how fast could my fatty liver get to the point of sever damage? i dont see my doctor until december so i dont know if it could be worse now ive lost weight but i still take a lot of pain killers thats what im worried about

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    this is a response from a yahoo post I just saw not too long ago on liver enzymes and conditions?
    This is due to what I read on a yahoo post that I saw not too long ago…I too have been diagnosed with this “steatohepatitis” which is fatty liver with a little bit of inflammation but not from alcohol but from high fat foods that I used to consume. What made me post this is if anyone knows that this “steatohepatitis” is reversible? I’m not obese but once overweight but now through changing my habits I am exercising more, eating better and lost weight (now ideal weight) I do have to retake a blood test in feb. but I’d like to try an avoid doing a biopsy. Can anyone tell me if my liver enzymes would go back to normal (rid of inflammation) simply because I am in my ideal weight and I eat right? Is this easier to treat on overweight people rather than the morbidly obese or obese?
    To the last response:
    1. No beef or pork (chicken and fish only)
    2. NO late night eating, I used to eat potato chips, cookies, soda LATE at night. I completely quit all of that
    3. I ate less carbs but it doesn’t mean I cut it out completely
    4. I made sure I ate breakfast, lunch, and dinner and made sure I didn’t overeat.
    5. I consumed a lot of vegetables, fiber (fiber one cereal and fiber bars) and fruit
    6. I did cardio 40 minutes for like 5-6 days a week

    When I took that blood test with elevated liver enzymes I was 190lbs. with HIGH cholesterol an triglycerides For some strange reason this lifestyle has dropped my weight to 173 in the course of 2 months. I’m not starving myself I’m still full after I eat, I just consume a lot of veggies, fruits, and fiber over meat and potato chips.
    6. I don’t want a biopsy either, I hope my liver will heal and go back to normal. No thank you to cirrhosis and this “steatohepatitis”

    • ANSWER:
      The less excess weight, the better period. I don’t know there is a definitive answer to if NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis) is reversible, but by dropping weight, you’ve done the major work of treating it at the least. No alcohol is also probably smart as your liver’s been stressed. Outside of that, I think just bide your time, making sure to practice good nutrition, avoid smoking, alcohol, and any unnecessary drugs. Exercise would be good as well. Hopefully your blood work will make the biopsy unnecessary; if not, they do have treatments that look promising.

      http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/nash/

      Good luck.

  42. QUESTION:
    fatty liver and high triglyceride?
    i have mildly elevated liver enzyme and high triglyceride level around 280. I just had an ultrasound done showing that i have moderate fatty liver. Any medications recommended to treat fatty liver? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The best treatment for you depends on the underlying cause of your nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Preferred treatments include:

      Weight loss and exercise. If your body mass index is above 25, a diet and exercise program may reduce the amount of accumulated fat in your liver. The most effective diet is rich in fiber and low in calories and saturated fat, with total fat accounting for no more than 30 percent of total calories. But go slowly. Aim to lose 10 percent of your body weight over six months, because rapid weight loss may lead to a worsening of liver disease. Even if you aren’t overweight or obese, a healthy diet and daily physical activity may reduce inflammation, lower elevated levels of liver enzymes and decrease insulin resistance.
      Diabetes control. Strict management of diabetes with diet, medications or insulin lowers blood sugar, which may prevent further liver damage. It may also reduce the amount of accumulated fat in your liver.
      Cholesterol control. Controlling elevated levels of cholesterol and triglycerides with diet, exercise and cholesterol-lowering medications may help stabilize or reverse nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
      Avoidance of toxic substances. If you have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease — especially nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) — don’t drink alcohol. Also avoid medications and other substances that can cause liver damage. Talk to your doctor about which drugs to avoid.
      Under investigation
      There’s no standard medical treatment specifically for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Several possible treatments are under investigation, but so far none has proved effective. These approaches include:

      Vitamins E and C. Since both vitamins are antioxidants, it’s thought that they may reduce liver damage caused by oxidants, unstable oxygen molecules that damage cell membranes.
      Ursodiol (Actigall). Most commonly used to treat gallstones, this drug decreases production of bile acids, which may in theory help lower elevated levels of liver enzymes in people with liver disease.
      Other medications. Researchers are studying the effects of several medications on insulin resistance and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in people with and without diabetes. These include metformin (Glucophage, Glucophage XR), pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia) and betaine (Cystadane). Another drug being investigated is orlistat (Xenical), a medication that blocks the absorption of some of the fat from your food. Early results indicate that orlistat may reduce the amount of fat in the liver.
      Bariatric surgery. While abdominal weight-loss surgery coupled with rapid weight loss has been implicated as contributing to the development of NASH, some research suggests that bariatric surgery combined with modest weight loss may reduce the inflammation and scarring associated with NASH.

  43. QUESTION:
    i have fatty liver and diabetes,i am overweight,i also am anemic….serious or not?
    they told me my liver enzymes are high>…?

    • ANSWER:
      as a 17.5 year veteran RN, who also is overweight/anemic, I can tell you it IS dangerous….the overweight status you can of course allay to a certain extent with excersise/diet which [diet] I’m sure you’re already on being a diabetic…you can supplement your iron intake with vitamins, spinach, liver & several other foods….your liver enzymes need to be monitored carefully by your md….& it is important that you are being seen regularly by an md, because your problems are multifaceted….compliance is a must for you if you want to have any quality of life…trust me.

  44. QUESTION:
    focal Fatty liver infiltration of liver + ALT 102/ (range 17-63)+ AST 55 (range 15-41 U/L)?
    Hi:
    To day I diagonosised the above liver condition. I am wondering why the ALT high? Six month ago my ALT ans ASt was normal but ultrasound siad mild fatty liver?
    IS this enzyme increses might be viral Hapatities or due to fatty liver. I am going to test Hepatities tests.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Do you have a plan to eliminate your fatty liver? Here are some resources for you:

      http://fattyliverdietplan.com/

      http://www.squidoo.com/fatty-liver-solution

      Good luck.

  45. QUESTION:
    How long do I have to force feed a cat recovering from fatty-liver ailment?
    It was treated at the vet, hospitalized for a whole week with IV and Rx, etc, and tested for all other diseases, just had a liver problem and wouldn’t eat, but getting vet’s Rx pills and made major progress with enzyme levels, etc, but still have to force feed it. How long does force feeding last until the cat eats by itself ?

    • ANSWER:
      I just found out my yesturday that my cat also has fatty liver, disease,0 dollars later, I have him home with my and was told to force feed him, see if it works and put him down if it doesn’t. From what I have read you just want to force feed him until he eats on his own. I bought cod liver oil, meaty (with no onion) baby foods, tuna juice, low sodium chicken broth. Anything I could mush up and have been syringe feeding him. Not sure how to increase his water intake though. Anyways good luck with your cat.

  46. QUESTION:
    Is NASH (non alcoholic inflammed fatty liver) a life-long condition?
    My elevated liver enzymes and ultrasound showed that I have a mild NASH from high cholesterol and triglycerides. After 3 months of exercise/diet changes, I have normalized my liver enzymes. My gastroenterologist was pleased with the result. I have a question though…does this mean my NASH is gone? If it is, can it still come back if I my cholesterol/trigclyerides go back up? Is this a condition I have for life…will NASH be the reason why I can never be overweight or have high cholesterol in my entire life?
    I figured to prevent it from coming back, I have to stay in my ideal weight and eat well/exercise. Guess it’s also good for my heart, kill two birds with one stone.

    • ANSWER:
      you have answered your question. the causitive factor when recurs will cause the same effect.

  47. QUESTION:
    Can u figure this out about my fatty liver?
    Doc says I have a fatty liver….he did blood test and says enzymes are up…then he said my cholesterol levels were great…I rarely drink….dont like taking meds…any help would be appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      The Known causes for fatty liver disease are:
      alcohol consumption, certain medications (like steriods),
      weight gain (obesity), losing weight too fast, malnourishment,
      high cholesterol/triglyceride levels, Diabetes, insulin resistance,
      hereditary condition, metabolic disorders, and others.

      You should be seeing either a gastroenterologist or hepatologist.
      Fat build up inside the liver (known as Simple fatty liver) usually
      isn’t a problem. However, as the fat builds up inside the liver,
      it can start to damage the liver cells. Fat puts extra pressure
      inside the liver, which is surrounded by a tight membrane capsule.
      When the liver cells become damage, the immune system of the
      body will respond to this and cause inflammation to develop
      inside the liver, also. This will cause the liver to start to enlarge
      in size. This is then, no longer simple fatty liver…it is
      Steatohepatitis (steato means fat, hepat means liver, itis means
      inflammation).

      The cause has to be found and stopped. If this is done, the liver
      cells may heal and the problem can be reversed.
      However, if this isn’t done…the liver cells may then start to die
      off and form scar tissue inside the liver. The scar tissue will
      eventually stop the flow of blood. This is then an irreversible,
      progressive disease, known as Cirrhosis of the liver.

      Some terms you may need to understand when you read the
      links, that you can click on, below:
      NASH is non alcoholic causes of fat build up in the liver leading
      to inflammation.
      NAFLD is non alcohol causes of Fatty liver disease.
      Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver
      Cirrhosis is death of the liver cells and scar tissue formation in the liver.

      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

      Best wishes. Hope this has been of help to you.

  48. QUESTION:
    ok all. I have liver disease. It showed up on a CT scan about 3 months ago a fatty liver?
    and since then my liver enzymes keep going up. I have been experincing a lot of pain the last 2 days in my upper right hand side of my abdomen. the pain is getting worse and I was told today it is liver faliure. what I want to ask is this. How long will I last for if I do not get a liver transplant? liver transplants are so hard to get and most will die in a year without one. as I type this the pain is nigly and will not go away. do you guys have any advice for me? should I go to the doctors soon? please help. and answer this. my levels are higher then last time and keep going up. anyway also my urine is getting darker and yes I am drinking a lot of fluids. I do not drink, nor am I obese. I have back pain due to the pressure my larger liver is putting on my back. please do you have any advice for me. and how long can you live for without a liver transplant, cause I do not want one ever. Thank you and God bless
    daisy I had a CT scan done about 3 months ago and since them my liver enzimes have been getting higher shown on a liver function test. I am due to see the doctor tonight. everyone has to die of something.

    • ANSWER:
      well haven’t you seen a doctor about this already?how else would you know that you have Liver Disease?I will pray for you too,I wish i could do more.The only thing that I know that is good for the liver is Milk Thistle,super good stuff,but you have to check with your pharmacist or Dr.to make sure it won’t hurt you more.May God Bless and Keep you too.

  49. QUESTION:
    Should I be concerned about NAFLD (Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease)?
    My GP diagnosed this, as I started seeing him when I received blood tests with elevated liver enzymes. They continue to go up every time and he is pretty unphased about it. It is not related to hepatitis or alcohol. I am a little overweight but not obese and do not have any precursors for diabetes.

    My right side, in the area of my liver is always aching and I wonder if I should get a second opinion. Could this be serious or the early stages of something worse?
    I also had a colonoscopy and edoscopy and everything looks good.
    *endoscopy

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    i ate a big meal, the next day i got fever and threw up,and have had hickups for past 3 days.worried for liver?
    i have had some blood test a few years ago , and showed a fatty liver enzyme

    • ANSWER:
      hiccups and big meal aint got anythin to do with liver. you probably had a gastroenteritis… is it just the hiccups you are having now? if so then its nothin to be worried bout. if you got fever n vomiting still then better go to a doc… but i don think its liver