Is Fatty Liver Reversible

Can Fatty Liver Be Reversed? Learn the Proper Way
When it comes to the condition of the liver, everybody is concerned. Why? That’s because it is one of the organs of the body that has a lot of important functions. So, any malfunction may cause a lot of problems. It is also a sensitive part of the body that if damaged, can be the cause of one’s death. Liver fats when left unattended can be very threatening because it hinder or slow down the work of the liver. So, the big question here is, can fatty liver be reversed?

There are different factors that can cause this condition. Some of these are diabetes, obesity, alcoholism, and poor eating habits. Obesity goes with high cholesterol content of the body. This is due to not eating healthy foods. Diabetes is due to high blood sugar level. If the person has high amount of sugar in his blood, it means that he has high cholesterol level as well.
Alcohol is also one of the greatest contributors to having a fatty and unhealthy liver. There are wines that are good for the health for as long as they are taken in moderately. But excessive consumption of alcohol will bring damage to your liver. Poor eating habit means eating unhealthy foods such as the processed foods containing toxins that are harmful to the liver.

To repeat the question, can fatty liver be reversed? Well, yes it can! Provided, that the sufferer will change his or her lifestyle. Just like with the eating habits. Instead of eating processed foods, the person should consume fresh fruits and vegetables. Choose those foods that are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals for they can help improve the condition of the liver.

A regular exercise will help reduce or lose weight. This is highly recommended for obese patients. Daily moderate exercises can help burn the fats and cholesterol in the body. Drink a lot of water regularly to encourage the elimination of toxins out of the body. Have your diabetes cured by a doctor as early as possible or you may limit yourself from having sweetened or highly concentrated drinks such as sodas.

Though there is no assurance that these tips can completely cure fatty liver, rest assured that they can lessen further damage to the organ. A human body has only one liver so it has to be taken cared with.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

  2. QUESTION:
    Is Fatty Liver Disease reversible?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. It is.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver

  3. QUESTION:
    wat is grade 2-3 fatty liver?is it reversible?how?
    my dad z having fatty liver grade 2-3.i want to know all possible details.i.e.,prevention,cure,etc….plz rep….i want him to follow as early as possible.he z 55yrs old..

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver, also known as fatty liver disease (FLD), is a reversible condition where large vacuoles of triglyceride fat accumulate in liver cells via the process of steatosis (i.e. abnormal retention of lipids within a cell). Treatment depends on the cause, and there are a numer of different causes. But here are some tips:

      Reduce the intake of refined carbohydrates in your diet such as white bread, white rice, pasta, noodles, cakes, biscuits, desserts, soft drinks, sweetened fruit juices and also that of table sugar. Avoid breakfast cereals too.
      Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables in the diet.
      Eat whole grains such as brown rice, whole wheat products, oats, ragi, bajra, jowar etc and Pulses and legumes.
      Avoid all kinds of fried food, processed food, high fat foods in general all junk food.
      Avoid red meats such as mutton, beef, pork and opt for fat trimmed meats and white meats such as fish, chicken, turkey. Avoid processed meat or cured meats.
      Switch over to low fat milk products from full cream or full fat milk products.
      Avoid margarine, mayonnaise as much as possible.
      Avoid artificial sweeteners as well. They do not help in the long term.
      Use oils which provided monounsaturated fatty acids.
      Control diabetes with diet, medications and exercise.
      Keep your cholesterol levels in check and reduce triglycerides in the blood.
      Avoid alcohol as much as possible.
      Exercise daily to reduce weight and to keep weight in check.
      Reduce the abdominal fat content by eating smaller meals and by exercising daily by walking, jogging and also bu incorporating yoga in your diet.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver

      http://nutrihealth.in/2009/07/ways-to-cure-fatty-liver/

  4. QUESTION:
    question about fatty liver inflammation (non-alcoholic) and its treatment?
    I was told that fatty liver inflammation (non-alcoholic type) is usually prevalent in obese people. However I was recently diagnose with it but I’m actually overweight, not obese. I think the reason I had inflammation was due to the fact that I have high bad cholesterol and triglycerides. I was told fatty liver inflammation is reversible. My question is, would this disease be easier to treat and reverse on an overweight person rather than an obese person?

    • ANSWER:
      The treatment the same wehether your overweight or obese. You need to lose weight. It takes a shorter time frame if your not obese.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Additionally, order the following for better digestion:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      good luck to you

  6. QUESTION:
    Can anyone help me out on my liver problem?
    I recently been diagnosed with a fatty liver. Which is reversible. Can anyone who has had this give me some advice on how you could get your liver healthy again.

    • ANSWER:
      The liver has remarkable regenerative powers.

      Avoid alcohol and saturated fats. Have frequent liver profile blood tests
      to see if there is progress.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  8. QUESTION:
    fatty liver or chronic liver? is it the same?
    I am a 29 yrs. old female. I drink only occasionally (of course there are times when I gotten drunk when I hang out) I don’t do drugs or smoke. I had a gastric bypass last year and lost a lot of weight. On february this year I was complaining of abdominal pain and they did a sonogram, a HIDDA scan (to check if it was my gallbladder) but everything was ok. After that they did an abdominal CT scan to check. In the CT scan everything was ok but it said:

    ” the liver is somewhat heterogeneous in attenuation without discrete biliary tree dilatation or masses. There is subobtimal examination due to lack of IV contrast. The underlying coarse atrenuation may be related to fatty changes ”

    and in the area of impression it said:

    1. CT of the abdomen without contrast demostrates attenuation and coarse underlying hepatic parechyma which may correspond to chronic hepatic disease.

    When I read this I was scared as hell thinking I might have something irreversible on my liver so I went to my internist so he could interprete the results. He send me a liver profile and everything was fine and he also send me a coagulation lab test and everything fine. He told me that he was sure it was fatty liver and with diet modification everything was going to be normal in no time. After visiting my doctor I was relieved but I still can’t stop thinking why did they write on my CT chronic liver disease if its just fatty liver? My internist told me fatty liver is a liver disease but its reversible. What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver disease is caused by:
      weight gain, obesity, fast weight loss, malnourishment,
      diabetes, insulin resistance, high cholesterol/triglyceride
      levels, and others.

      Simple Fatty liver doesn’t usually cause a problem in
      the liver. Diet or changes to medications can reverse
      the problem. (It would be best not to drink any
      alcohol and not to take any medications that are
      not approved of or prescribed by your doctor now)
      However, if the fat continues to build
      up inside the liver, it can lead to damage to the liver
      cells. The liver is surrounded by a tight membrane
      capsule. When the liver cells become damaged,
      the immune system of the body can respond to this
      damage and cause inflammation to also develop
      inside the liver. This is then known as
      Steatohepatitis. Steato stands for fat, hepat stands
      for liver, and itis stands for inflammation.
      This is, then, much more serious as the inflammation
      can lead to death of the liver cells and scar tissue
      formation inside the liver that will block the flow of
      blood.
      Apparently, the one that looked at your
      scan could not determine the cause of the problem
      or wasn’t sure how far advance this would go later
      on without treatment being done…only your doctor
      could do that. He said it “may” correspond to
      Chronic (ongoing) hepatic disease.

      Your doctor feels that this can be reversed, since
      he knows your medical background. It would be
      best to follow any advice he gives you. Don’t
      be afraid to ask him any questions about this.
      If he deems it necessary, he may refer you to a
      gastroenterologist.

      Best wishes…Hope this information has been of
      some help.

      Here are a few links, you can click on, to read
      more about this disease:

      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

  9. QUESTION:
    is fatty change in the liver a reversible or irreversible cell injury? why?

    • ANSWER:
      Reversible.

  10. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver and Small Nodule on CT?
    I went to the doctor about a month ago and they noticed my ALT level was elevated. 80 on a scale of 10-60. The dr sent me for a ultrasound and it came back as a fatty liver. I had been diagnosed with this before about 5 years ago but dropped about 25lbs and the functions went back to normal so I hadnt worried about it. I have since gained back some weight and wanted to see if that was an issue again. On the ultrasound they noticed a small area that looked like it could be a fatty build up. I was told to go for a CT Scan. That has come back showing a a couple of small nodules that was hard to detect. Radioligist said its not cancerous because of the way it imaged with the contrast and made a just a note. I guess this was caused by the fatty liver which they say is very fatty. Is this reversible with diet, weight loss and no alcohol consumption? By the way I am 29 year old male. About 6 feet and 205 lbs. I dont have a gut or anything, just pack on some extra pounds sometimes
    I have had all blood work done in the past. I have no hereditary diseases and I did not have Hep A, B or C on the last test. I am still waiting to hear back this time.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. But you must stay away from alcohol and Tylenol. Both are very hard on the liver. Also, take milk thistle. This is a natural herb to promote a healthy liver, and you can buy it at Wal-Mart. A friend of mine has cirrhosis, and was on the liver transplant list. She is now–several years later–off of the list, and working full time. She attributes this to stopping drinking, and taking milk thistle. All the best.

  11. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver?
    What is meant by fatty Liver ? Is this a serious health condition ? Is this a reversible condition. ? Are there any good homeopathic remedies to cure this

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver

      Definition

      Fatty liver is the collection of excessive amounts of triglycerides and other fats inside liver cells.

      Description

      Also called steatosis, fatty liver can be a temporary or long-term condition, which is not harmful itself, but may indicate some other type of problem. Left untreated, it can contribute to other illnesses. It is usually reversible once the cause of the problem is diagnosed and corrected. The liver is the organ responsible for changing fats eaten in the diet to types of fat that can be stored and used by the body. Triglycerides are one of the forms of fat stored by the body and used for energy and new cell formation. The break down of fats in the liver can be disrupted by alcoholism, malnutrition, pregnancy, or poisoning. In fatty liver, large droplets of fat, containing mostly triglycerides, collect within cells of the liver. The condition is generally not painful and may go unnoticed for a long period of time. In severe cases, the liver can increase to over three times its normal size and may be painful and tender.

      Causes and symptoms

      The most common cause of fatty liver in the United States is alcoholism. In alcoholic fatty liver, over consumption of alcohol changes the way that the liver breaks down and stores fats. Often, people with chronic alcoholism also suffer from malnutrition by eating irregularly and not consuming a balanced diet. Conditions that can also cause fatty liver are other forms of malnutrition (especially when there is not enough protein in the diet), obesity, diabetes mellitus, and Reye’s syndrome in children. Pregnancy can cause a rare, but serious form of fatty liver that starts late in pregnancy and may be associated with jaundice and liver failure. Some drug overdoses or toxic chemical poisonings, such as carbon tetrachloride, can also cause fatty liver.

      Often, there are no symptoms associated with fatty liver. If there are symptoms, they can include pain under the rib cage on the right side of the body, swelling of the abdomen, jaundice, and fever. Symptoms that occur less often in alcoholic fatty liver, but more often in pregnancy related fatty liver, are nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain.

      Diagnosis

      During a physical examination, a doctor might notice that the liver is enlarged and tender when the abdomen is palpated (examined with the tips of the fingers while the patient lies flat). Blood tests may be used to determine if the liver is functioning properly. A liver biopsy, where a small sample of liver tissue is removed with a long needle or though a very small incision, can be used to confirm fatty liver. In pregnant women, the fatty liver condition is usually associated with another serious complication, pre-eclampsia or eclampsia. In this condition, the mother has seriously high blood pressure, swelling, and possibly, seizures. Laboratory abnormalities include elevations of the SGOT (serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase) and SGPT (serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase). In many cases the alkaline phosphatase will be significantly elevated due to cholestasis produced by the fatty infiltration.

      Treatment

      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.

      Prognosis

      Fatty liver is usually reversible if recognized and treated. There may be some long-term tendency toward other types of liver problems depending on how long and how severe the fatty liver condition was. In pregnant women with the condition, the situation can be life threatening for both the mother and the infant. Left untreated, there is a high risk of death for both the mother and baby. Severe liver damage that may require a liver transplant can occur in the mother if the condition is not recognized early.

      Prevention

      Prevention consists of maintaining a well balanced diet and healthy lifestyle with moderate or no alcohol consumption. Pregnant women require good prenatal care so that symptoms can be recognized and treated as early as possible. To prevent Reye’s syndrome, children should not be given aspirin to treat symptoms of the flu or other viruses.

  12. QUESTION:
    my non-alcoholic fatty liver inflammation…? would like some insight thank you?
    so my doctor says because of my elevated ALT and ultrasound showing of fatty liver he says I probably have mild inflmmation due to the extensive fat around my liver and from high triglycerides/cholesterol

    To treat this, I have lost weight to my ideal as well as eating more healthy and basically avoiding junk food. Exercising 5-6 days a week for 40 minutes. I will get another blood test later on.

    My question is: by doing this have I improved my liver condition? I hear it can be reversible I wonder if I have done so. Have I helped treat this inflammation by trying to reduce fat around my liver? Can I still have a normal life span? I hope this condition won’t shorten my lifespan I’m only 26

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver disease or NAFLD is thought to be because of excessive fat deposition in liver. It is partially genetic and partly from environmental factors including diet. By losing weight and excersing you have certainly helped your condition. By doing these measures, you will have reduced the amount of fat in the liver and likely decreased the associated inflammation. You should have a normal life span. You still need periodic liver function tests to monitor the ALT. If ALT remains consistently elevated, then may need liver biopsy at some point to rule out NASH (non alcoholic steatohepatitis), which can very rarely (<5%)progress to cirrhosis (liver scarring).

      At this point, I would continue what you are doing, and not worry about it too much.

  13. QUESTION:
    is fatty liver curable disease? ? ?
    i was diagnosed with fatty liver…when asked..many people said its not curable..but its reversible……what does that mean?.

    • ANSWER:
      Your are reversing the damage not curing it. Diabetes type 2 is reversible but regress back to your old lifestyle that lead to the development of diabetes in the first place, and you will indeed start needing insulin or medication again. Staying “reversed” is as good as a cure. :)

      Reversing fatty liver disease >>>

      http://www.liverdoctor.com/index.php?page=fatty-liver

  14. QUESTION:
    Fatty liver disease. Does anyone have experience with it?
    Does anyone have experience with non-alcohol related fatty liver disease? My fiance went to the doctor recently for abdominal pain and had a blood and urine sample taken. The doctor called him to come in for more tests because he suspects he might have fatty liver disease. My fiance is overweight but I wouldn’t call him obese. I read that this condition is reversible by losing weight. Is there anything my fiance can do in addition to losing weight to get rid of this condition? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      A fatty liver does not cause any pain, so the abdominal pain is from something else. Eating healthy and losing weight will help the fatty liver. Also avoid alcohol.

  15. QUESTION:
    What exactly are the implications of a fatty liver?
    I had a blood test some time ago which came back normal but I thought there was something wrong so I went back to the doctors and they sent me for a scan. The result showed that my liver is infiltrated with fat which didn’t surprise me as I knew something was wrong. I was advised that this is reversible but I don’t think I will be able to become a nun basically. So what I want to know is how long would it take for a fatty liver to progress into cirrhosis. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Sister, believe me you can become a devoted “NUN” some day.

      Your liver will never turn bad, you will never develop Cirrhosis if you change your food habits.

      Eat plenty of green vegetables, fruits, and low fat diets. Avoid Whole Milk for some time along with cheese and butter. Drink plenty of water ( 30times your body weight per day)

      Please try not to skip meals or go on fastings because that affects the liver as well. Of course, fast for 8 hours every month has proved to be beneficial as it helps in body cleansing and removal of toxins.

  16. QUESTION:
    can cirrhosis of the liver be avoided/prevented from this condition?
    i have a mild inflammation of the liver due to fatty liver (non-alcoholic type, NOT obese but overweight) I’ve been losing weight and eating right to try to burn the fat off my liver. Question is: I know this condition is chronic (but is said to be reversible) and CAN lead to cirrhosis, but say I change my lifestyle completely and keep a healthy body, can I prevent myself from ever getting cirrhosis in my entire life? They say fatty liver with inflammation can be reversible, does that mean I can get rid of the inflammation through healthy lifestyle choices?

    • ANSWER:
      yes, change your lifestyle, and it can repair, good luck x

  17. 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.

  18. QUESTION:
    which doctor should I trust?
    I’ve been recently told I have a fatty liver with inflammation but the outlook and severity differ in different doctors. I’ve had one doctor say its SERIOUS while others say its MILD. Some say its treatable (only weight loss, diet, exercise) and reversible some say its not as easy. Who should I trust after seeing a multitude of doctors? Problem is I think maybe I should seek an asian doctor instead. Being asian, I was told that this is a condition that is prevalent in asians, even skinny ones whereas this condition for caucasians happens more to the obese-morbidly obese. My line of thinking is that asian doctors understand “our” phsyiology much better and probably have experience treating asians with this condition since most asians tend to like seeing asian doctors. Is this a good idea? Because I’ve been getting a lot of questions unanswered from “caucasian” doctors I dont’ think they really know how to treat me. A lot of wishy-washy responses.
    the doctors I have been seeing are specialists…Kalak answering my question with a quote and no thinking about this does not help don’t be an ass, I’m the one with a condition I’d like to treat and am taking this seriously an being a prick does not help
    To formerly: Unfortunately my inflmmation IS steatohepatitis and its the severity of it that’s varied from different gastroenterologists. I have changed my lifestyle to get rid of the excess fat to resolve the inflammation (lose weight, eat right)…but I figured since a lot of asians have this problem asian doctors would know how to treat this better…and a good percetnage of asians who have this are actually skinny-medium build

    • ANSWER:
      There’s a good reason the responses are a little vague and seemingly contradictory – the cause of fatty liver is commonly unknown in cases that cannot be traced to excessive alcohol consumption, hepatitis, or obesity. If none of these circumstances apply to you, then the cause is likely unknown, or at least cannot be known without further tests.

      To complicate things even further, a fatty liver often causes no medical problems, but sometimes the excess fat leads to chronic inflammation of the liver (steatohepatitis), and there is no way to predict who will develop this chronic condition. So, some doctors may view a fatty liver as a risk because of what could happen, and other doctors may not consider this a risk if you haven’t actually developed steatohepatitis.

      So, no matter which doctor you go to, none will have a definitive answer. The typical course of action for someone with no known cause for a fatty liver is maintaining a low-fat diet with plenty of exercise, minimizing consumption of alcohol and medications that are known to be hard on the liver, and monitoring liver enzymes several times a year.

      An Asian doctor might be a good idea since life styles and diet are an important factor, and an Asian might have some better insight than others who are less familiar with Asian culture and medical conditions common to Asians.

  19. QUESTION:
    been diagnosed with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis but the degree of severity differed in 2 gastroenterologist?
    Through ultrasound tests and because my ALT/AST were elevated a little I have been diagnosed with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (fatty liver disease). One doctor said I have a severe NASH condition while another doctor said it wasn’t that bad and with proper dietary and weight change it’s reversible. Is it true? Anyone that used to have NASH but don’t anymore? What’s the best way to get rid of it? I know this can lead to cirrhosis if I let it get worse, but is there a way to get rid of it? Which doctor should I trust?
    i was told the only treatment is losing weight and eating right

    • ANSWER:
      So what did the first doc recommend? Nothing at all? The advice given by the second doc seems right.

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

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

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

      If you want to know more about your liver problem, here is a site:

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

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

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

  21. QUESTION:
    Fatty liver disease. Does anyone have experience with it?
    Does anyone have any experience with non-alcohol related fatty liver disease. My fiance went to the doctor recently for abdominal pain and he had a blood and urine sample taken. The doctor called him last night asking him to come in for more tests because he thinks he might have fatty liver disease which is excess fat in the liver. My fiance is overweight but I wouldn’t say he is obese. I read that the condition is reversible by losing weight. Is there anyhting else my fiance can do to get rid of this condition? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend the book “fatty liver diet” by Sandra Cabot. I found out I had fatty liver last august and immediately went to the bookstore to learn as much as I could as fast as I could. I bought her book and followed it by refraining from alchohol and eating healthy. I even bought a juicer to consume more vegetables. I have lost over 50lbs and just had a follow up ct scan yesterday and the fatty liver is gone! I am going to write a letter to dr Cabot to thank her for sharing her knowledge that saved my life!


Symptoms Of Liver Cancer

Liver Cancer Signs and Symptoms of Liver Cancer
Liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) is a cancer arising from the liver. It is also known as primary liver cancer or hepatoma. The liver is made up of different cell types (for example, bile ducts, blood vessels, and fat-storing cells). However, liver cells (hepatocytes) make up 80% of the liver tissue. Thus, the majority of primary liver cancers (over 90 to 95%) arises from liver cells and is called hepatocellular cancer or carcinoma.

Primary liver cancer is rarely discovered early and often doesn’t respond to current treatments thus, the prognosis is often poor. Even when treatments fail to provide much improvement in the liver cancer itself, pain and other signs and symptoms caused by liver cancer can be aggressively treated to improve quality of life. But the most important news about primary liver cancer is that you can greatly reduce your risk by protecting yourself from hepatitis infection and cirrhosis, the leading causes of the disease.

Secondary Liver Cancer Most of the time when cancer is found in the liver it did not start there but spread to the liver from a cancer that began somewhere else in the body. These tumors are named after the place where they began (the primary site) and are further described as metastatic. For example, cancer that started in the lung and spread to the liver is called metastatic lung cancer to the liver. The rest of the information given here covers only primary liver cancer, that is, cancer that starts in the liver.
Signs and Symptoms of Liver Cancer

Most people don’t have signs and symptoms in the early stages of liver cancer, which means the disease may not be detected until it’s quite advanced. When symptoms do appear, they may include some or all of the following:
Abdominal pain, especially in the upper right part of your abdomen, that may extend into your back and shoulder. Pain that occurs in the right upper area of the abdomen. The liver is a very nerve rich organ and can be sensitive to changes.

Appetite – People with liver cancer may experience a continuous loss of appetite or feel very full after a small meal.

Worsened hepatitis or cirrhosis symptoms – More severe symptoms in people who have chronic hepatitis or cirrhosis are signs of liver cancer. These symptoms could include fluid in the abdomen, a symptom known as ascites, or the need for more and more water tablets (diuretics) to control the amount of fluid in the abdomen.

Abdominal pain is a very common symptom, and also common in children. Unfortunately, because there are so many possible causes of abdominal pain, and many cases are not serious, many cases of acute appendicitis are misdiagnosed each year as gastroenteritis or some other similar condition, especially in children and infants. Although appendicitis is an uncommon condition, it can be fatal. And there are many other serious conditions that may cause abdominal pain.

Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes caused by an accumulation of bile pigment -bilirubin- in the blood).

Esophageal varices (occurs when the tumor invaded and blocked the portal vein and the blood drains through esophageal veins).

Rarely: bleeding problems. Many of the proteins required for proper blood clotting are created in the liver. Remove these proteins and blood clotting decreases.

Chronic weight loss or wasting. The liver processes all the building blocks. If it fails to process, the body fails to maintain itself.

Fatty Liver Wiki

Visalus Neuro – My Vitality Drink Is Intelligent – So What the Heck Are YOU Consuming?
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There has been a whole lot of focus provided to the power drink marketplace as of late, which includes some bad press with regard to dangerous effects that specific retail power drinks can have on our bodies. Involved, I determined that it was time that I researched and found out precisely what I’m drinking, when I get to for my beloved Neuro.

Here’s what I identified out about the Visalus Neuro power drink – I’m not surprised at all by what I identified, but I was so fired up about my investigation, that I wished to share it…

The Visalus Neuro power drink is made up of the following elements:

Arginine: Arginine plays an crucial position in cell division, the healing of wounds, getting rid of ammonia from the body, immune operate, and the release of hormones
In addition, the advantages of arginine contain:

Reducing therapeutic time of injuries (specifically bone) Quickens fix time of damaged tissue Assists decrease blood strain

Arginine is considered a semi-essential amino acid because even although the entire body generally makes enough of it, supplementation is occasionally necessary. For instance, people with protein malnutrition, excessive ammonia creation, abnormal lysine intake, burns, infections, peritoneal dialysis, fast development, urea synthesis ailments, or sepsis may possibly not have adequate arginine. Signs of arginine deficiency incorporate very poor wound therapeutic, hair reduction, skin rash, constipation, and fatty liver. –Source: Wikipedia.com

Green Tea Extract: Green tea extract is twenty occasions far more antioxidant-lively than Vitamin C.

The biochemical attributes of green tea extracts can be typically divided into four factors – antioxidant, anticarcinogen, anti-inflammatory, and anti-radiation

Green tea extracts exhibit stronger antioxidant protection for human system than vitamin C and vitamin E. In several experiments, green tea extracts show inhibitory results on cancer cells. In addition, green tea extracts also have a vast-ranged anti-inflammatory traits, so it may well be beneficial in treating persistent inflammatory states.

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Taurine: Taurine is an amino acid that supports neurological development and assists regulate the degree of water and mineral salts in the blood. Taurine is also believed to have antioxidant properties.

Current reports suggest that Taurine can strengthen athletic overall performance, although other studies advise that Taurine combined with caffeine improves mental efficiency.

Rhodiola Extract: might be efficient for bettering mood and alleviating depression. Pilot reports on human topics showed that it improves physical and mental overall performance, and may minimize fatigue.

DMAE: assist to help in memory, concentrate and rising alertness. Scientific studies have recommended that it might help in liver functions, prevent particular varieties of cancers and perhaps enhance power and psychological capacity.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Do you ever wonder How is alcohol legal? Cannabis VS alcohol?
    Alcohol——1. Alcohol is a depressant. Excessive alcohol use increases the risk of a number of diseases: fatty degeneration of the liver, infection of the liver, liver cirrhosis ( More ) , sleeping disorders, sexual problems, infection of the esophagus, infection of the stomach, infection of the pancreas, premature dementia, varying from a reduction of memory to the serious syndrome of Korsakoff; cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx, intestines and breasts; hypertension and heart problems. Alcohol is also damaging during pregnancy. Also alcohol takes its toll in traffic.

    Alcohol plays an important role in aggression. 40% of all incidents involving aggression occur while under the influence of alcohol. The police spend 22% of their time on cases involving alcohol. Violence on the streets and domestic violence while under the influence of alcohol happen often.

    Also at work, alcohol has big consequences. 13% of all employees on sick leave have alcohol problems. Employees with alcohol problems produce at least 10% less work than their colleagues.

    Alcohol can make people irresponsible; for example, getting pregnant in circumstances where they are not able to care for a child.

    Cannabis – Contributors weigh in with the following:

    * The definitive study of the long-term health effects of marijuana to date was done by Kaiser Permanente. They surveyed the health records of 65,000 patients over a long period of time. They found no significant differences in the health records of pot smokers versus people who did not smoke pot. See http://www.druglibrary.org/crl/aging/sidney-01.html

    Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_bad_is_marijuana_for_you#ixzz1ROFKYwVS

    I hate when people assume, dont answer unless you have researched and or clicked on the link…

    • ANSWER:
      Nope.
      Simple answer – alcohol and cigarettes are legal because the government gain a lot of money through tax
      They don’t care about the nation’s health – al they care about is getting money from the people


Fatty Deposits In Liver

Herbal Liver Cleanse to Improve Liver Health
Herbal liver cleanse is the best natural cure for improving health. No side effect is the main advantage in doing this herbal remedial measure for flushing out toxins from the body. Now let’s see in detail different herbal medicines used for liver cleansing. Milk thistle, scientifically known as Silybum Maianum is an important medicinal herb used in liver cleansing agents. Magical medicinal power of milk thistle in liver cleansing especially for alcoholic treatment is remarkable. The core seed of this medicinal herb is used in medicines for liver ailment treatments.

Today, food supplements of milk thistle with high medicinal value are available in powder form extracts for cleansing. Researches found that regular intake of milk thistle helps to a great extend in strengthening the walls of liver. Excellent role played by Silymarin, major component in milk thistle for maintaining the functioning of liver makes it number one medicine for cleansing. Milk thistle helps in removing fatty deposits in liver there by decreasing the risk of gall bladder stones.

Have you heard about Artichoke? Artichoke or Cynara Scolymus is an herbal cleanse to improve liver health. Intake of artichoke lowers the functioning of radical cells and helps in better functioning of liver. Turmeric is a best known natural antioxidant which protects liver from the attack of toxic bodies. Curcumin, major component in turmeric prevents inflammations and keeps liver healthy. Inclusion of turmeric in cleansing diet helps in fat metabolism and formation of bile secretions. Dandelion root is one among the best known cleansing herbal medicines for improving liver functioning.

Drinking green tea or Camelia Sinensis improves immunity power of liver and prevents the action of free radical mechanism contributing in aging function. Regular intake of green tea detoxifies the harmful effects of toxins and improves liver health. Chanca Piedra is an herbal cleanse promoting health. It is well known for its amazing medicinal value in breaking gall stones equipped in liver. This herb is some times also referred as break stone due to its gall stone breaking capacity. Intake of Chanca Piedra herbal liver cleanses helps in improved production of bile secretion there by improving liver health. Studies say that, this herbal liver cleanse is a best medicinal cure for hepatitis and jaundice.

Bupleurum is a traditionally used herbal liver cleanse to improve overall health. Anti inflammatory property, stimulation of bile secretion and detoxification are some of the features which make Bupleurum a good friend of liver. Bupleurum is composed with saikosaponins compound which promote better functioning of liver. Burdock root, known for liver cleansing helps in detoxifying and purifying blood. It takes the role of liver and helps in enhancing bile secretions. This liver cleansing herb is one of the best remedial measures in liver damage conditions. Livoxil is another important herbal liver cleanse for improving the health. This herbal medicine performs the function by releasing the accumulated toxins and bile from liver. Proper usage of this herbal cleanse detoxifies liver with no side effects and helps in improved health.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I was told after having an abdominal ultrasound that i have fatty deposits on my liver, what does this meen?
    I dont drink alcohol so its not because of that, but i am overweight and ive just been diagnosed with diabetes, will these fat deposits just go away if i lose weight? Is it dangerous? im a 21yr old female in the usa

    • ANSWER:
      The main thing you need to do is lose weight. My husband has the same problem and even had a liver biopsy. The doctor told him to lose weight and stop eating fried, fatty foods. The liver can heal itself and filter better with weight loss. Drink lots of water, and the doctor put him on cholesterol meds also. Hope this helps.

  2. QUESTION:
    can you have cirrhosis of the liver and fatty liver disease at the same time?
    my father in law just got a “partial” result back on his liver count. they have said for right now all they know is he has fatty deposits in his liver. he has drank for over 45 years and i was wondering if you can have fatty deposits and cirrhosis at the same time?

    • ANSWER:
      Cirrhosis and a fatty liver can go hand in hand. A fatty liver is very common in drinkers and can lead to cirrhosis. This is very typical for alcoholics. That’s a long time to be a drinker so there very well could be significant damage already done to his liver from scarring which is cirrhosis.

      Everything is going to depend on how much damage has already been done. The liver has the ability to regenerate, but it cannot do that once cirrhosis has occurred. Cirrhosis is permanent damage that does not go away. If the damage is severe, only a transplant will save their life. If caught in the early stages where the damage is not so bad, then if they quit drinking and take care of themselves, they can get well again.

      I don’t know how much damage has been done to your father’s liver, but one thing is for certain. If he does not stop drinking forever, it will lead to total liver failure and death. Getting a transplant will be very difficult for him since they don’t give transplants to anyone that is an active drinker. He would have to quit and wait at least 6 months before they will even consider him for a transplant. Liver failure is not an easy way to die. I hope someone in your family can talk some sense into him before it kills him. Good luck.

  3. QUESTION:
    what causes fatty deposits on your liver and if so how dangerous is it?
    Dr said my wife has a fatty tissue in her liver after she had a sonagram

    • ANSWER:
      ‘Fatty liver’ is seen on imaging and represents fat deposits around the normal cells of the liver. This excess fat deposition can be seen in an alcoholic, but another entitity called “non-alcoholic fatty liver disease” is quickly becoming more prevelant in the American population.

      Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (also known as NAFLD) is generally seen in patients with obesity, diabetes, and/or high cholesterol. Insulin resistance is the proposed cause. It is estimated that about 10% of our population has fatty liver disease.

      NAFLD is now the most common cause of elevated liver enzymes in the United States. When enzyme elevation occurs (indicating liver damage) it is call non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (or NASH). It is estimated that 2-5% of the Americans have NASH.

      In most patients there are no harmful effects; however, in those with NASH there are cases of progression to liver cirrhosis and liver cancers. In fact, NASH is the third most common cause of cirrhosis (after Hepatitis C and alcoholism).

      If you have evidence of a fatty liver, you should see your physician for an exam and probable lab tests.

      There is no drug treatment for NAFLD/NASH currently (although there is promising data with the diabetic medication Metformin). In general, treatment consists of improving diabetic control, losing weight if overweight, and improving your cholesterol and triglycerides by diet and/or medications.

  4. QUESTION:
    i was told by my geinocologist that i have fatty deposits on my liver?
    these are the results of having an gallbladder/liver ultra sound done, he is sending me to a different doctor who specializes in this type of thing, but in the meen time i was just wondering what this meens to have this on your liver, do you have to have surgery for this or any thing, if there is a treatment what is it? and will this have any long term effects? im a 20yr old female in the usa
    i dont drink or smoke

    • ANSWER:
      do not drink boose or smokes==watch trans fat foods==you are too young for this== get healthy== stop drinking all together = or at least in moderation== good luck= just don’t let it get worse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. QUESTION:
    my doctor says I have some fatty deposits in my liver, but not to worry about it. Does anyone know about this?
    when I went to doc to monitor my blood as I am taking lipator for high closertail they descover some of my leveals are climing. Upon more test they found I have fatty depoists in my liver and the doctor told me not to worry about it. But I really am scared to death has anyone ever heard of this and what is the reason?
    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      A fatty liver is considered harmless. It is considered to be a reversable condition, with no potential to lead to cirrohsis or liver cancer.

      Right now it is believed that most cases of fatty liver are caused by endocrine disorders such as insulin resistance,chemical compounds such as alcohol, tetracycline, cortisone, phosophorous, and carbon tetrachloride, obesity or poor nutrition. Alcoholics run a risk of getting dangerous fatty livers. Nutritional causes of fatty livers include obesity, starvation, gastric by-pass, and malnutrition.

      People at risk for getting fatty livers are alcoholics, type II diabetics (adult-onset diabetes), obese people, people who have had gastric bypass surgery, and people with high triglycerides.

      Fat enters the liver through diet and fat stored in fatty tissue. It is usually metabolized, but if it exceeds what is required by the body, it may be stored in the liver, leading to fatty infiltration of the liver cells.

      Obesity, sedentary lifestyle and diets high in fats and sugars increase the chances one will have a fatty liver.

      Treatment at present consists of antioxidents, weight loss, healthy diet, some diabetic medications, and avoiding alcohol and other medications. I saw some studies that seem to show B vitamins and antioxidents lower the levels of fat stored in the liver cells.

      Where the problem goes from harmless to harmful is if the body start reacting to the fat in the liver and swelling and producing scar tissue. That is a whole different ball game. Then you have very serious problems. Do a little research but do not confuse benign liver fat and serious liver fat issues or you will scare yourself needlessly.

      Fatty liver is suspected when liver labs are elevated, but can only be properly diagnosed with a liver biopsy. Ultrasound is also used.

      If the cause is not apparent, then further testing is in order to make sure it truely is a benign condition. Endocrine function and blood sugars would be a good start.

      Good luck to you.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can you reverse fatty deposits in the liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it can be reversed, depending on its cause.
      Fatty liver, also known as fatty liver disease (FLD), is a reversible condition where large vacuoles of triglyceride fat accumulate in liver cells via the process of steatosis (i.e. abnormal retention of lipids within a cell). Despite having multiple causes, fatty liver can be considered a single disease that occurs worldwide in those with excessive alcohol intake and those who are obese (with or without effects of insulin resistance). The condition is also associated with other diseases that influence fat metabolism. Morphologically it is difficult to distinguish alcoholic FLD from non alcoholic FLD and both show micro-vesicular and macrovesicular fatty changes at different stages.

      Accumulation of fat may also be accompanied by a progressive inflammation of the liver (hepatitis), called steatohepatitis. By considering the contribution by alcohol, fatty liver may be termed alcoholic steatosis or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and the more severe forms as alcoholic steatohepatitis (part of alcoholic liver disease) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).

  7. QUESTION:
    What do I do next if I have received a diagnosis of an enlarged liver with fatty deposits?
    Over the past few years I have had occasional pain in the LUQ of my abdomen then recently it migrated to the RUQ with the same amount of pain. I am talking about a sharp tearing type of pain that for a big guy like me at 73″ and 300lbs that pain put me in tears and nearly brought me to my knees. The pain only happened when I stood up from a sitting position. I had an ultrasound about 10 days ago and received the results yesterday that stated my liver in enlarged with fatty deposits. Anyone know what I can expect from here? Also I have an endocrinology issue which has lead to Panhypopituitaryism. Any real ansswers from ppl who know what they are talking about?

    • ANSWER:
      Please change your diet and lose weight. Everything you put into your body has to be processed through your liver. You’re definitely eating too much fat, and not exercising. You’re liver has gone into “OVERLOAD”. You have just one life. It’s too short as it is. You can do it. You’re body is telling you that something is very wrong.

  8. QUESTION:
    Could having fat deposits on your liver be potentially dangerous long term?
    i am a 21yr old female in the usa, i found out recently that i have fatty deposits on my liver i am working on losing weight because ive also recently been diagnosed with diabetes. I do not drink alcohol so that is not an issue, im just wondering if this will just go away on its own after losing weight or if i should be at all concerned, i am 5’7 240 pounds, thank you very much for any advice, serious anwsers only please

    • ANSWER:
      To a certain extent, as we age, fatty accumulations can occur in the body especially with sedentary lifestyles.

      But yes it is a potent hazard for you. Of all places, the liver is the main supplier of an enzyme that breaks down fat, which is bile. It is like lighting a match underwater; it’s not supposed to be there. Thus, if there are identified fatty deposits there, it could mean that your body’s bile production is already undermanned.

      What I mean to say is, it is possible that in addition to the regulatory functions the liver needs to provide to the daily diet, excesses from previous meals have not been dealt with and are possibly even increasing the mass of the deposits as we speak.

      As a recourse, I would suggest developing a healthier diet which does not involve fatty food. In addition, exercise is also a good thing to do since it increases blood flow allowing erosion of the fatty deposits for its utilization as quick sources of energy to support your increased activity. Finally, yes, this could go away after losing weight [in a healthy way]. =P

      Good luck

  9. 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.

  10. QUESTION:
    Liver disease. Caused by lipoids AKA fatty deposits, Fatal? Treatable? What does the future hold?
    I have had a terrible pain in my right side flank& rt belly and right side of my back. I do have back problems. I have also had some abdominal surgeries. My doctor kept telling me that it was just my back. Finally I told my doctor.”this is NOT about me taking pain meds. It is about WHY am I having pain that requires meds and what can be done about it. Finally she ordered an abdominal CT and am told that my liver is big with lipid (fatty) deposits. She has yet to go into more detail. she needs more tests she said,. Help? this is scary!!

    • ANSWER:
      Fat infiltation inside the liver is known as Fatty Liver
      Disease.
      There are different things that can cause this problem:
      alcohol consumption, medications like steriods,
      weight gain, can occur in pregnancy, mal nourishment,
      losing weight fast, metabolic disorders, hereditary
      conditions, high cholesterol/triglyceride levels, and
      others.

      Fat inside the liver puts pressure inside the liver.
      The liver is surrounded by a membrane capsule.

      Fatty liver disease, usually progresses as follows:
      It can be simple fatty liver which doesn’t cause much
      problem and can easily be reversed.

      However, if the cells of the liver become damaged,
      the immune system of the body will respond to this
      damage and cause inflammation to develop in the liver…
      this is then known as Steatohepatitis.
      Steato stands for fat, hepati stands for liver, and itis
      stands for inflammation. The inflammation adds to
      the pressure inside the liver and will cause the liver
      to enlarge in size. (can be seen on an ultrasound or
      Ct scan)

      If the cause can be found and stopped and the
      inflammation treated, they liver cells may heal.

      If this cannot be done, it can progress to where the
      liver cells die off and form scar tissue inside the liver
      which blocks the flow of blood. This can turn into
      an irreversible disease known as Cirrhosis of the liver.

      It is best to follow any doctor instructions you may be
      given. The best doctor to be referred to now is
      a gastroenterologist.

      I’m going to give you sites you can read about
      this; you just have to click on them. I hope this
      information is of some help to you:

      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

      Best of wishes.

  11. QUESTION:
    been told that my liver has some sort of fatty levels that are not good.?
    upon taking blood test as I take lipotor for high clos. they found I have a high level of some sort of fatty deposit in my liver, upon a c scan it is confrimed. what does this all mean? and sorry for the bad spelling. thanks to anyone who knows what this means. I can not get to see a specialist for two months does I feel scared and don’t understand why a specialist will not see me for over two months.

    • ANSWER:
      1) What Is Fatty Liver?

      Fatty liver is the accumulation of fat in liver cells. Simple fatty liver is not a disease, since it does not damage the liver, but is a condition that can be identified by taking a sample of liver tissue (liver biopsy) and examining it under a microscope. Another term often used to describe this condition is fatty infiltration of the liver.

      2) What Causes Fatty Liver?

      Fat accumulates in the liver usually in connection with heavy use of alcohol, extreme weight gain or diabetes mellitus. Fatty liver can also occur with poor diet and certain illnesses, such as tuberculosis, intestinal bypass surgery for obesity, and certain drugs such as corticosteroids.

      3) How Is Fatty Liver Identified?

      Fatty liver is usually suspected in a patient with the diseases or conditions described above. The patient may have an enlarged liver or minor elevation of liver enzyme tests. Several studies show that fatty liver is one of the most common causes of isolated minor elevation of liver enzymes found in routine blood screening.

      To find out for certain whether a patient has fatty liver requires that a sample of liver tissue be obtained (biopsy). Images of the liver obtained by an ultrasound test or by a computed tomography (CT) scan can suggest the presence of a fatty liver. In the ultrasound test, a fatty liver will produce a bright image in a ripple pattern. A CT scan will show a liver that is less dense than normal.

      4) How Does Fat Get Into The Liver?

      It is not certain how fatty liver occurs. A patient has fatty liver when the fat increases the weight of the liver by 5 percent. Possible explanations for fatty liver include the transfer of fat from other parts of the body, or an increase in the extraction of fat presented to the liver from the intestine. Other explanations are that the liver reduces the rate it breaks down and removes fat. Eating fatty food by itself does not produce a fatty liver.

      5) Can Fatty Liver Lead To Other Liver Diseases?

      Simple fatty liver is not associated with any other liver abnormalities such as scarring or inflammation. It is a common finding in patients who are very overweight or have diabetes mellitus.

      Patients who drink too much alcohol for many years may develop alcoholic liver damage that includes fatty liver. Alcoholism could also result in inflammation of the liver (alcoholic hepatitis) and/or scarring (alcoholic cirrhosis). Evidence suggests that while fatty liver is usually present in patients with excessive intake of alcohol, fatty liver does not by itself lead up to the development of alcoholic hepatitis or alcoholic cirrhosis.

      An inflammation of the liver associated with an increase of fat deposits may occur in middle-aged, overweight, and often diabetic patients who do not drink alcohol. This disease, which resembles alcoholic hepatitis, is called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). This fatty tissue in the liver may break up (steatonecrosis) and the patient may develop cirrhosis (scarring of the liver). Some studies have shown that 20 percent to 40 percent of people who are grossly overweight will develop NASH. However, just because a patient is grossly overweight does not mean he will develop NASH. Some researchers have connected the development of NASH with poor control of diabetes mellitus, rapid weight loss, or in women, the taking of hormones (estrogen).

      Can Fatty Liver Be Treated?

      The treatment of fatty liver is related to the cause. It is important to remember that simple fatty liver does not require treatment, since it does not result in damage to liver cells or clinical disease. Obese patients with fatty liver will have reduction or loss of excess fat in liver cells, as well as in other cells in the body, if substantial weight loss can be achieved. Patients who drink alcohol to excess will also have a loss of fat in the liver when alcohol is discontinued. Good control of diabetes mellitus with diet, drugs, or insulin also decreases the fat content in the liver.

      The main causes of fatty liver include obesity, high dietary intake of saturated fats, excessive alcohol consumption, and diabetes mellitus. Liver damage associated with fatty liver is common in people who drink alcohol excessively (alcoholic steatohepatitis), but also occurs in the absence of excessive alcohol (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis or NASH). Less common causes include pregnancy, some medications (e.g. corticosteroids), and many metabolic and other diseases. or iron overload.

      The typical patient with steatohepatitis is overweight, eats too much (particularly fatty food), drinks too much alcohol, and does not exercise enough. Usually the symptoms are minor (discomfort in the upper abdomen on the right side), or there may be no symptoms. Often the only abnormality is raised liver enzymes (‘liver function tests’)

  12. QUESTION:
    Im thinking about having the lap band surgery done, but had laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery in august?
    would i be able to have the lap band surgery also done laparoscopically? they also told me i have fatty deposits on my liver would this effect anything like that. i am a 21yr old female and am 5’7 245 pounds in the usa. ty for any advice

    • ANSWER:
      Lap Band Surgery should be the last resort. If I were you I would exhaust any and all other possibilities first.

      There is only one way to loose weight and that is to eat less than your body needs. That often means exercise as well. In fact I highly advise exercise to go along with a good healthy diet.

      What the lap band surgery does is force you to reduce your intake. If you can tell yourself “no” it is much better to do that than it is to have surgery.

      One other thing, and I do not want to make you feel bad but, often when young adult people are that much overweight, it often means they have a poor self esteem. I would suggest a good counselor. By that I do not necessarily mean a Psychiatrist or Psychologist, but a good counselor that has a good success rate.

  13. QUESTION:
    Lap band surgery is it for me..?
    I am having tons of health problems and I believe a lot of it has to do with my weight. Asthma, passing out, fatty deposits on liver, enlarged spleen, etc. I am 5’2 215 lbs. I would like to get lapband surgery. Do I need my primary care doctor to support me in this decision or what type of Dr would I see to begin this process. I have dieted my whole life, weightwatchers, atkins, slimfast, I could go on and on . Nothing works or if it does it doesnt last long. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, start with your primary doctor. You can also set up something yourself which is what my husband did. He found a bariatric surgeon that had done both lapband and gastric bypasses for quite a long time and was well known for being one of the best in the country. He got the lapband first and it didn’t work well at all. He had it removed and got the gastric bypass which is working out so much better. He eats just a small amount and it fills him up for a long time. Do a lot of research and educate yourself before you make any decision. My husbands doctor made him go to classes ahead of time to make sure he understood what would happen before, during and after the surgery whether it be lapband or bypass. He covereed everything. He requires all his patients to go through this if they want him to do their surgery.

      Ignore the answer Mr. Angry gave you. So many people don’t have a clue as to what these surgeries do for people. They think it forces you not to eat and you are still hungry but you can’t eat because it’s physically impossible. What really happens is that when you do eat, just a small amount fills you up and this is the key to losing the weight. You are full with just a small amount of food and you are not hungry. Now I only wish that people like Mr. Angry would educate themselves before answering these questions. They think they know, but they are really quite ignorant on the subject. Good luck.

  14. QUESTION:
    can the liver reduce in size?
    I’m in my early 30s and like most people during their college yrs and for the couple when they get out I did my fair share of drinking. Recently I’ve felt a slight discomfort in my right side and acn only assume this has to do with the liver. I’ve read that after abuse it can grow below the ribcage causing this discomfort. I decided in the last few months to quit all together and stopped drinking. I’ve read many different conflicting articles on the liver. One commonality seems to be that the liver has the ability to repair itself to a degree. I had my blood tested last year and was informed my enzyme levels were surprisingly fine. After no more alcohol, proper diet and exercise, can this ‘swelling’ of the liver and any fatty deposits go away? Aside fromt he discomfort from time to time, I’ve felt better and better since I stopped drinking. Any feed back would be great, thx

    • ANSWER:
      You’ve self-diagnosed that you have an enlarged liver. Given that your blood tests show normal levels for liver enzymes, and that now that you’ve given up drinking you are felling better and better, my advice is that you shouldn’t fret about your liver. If it was in trouble before, the evidence is that its mending itself nicely now.

      I assure you from personal experience that with a change in diet and exercise, fatty deposits in your liver can go away, taking elevated liver enzyme levels in blood tests back down to normal.

      Good to hear you’re taking good care of yourself and are feeling the benefits of that change of living habits. Enjoy life!

  15. QUESTION:
    Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome questions?
    I’ve gone for my bloodwork and ultrasounds and the doctor confirmed that it was PCOS, as well as fatty deposits in my liver, and im borderline diabetic. I have daily pain in my upper abdomen, just underneath my ribcage. What exactly does PCOS do to my body? I’m losing alot of hair, so much so lately that i have tiny bald spots, and i have to wear a bun all the time bc its starting to get into my food. I have chronic mood swings, and get upset at my family. I have very irregular periods. Is this a bad thing to have and is it cureable? I have a followup with the doc in two weeks what can i expect? Also have a gyno appt to see if this cyst has to be ‘cut off’ or if it can be left in…im scared. whys my body so out of tune? im only 23! ((i know its alot of questions, but i wanted to get it all in one shot))

    • ANSWER:
      PCOS (yes I have it as well) is a hormone disorder. If your primary care dr was the one that diagnosed it but isn’t sure how to deal with it he may send you to an endocrinologist.

      Medications can be used to help treat it so that it is manageable as there is no cure at this time. Sometimes dietary changes help b/c weight can be an issue for some who have PCOS.

      You mentioned that you have pain in your abdomen on a daily basis and that could be coming from the cyst or something else so that’s good that you are going to see a gynecologist, pls make sure to let them know about the abdominal pain so that they can help you try to figure out what’s going on if it isn’t related to the cyst.

      I was 25 when I was diagnosed with PCOS and 2 weeks shy of my 26th b-day when I was diagnosed with endometriosis. And at that time I didn’t figure I would need a gyn til I was 30. I was off by 5 years. I am now 35.

      To learn more about PCOS pls check out the following site: http://www.pcosupport.org

  16. QUESTION:
    Anyone help with a health problem?
    I am seeing a specialist gastroenterologist soon, but I am really worried about some quite severe abdominal pains I am having. I am 27 years old. It started November last year, with a bad case of gastroenteritis, possibly food poisoning. While this was really acute, and involved sickness and diarrhoea it went after a few days, although I still had a slight ache in the illium area of the abdomen. It stayed with me at a low level until just before christmas, when I had severe abdominal pain. At no point during this time was I sick, and my stool was very solid. I went to a doctor who identified an abdominal mass, and sent me for an immediate ultrasound. The ultrasound picked up inflammation of the intestinal wall in the Illium area, and slight fatty deposits in my liver. Blood tests identified elevated ESR and CRP indicating inflammation.The pain had been at a low level since that time, until this week, when it has been severe, in the lower right & centre abdomen. Stool solid. Help!!
    I
    I have oral allergy syndrome- allergic to uncooked apples, cherries, hazel nuts and almonds, but I don’t eat them. To my knowledge I have no other food allergies. I am trying to keep track of foods which might have flared this, but no pattern yet.
    I have been looking into IBS, but would the inflammation of the intestine wall be consistent?
    Ultrsound says gall bladder OK. I dont think they are worried about appendicitis, either, cos I would have been in hospital weeks ago, if they were

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you may need just need to have your gallbladder removed. There are several possible causes for the symptoms you’re experiencing that would need to be ruled out. These would include gall stones and cancer.

      I’m not a physician, but these people are:

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/gallbladder-cancer/DS00425

      In the meantime, try to maintain a low-fat diet and don’t stress your immune system by worrying about all the things it *might* be. If you find yourself in a lot of pain, call the clinic and have your appointment moved up and/or ask to speak with someone.

  17. QUESTION:
    help me out with these symptoms?
    ten months ago i started to feel wierd. i felt a little dizzy and anxious all the time. I seemed like i couldn’t think straight.
    I also had bout’s of what felt like an adrenalin rush that came out of nowhere. my ears ring alot and i have alot of muscle twitching plus my vision has gotten worse. I also had pain in my penis that went up to my lower abdomin. ever since then i have’t felt the same. I went to the hospital and didn’t find anything but elevated liver enzymes and fatty deposits in my liver. I’ve seeing a doctor about my liver. but im not sure if my liver could be the cause of my mental confusion.
    20 year old male don’t drink don’t smoke

    • ANSWER:
      I am not a medical doctor, but it sounds like your gallbladder may have been infected at one point. That would explain the liver trouble, which may now be affecting your pancreas.
      I had pancreatitis once, during my second pregnancy, and they kept on saying<"When was your last drink of alcohol?"
      They had a hard time believing that I don't drink alcohol.
      You never know what is wreaking havoc on your body until you find a few good doctors.
      Turns out, I have MS. So, my body is always attacking itself.
      Sounds fun, doesn't it?LOL
      Seriously, you need a medical workup. I wish you the best of luck!

  18. QUESTION:
    hepatitis question?
    hi is hepatitis a serious condition? the doctor says that my friend has some fatty deposits in the liver and wants to rule out hepatitis. could someone please allay my fear of the worst case scenario, pls? many many thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many types of hepatitis. A good source of basic information is the CDC website. http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/index.htm

      There are treatments for various types of hepatitis. Many patients respond well to the treatment. Basically the first thing to find out is if someone does in fact have hepatitis, then what type, then what are the treatment options.

      Personally, I have had HCV (hepatitis C virus) for several years. The treatments that they had years ago was not effective for me. I had a liver transplant two years ago and I am doing well.

  19. QUESTION:
    I am a 46 year old male. With an aromatizing or estrogen releasing pituatary microadenoma.?
    I am a 46 year old male. Six years ago I had symptoms of prostatitis and learned that I had a pituitary micro adenoma and very high levels of estrogen with normal testosterone. I initially took tamaxafin but it did not lower my estrogen and I switched to arimidex. Two years later the micro adenoma was no longer visable. My liver showed fatty deposits which I believe are from filtering the estrogen. I took arimidex for about four years and lost half of my bone density and developed debilitating pain in my feet, ankles and hips. I switched back to tamaxifin and was able to tolerate it until recently. I developed the same pain in my lower extremities and stopped taking it. I then developed symptoms of prostatitis, essential tremors and loss of libido. I have visited many endocrinologists that are well respected and I believe are competent. Unfortunately none of them seem to have any idea how to help me.

    • ANSWER:
      Dude I happen to know a fair bit about medicine. I am not a doctor or even an endocrinologist at that but from my time spent on Y!A? I can tell you that every single person that I have seen that claims to be a doctor or even a Med student was lying. Their answers were complete BS and showed no understanding of anatomy, let alone physiology. I am not writing this to be a prick or a troll but simply to say that I hope that somebody on here has had the same thing and can offer some advice but for your own sake please take all answers claiming to be doctors(or similar) as a load of cr*p.

      Best of luck.

  20. QUESTION:
    Cancer? Fatty deposit? What do I do?
    Our cat is at the vet. He is dehydrated, not eating much, drinking very little, has gray gums, little urination, etc. By process of elimination, the vet has determined there is some sort of liver disorder. It could be cancer…or just fatty deposit(s). We could do exploratory (translation: very expensive) surgery to find out it’s cancer just to have to put him down. We really don’t have much money and have gone way beyond our means as it is by having all these tests done. However, the only way to find out whether it is cancer or just fatty tissue will cost more than twice our current balance (and I barely spent the amount of our current balance on the kids for Christmas cause we’re so broke). We absolutely love this cat, but where do I “draw the line” so to speak?

    PLEASE DO NOT post a response if you’re going to criticize my love for my animal…that is not the point in question here. I am looking for honest and positive/negative options/thoughts/advice. If anyone has been in a similar situation, I would appreciate that feedback and to please post your experiences/thoughts/advice here for options to consider. Thankyou.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m so very sorry to hear about your cat. This is a very tough question to answer. I would never criticize the love for your cat, I know how you feel. I have three cats currently – I would do anything for them.
      You could choose to go with the surgery – ask if they’ll set up some sort of billing plan (you can talk to a practice manager about this or the vet.) Also – ask about Care Credit. This is a very low interest payment option – much like a credit card. A lot of vet clinics accept it.
      By the sounds of the condition of your cat though – I would ask the vet if he’ll even make it through the surgery if you opt to do it. It sounds like he’s in terrible condition, and I wouldn’t think surgery would be the safest thing to do. You’ll also want to consider the past few days – how has his quality of life been? Ask the vet what they’ll want to do if they find out it is cancer – and if they think it will do any good (considering the state he’s in currently.)
      Personally – I would get him humanely euthanized – which is a very hard decision and I know I’ll probably even get a thumbs down for it. But with the quality of life (which is very poor with signs of grey gums) at stake, I don’t think anything else would help.
      I had to put my 21 year old cat to sleep, at the time he was older than I was, and he’d been around my entire life. It was one of the toughest decisions I’d ever had to make but I didn’t want to see him suffer for my lack of being able to say goodbye.

      I wish you the best of luck, you’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.

  21. QUESTION:
    Is the prevalence of Gaucher’s disease in Ashkenazi Jews, responsible for their attitude to stealing livers?
    About 1 in 100 people in the United States are carriers of the most common type of Gaucher disease, while the carrier rate among Ashkenazi Jews is 8.9%

    Symptoms may include enlarged spleen and liver, liver malfunction, skeletal disorders and bone lesions that may be painful, severe neurologic complications, swelling of lymph nodes and (occasionally) adjacent joints, distended abdomen, a brownish tint to the skin, anemia, low blood platelets and yellow fatty deposits on the white of the eye (sclera).

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1683177/?tool=pmcentrez

    __________

    Rabbi American born Rabbi Yitzchak Ginzburg and his teachings are discussed in recent book by Motti Inbari:

    “Similarly, Ginzburg stated that, on the theoretical level, if a Jew requires a liver transplant to survive, it would be permissible to seize a Gentile and take their liver forcefully.”

    http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Ls2twPMC1AcC&lpg=PP1&ots=VNCLPD9dJM&dq=Jewish%20Fundamentalism%20and%20The%20Temple%20Mount.%20(2009)&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q=liver&f=false

    __________

    Israel has admitted pathologists harvested organs from dead Palestinians, and others, without the consent of their families

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/dec/21/israeli-pathologists-harvested-organs

    ___________

    Baroness Tonge, the Liberal peer, said this week that Israel should set up an inquiry to disprove allegations that its medical teams in Haiti “harvested” organs of earthquake victims for use in transplants.

    http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/27070/tonge-investigate-idf-stealing-organs-haiti

    • ANSWER:
      Baroness Tonge? That’s her REAL name??? Perhaps Contessa would be more appropriate.

      Anyway, she got sacked (in the sense of being fired, of course) for her remarks:

      Party leader Nick Clegg removed Lady Tonge as a Lib Dem health spokeswoman in the Lords on Friday, describing her remarks as ”wrong, distasteful and provocative”.

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/liberaldemocrats/7225643/Baroness-Tonge-fired-over-outburst-against-Israeli-soldiers-in-Haiti.html

      This is coming from the British, who are beyond reproach when it comes to ethical conduct. They would NEVER harvest an organ without a PROPER donor card:

      (I really must come up with different answers to your same questions. Though I think I prepared the groundwork somewhat better this time.)

  22. 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.

  23. QUESTION:
    what FOODS BOOST THE METABOLISM???
    FOODS THAT BOOST THE METABOLISM

    1) Water.
    (Not only do they decrease fat deposits in your arteries and control your cholesterol levels, they also contain capsaicin, which activates the metabolism of fat in your liver and prevents the fat from mounting up in your body.)

    2) Spicy food, chili peppers in particular
    (Not only do they decrease fat deposits in your arteries and control your cholesterol levels, they also contain capsaicin, which activates the metabolism of fat in your liver and prevents the fat from mounting up in your body.)

    3) Fish, particularly fish such as salmon and trout which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
    (Fish can lower the levels of a hormone called leptin, and this will definitely contribute to faster metabolism.)

    4) Protein-rich foods, such as turkey, chicken, or lean beef.
    (A high-protein diet takes more energy for your body to digest, and this process can increase the amount of calories you burn.)

    5) Fiber-rich vegetables.
    (Fiber i

    • ANSWER:
      Actually none of these significantly change your metabolic rate.

      Exercise is the most practical thing that will make your metabolism speed up.

  24. QUESTION:
    Help please! For health and i need help!?
    1. Which condition is best described when the ovaries shut down their production of eggs and hormones like estrogens and progesterone approximately 30 years after they started?
    labor
    menopause
    menses
    pregnancy

    2. Which organ made during pregnancy provides nutrients to and removes wastes from the fetus as well as producing hormones to help maintain the pregnancy?
    liver
    stomach
    spleen
    placenta

    3. What happens during the second stage of labor?
    expulsion of the placenta
    escape of the amniotic fluid
    delivery of the infant
    uterine contractions

    4. After how many weeks is an embryo known as a fetus?
    two
    four
    six
    eight

    5. Implantation is best described as which of the following?
    fusion of egg and sperm to form a zygote
    embedding of the young embryo in the uterine lining
    formation of basic body layers
    placenta completion and attachment

    6. What hormone is produced after ovulation by the corpus luteum of the ovary to continue the development of the inner lining of the uterus?
    progesterone
    thyroxine
    testosterone
    insulin

    7. What are the primary reproductive organs?
    the testes and ovaries
    the external genitalia in both sexes
    the testes and penis in males
    the breasts and vulva in females

    8. What test detects cancerous changes in cells of the uterus and cervix?
    mammorgram
    Pap smear
    BSE
    TSE

    9. Which of the following is a function of testosterone?
    increased fat deposits in thighs
    formation of eggs
    formation of breasts
    increased muscle and bone growth

    10. Which of the following is a function of estrogen?
    formation of sperm
    increased muscle development
    growth of the voice box
    increased fat deposits in thighs

    11. What is the inner lining of the uterus called?
    peritoneum
    endometrium
    perimetrium
    myometrium

    12. Which organ forms the corpus luteum?
    uterus
    ovary
    vagina
    uterine tubes

    13. Which of the following is NOT part of the vulva?
    mons pubis
    labia majora
    uterus
    clitoris

    14. Which organ produces estrogens?
    brain
    ovary
    pancreas
    thyroid

    15. Which of the following organs transports sperm from the epididymis?
    prostate
    bulbourethral glands (Cowper’s glands)
    testes
    vas deferens (ductus deferens)

    16. In the monthly female cycle, what is the part that includes periods or monthly blood flow?
    fertilization
    menstruation
    ovulation
    implantation

    17. The male structure that corresponds to the female clitoris is which of the following since they both contain erectile tissue?
    penis
    prostate
    urethra
    testis

    18. Where does fertilization of an egg by sperm take place?
    uterine tube (Fallopian tube)
    ovary
    vestibular glands (Bartholin glands)
    uterus

    19. Where are sperm produced?
    vas deferens (ductus deferens)
    epididymis
    prostate gland
    testes

    20. Which tube-like structure can transport sperm and urine (but not at the same time)?
    urethra
    penis
    prostate gland
    vas deferens (ductus deferens)

    21. Where do sperm fully mature as they receive fructose to provide them energy to be able to use their tails to move?
    vas deferens (ductus deferens)
    epididymis
    prostate gland
    testes

    22. What causes an erection of the penis?
    contraction of muscles in the penis
    gubernaculum action
    blood entering the erectile tissue
    reaction of fatty tissue to hormones

    23. What sac-like structure holds the testes away from the body to keep them cool?
    scrotum
    epididymis
    prostate gland
    urethra

    • ANSWER:
      For heavens sake, Josh. If you’re going to try to get someone to do your homework for you at least try to not make it blatantly obvious.

      Google the answers, it isn’t difficult.

  25. QUESTION:
    does this make you loss hair?
    Nizoral

    Nizoral is an anti-fungal shampoo that kills the fungi that cause seborrhea and dandruff.

    Groups of individuals have discovered that Nizoral (when used regularly) is a very useful alopecia treatment, once again it would appear that the role of a substance for the treatment of hair-loss is stumbled upon accidentally!

    Nizoral contains a chemical called ketoconazole, it is known that when ketoconazole is ingested orally that it inhibits the binding of androgens to receptors in the body and this would include the binding of DHT to hair-follicle receptors.

    However the use of oral ketoconazole is NOT recommended for many reasons, mainly because this method would present itself as a toxin and ultimately damage the liver. But topical ketoconazole (as contained in Nizoral shampoo) shows itself to have a “weak” anti-DHT binding affect in the scalp.

    Furthermore positive results with Nizoral shampoo are often noted within a few weeks, whereas a pure anti-DHT affect may take a few months. It is therefore likely that Nizoral exhibits another method to its anti-hair-loss effect.

    One such theory of Nizoral’s anti-alopecia effects may be on its activity upon sebum.

    Sebum is a fatty substance that accumulates in the scalp around the hair follicles. It’s possible that the removal of sebum may help “unclog” the hair follicle and expose it to more nutrition from an improved blood supply, rather like unclogging a drain!

    It is known that Nizoral can remove and reduce sebum deposits
    man im scared to used this stuff, i got some weird fungi like stuff around my neck and its nasty and dry and the doctor prescribed me this and ketoconazole cream, and im scared to use the sh*t because it makes your hair fall out!! im only 18 i aint going bald over some dumb sh*t!

    • ANSWER:
      Use it once or twice a week. Or mix it with your regular shampoo.

  26. QUESTION:
    Gallbladder removal and diabetes?
    I had my gallbladder removed in 1987. About 5 years later I began developing fatty spots around my eyes. I have discovered the spots are because my liver is not processing fat and the fat is depositing on my eyes. Now all of a sudden my blood sugar levels are high. I follow a low fat diet and exercise 3-4 times a week. Could this all be connected? Could the result of having my gall bladder removed have these side effects and what should I do. I am not keen on shots or pills. Thanks
    My first gallbladder attack was during my first pregnancy. I am 10 pounds overweight. I was hoping 10 pounds would not make too much of a difference.

    • ANSWER:
      That was something I was wondering too. I also had my gallbladder remove a few years ago. And now I have been diagnosed with diabetes. My mother just recently was also diagnosed with diabetes and had to have her gallbladder removed, she wasn’t showing any symptoms of the gallbladder though. I have seen a small pattern in my family about this. many of them have both gallbladder removal and diagnosis of diabetes.
      as for the shots and pills, if you have real good control of diabetes you can avoid them for a good while, but eventually it could catch up to you. don’t worry about the shots, the needles that are used are really thin and small. you shouldn’t feel much. i take oral meds and that doesn’t bother me much.

  27. QUESTION:
    cholesterol questions please help?
    Cholesterol ________.
    A. is found in both animals and plants
    B. has 9 calories per gram
    C. becomes harmful to the body when it is deposited in artery walls
    D. is an essential nutrient

    6. Which of these is a function of CCK (cholecystokinin)?
    A. CCK stimulates gastric motility.
    B. CCK stimulates the liver to produce bile.
    C. CCK emulsifies fat.
    D. CCK stimulates the gallbladder to release bile.

    7. What is the role of emulsification in the digestive process?
    A. Emulsification is the process by which proteins are broken down into tripeptides and dipeptides.
    B. Emulsification is the process by which triglycerides are digested into fatty acids and monoglycerides.
    C. Emulsification is the process by which chylomicrons are transported into the lymphatic system.
    D. Emulsification is the process by which acidic chyme is neutralized.
    E. Emulsification is the process by which big fat drops are broken into smaller fat droplets thereby increasing the surface ar

    • ANSWER:
      5. C
      This deposition is called atherosclerosis. Cholesterol is found only in animal cells. Plants have phytosterols & fungi have ergosterol. Cholesterol is not an essential nutrient.

      6. D (and then bile salts emulsify the fat particles)
      7. E (see attached article for details)

      http://www.vivo.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/digestion/liver/bile.html

  28. QUESTION:
    cholesterol questions please help?
    Cholesterol ________.
    A. is found in both animals and plants
    B. has 9 calories per gram
    C. becomes harmful to the body when it is deposited in artery walls
    D. is an essential nutrient

    6. Which of these is a function of CCK (cholecystokinin)?
    A. CCK stimulates gastric motility.
    B. CCK stimulates the liver to produce bile.
    C. CCK emulsifies fat.
    D. CCK stimulates the gallbladder to release bile.

    7. What is the role of emulsification in the digestive process?
    A. Emulsification is the process by which proteins are broken down into tripeptides and dipeptides.
    B. Emulsification is the process by which triglycerides are digested into fatty acids and monoglycerides.
    C. Emulsification is the process by which chylomicrons are transported into the lymphatic system.
    D. Emulsification is the process by which acidic chyme is neutralized.
    E. Emulsification is the process by which big fat drops are broken into smaller fat droplets thereby increasing the surface ar

    • ANSWER:
      D

      D

      E


Milk Thistle For Fatty Liver

Milk Thistle Improves Depression, Anxiety, and Addiction Withdrawal
Quantum Orthomolecular Medicine uses many vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and herbal or botanical supplements to heal, treat, and prevent disease. Milk Thistlehas many uses and is quite affordable for almost everyone. It has many healing properties. This is an herb that can help a liver regenerate when liver cirrhosis or hepatitis has damaged the organ. It takes several months for the liver to heal from serious illness. There are many nutritional supplements required for support during this period. Amino acid therapy is also very useful in increasing the recovery of the liver and gallbladder.

A healthy liver is key to good health because this organ detoxifies the many chemicals and toxins that we are constantly exposed to on a daily basis. Your liver detoxifies all the drugs and medicines that you consume. Many times the liver is actually damaged by some of the more aggressive and toxic medicines. Milk Thistle also protects the kidneys. It has a mildly chelating effect and can remove iron from the body. It reduces cholesterol and glucose levels. High glucose levels produce inflammation in the brain and affects the speed at which your neurons fire. High iron levels are bad for your brain.

Milk Thistle is an anti-aging supplement. Its anti-aging properties stem from its immune system enhancement and anti-inflammatory action. It is an antioxidant. This product can extend life and contribute to a healthier old age.Quantum Brain Healing uses this herb to treat addiction withdrawal, eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. Eating disorders may be a result of an impaired liver function, where the liver and gallbladder are over active. A well functioning liver improves the outcome for many brain diseases. A healthy liver may result in less brain plaque or amyloid protein deposits in the brain. This may delay or prevent Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia in some people.

2010 by Dr R Stone, MD- Alternative Medicine, India

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Anyone had any succes with Milk Thistle in helping with Fatty Liver disease?
    I have Fatty Liver disease and have almost constant pain. Looking for someunorthodox/natural treatments.

    • ANSWER:
      Liver DTX Complex contains milk thistle which is shown to support the regeneration of liver cells. Also contains dandelion and turmeric which help flush out toxins and thwart free radicals.

      Lecithin is a fat emulsifier and prevents fat build-up in the liver.

      Hope this is useful and feel free to contact me.

  2. QUESTION:
    How much milk thistle should I take to help my fatty liver?
    I keep going on other sites, and they don’t really tell me the amount clearly. So, I am looking for the total amount i should take in a day.

    The worst case scenario is that I have to waste a whole bottle when I don’t follow the dosage.

    • ANSWER:
      Recommended is 200mg per day. The closest I have been able to find is a 180mg capsule.
      I did find a 1000mg at Walmart but that much gave me diarrhea.
      I have never been a fan of mega dosing anyway so they went in the trash.
      You do know the cure for fatty liver is healthy weight loss right?
      Good luck.

  3. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used the herb Milk Thistle to improve Liver function?
    I was wondering if anyone has used Milk Thistle also known as Silymarin-phosphatidylcholine complex for Fatty Liver disease (NAFLD) and did it help? I have been doing lots of research but would like to get first had experiences please.

    Thank you for your sincere answers!!

    • ANSWER:
      this is an awesome product to help to detox your liver. There has been a number of studies done that have shown it is a very good product that does what it says it does.

      i don’t believe there is any problems associated with combining it with any other medications but you may want to check with a pharmacists or professional first

  4. QUESTION:
    What are the health benefits of taking Milk Thistle?
    My husband has fatty liver and I heard that Milk Thistle is for the liver… Can it really help?

    • ANSWER:
      Milk thistle seed EXTRACT has been used to help people recover from toxins in the liver, i.e. mushroom poisoning. I have not yet heard or read of it helping with fatty liver, however.

      Alcohol abuse is one of the major causes of fatty liver, but obesity, hepatitis C, diabetes and protein malnutrition are other common causes. It can also be caused by some medications. See this link: http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/1028061981.html

      The treatment of the fatty liver is varied, based on the cause. See here: http://www.liverfacts.com/ms/ency/578/main.html#TreatmentofFattyLiver

      The first step of treatment, assuming there is not a related disease or meds causing it, is to clean up the diet & lifestyle.

  5. QUESTION:
    Does Milk Thistle help to protect your liver against toxins?
    I am asking this because I am a weekend binge drinker and I know that binge drinking can harm the liver leading to fatty liver disease, then alcoholic hepatitis and eventually chirrosis of the liver. I want to know if there is any way I can slow the process down or to prevent or reduce the damage I do to my liver by weekend binge drinking. People tell me there is no way to do that and that the only way to not damage your liver is drinking in moderation only. But moderation doesn’t work for me cause currently the recommended moderate drinking is defined by health experts to be only one drink per day for females. And I drink wine so that would mean I would only be able to have one five ounce glass of wine (as they consider a full glass to be 5 ounces) per day. Which is way too low for me cause five ounces isn’t worth it cause it’s a very small serving and not good enough for me. I do not drink every day just every Friday, Saturday and Sunday but when I do it’s a 750 ml bottle of wine on each of these days. I don’t think that’s a huge amount especially for a period of 72 hours because I think my liver is done filtering the previous bottle I had by the next day so I can drink another. Or am I wrong? I do not want to drink only one five ounce glass of wine per day cause it’s too little but if I choose to stay at my current drinking level will I get chirrosis of the liver over time? If so how long would it take? Am I at lower risk cause I don’t binge every day just every weekend and Fridays? Is there anything I can do or take to prevent or reduce damage or delay it much further such as taking Milk Thistle or other liver stuff????
    william I try my best to not drink very often but when weekends and holidays comes I just can’t help it cause it isn’t fair that everyone else will be having champagne and I’d have to stick with soda, plus it’s very childish too.
    Chirrosis is usually what alcoholics get after at least a decade or more of alcohol abuse and stuff. As for liver cancer I am not sure if that is caused by alcoholism. I think it’s more commonly caused by other stuff.
    william but not drinking at all is not an option for me since I like it so much and not having something you like at least sometimes would suck.
    abijann, didn’t you tell someone else as I saw on here that right now you do not need to stay sober for 6 months anymore. You said now they are viewing it by case by case basis. And is a 750 ml bottle of wine over consuming? cause it only fills up two large glasses (although not wine glasses).
    can you please answer me?
    I want to be able to drink cause I like it besides I would probably die if I could not drink not even on holidays such as my birthday. But I would also like to know if there is any way I can drink as much as I prefer and stay without chirrosis? What about liv 52? or other liver stuff I can take?
    abijan, I had a blood test done recently but no one called me back so I assume the results were normal or they would have called back but the thing is I am not 100% sure if a regular blood test shows liver function or not. Can you tell me?

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    If i have mild non -alcoholic fatty liver disease can i have a few drinks at new years ?
    I was diagnosed with mild non-alcoholic fatty liver disease about a year ago. Since then I have stayed away from tylonol and all alcoholic drinks. I have also been taking multi vitamins and milk thistle. Would it be safe for me to have a few shots this new years ? I havent had any alcohol in a long time and will not continue to have any after new years, will a few shots just this one time be ok ?

    • ANSWER:

  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:
    Are there any herbs that are good for your liver?
    Are there any herbs a part from milk thistle that are good for the liver, or a fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Burbock is a cleansing herb, its root works best as a diuretics and diaphoretic. It has been said that Burdock helps to promote the flow and release of the bile, which not only helps in cleansing the liver, but also in digestive process. Its root have been used for purifying and flushing toxins from the blood stream.

      Dandelions is a excellent tonic for liver as it clears obstructions, reduces congestion, and stimulates the liver to eliminate toxins through the blood. It promotes bile flow, supporting digestion and it also has a laxative effect.

      Red Clover is a Liver purifier also a relaxant, and an appetite suppressant.

      Turmeric is known in Ayurvedic medicine as the king of spices. The bitter spice helps cleanse the liver, purify the blood, and promote good digestion and elimination.
      The principal component of tumeric is curcumin has powerful antioxidant action that fights against viral infection, cancer, and arthritis. It stimulates the gallbladder for bile production, and scavenges free radicals.It enhances the liver detox process and speeds up healing. Curcumin also prevents alcohol and other toxins from being converted into compounds that may be harmful to the liver. It can reverse the adverse effects of excessive iron consumption on the liver.
      However, be reminded that Turmeric are not to be used for enhance liver function for people with certain health condition such as those with congestive heart failure, toxic liver disorder etc.

      I hope my information can help you :)

  9. QUESTION:
    Foods for a fatty liver?
    I found out I have a fatty liver from my doctor who put me on a daily dose of Milk Thistle. I want to know what foods/Drink/exercises would be helpful in getting fat out of the liver.

    • ANSWER:
      You should be with a gastroenterologist.
      Fatty liver diseases have different causes and
      if the cause can be eliminated, then the liver cells
      may heal if they become damaged by the fat build
      up inside the liver which puts pressure on them.

      Some of the causes are: hereditary conditions,
      weight gain, severe mal nutrition, diabetes,
      insulin resistance, high cholesterol/triglycerides,
      alcohol consumption, certain drugs like steriods,
      metabolic disorders and others.

      Patients should eat food that give them the most
      vitamins and minerals…so they do not have to
      try and get them from chemical substances.
      Fresh or frozen is better than canned or prepackaged
      because of the less preservatives, salts, etc.
      All fresh produce should be washed before eatting,
      as others have handled them in the stores.
      Avoid open salad/food bars that others have sneezed
      or cough into. Wash shopping cart handles, tv
      controllers, phones, door knobs and other places
      people have touched with disinfectant wipes.
      Wash hands often and use purell in between times.
      People with liver problems have to be careful not
      to contact other illnesses that may weaken their
      bodies more or cause them to take additional
      medications.
      Going back to the basics is best: fresh fruits,
      vegetables, lean cuts of beef, remove skin from
      poultry…use olive oil or canola oil (which are good
      oils)…try to bake instead of frying foods. Try to
      lower the amount of salt and drink mostly water.
      Walking is a great exercise, especially if you have
      someone to walk with you. The doctor has to
      determine how much exercise you are able to handle;
      since no one here can tell how much exercise you have
      had in the past or your other medical conditions you may
      have.

      I hope this information has been of some help to you.
      Here are a few links about fatty liver disease.
      Simple fatty liver doesn’t usually cause much of a
      problem. But if the cells become damaged because
      of the pressure placed on them in the liver, by the fat…
      it can lead to where the immune system of the body
      responds to this and causes inflammation to develop
      inside the liver. This will cause the liver to enlarge in
      size. This is then known as Steatohepatitis:
      steato stands for fat, hepat stands for liver, and itis
      stands for inflammation. Then it definitely becomes
      necessary to follow the doctors instructions very
      closely so it does not progress to Cirrhosis of the liver.

      To go to these links, just click on them:

      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

  10. QUESTION:
    MY cat was diagnosed with fatty liver disease 2days ago HELP!!!?
    I have a 7yr normally 21lb(yes over weight) manx cat . she was very quiet and not eating as well so I brought her to the vet. she was checked for diabetes which was NEG and KIDNEY which was NEG . BUt one thing that came up was her liver screening the vet said Diagnosed her with “FATTY LIVER Disease” she also said she was jaundice. she said it seemed like the start of it so she put her on SAMe for the liver and mirtazapine every3days for appetite.
    She only eats hard food, milk or clam sauce(funny) but never soft food or tuna.
    she seems to want to eat although i force feed her a/d 5 times aday equalingg 1can) she will also eat about 6 pieces of hard food 6-7 times a day on her own. and she will drink..
    My question is I would like to give Milk Thistle, or L-carnitine, or glutamine. Has anyone ever mixed this with the SAMe liver pill??
    maybe I would just give Milk Thistle,PLEASE help me and let me know how much this big girl should have???
    also I have heard that L-carnitine can cause heart problems.
    Thank you for all the help and please let me know how I can get this baby doll feeling better quicker!!!
    God bless you all!!

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry your kitty doesn’t feel good. From what I know milk is not good for cats. Talk to your vet, if you are not getting good answers from the vet, call another one.
      good luck

  11. QUESTION:
    Treatment for Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease?
    I am a 52 year old male who has presented with swollen feet, distended belly and abdominal pain last week. Following blood tests for liver function it was established that although albumen production was normal, the enzyme reading was not. An ultrasound scan revealed fatty liver disease. I was disturbed to hear a BBC Radio 4 documentary say that 20% of people with my symptoms do not live beyond a few months.

    I have stopped drinking alcohol and am taking lecithin and milk thistle and I have also radically changed my diet to exclude fat, sugar and nighttime carbohydrates and have been eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.

    Despite this regime being enforced for more than two weeks, the pain continues, the belly is still swollen and I have not lost an ounce of weight.

    Any advice would be hugely appreciated. Thanks in advance for your time and knowledge.

    • ANSWER:
      Ann gave you a lot of good advice. Don’t believe that radio thing because it is simply not true. I had cirrhosis and had to get a transplant, but my disease was from an autoimmune problem. Whatever causes the cirrhosis, it still pretty much acts the same for everyone.

      You need to get treatment for your liver problem and find out what is really going on with it. You need more done that just blood tests. I don’t know how much fluid you are retaining, but that is what sent me to the hospital where I was eventually diagnosed with cirrhosis the first time. The next step is a CT scan to show if your liver is enlarged or shrunken and the size of your spleen. Depending on what shows up there, a biopsy would be next which is the one definitive test that will tell exactly what is going on.

      The fluid in your belly is probably what is causing you pain and that needs treated one way or another. There’s 2 ways to do it and they did both with me. My fluid was so bad that I could hardly breathe anymore so I had to get tapped to drain it out physically. Then they gave me meds (diuretics such as Spironolactone and Lasix) to try to keep it under control. Once I received treatment, the meds were able to control it until I received a transplant. That fluid can be quite miserable when it is pushing on everything inside you and it needs to be removed. You might actually continue to gain weight if left untreated no matter what you eat.

      Stopping the use of alcohol is the most important step you can take with this disease. Find yourself a gastroenterologist or hepatologist to treat you since they know much more than a regular PCP about the problems that come with liver disease. I was surprised at how little some regular doctors know about liver problems.

      You are on the right track with what you are doing, but now you have to take it a step further and find out more about your condition and get the proper treatment for it. Otherwise, you are probably going to be pretty miserable. Good luck to you and get help ASAP because it seems like that fluid of yours is not going to go away on its own which means it will just continue to accumulate. You also run the risk of that fluid getting infected and you never want that to happen because that is life threatening.

  12. QUESTION:
    Is there any way to prevent liver disease other then not drinking alcohol?
    if a person chooses to drink alcohol are there any methods to prevent or reduce liver damage like taking milk thistle or other liver herbs and drinking water, exercise and healthy diet? My sister is a heavy drinker she is 24 and has been drinking ever since she was 19. She does not understand the consequnences of heavy drinking so she says she is not going to stop and will carry on partying through life I mean if she’s not going to stop I am sure I can’t force her to and neither can nobody else but she is young and naive and just living for todays and not tommorows satisfaction not thinking of the consequeneces of drinking too much, fatty liver, cirrhosis and all those liver dieases caused by high alcohol consumption. She says she will deal with it when it happens. Her doctor told her that she should only have one drink a day since this is the maximum that is considered safe for a woman but she ignores all advice and just does what she wants. I mean if she is not going to stop drinking are there at least some vitamins or supplements that can reduce her isk of getting liver disease from drinking? someone recommened please.
    P.S. I have told my sister that since she can’t stop drinking she might be alcoholic and advised her to at least give AA a try she refuses. I don’t know what else can be done. She says she is planning to drink and wont stop for nobody not even her 4 year old son.
    She also thinks liver disease is not caused by just alcohol alone. She thinks a person must have hepatitis c with alcohol abuse combined to get liver disease.

    • ANSWER:
      This question is about yourself, not your sister so why start lying about it now.

      As for liver disease, nothing can stop liver disease.

  13. QUESTION:
    How can I “refresh” my liver?
    I’m 28 years old. I used to be a heavy drinker and smoker for about 8 years. About 2 years ago, a doctor told me that I had a “fatty liver.” He said that if I didn’t stop drinking, I would die. I stopped smoking and drinking one year ago, and I stopped drinking coffee 4 months ago. I pretty much eat healthy foods (I try to eat a lot of artichoke, asparagus, and I only use olive oil, and don’t eat fatty meats), and I exercise regularly. I’ve been taking Milk Thistle, American Ginseng, Vitamin B-Complex, and a Liver-Digestion Aid, but I want to know if there is anything else I can do to refresh my liver, such as dietary changes, herbs, exercise, etc.. Will I ever have a normal liver again?
    If I take more supplements, will it speed up the process? What dosage of supplements should I be taking, specifically for Milk Thistle and American Ginseng. Do these supplements really help refresh the liver?

    • ANSWER:
      There is an INDIAN MEDICINE LIV 52 tablets . take it.
      Take lemon juice twice daily. Take Sugar cane juice.Take Orange juice. All citrus fruits help improve liver.
      Homeopathy has very good medicines. Ask for jaundice medicines.
      Continue the medicines you have mentioned.
      For some time take fat free milk or skimmed milk.

      LIVER HAS A CAPACITY TO COME BACK TO NORMAL IN A MIGHTY WAY
      SO DONT WORRY YOU WOULD SOON BE NORMAL.

  14. 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

  15. QUESTION:
    Liver pain, bile taste in mouth?
    I just need some direction. I have had gall bladder removed for these symptoms 2 years ago and it did not help. Now? Its worse. Liver pain (or pain in liver area), nausea when I have bile taste in mouth (comes and goes) dizziness (seen an ear specialist for but came to no conclusion except excess ear fluid). I also am only 36 but my cycle is getting further apart and less in duration. I googled my symptoms “Liver pain and bile taste in mouth” and found tons of Chinese (I think) herbal sites talking about “Qi” which I do not understand. Does anyone have any recommendations? When I had my gallbladder removed, I was diagnosed with fatty liver disease and my liver enzymes were elevated prior to surgery but that’s about it. I do not drink but do struggle with weight on and off. Any thoughts or helpful advice would be appreciated. I did begin taking Milk Thistle as I read it helps clean the liver out and I also have an appointment with my physician early next week.
    Just looking to see if anyone has had similar symptoms and ahd have received diagnosis or if anyone knows of a way to get rid of bile taste and liver pain (pain meds do not work).

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your doctor for an upper GI
      Sounds like they might have missed
      a stone in the liver ducts.

  16. QUESTION:
    liver disease question any nurses or people onhere have this or know.?
    my sister has liver disease came back as fatty liver per doctor and numbers are high so she needs a liver biopsy. wont have it, wants to do milk thistle diet change and other natural stuff for 1 month then test again. If her numbers were like in a deadly stage the doctor would say go to the hosp immed instead of come to his office wouldnt he. (shes afraid she will bleed out during a biopsy as she doesnt clot well) nurses?

    • ANSWER:
      I was going to tell you that waiting and taking the test again would be fine, but when you told me her blood doesn’t clot well, that stopped me.

      Why doesn’t her blood clot well? Unless she has another reason for blood clotting problems, that is a sign of liver disease or liver failure. Milk Thistle is not going to help her with a serious liver problem. It has some qualities that can help a liver, but it’s not effective when there is a more serious problem. I took it for years and it did nothing for me.

      There is really no deadly number with liver enzymes. If they are high, then they must find out why. She could have a condition called NASH. This is when a fatty liver will progress to being cirrhosis. They don’t know why this happens to some people.

      She should get a biopsy done to see what is going on. If she has a blood clotting problem, then she will need that checked before she gets the biopsy. They can give her something that will cause the blood to clot like it should and therefore, there is no risk of her “bleeding out.” Without a biopsy, they are not going to be able to find out what is happening to her liver. If she has a serious liver problem, it’s best to find out ASAP so she can get treatment. Ignoring the problem is not going to make it go away. It will only get worse.

  17. QUESTION:
    Heavy beer drinking for 7 years, only mild elevated ast/alt levels…cancer soon?
    I have drank beer heavily for 7 years now…really heavy past 4-5 with around 12 pk of light beer a day. Sad thing is I know it has been bad. I’m not looking for sympathy. I never get drunk, nor a hangover. I eat right, take milk thistle, multivitamins, fish oil, b1 supplements. I had 2 ct scans, first came back mild fatty liver, 2nd came back normal. Liver enzymes back in 01-2008 were elevated around 80/60. If I stop as I recently obtained antabuse…will I be ok? Or am I doomed to liver cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      You do not state your age. Youth has some benefits when trying to recover from abusing your body but even if you are older you can still get much better. You have probably not been drinking long enough or hard enough to develop cirrhosis because people with severe cirrhosis will often have low (near normal) liver enzyme numbers because the damage is so severe that they have no liver tissue that is not scarred left to break down and create elevated liver enzymes.

      If you do not have hepatitis B or C and you do quit drinking your liver will probably recover completely or almost completely. Recovery should take six months to a year of no alcohol along with an excellent diet and some exercise but as long as you do not have some other physical problem you will do fine if you do quit drinking.

      Try not to stay on the antabuse for very long because this drug is also hard on your liver and will raise your liver enzymes by itself. My guess is that once you stop the alcohol for a month and you avoid your past bad habits that you will lose your desire to be drink and be drunk and then you will feel so much better that you won’t need the antabuse. Surround yourself with friends who do not drink every night and who respect your desire to quit drinking. Get some new hobbies and spend your time doing things that don’t revolve around drinking and sitting in front of the tube or in the bar. Treat yourself with some of the money you save from not buying beer every night. Exercise several times a week and this will both speed up your recovery and make you feel better.
      Also – don’t beat yourself up so much. You are not doomed. Just make the necessary changes and move on with your life.

      Good luck

  18. QUESTION:
    How long does my lovebird have?
    I have an old peach-faced lovebird that is between 15 and 17 years old. He has regular vet visits and was diagnosed with liver disease earlier this year. He is on a pellet diet and gets plenty of variety (fruits, pasta, veggies, etc.) he is also on milk thistle and omega fatty acids recommended by my avian vet to help support his liver.

    In the last few months he has declined. He is underweight at approx 43g, he’s not preening, he is cold and fluffed up all the time. He does continues to eat and drink and perch however. I have set up his cage as a “geriatric cage” with ladders and flat areas so that it is easier for him to move around.

    To add insult to injury, a few nights ago our gas fireplace was not venting properly and pushed the expelled fumes into our home. My lovebird Kiwi almost died. He fell from the top of the cage and started to throw his head back and wings back (almost like a seizure). After we aired out our home, it took him hours to recover, but he was completely back to normal that night!

    Today I noticed he is having difficulty perching (he keeps falling off) he is not eating much and I haven’t seen him drink or poop! I was also mortified to see his cloaca was swollen and red and his keel bone is “crusty” almost like a scab. He has a vet appointment in the morning.

    This is my first experience with a geriatric bird and I don’t really know what to expect. My question is, how long does my little guy have and when is it a good time to euthanize? He still seems bright and alert. I don’t think he is in any pain, though I am not sure. Also, has anyone had experience with any of the above mentioned symptoms. (liver disease, toxicity, etc.) Thanks in advance for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      I’m so sorry, and I know it doesn’t really help. Have you had him all his life? It sounds as if he has been well cared for and loved. I am glad you already have a vet appt., but I don’t have any other suggestions other than making sure he doesn’t get chilled. It is hard to say when to let go. I can only say that you will know when it is right. It is super hard to think about letting a loved one go unexpectedly, and not much easier to let one go even when expected. I am guessing he will be around a shorter time than a longer time. Best wishes

  19. QUESTION:
    Bad acid reflux please help!!!?
    Hi,
    I been getting acid reflux for the past few days and have no idea why… i been eating healthy, staying away from fatty foods, spicey foods, caffeine, ect. I have no idea why all of a sudden i have developed this bad acid reflux. I’ve been taking vitamin c tablets, complete multivitamin tablets, and liver support with milk thistle tablets to maintain my liver healthy; everyday for the past few weeks.. maybe this is causing the acid reflux?? i have no idea.. i have taken medicine to cure the acid reflux like the purpple pill but still no results.. please help!!!!!

    thanks =]

    • ANSWER:
      coming from a person who has Acid reflux and a haital hernia which is a hernia between your stomach and esophagus. lay off the vitamins for a couple days see if that calms it down, sometimes those reflux pills are useless. i would say if this persists for longer then a couple weeks go to a gastro specialist to have yourself checked. Also try Apple Cider Vinegar 2 tps in a glass of water, tastes awful but it works to calm the heartburn down. but make sure you get checked cause severe constant heartburn could lead to damage to your esophagus in the long run and you dont want that. also try drinking a lot of water and dont be to stressed out, this could cause anxiety and it leads to digestive problems .. trust me ive been though this

  20. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used the herb Milk Thistle to improve Liver function?
    I was wondering if anyone has used Milk Thistle also known as Silymarin-phosphatidylcholine complex for Fatty Liver disease (NAFLD) and did it help? I have been doing lots of research but would like to get first had experiences please.

    Thank you for your sincere answers!!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes.

      It’s cheap and natural.

      Im not sure about NAFLD, but I took it for my skin and it helped tremendously. I was told by a Sikh guru that it improves liver function and as a result makes your toxins go out throught excretion instead of through your skin.

      I take a pill here and there when my skin starts looking bad, but for for 100 pills at walmart, what do yo uhave to lose?


Reduce Fatty Liver

Diet Plan For Fatty Liver – Want To Reduce A Fatty Liver? Here's What You Should Eat
A diet plan for fatty liver that is right for one person may not be right for another. Many factors such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension, hyperinsulinemia, and other metabolic disorders can play a role in shaping the right diet plan for any given individual. However, just like a diet for the average, healthy person, a diet for reducing a fatty liver needs to be balanced, regulated, and foods should be eaten in moderation.

A key goal of a fatty liver diet should be reducing fat intake into the body. Fatty liver disease (FLD) results from excess fat accumulations in the liver, so it only makes sense to cut out high fat foods, particularly those containing saturated fats. No more than 30% of the overall caloric intake each day should be composed of fats.

You might be wondering why fat accumulates in the liver in the first place. After all, doesn’t it usually collect in adipose tissues around the belly, under the forearms, and around the thighs?

While it is true that fat does accumulate in these places, it is an entirely different form of fat. Adipose tissues collect fat in the form of adipocytes whereas the liver collects fat in the form of triglycerides.

Following a low-fat diet can help stop the progression of fatty liver disease from simple steatosis (its first and least severe stage) to Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis (its most severe and potentially life threatening stage). However, reducing fat alone is not the solution to FDL.

The best diet plan also needs to be rich in vitamins and minerals. Some of the most important vitamins and minerals are folate (folic acid), active forms of vitamin B such as thiamine and riboflavin, manganese, sulfur, selenium, and vitamin C. The best sources for vitamins include citrus fruits and vegetables, particularly greens and leaves.

Protein is also needed since it is an important part of metabolic and cellular processes. The best sources of protein come from vegetables (such as beans), seafood, and lean meats.

Excess fat should be removed from meats prior to cooking or eating them. It is also best to focus on white meats such as chicken and turkey instead of dark meats like beef and pork. Protein should account for about 20-30% of the diet.

Dairy products should be consumed sparingly. Lean toward those that have reduced fat and/or those that are fat-free. A good diet plan for fatty liver will be high in fiber, and complex carbohydrates (such as those found in wheat bread and brown rice) will make up a majority of the caloric intake. Simple carbohydrates (such as those found in candy) should be avoided. Overall, complex carbohydrates should account for 60-70% of the diet.

Steer clear of alcoholic beverages as well as high sugar fruit drinks and energy drinks. Water is always the best option when it comes to beverages.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How does one reduce fatty liver deposits?
    Does exercise help?
    I think you are just spamming your link first answerer!

    • ANSWER:
      JXM,
      Regular exercise, in conjunction with any other treatment that may be prescribed, will most likely be of great assistance in losing weight. Also, the remarks by Winnie – above – may assist, but it should be noted that whilst abstinence from alcohol may reverse steatosis in patients with alcohol-related fatty liver and weight loss and control of comorbidities appear to slow the disease and to possibly reverse some of the steatosis and fibrosis, there is no established treatment available for NASH. – Fatty liver is also known as NASH, which stands for Non- Alcoholic Steatorrhoeic Hepatosis or Non-Alcoholic-Fatty-Liver-Disease (NAFLD). – A fatty liver contains an excessive amount of fat and the normal healthy liver tissue is partly replaced with areas of unhealthy fats. In such a liver, the liver cells and the spaces in the liver are filled with fat so the liver becomes slightly enlarged and heavier. A liver which is fatty is doing the opposite of what it should be doing. A fatty liver is storing fat when it should be burning fat and removing excess fat from your body. Indeed a fatty liver becomes a warehouse for fat and if it is allowed to progress for many years, the liver may finally become just a “bag of fat” with dire consequences for your health and longevity. An article in the journal Medicine Today encouraged a gradual reduction in weight, which has been shown to improve liver function and reverse liver damage. However, the authors warn against very rapid weight loss from fad diets or radical surgery, which may have a negative impact upon the progression of liver injury. The good news is that gradual weight reduction, with as little as a 5 to 10% loss of initial body weight over 6 months is recommended. Fatty liver can be reversed but this can take some time – years in some cases. If you are overweight and find it very difficult to lose the excess weight it is important to look at all the factors relevant to your present weight and state of health. You would be advised to consult both your doctor and a dietician.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. – MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.
      I add a link that contains some discussion of this subject

      http://www.liverdisease.com/non

      alcoholicfattyliver_hepatitis.html

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  2. QUESTION:
    how to reduce SGPT level and fatty liver?
    I am writing for my dad.he is 57yrs, now in a lab report it is found that he is having high SGPT level of 104,he is having fatty liver and his triglycrides level is also high, its of about 234.please suggest me a advice to reduce SGPT and fatty liver

    • ANSWER:
      There are different reasons for having a fatty liver:
      alcohol consumption, certain medications like steriods,
      hereditary conditions, metabolic disorders, weight gain,
      losing weight too fast or being malnourished, diabetes,
      insulin resistance, High cholesterol/triglycerides,
      and others.

      Liver patients are told no alcohol…they are not to
      take any medications that are not approved of or
      prescribed by their doctors (this includes over the
      counter, herbs, vitamins, minerals, supplements).
      This is because most all medications goes through
      the liver first, to be broken down, before going to
      the rest of the body. Any liver cell damage will
      change how the liver handles drugs…it will have
      to be adjusted accordingly.

      Depending on the true cause of having the fatty liver,
      removing the cause completely will help the liver cells
      heal.
      IF this is caused by weight gain or triglyerides…it
      is best that he follow a diet that the doctor would give
      him.
      Eat fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables (washed before eatting)
      Remove skins from turkey or chicken before eatting
      Eat lean cuts of meat
      Go back to the basic foods…things that are not
      prepackaged, have alot of perservatives and salt.
      Go back to good oils like Olive oil.
      Try lowering the amount of sugar in the diet.

      It is also important to stay as healthy as he can.
      Wash hands often, use purell in between times.
      Clean shopping cart handles, door knobs, tv controllers,
      telephones and other items people touch with disinfectant
      wipes.
      Avoid open salad/food bars where people can sneeze or
      cough into them. Avoid cakes that people blow the candles
      out on.
      He doesn’t want to become weaker with another illness and
      cause himself to take any additional medications.

      It is important that he try to get all his vitamins and minerals
      from the foods he eats instead of through medications.

      To learn more about this disease, here are some links
      you can click on:

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

      http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060601/1961.html

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver

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

      Fat infiltration in the liver can many times be reversed.
      It usually starts out as Simple Fatty liver. However,
      fat in the liver puts extra pressure inside the liver because
      the liver is surrounded by a membrane capsule. This
      can start to damage the cells if the cause is not removed.
      When the cells become damaged, the immune system
      of the body will respond to this damage and then cause
      inflammation inside the liver, also, which adds to the
      pressure there. This is then known as Steatohepatitis.
      Steato means fat, hepat means liver, and itis means
      inflammation. This is much more serious. If the inflammation
      isn’t stopped it can lead to where the liver cells die off
      and form scar tissue inside the liver that blocks the flow
      of blood. This is then known as Cirrhosis of the liver.

      It is very important that the patient follow any instructions
      the doctor may give him now. Cirrhosis is not reversible,
      it is a progressive disease.

      I would ask the doctor to be referred to a dietitian or
      nutritionist who can give you ideas for the right kinds
      of meals he should have.
      Best wishes

  3. QUESTION:
    i have heard whey protein can help to reduce a fatty liver is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      In reality nothing reduces fatty liver! Fatty liver isn’t even a condition. It happens to some people. It does not harm, nor help! It just is!

      Whey protein may cause your glucose to rise to the moon as what is whey?? It is the milk solids which are pure glucose or sugar!!

      Watch what suppliments you ingest or eat!

  4. QUESTION:
    WILL ADDING GLUCOSE TO BODY REDUCE CHOLESTROL OR FATTY LIVER?
    DUE TO FATTY LIVER OR INCREASE IN CHOLESTROL LEVEL WHE PERSON IS ADMITTED IN HOSPITAL GLUCOSE IS INJECTED FIRST SO WILL IT PURIFY THE BLOOD AND CURE TO SOME LEVEL SO WATS REALLY DOING?

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    will grape juice help my fatty liver?
    I just saw on Tv that a glasse of wine reduces Fatty Liver Will grape juice do the same
    Please If You Don’t Know Anything About Fatty Liver (U Guys Down There)Then Don’t Answer Me.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Ultimately, the answer depends on the type of grape juice. If it’s red wine grapes that just aren’t fermented into wine, then absolutely. If it’s a grape juice from the store with all the artificial colors and flavors, there’s a good chance that it would be a big No.
      As long as the grapes have the antioxidant benefits in them (including the Polyphenols and whatnot), then you will get some benefit… but if you’re looking to improve the health of your liver, there are many other natural herbs that would help out much more. Do you know how fatty your liver may be? Is it damaged from alcohol or some similar damage? Feel free to E-mail me if you have other questions.

  6. QUESTION:
    how to cure from fatty liver? (non alcholic), is there any way to reduce it in 4 months.?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver can occur from different things. Some
      of the well known ones are:
      weight gain, obesity, fast weight loss, malnourishment,
      diabetes, insulin resistance, high cholesterol/triglyceride
      levels, pregnancy (third trimester), certain types of
      medications (like steriods), alcohol consumption,
      and other things.

      Once the cause is found, then things can be done
      to try and reverse it.

      It would be best…if this is from weight gain or obesity…
      to ask the doctor to refer you to either a dietitian or
      nutritionist. They will take into account all your medical
      problems and give you a diet based on that. It will
      be the best for you, since they will be sure you get all
      the vitamins and minerals, proteins from the foods you
      eat.

      This may be a temporary substitute diet:
      Remove all skins from the poultry you eat.
      Use only good oils like olive oil or canola oils.
      Try to bake, broil, boil your foods instead of fry them.
      Avoid preservative, prepackaged, or fast foods.
      Use fresh fruits and vegetables that you wash before
      eatting. Next in line would be frozen…avoid canned.
      Lessen the amount of milk, cheese in your diet…
      if this is because of cholesterol levels.

      This is what happens in fatty liver disease.
      The fat build up inside the liver. At first it may not
      cause any problem (simple fatty liver)..however,
      if it continues to build up, it causes pressure inside
      the liver. The liver is surrounded by a tight membrane
      capsule. The liver cells then can be damaged.
      The immune system of the body respond to this damage
      and then causes inflammation inside the liver.
      It is now known as Steatohepatitis (steato means fat,
      hepat means liver, and itis means inflammation).

      This is then more serious. If the problem cannot be
      reversed, it can proceed to where the liver cells die
      off and form scar tissue inside the liver and is then
      known as Cirrhosis of the liver.

      It is best to be with either a gastroenterologist or
      hepatologist now. He can direct you in the best
      treatment and diet that is available to help you.

      Here are some links on Fatty liver disease:

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver

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

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

      http://www.liverdoctor.com/index.php?page=fatty-liver

      Best wishes…

  7. QUESTION:
    I was diagnosed with fatty liver, hyperechoic. Is this because of 40 mg simvastin? How serious is this? Help!?
    I have high cholesterol. So the doctor doubled my dose of simvastatin to 40 mg. Now I have fatty liver, it is approximately 17 cm. Which is more serious the high cholesterol or the hyerechoic with no evidence of cholelithiasis?
    Is there any other treatment which would not adversely affect my liver yet significantly reduce my cholesterol? HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      I seriously doubt the Simvastatin is causing your fatty liver. You are only taking half the max dose of Simvastatin. Most likely you have a biliary disease or some kind of blockage. Or you are drinking too much alcohol. If your liver was damaged prior then the Simvastatin could build in your system but your doctor should have taken Liver Function Test in your blood work. If you are concerned ask your doctor about it.

  8. QUESTION:
    i have fatty liver my alkaline phosphate level has been increased in one month?
    i have fatty liver my alkaline phosphate level has been increased in one month it has been increased to 278 from 190 though other enzime hav been decrease i.e. sgpt 238 to28and sgot 58 to 18. what r the causes how can i reduce level of alkaline phosphate.

    • ANSWER:
      To cure liver dis-function, i shall advise you to take Dry FIGS 4-6 pieces at bed time, please chew the figs in such a way that their seeds are crushed completely, now swallow them & drink warm milk. continue this process for 20 days.
      Purchase from market HOMOEO medicine CARDUAS M—- Q potency SBL make 30 ml.Put 15 drops of medicine in 10 ml coconut oil & smash the oil , now apply oil in lower portion of right ribs & massage gently for 2 minutes.twice a day. Also have CARDUAS M—–30 potency SBL make 30 ml pack. Now 1 drop medicine in half cup water be administer thrice a day for 20 days.
      I hope you will see the miracle of above advises.

  9. QUESTION:
    can eating something before boozing reduce the alcohols effect on liver?
    i am concerned about the health of my liver as i drink thrice a week on average and already obese. i also eat lot of oily and fatty food daily. so i need some preventive tips which can reduce the harmful effect of alcohol and oily foods.

    • ANSWER:
      Eating bread, crackers, pretzels, things of this sort can reduce the effect of alcohol. The one thing that it also does when eating these while drinking is slow your energy and prevent vomitting. Eating heavier or fatty foods does nothing to help reduce the alcohol or other while drinking. As a matter of fact it can cause vomitting and cause you to get drunk faster.

  10. QUESTION:
    my non-alcoholic fatty liver inflammation…? would like some insight thank you?
    so my doctor says because of my elevated ALT and ultrasound showing of fatty liver he says I probably have mild inflmmation due to the extensive fat around my liver and from high triglycerides/cholesterol

    To treat this, I have lost weight to my ideal as well as eating more healthy and basically avoiding junk food. Exercising 5-6 days a week for 40 minutes. I will get another blood test later on.

    My question is: by doing this have I improved my liver condition? I hear it can be reversible I wonder if I have done so. Have I helped treat this inflammation by trying to reduce fat around my liver? Can I still have a normal life span? I hope this condition won’t shorten my lifespan I’m only 26

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver disease or NAFLD is thought to be because of excessive fat deposition in liver. It is partially genetic and partly from environmental factors including diet. By losing weight and excersing you have certainly helped your condition. By doing these measures, you will have reduced the amount of fat in the liver and likely decreased the associated inflammation. You should have a normal life span. You still need periodic liver function tests to monitor the ALT. If ALT remains consistently elevated, then may need liver biopsy at some point to rule out NASH (non alcoholic steatohepatitis), which can very rarely (<5%)progress to cirrhosis (liver scarring).

      At this point, I would continue what you are doing, and not worry about it too much.

  11. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver Help Please?
    Hi there
    I have been diagnosed with a very fatty liver. Is there anything that can help reduce this quickly does anyone know, other than not eating fatty foods………
    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is almost always only present in basically fatty patients. When the body begins to run out of places to store fat it puts some in the liver. This was thought to be harmless but in fact can lead to non-alcoholic cirrhosis in later life.

      I am afraid the only real option is to use diet and exercise to try and get down to your ideal weight.

  12. QUESTION:
    fatty liver disease in guinea pigs?
    I have a 3 year old female guinea pig who stopped eating and drinking 4 weeks ago. She has been to a Vet who specializes in guinea pigs. I have been syringe feeding for 4 weeks and medicating with antibiotics, pain meds, gas reducing meds, and bowel and appatite stimulants. She is not getting any better and the Vet says it’s because of the fatty liver disease and once under control she will get better. Will she get better? This has become very, very expensive. I don’t want to give up on her but I need to know if this will ever end. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Part of the problem is that guinea pig pellets have an extremely high fat content that can contribute to the development of fatty liver disease in guinea pigs. In addition to the pellets, you should try feeding your lil cavy an assortment of veggies and a few fruits (apples are particular favorites I’ve noticed). Also, include some timothy hay, (available at most pet stores) for them to eat. This lower nutrient diet will help prevent further problems with your pig’s weight. I know right now she isn’t eating on her own, but try offering her some of these veggies and fruit. Don’t overdo the fruit, it can cause diarrhea in too heavy a quantity, but it may entice her to eat.

      That’s an awful lot of meds for such a little girl, she may also be overmedicated. My best advice to you is to try for a little while longer, but love her while she’s here. The average age I’ve seen guinea pigs live to is usually 4 or 5 years (though i’ve seen one that lived to be 8). With fatty liver disease there really isn’t a definitive timeline of recovery. They either do or don’t. I’m sorry to be the bearer of potentially bad tidings, but I think it’s important to be honest with you. This is a common condition among cavs. Good luck, and I applaud you for being such a good pet owner and caring about your pet so much.

  13. QUESTION:
    How do you repair a fatty liver caused by Advil?
    I took generic Advil as a teenager, a lot. I would take 6 pills at a time once a day for a headache. I didn’t take them every day, but when I had a pain, I would take 6 pills, simply because the bottle read that you shouldn’t take more than 6 in a 24 hour period. About two years ago I went to the doctor for a physical and she told me that I have a fatty liver which is worse than a 90 year old man. I have heard many things since then about how to repair my liver such as exercise and diet, but I don’t know if they are working. Does anybody know of any other ways to reduce the amount of fat in my liver?

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    faty liver?
    wanna ask if anyone out there can suggest a way to reduce a fatty liver without cleansing …like exercising…heat….spring water etc…

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is the collection of excessive amounts of fat inside liver cells, also called steatosis. The liver is the largest organ in the body, and performs many important functions. One of those functions is to change substances in the foods you eat into proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. One form of fat the liver produces is triglycerides, which are important for new cell production and to make hormones such as estrogen, testosterone, and the adrenal hormones. With fatty liver, the liver cells accumulate large droplets of fat that consist of mostly triglycerides.

      Who gets it?
      People with poor diets or problems with alcohol abuse may develop fatty liver. It is also seen in people who are obese or have diabetes mellitus, and in children with Reye’s syndrome
      In the United States, the most common cause of fatty liver is alcohol abuse. This form is called alcoholic steatosis. All other forms are called non-alcoholic steatohepatitus (NASH), and are caused by conditions including malnutrition, obesity, diabetes mellitus, and Reye’s syndrome in children. There is a rare, but serious, form of fatty liver that begins late in pregnancy and may cause jaundice and liver failure. Fatty liver may also be caused by certain drug overdoses or toxic chemical poisonings, such as carbon tetrachloride. All these causes injure the liver in some way that makes the liver cells accumulate fats.

      What is the treatment?
      Treatment for fatty liver is aimed at eliminating or treating the cause of the condition. In fact, fatty liver is usually reversible. In some cases, fatty liver is reversible if caught early in its development. Pregnancy-related fatty liver is treated by delivering the baby, if viable. In cases of malnutrition, the goal is to develop a healthy diet, sometimes with the aid of vitamin and mineral supplements. Severe liver damage can occur if fatty liver is left untreated. In these cases, the patient may eventually require a liver transplant.

      Self-care tips
      You can prevent fatty liver by maintaining a well-balanced diet and limiting alcohol consumption.
      I hope this answers some of your questions. Good Luck and be well!!

  15. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver – Advice Please?
    After feeling sick and throwing up for a number of weeks my Dr finally did some blood tests. He tested a load of different things and one was my liver. The results came back that I had a fatty liver which maybe why i’m being sick. My Dr said to come back down in 2 or 4 weeks time to have another blood test done. In the mean time i’ve been put on some tablets to reduce excess stomach acid. He hasn’t told me to do any thing in the mean time other than go back in 2 or 4 weeks time for another blood test. I know I’m over weight. Should I be worried and what should i do in the mean time?

    • ANSWER:
      There is different causes of fatty liver disease
      and it depends where the fat is located.
      If the fat is located outside the liver around it’s
      capsule, it doesn’t cause much of a problem.
      However, most is found inside the liver cells.
      The cause of this can be:
      alcohol consumption, weight problem, or
      even hereditary.
      All liver patients are told not to consume
      alcohol.
      You need to tell the doctor all medications you
      are on; this includes over the counter, herbs
      herbal teas, vitamins, mineral, and prescriptions
      prescribed by other doctors. The reason for
      this is that sometime certain medications can
      cause liver problems and also because all
      medications go through the liver first to be
      broken down before going to the rest of the body.
      If the doctor tells you to lose weight, then follow
      his instructions and maybe asked to see
      a nutritionist.

      It is good that the doctor is taking more blood
      test, cause no one test is 100% accurate, and
      he may be doing this to be certain of what the
      blood tests show before going on further.
      If he suspects a problem, he may order an
      ultrasound to be sure about this.

      Usually a problem of the liver starts out
      as inflammation developing in the liver cells.
      If the inflammation can be reduced with
      treatment from the doctor and the cause is
      removed…the liver cells have a very good
      chance of healing. However, if not treated,
      it can turn into a disease where the liver
      cells die off and then it is progressive.

      I know it is hard to wait for the results of these
      tests. The best thing to do now is to stop
      any alcohol consumption and try to stay as
      well as possible. Wash your hands often
      especially when touching things others have
      touched: money, door knobs, shopping cart
      handles, foods in buffet, etc. If you cannot
      wash your hands, then try using purell or
      another bacteria wipe. You don’t want to
      contact anything to make you sicker now and
      force you to take more medications which
      may be hard on your liver or make it difficult
      for your body to heal your liver by giving
      it more to recover from.

      If the fat is inside the liver cells, it is pushing
      on other things normally inside the cell and
      can put the cell under alot of extra stress.
      Fat accumulating there has been known to
      push the nucleus of the cell out of position.
      This fat can also block oxygen and nourishment
      to the cell also, which can cause it damage.

      Sorry, I can’t be more of help than this.
      Best wishes to you.

  16. QUESTION:
    Risk of fatty liver – need some clarification?
    I undergone for ultrasound (abdomen) for some other reason… but i got following report regarding my liver …

    Normal in size with diffuse increase in echotexture.
    No focal altration in echotexture.
    Intrahepatic biliary radicles appear normal
    Common duct messures normal …

    Impression : fatty liver

    I don’t know, what is the risk of this problem & how should i treat this. Frnds are saying that… diet can simply reduce this fat… if not, then i may get a chance for Diabetes also … Can someone clarify this ?

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  17. QUESTION:
    can the liver reduce in size?
    I’m in my early 30s and like most people during their college yrs and for the couple when they get out I did my fair share of drinking. Recently I’ve felt a slight discomfort in my right side and acn only assume this has to do with the liver. I’ve read that after abuse it can grow below the ribcage causing this discomfort. I decided in the last few months to quit all together and stopped drinking. I’ve read many different conflicting articles on the liver. One commonality seems to be that the liver has the ability to repair itself to a degree. I had my blood tested last year and was informed my enzyme levels were surprisingly fine. After no more alcohol, proper diet and exercise, can this ‘swelling’ of the liver and any fatty deposits go away? Aside fromt he discomfort from time to time, I’ve felt better and better since I stopped drinking. Any feed back would be great, thx

    • ANSWER:
      You’ve self-diagnosed that you have an enlarged liver. Given that your blood tests show normal levels for liver enzymes, and that now that you’ve given up drinking you are felling better and better, my advice is that you shouldn’t fret about your liver. If it was in trouble before, the evidence is that its mending itself nicely now.

      I assure you from personal experience that with a change in diet and exercise, fatty deposits in your liver can go away, taking elevated liver enzyme levels in blood tests back down to normal.

      Good to hear you’re taking good care of yourself and are feeling the benefits of that change of living habits. Enjoy life!

  18. QUESTION:
    Is there any way to prevent liver disease other then not drinking alcohol?
    if a person chooses to drink alcohol are there any methods to prevent or reduce liver damage like taking milk thistle or other liver herbs and drinking water, exercise and healthy diet? My sister is a heavy drinker she is 24 and has been drinking ever since she was 19. She does not understand the consequnences of heavy drinking so she says she is not going to stop and will carry on partying through life I mean if she’s not going to stop I am sure I can’t force her to and neither can nobody else but she is young and naive and just living for todays and not tommorows satisfaction not thinking of the consequeneces of drinking too much, fatty liver, cirrhosis and all those liver dieases caused by high alcohol consumption. She says she will deal with it when it happens. Her doctor told her that she should only have one drink a day since this is the maximum that is considered safe for a woman but she ignores all advice and just does what she wants. I mean if she is not going to stop drinking are there at least some vitamins or supplements that can reduce her isk of getting liver disease from drinking? someone recommened please.
    P.S. I have told my sister that since she can’t stop drinking she might be alcoholic and advised her to at least give AA a try she refuses. I don’t know what else can be done. She says she is planning to drink and wont stop for nobody not even her 4 year old son.
    She also thinks liver disease is not caused by just alcohol alone. She thinks a person must have hepatitis c with alcohol abuse combined to get liver disease.

    • ANSWER:
      This question is about yourself, not your sister so why start lying about it now.

      As for liver disease, nothing can stop liver disease.

  19. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to do damage to your liver after 4-5 years of drinking?
    I started drinking in college. I started with about 8-10 drinks/week (over 2-3 nights) during the first 2 years, and it went to about 17-20 drinks/week (over 2-3 nights) the second 2 years. Since then i’ve reduced my drinking to what it was the first 2 years.

    Is it possible to do damage to the liver over such a short time frame? By damage i mean fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, etc. Would it show up in a blood test?

    • ANSWER:
      It is very possible to have a liver problem
      because of alcohol and not even know you
      have it, because the liver is a very quiet organ
      about damage being done to it until the
      cells of the liver die off from the damage…
      then signs and symptoms may appear.

      There are different ” blood” tests that the doctor
      can do to check your liver.
      (1)The liver enzymes (known as the ALT, AST,
      GGT and Alkaline Phosphatase) can give
      the doctor an idea if there may be cell damage.
      (2)The liver functions tests (known as the
      bilirubin, INR, Albumin, Pt, Ptt) can give the
      doctor an idea if the cells are able to do
      the functions they do to keep the body well…
      the liver does over 500 functions, these are
      just to show the few of them.
      (3) The viral testing to be sure that a virus
      hasn’t entered the body and gone into the
      liver and is using the liver cells to replicate
      itself.

      If the doctor thinks these tests are high results for some reason…of which there is many
      causes of liver cells damage, including alcohol,
      then he may do a film test like: CT scan or
      Ultrasound. If he sees the liver is enlarged
      in size, caused by the immune system
      responding to the cell damage….then he
      may try to find the cause and have it stopped
      and treat the inflammation, so the cells can
      heal, before it turns to an irreversible disease
      known as Cirrhosis of the liver.

      If someone does drink alcohol…they should
      normally have blood tests done every so often
      to be sure of its effect on the liver.
      Alcohol consumption isn’t harmful unless
      you are more sensitive to it or have taken
      it in excess over a period of time. However,
      those who are sensitive to it, it doesn’t take
      much to destroy the liver cells.

      I hope this information is of some help to you.
      Here are a few links to click on:

      http://www.amsa.org/resource/natlinit/alcohol.cfm

      http://www.uihealthcare.com/topics/medicaldepartments/pharmacy/alcoholandcold/index.html

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

  20. QUESTION:
    my father was diagnosed with FATTY LIVER?
    my father aged 56,alcoholic from about 25 years (daily alcohol consumption is 300 ml) was suffering from some problem with his liver the symptoms were:
    abdominal pain (non radiating)
    vomit after meal
    lack of appetite
    he got himself checked from a liver expert.
    ultrasound was ok but it showed moderate fatty liver.
    endoscopy was fine with no ulcers n all…
    he is not obese ,not suffering from diabetes ..
    liver function tests were also ok…
    now his condition has improved and he has starting taking meals n dsnt feels vomit sensation….
    i want to know that what diet plan should he follow to cure this problem…
    is this problem fatal..???
    i am worried…
    plz help…
    he has reduces his alcohol consumption to abt one drink a day ,but cant quit it completely….

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I will try to answer your question as best I can. It’s very good that your dad had himself chcked out and that he is making an effort to reduce his drinking. Unfortunately, once liver disease has begun from alcoholism, it is progressive. The good news is that fatty liver disease is the first step in this progression, and it is possible to completely reverse the damage, but he will need to stop drinking entirely. The next step is alcoholic hepatitis, which is more serious, and then cirrhosis, which is life-threatening and is NOT reversible.
      I actually have a bit of personal experience here; I am a recovering alcoholic myself and have been sober for over 2 1/2 years. The reason that I am mentioning this is that I know it IS possible to stop completely. He feels that he cannot; that is part of the disease of alcoholism. He is down to one drink a day, which means that at this moment, he is not significantly physically dependent on alcohol. The problem is, his liver is already damaged. It cannot handle its normal functions the way a healthy liver would. Alcohol is very stressful on the diseased liver. The crazy part of this disease is that he and his family and probably even his doctor probably believe he is not an alcoholic if he can cut way down like that. This is not usually the case. Any alcohol in his system will most likely eventually drive him back to his old habits and beyond. This is why support from a group (such as AA or SMART recovery or others) can be so crucial. Therapy or counselling can help also. This is a genetic and chemical problem and has nothing to do with willpower or morality.
      As for diet, I would suggest a basic healthy diet, low in saturated fats, higher in unsaturated, higher in fiber, moderate in protein, lots of fresh veggies and fruits and whole grains. Milk thistle can be a good supplement for the liver. As always, I am not a doc and he should follow his doctor’s recommendations.
      I have a great deal of sympathy for him and for you. Alcoholism sucks, but your dad will hopefully discover that he is not alone and he can live sober one day at a time. It is very hard to quit drinking, and at first it may seem impossible and pointless, but eventually the rewards WILL outweigh this. Best of luck to you both!

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

    thanks for your help.

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

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

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

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

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

  23. QUESTION:
    I am having an enlarged liver, is that dangerous for my life?
    I have been diagnosed with an enlarged, fatty liver problem, is that dangerous? Could it lead to cirrhosis’s, and is there any medications to get the liver back to its normal size? I am moderately obese also, so if I reduce my weight more, could my fatty liver come back to its normal size? I also have a large abdomen, so if I lessened my abdomen size, could that also help? A couple of doctors have told me that usually all obese people will have enlarged, fatty liver problems, and that there is no medications for that, except to avoid alcohol. I also have changed my diet to eat lesser than before, and also avoid junk, oily and sugary foods most of the time. Could this type of diet change also help to solve this problem? I have heard that by following a healthy diet, the liver can get shrunk to its normal size, and become regenerated once again.

    • ANSWER:
      Please have Homoeopathic medicine CARDUAS M.——-30 potency & Q potency of SBL or any reputed make 30 ml pack each. Now take 30 potency medicine 1 drop in half cup water thrice daily till the cure of problem. Have Q potency medicine 10 drops in 5ml coconut oil mix it well & massage this oil to the right side lowest rib area twice daily. I hope that your liver will be in normal shape with in 15-20 days.
      Have dry FIGS 100 gm from market & chew 4 Figs at bed time in such a manner that there seeds are completely crushed then swallow them & drink warm water.It will also help to improve mal function of the liver.

  24. QUESTION:
    does sonograph detects liver cirrhosis?
    I had a sonograph & i got the impression as fatty liver….My GI just told me to reduce the weight and it will go away…but im really afraid whether i have cirrhosis or just the simple fatty liver….does sonograph detects liver cirrhosis??

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  25. QUESTION:
    Any dietitian out there want to help me? Please!?
    I have the following conditions:
    Diabetes
    Hypothyroidism (Hashimoto’s)
    High Blood Pressure
    High Cholesterol
    Fatty Liver
    Hyperclotability
    IgG deficiency
    Hypotestosteronenemia

    I am on a dozen drugs, I weigh 165 (am loosing weight quickly due to diabetes drugs), I don’t drink, do street drugs, haven’t eaten beef or pork in 26 years. I eat healthfully but due to illness, my activity level has been low. I am up to walking now for 30 mins a day. I am very aware of the foods I eat, am super careful but when I was told day before yesterday I have a fatty liver, I just sort of lost it. I try so hard to eat right but now there is so little I can eat.

    I need a dietitian to customize a diet for me that will lower my cholesterol, reduce my high blood pressure, not interfere with my coumadin levels, aids the diabetes and will reduce the fatty liver as well as boost my immune system!

    Help!?

    • ANSWER:
      According to the medical history you present, you need something more like a Naturopathic Doctor. You may find some dieticians well-versed in the above conditions, but they typically are not qualified to address your conditions solely through diet suggestions.

      http://www.naturopathic.org/

  26. QUESTION:
    Does Milk Thistle help to protect your liver against toxins?
    I am asking this because I am a weekend binge drinker and I know that binge drinking can harm the liver leading to fatty liver disease, then alcoholic hepatitis and eventually chirrosis of the liver. I want to know if there is any way I can slow the process down or to prevent or reduce the damage I do to my liver by weekend binge drinking. People tell me there is no way to do that and that the only way to not damage your liver is drinking in moderation only. But moderation doesn’t work for me cause currently the recommended moderate drinking is defined by health experts to be only one drink per day for females. And I drink wine so that would mean I would only be able to have one five ounce glass of wine (as they consider a full glass to be 5 ounces) per day. Which is way too low for me cause five ounces isn’t worth it cause it’s a very small serving and not good enough for me. I do not drink every day just every Friday, Saturday and Sunday but when I do it’s a 750 ml bottle of wine on each of these days. I don’t think that’s a huge amount especially for a period of 72 hours because I think my liver is done filtering the previous bottle I had by the next day so I can drink another. Or am I wrong? I do not want to drink only one five ounce glass of wine per day cause it’s too little but if I choose to stay at my current drinking level will I get chirrosis of the liver over time? If so how long would it take? Am I at lower risk cause I don’t binge every day just every weekend and Fridays? Is there anything I can do or take to prevent or reduce damage or delay it much further such as taking Milk Thistle or other liver stuff????
    william I try my best to not drink very often but when weekends and holidays comes I just can’t help it cause it isn’t fair that everyone else will be having champagne and I’d have to stick with soda, plus it’s very childish too.
    Chirrosis is usually what alcoholics get after at least a decade or more of alcohol abuse and stuff. As for liver cancer I am not sure if that is caused by alcoholism. I think it’s more commonly caused by other stuff.
    william but not drinking at all is not an option for me since I like it so much and not having something you like at least sometimes would suck.
    abijann, didn’t you tell someone else as I saw on here that right now you do not need to stay sober for 6 months anymore. You said now they are viewing it by case by case basis. And is a 750 ml bottle of wine over consuming? cause it only fills up two large glasses (although not wine glasses).
    can you please answer me?
    I want to be able to drink cause I like it besides I would probably die if I could not drink not even on holidays such as my birthday. But I would also like to know if there is any way I can drink as much as I prefer and stay without chirrosis? What about liv 52? or other liver stuff I can take?
    abijan, I had a blood test done recently but no one called me back so I assume the results were normal or they would have called back but the thing is I am not 100% sure if a regular blood test shows liver function or not. Can you tell me?

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  27. QUESTION:
    liver and light fever?
    Last month I had heartburn and diagnosed with fatty liver.
    My SGOT/SGPT was high 69/173.
    I managed to reduce my SGOT/SGPT 33/18 in 1 month because I had bed-rest, diet and drank lotta water.
    My anti-Hepatitis-B is still working, and hep A & C comes out negative.

    After few days of recovery, now I’m having on and off light fever (difficult to describe: not fever yet but you feel a bit cold) with little discomfort around right abdominal. (not constant but once in a while).
    It only lasts like 1-2 hrs and disappear, it happens to me 2-3 times a day.
    It has been like this for 3 days now.

    Does anyone have any input or suggestion?
    I appreciate it. Thanks.

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  28. QUESTION:
    Is it possible I have liver disease?
    I am 50.
    I was a heavy drinker heavy drinker until recently, and have managed to reduce my consumption and binge episodes to once a month or less.
    I am now concerned that I am showing symptoms of liver disease, be it cirrosis, fatty liver, or gallstones.
    The cheif symptoms are:
    1. Constant abdominal distension and feeling bloated although I am a light eater.
    2. Feelings of nausea, especially on rising.
    3.Constant dull pain under right rib cage.
    4.Pale, thin stools, and sometimes explosive dihrea.
    5.Visible veins on my abdomen
    6.Constant itching especially on my neck and feet.
    Today I had a nausea attack and severe bloating in the afternoon (all I had to eat was yogurt in the morning)felt so bad I almost left work.
    I have seen my doctor about this twice, and the liver blood blood urine tests always come back normal.
    He says to lose weight and exercise more. I cant lose weight despite eating very little and I run three times a week.
    I must confess that the weeks leading up to and over XMAS I did over consume alcohol and fatty foods, but not more than I usually do at Xmas.
    Do you think I have a liver problem?
    One friend said to stop alcohol for two months and it would completely heal itself.
    I did that last summer-didnt seem to help.
    If you think I need different tests please indicate so I can ask my doctor for them. I am so concerned about the bloating I want an xray!
    Thanks happy new year!

    • ANSWER:
      All liver patients are told No Alcohol. The symptoms of coming off of alcohol can be mistaken for a liver problem and, in some cases, can be life threatening…should be under a doctors care. He has medications that can lessen these symptoms.

      No one blood test is 100% accurate. Many things can effect the results of these tests and a comparison is done of more than one to be sure. However, in some patients, there is not an abnormal result even it they have liver disease.

      You should be with a gastroenterologist or hepatologist now.
      You definitely need further testing done to determine what exactly is happening with you.

      High Alcohol consumption over time can cause Fatty liver disease. Ultrasound or Ct scan may see this…a liver biopsy would definitely show it.
      Colonoscopy would check the colon…Pill swallow endoscopy would check the small intestines. ERCP(Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography) would check the esophagus, stomach, first part of the intestines and the biliary area and Pancreatic ducts.

      Wish I could be of more help. I hope you find out what is the problem.

      Here are some links you can click on that will give you information on different tests and different things that may be the cause of your problem.

      http://www.gihealth.com/html/education/pamphlets.html

      http://www.gitract.info/

  29. QUESTION:
    By what mechanism does dietary fibre reduce the levels of LDL and triglycerides within the blood?
    I understand that short-chain fatty acids (a product of fermentation of fibre within the colon) suppress cholesterol synthesis in the liver by lowering levels of LDL and triglycerides in the blood.

    How does fibre lower levels of LDL and triglycerides?
    There is more to fibre than “roughage”.

    • ANSWER:
      Dietary Fiber, by it’s definition is undigestible fiber, thus it’s main form of action is in the form of a physical cleaner, binding to fat molecules, and cleaning your intestinal system (think of a scrub running through your intestine system). Thus, it indirectly lowers your fat intake and decreases LDL and triglycerides.

  30. QUESTION:
    High Cholesterol score of 13.6!!!! Best ways to reduce it?
    I’ve recently had some blood tests done. My LFT’s are high (as i have a fatty liver) and my cholesterol levels are 13.6, which are apparently extremely high! I’ve been booked in to see a liver specialist as the doctor will not give me any medication to lower my cholesterol as he’s worried it might do permanent damage to my liver!

    I’ve got to do lots of exercise and change my diet. What I want to know is, what are the best foods to eat to help lower my cholesterol levels???? I don’t want to spend a fortune on big brand names like Flora proactive and benecol etc.

    I’m nearly 30 so I need to sort my diet out now, not just for my but for my wife and my 7 month old.

    Can anyone recommend a good diet or decent foods to reduce my levels?

    • ANSWER:
      You should talk to your Doctor about drawing up a diet plan together that will suit your needs
      And all I can suggest is do excercise when you can.
      I know you said you don’t want to buy Benecol but my Dad uses it as he has high Cholesterol and so far it has worked for him. Obviously you will want to do what you can for your family so even if it is a bit expensive isn’t it better in the long run?

  31. QUESTION:
    What percentage of people who drink above the recommended units per week get chirrosis of the liver?
    I know it is different for men and women but who would get chirrosis first if they drink in large amounts a man or a woman and how many years would it take them for them to get it? Do all binge drinkers get chirrosis? or do some just have different health problems such as just a fatty liver? If a woman drinks about 3-4 drinks a day 4 times a week every week can she get chirrosis if she can how many years would it take? is there some drug or supplement she can take to reduce damage for example Lechitan? I take Lovaza, bitter melon and vitamin b supplements every day so I think I am reducing my health problems by drinking at this level. I simply am not willing to stick by the recommended 14 units per week safe limits they are too low that means that is only 1 liter of wine per week I have calculated it it is less than 1.5 liters of wine per week and since I am one of those people that are not able to spread a bottle out through a couple of days since I like to leave the bottle empty with nothing in there and I cannot leave an opened bottle in the fridge since I do not live alone and I do not like sharing my drinks with anyone. I want to know what my chances are that I will never develop serious liver problems if I drink 3-4 drinks a day 3, 4 and occassionally 5 times a week usually one day after the other but with 3-4 alcohol free days following after those days.
    Do you have to be a male in order to drink that much and not have any long term affects or if a woman is used to this much alcohol can she get away with it too? I have called a rehab program and told them how much I drink each week and they say unless it is effecting my life in a negative way for example, if I get violent when I drink they say the level I drink at is not really a problem unless I get violent or hurt people when I drink.

    • ANSWER:
      you say that you don,t drink to much in your point of view so why then are you taking so many supplements to combat disease related to drink.
      please cut down at least one a day and cut down supplements to as they could also affect your health if you take too much.
      nic

  32. QUESTION:
    How can I get my Gamma GT levels down?
    I am a recovering alcoholic and haven’t had a drink since the start of 2010. I have been told I have a fatty liver but I would like to get my Gamma GT level reduced. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Keep yourself healthy and keep off of drinking for atleast 3 months.

  33. QUESTION:
    Will you please help me understand the short article inside about the Atkins diet?
    The liver stores glucose by converting it to glycogen. It holds perhaps a 12-hour supply of glucose in its glycogen. Once you finish digesting all of the carbohydrates that you last ate, the liver starts converting its stored glycogen back into glucose and releases it to maintain glucose in the blood. Lipolysis also starts breaking down fat in the fat cells and releasing fatty acids into the bloodstream. Tissues that do not need to use glucose for energy (for example, muscle cells) start burning the fatty acids. This reduces the glucose demand so that nerve cells get the glucose.
    Once the liver runs out of glycogen, the liver converts to a process called gluconeogenesis. Gluconeogenesis turns amino acids into glucose.

    The liver then begins producing ketone bodies from fatty acids being made available in the blood by lipolysis. Brain and nerve cells convert over from being pure consumers of glucose to partial consumers of ketone bodies for energy. This process is called ketosis — which is why the Atkins plan is also known as a ketogenic diet.

    • ANSWER:
      Short and sweet. Your body is burning fat.

  34. QUESTION:
    not satisfied with lipid test.?
    i just had my blood test this morning (3rd time) to check any developments after 2 mos. my first test was a not so good profile, chol. is high, ldl is low, hdl is normal and trigly is 300+. my dr. prescribed gemfibrozil to reduce chol, silymarin to treat my fatty liver,omeprazole and maalox for my acid reflux. after a month of changing diets and more exercises, i had my 2nd blood test w/c returned with a good results. chol 126 and trigly 108 are normal but sgpt is still high 46 but much lower compared to 1st BT w/c is 63. i eat a lot of fruits, vegetables and fish and lesser meat after that event, and do lot more of jogging and brisk walking and stretching everyday however my triglycerides is still high at 195 when i took another test today. what maybe the cause of this elevated reading? i fast from 9pm and took the test on 7 am. is fatty liver connected with this result? also, i’m into zantac 150 mg for 8 days now and maalox to relieve the acid reflux.

    • ANSWER:
      Genetics plays a role in all of this. I’ve seen people who do everything right – exercise, eat a low fat diet, etc. – and yet they still have high cholesterol numbers. On the other hand, I’ve seen people who are morbidly obese and do everything wrong and yet they have good cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

      There are two major culprits that can raise triglycerides: simple carbs, particularly sweets, and alcohol. Fish oil can help lower triglycerides.

      For more information about nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, please see http://mayoclinic.com/health/nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease/DS00577/DSECTION=1

  35. QUESTION:
    Body Detoxification?
    I’ve been hospitalized last Feb. due to Acid Reflux and blood test showed that i have fatty liver and tiny polyps in the gallbladder. I was given medication to reduce tryglycerides and sylimarin for liver. Since then i started to change my diet, more fruits,vegetables and fish with once in a while meat. I also started doing exercises in the morning and playing basketball or table tennis in the evening. However, lately, i’m experiencing light headedness but not chronic, i just feel that i’m a bit dizzy, is this part of detoxification in my body?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no such thing.

  36. QUESTION:
    Can anyone take Liv 52?
    Do I have to get a Doctor to Prescribe Liv 52 or can anyone take it. I did a blood test and it showed elevated ALT/AST levels. It was diognised as fatty liver. I have started exercising regularly and want to bring the levels to normalcy as fast as possible. I have a belly and want to reduce it desperately. Also, I live in New Zealand and don’t know how to order Liv 52 in New Zealand. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      yes, its good for liver, if u have any relative or friend in india , ask them to send you the medicine

  37. QUESTION:
    HIGH ALT and AST with high cholesterol?
    Hello I am 31 years old. my weight is 68 kg and height is 5 4 . I have some problems of sweating in hand palms, blurred vision, dried mouth and weakness. Recently I had liver function test which shows my ALT and AST level is high. they are 133 u/l and 58 u/l respectively. Alkaline Phosphatase is 102 u/l. My USG shows mild fatty liver. I used to take Simbastatin tablet to reduce my cholesterol level. My LDL is also quite high 143mg/dl. can you please suggest that what is my current liver condition. I dont smoke or drink. what measures should I take?

    • ANSWER:
      “Can you reverse a fatty liver?

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

      My “enzymes” are raised; what does this mean?

      The elevated liver enzyme results indicate that there is inflammation and damage to the liver cells and their membranes. Liver enzymes are normally contained within the liver cells, and only when the cells are damaged and/or inflamed, do the enzymes leak into the blood stream. This can occur due to a fatty liver, alcohol excess, some medications such as long term antibiotics, and pain killers, oral synthetic hormone replacement, viral infections of the liver such as hepatitis C & B, auto-immune hepatitis, hemochromatosis, primary biliary cirrhosis, exposure to toxic chemicals such as insecticides, pesticides, organic solvents and incorrect diet.”

      Liver Doctor Sandra Cabot – Fatty Liver >>>

      http://www.liverdoctor.com/index.php?page=fatty-liver

  38. QUESTION:
    I need your advise please, is it because of …?
    As a result of my blood test, I found the followings:
    CPK: 312 U/l
    S.G.P.T: 63.5 U/l
    I do not have any muscle pain or I am not doing exercise however I have fatty liver and since three months ago I am taking medicine (Lopid 600) for reducing my Triglycerides. Is it because of the side effect of the medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      Raise your pH level by eating healthy, including ALKALIZING foods (lemons, limes, garlic, ginger, watermelons, fresh figs, etc.. are great!)… drink enough water throughout the day and add freshly squeezed lemons in it to help raise your pH level.

      Also, since medication depletes nutrition and a deficiency in certain nutrients have an effect on your blood pressure, make sure you are getting your nutrients: eat healthy, take a multivitamin, and include fish oil and virgin coconut oil in your diet.

  39. QUESTION:
    Elevated ALT levels and high Cholestrol?
    I am 29 years old female, weight 138 pounds and height 5 feet 7 inches. I went for general checkup and my results showed a total cholestrol of 288 and LDL at 189. My liver test showed ALT at 79 with normal as <40. AST showed 37 with normal being <30. I don't drink alcohol and don't smoke. I am not sure why there is such a sudden increase in the ALT and cholestrol. Last years medical test showed normal liver functioning and cholestrol within normal limits. I was asked to get a LFT (Liver function Test) done. But I had a change in residence. In the new place I contacted a doctor and he said after looking at the ALT levels that I have Non Alcoholic fatty liver. Now I have these questions
    1. Do I need to get a second opinion? Or just reduce around 15 pounds as he suggested?
    2. Is there a possibility of any other problems than fatty liver?
    3. How can he know I have non alcoholic fatty liver just by looking at my test results?
    Any suggestions would be greatly helpful to me in deciding.

    • ANSWER:
      You should be with either a gastroenterologist (someone who deals with
      digestive diseases) or a hepatologist
      (someone who specializes in the liver.
      One blood test may show a problem…but
      no testing is 100% accurate. It usually
      takes a series of these tests to be done to
      be sure that a mistake hasn’t been made.
      They have checked your lipid levels, which
      is your cholesterol, HDL, VLDL, and LDL…
      some people can have high levels of this
      due to hereditary conditions. The doctor
      usually places a person on a lower
      cholesterol diet first…to see how far down
      this level goes…if it doesn’t decrease well,
      then they are usually placed on medication
      to bring it down…like statins.

      You had your liver enzymes checked and
      they appear to be higher than normal, as
      you stated. If you had another blood test
      done, known as LFT or Liver function tests..
      it will show them if the cells of the liver
      are functioning well enough to do the job
      they normally do to keep the body well.
      It would be wise for them to do this.

      If you have had no other testing besides
      the blood work to view the liver itself…
      then I would say to get a second opinion…
      more testing needs to be done to be sure
      what is causing the liver problem.
      Usually, liver disease starts out as
      inflammation of the liver cells and has a
      number of other causes…not just fatty liver:
      alcohol consumption, medication toxification, chemical exposure, biiary
      blockage or malformation leading to strictures of the bile ducts, mushroom
      poisoning, Hepatitis virus like Hep A,B,C,
      etc. and more. If you believe it is a fatty
      liver…losing weight does help those who
      have this. The fat that builds up inside the
      cells can damage the liver cells.

      Doctors usually start out with blood tests
      and then move to the least invasive tests:
      like the ultrasound, Ct scan, or MRI.
      They can see how the blood is flowing,
      if there are any nodules present, if the
      liver is enlarged because of inflammation,
      if the liver appears to be fatty and so much
      more. If the liver shows damage to the cells
      then they may proceed to an invasive test,
      as a last resort, known as the liver biopsy.

      What they see on the liver enzymes ALT and AST level…isn’t enough to diagnose
      your problem. They may be going by
      your medical history. These enzymes
      may be normally elevated because of
      hereditary condition and be perfectly
      normal for you; they can also be elevated
      if you did exercise before you had them done and there may be other reasons for
      their elevation.

      It never hurts to get a second opinion to
      be sure if you think the doctor is wrong or
      uncertain in your diagnosis. We don’t
      have enough information here to make
      a determination on this.

      Best wishes to you.

  40. QUESTION:
    What should be done to decrease the obesity rates? Do we want an ill nation?
    Since it is estimated that 75% of Americans will be obese by 2015….

    And since obesity is a costly condition that can reduce quality of life and increases the risk for many serious chronic diseases and premature death.

    Evidence: Child Obesity Linked to Early Death, Before Age 55
    Obesity responsible for more than – 100,000 cases of cancer per year
    Childhood obesity – linked to stiff arteries
    - linked to fewer “pleasure” receptors
    - linked to poor school performance
    - linked to more liver disease than alcohol :O
    - linked to lower testosterone levels
    - early puberty in young girls
    Teen Obesity – Linked to Later Multiple Sclerosis
    - increases risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
    - increases the risk of developing osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint)
    - increases risk of Alzheimer’s disease
    - Diabetes
    - Dyslipidemia
    - Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
    - High blood pressure
    - can increase the risk of dementia up to 80%
    - Gynecological problems
    - increases risk of Fibromygalia
    - linked to sexual Dysfunction
    - linked to lower sperm count
    – increased risk of many cancers

    - breast cancer
    - endometrial cancer
    - colorectal cancer
    - ovarian cancer
    - gallbladder
    - aggressive prostate cancer
    - pancreatic cancer
    - esophageal cancers
    - kidney cancer

    Obesity = brain shrinkage = stupidity ….

    Imagine how stupid America will be….

    “The researchers found that all of these OBESITY indicators were inversely
    associated with total brain volume – that is, the higher any indicator was, the SMALLER THE BRAIN VOLUME -
    and that the association between abdominal fat and brain volume was the strongest of all.
    Waist-to-hip ratio was also found to be associated with increased temporal horn volume,
    independently of other obesity indicators.
    The temporal horn is a part of the ventricular system; its volume is known to increase with age,
    and in conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease, depression and schizophrenia.
    Enlargement of the temporal horn invariably involves a reduction in the volume of temporal lobe structures such as
    the hippocampus, and thus is closely associated with MEMORY IMPAIRMENTS.

    Cancer
    “Fat cells produce estrogen, which are now known to be a factor in breast cancer and endometrial cancer.
    Fatty tissue also affects the way the body metabolizes insulin,
    which can alter how sugar is processed and how it ultimately gets to cells.

    Fatty tissue, also known as adipose tissue, produces hormones on its own that could play a role in promoting cancer cells.
    It also has been shown to produce chronic, low-grade inflammation in the body.

    Sources:

    http://scienceblogs.com/neurophilosophy/2010/06/obesity_linked_to_brain_shrinkage_and_dementia.php

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2007-10-16-obesity-gene_N.htm

    http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/721275

    http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/cancer/articles/2009/01/05/obesity-linked-to-ovarian-cancer.html

    http://www.medpagetoday.com/Neurology/MultipleSclerosis/16922

    http://osteoarthritis.about.com/b/2009/03/29/obesity-linked-to-osteoarthritis-and-joint-replacement-complications.htm

    http://calorielab.com/news/2008/11/22/fatty-liver-obesity/

    http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm59e0803a1.htm?s_cid=mm59e0803a1_e%0D%0A

    Lib Nemesis I care about my nation.

    And if you want to remain a super power… know that our military is shrinking…

    many can not qualify

    • ANSWER:
      Stop blaming the people and hold corporations and our government accountable. Stop allowing them to to use steroids in beef and chicken. Stop regulating the produce, so that it isn’t expensive to eat healthy. Change the schools back to the way they were, when you had to take Physical education everyday in all grades. Stop consolidating schools in the name of saving money, so kids have to ride a bus instead of walking to school, and finally build more parks and playgrounds.

  41. QUESTION:
    Health Homework help please!! 10 pts to who ever helps the most!?
    This is going to be long, but i’m stressed out about it!

    Here are the words we are allowed to use
    Medicine
    Spontaneous
    Post-traumatic stress
    Antitoxins
    Scar tissue
    STDS
    Empathy
    Misuse
    DT’s
    Heroin
    Ovum
    Abuse
    Hardy
    Inherited
    Placenta
    Suspiciousness
    Euphoria
    Assertive
    OCT
    Miscarriage
    Ethanol
    Adipose tissue
    Accidents
    Lower-level
    Intoxication
    Still birth
    Dentist’s
    Excuses
    Smoking
    Reduce
    Cervix
    Gateway
    Physician’s
    Pituitary gland
    Overdoes

    These are the questions:

    31. the type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages is called _____

    32.______ is delivered after the child

    34. the ______ is considered the neck of the womb

    36. a miscarriage is considered a(n) _____abortion

    37.as a result of alchol consumption, cirrhosis causes ______ to replace healthy tissue in the liver

    38.______ is a physical and mental impairment because of alchol use

    39. _______are dramatic symptons as a result of withdrawal from alchol addiction

    40.fatty liver is a condition in which ______ builds up

    42. _____are the #1 killer of children

    43. _______ is the acronym for a syndrome that perdominantly occurs in infants

    45.a(n) _____ is any drug that leads to the user to more serious use and abuse of dangerous drugs

    46.______ is a strong or fatal reaction to drugs

    48.feelings of intense well being followed by a complete letdown describes _____

    49. paranoia is irrational _____ or distrust of others

    51.the controlled substances act classifies medicines according to their use and potential for _____

    52. _____ medicines do not require a doctor’s written approval

    53. prescreption medicines cannot be used safely without a(n) ____written approval

    55._____ during pregnancy causes both mother and fetus to have
    reduced oxygen levels

    56. extracts of blood fluids that contains antibodies are called_____

    58. a spontaneous abortion, in which the female expels the embryo or fetus, is referred to as a ______

    59.Ovulation is the process of releasing one mature _____a month

    there are more for this word bank but just these (or some will help) PLEASE!!!!
    This is half a semester of stuff and its stressing me out because i’ve been trying and its due tomorrow and i still need to study for a hard bio test tomorrow!

    • ANSWER:
      can’ believe how rude some people r. God she is just asking for help!! if u ca’t help then dont respond!!

      So
      53. physicians
      31. ethanol
      46. overdose
      58. misscarrage

      other than that good luck!! and a dictionary might help!!

  42. QUESTION:
    How to Fix Gynecomastia naturally?
    I started to have the Gynecomastia about year ago. My nipples started to feel sore and sensivite and I really didn’t think much of it.
    I never used any drugs, but I did use supplements, for working out.
    I went to the doctor about 2 months ago and we found out that my liver wasn’t functioning right.
    I found out I had a fatty liver, with extremely high level of Triglycerides.
    The doctor has put me on a medication and would like to see the decrease of the Triglycerides before he even thinks about prescribing me a drug for Gynecomastia.
    I have lowered my triglyceride level, but I would like to use something natrual or vitamins to help the reduce of the Gynecomastia.

    Any suggestion would be greatly appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    Will Aetna Insurance cover Lap Band or Gastric Bypass?
    I have been trying everything under Weight Watchers, Nutri System, Diet Pills along w/ exercises but have not been able to shed the extra weight ( 138 pds. ). In the last 6 months, my test results are high for cholesterol and triglycerides and I have been put on cholestrol medication to help reduce the level. Just last week, I was told by my doctor that I was boderline diabetic and I have a fatty liver which she’s very concern with because it can get worse. So she has put in a refferal for these two options. I don’t know what the insurance covers or do not does anyone know?

    • ANSWER:
      Aetna has about 300 different plans. Not all plans are available in all states.

      No one here could POSSIBLY know the details of your plan. You will HAVE to call the number on the back of your insurance card and ask.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is there anybody on medicines like epilim, endep, Tramadol, Norspan Patch, Somac and Coversyl?
    Hi there!,

    I had accident in 2005 in which by disc in the lower vertebra was crushed.
    I am on Tramadol since then and get withdrawl effects if I try to stop it,

    After my operation I was on morphine and later I had Oxycontin for 2 months.
    I feel uneasy if I do not change my Norspan patch, I can’t sleep if I don’t take endep. Coversyl I take to control my high blood pressure and Somac to reduce the acidity from these medicines (without somac I have buildup a white acidic fluid in my mouth).

    I had kidney stones 3-4 months after my accident(which I belief developed from medicines) had lithotripsy and also had developed fatty liver.

    In Jan’08 I had a full patch of Norspan 5mcg, had epilim 500mg, endep and epilim and one morning I just fell down unconcious. Everything was black for me, my words were echoing in my ear. My wife and my mum took me in the backyard for fresh air and took the norspan patch and it was then I came back.

    Later I had just a one tblet of and was face and all was swollen and the prescribing doctor asked me to stop it then and later apologised to me.

    Later I found out Heath ledger had the similar medicines when he died and now Legendary Michael Jackson had oxycontin too.

    If there is any doctor writing answer to this question of mine knows any medicine which can replace my current medicines or let me know about a place where they can help me detox will be great.

    Thanks for your time

    • ANSWER:
      Use the Oxycontin generic name Oxycodone, as your Dr prescribed, if you still experience pain always consult a Dr before upping or lowering the dose, they are very addictive and strong, dont use them if you dont need to, if you can take the pain at times without relief then do it, also, stop taking the drugs when the Dr says always, if you feel that they dont work as good as they did to start with or you need more to help with the pain tell your Dr to prevent tolerance.

      BTW I suffer chronic pain from Rheumatoid Arhtritis, I sometimes live thru the excrutiating pain to stay clear of my opiate pain killers, im currently on Codeine Phosphate and Tramadol Hydrochloride. (2 different pain killers should never be mixed unless under Dr’s strict supervision it causes death like with MJ.)

      BTW MJ never used Oxycontin at the end it was Diluadid, Demarol and Vicodin. A seriously stupid fatal cocktail of drugs. That his Dr’s knew would kill him but put money interests before a human life. Welcome to the great world we live in money over human life.

  45. QUESTION:
    How to lower down SGPT?
    Hi all,

    Last January 26, I had a series of blood tests in my body because I wasn’t feeling well and it was somewhat a general checkup that the doctor suggested. I remembered that my cholesterol was 220 and my SGPT was 81. The reference value is saying that I am indeed above the normal cholesterol and SGPT level. However, the doctor did not get alarmed about the SGPT. He said I was fine and I just need to diet.

    Last Febuary 24, I had symptoms of acid reflux and I feel like vomiting after eating or drinking water (except I don’t vomit the food that I eat). I went to a different doctor this time, one who is expert in Gastro Internal medicine. He looked at my former blood results (last January 26) and said that my SGPT/Cholesterol were High. He then requested for another blood test and this time, my SGPT went down to 62. Cholesterol is still high. He then requested for an ultrasound of my liver and we found out that I have a

    MILD FATTY Liver.

    He also did a gastroscopy of my stomach and found out that I had gastritis. No threatening symptoms in my stomach.

    He decided that we do something about those 2 High results and gave me medicine to lower down the cholesterol level and vitamins that could fix my SGPT. At this time, I’ve been taking a lot of medicines – 1) for my gastritis 2) liver 3) stress medicine 4) another for my gastritis.
    It has been going on for a while and now I decided to return to my doctor.

    Now I had my blood test and we found out that my cholesterol level went down from 220 to 150 which is good. But the problem is my SGPT, it is now 79!

    My doctor said that it was because I was drinking the cholesterol medicine. Now he said that since my cholesterol is fine, I should stop the cholesterol medicine to lower down the SGPT.

    I’m not doubting my doctor but is that true? I did some research and I believe there is a truth on what he said.

    He also said that I should just continue my Gastritis tablet and Liver vitamins for 2 months. He reduced the Gastritis tablet for once a day, it was 2x a day before. He also said I should exercise and have a strict diet.

    Well I guess this are my real questions:

    1) Is 79 alarming for my SGPT level? (normal is 42)

    2) What are the best ways to lower down SGPT and how fast will it go down? Can I achieve something in 10 days? Because I’m planning to check my SGPT level after 10 days.

    3) Can an Ultrasound detect Hepatitis? I read something about negative results of Hepatitis in the Ultrasound results. I don’t know if that is relative information or what.

    Thank you very much.
    BTW, the last time I drank alcohol was September of 2008. Since that day I never had alcohol intake in my body to date.

    • ANSWER:
      First off, I have to say your original doctor sounds like a keeper (and I do not say that often). Your original Total Cholesterol of 220 is not alarming (depending on the ratios of LDL and HDL), in fact it was considered normal until the pharmaceutical companies decided that cholesterol medications would be their number one sellers by lowering what was considered normal. You likely could have lowered it by modifying your diet and exercising.
      I find 150 total cholesterol to be alarming, especially when you know it is being caused by a medication that blocks an enzyme in your body that is not specific to the formation of cholesterol alone, but other important processes and nutrients too.
      Your Doctor is spot on about dropping the cholesterol meds. GGTP is elevated and this could be caused by too much alcohol use in the past or Gallbladder (or bile duct or pancreas) problems. If your stomach gets upset when you eat greasy or fatty foods, if your stools are greasy, shiny, light or clay colored and you get pain between your shoulder blades, it is more likely from the gallbladder.
      I can’t tell you how long it will take to improve because more testing and questioning needs to be done to determine what is wrong. Once you determine what part of your body is in distress you can follow an action plan based on lifestyle changes and likely nutritional supplements, like your doctor has suggested.
      If your physician suspects hepatitis then they can run an antibody test.
      I hope this helps.

  46. QUESTION:
    Healthy recipes??
    Does anyone know of any websites/cookbooks that have a wide variety of healthy & low-fat recipes? Low calorie would be wonderful too! My mom just had her gallbladder removed & the doc said she’s going to have to start watching what she eats, especially when it comes to fats because of reduced amount of bile. (He said she had a very fatty liver 2, uh oh.) I feel that my whole family should start eating better & surprisingly they agreed.

    I know that with a healthy diet exercise is key too. It’s going to be hard to get my family to do anything (they’re lazy!) but I won’t have a problem. One of my friends is going to be fixing up her basement & we’re going to start working out together to keep each other motivated. When I’m not with her, we have a treadmill at the house.

    P.S. We’ve already been doing good…to an extent. When my mom cooks, she eliminates as much salt & grease from foods as possible, cuts all the fat she possibly can off meat before cooking it & refuses to fry anything.
    Our “fried” chicken is actually baked! HAHA! By the way, the skin is eliminated from any poultry too.

    • ANSWER:
      Try http://www.hungry-girl.com/

      This website is made by a woman who finds all sorts of alternatives to the foods we love (and I’ve tried a bunch of them and they taste good with WAY less calories, sugar, fat, whatever)

      She even takes things like our favorite fast foods and finds ways to make them at home that are way healthier and inexpensive.

  47. QUESTION:
    i feel hot , i sweat easily with little effort?
    i feel hot , and itchy i sweat with minimum effort,if the weather is cold i dont feel cold aand i cant wear heavy clothing ,,just a t shirt ,, ….
    ive been to 2 a five star hospital , and done alot of blood tests including HIV ,wich was (-)negetive( which made me happy) , the only thing showed was SPGT (high) and neutrophils slightly low and lymphocytes slightly high cholistrol & TRIGELECYRIDES SLIGHT high<< the doctor said its normal ) itold him wats my problem doc ,,he says nothing ,,you r fine

    • ANSWER:
      Demand a thyroid test immediately. It’s a simple blood test that tests levels and activity/ hormone production

  48. QUESTION:
    Help me please, biology?
    I will post an article, then below a paraghaph written based on the article and information it provided. I need you to see if I got the science on my paragraph correct, and yes I know the grammar is bad, its mu rough draft.

    The liver stores glucose by converting it to glycogen. It holds perhaps a 12-hour supply of glucose in its glycogen. Once you finish digesting all of the carbohydrates that you last ate, the liver starts converting its stored glycogen back into glucose and releases it to maintain glucose in the blood. Lipolysis also starts breaking down fat in the fat cells and releasing fatty acids into the bloodstream. Tissues that do not need to use glucose for energy (for example, muscle cells) start burning the fatty acids. This reduces the glucose demand so that nerve cells get the glucose.
    Once the liver runs out of glycogen, the liver converts to a process called gluconeogenesis. Gluconeogenesis turns amino acids into glucose.

    The liver then begins producing ketone bodies from fatty acids being made available in the blood by lipolysis. Brain and nerve cells convert over from being pure consumers of glucose to partial consumers of ketone bodies for energy. This process is called ketosis — which is why the Atkins plan is also known as a ketogenic diet.
    The theory that the Atkins diet is flawed and it has unpleasant side affects. Science behind the theory is as such; when someone consumes carbohydrates, it is broken done into simple sugars called glucose. The liver absorbs these simple sugars, and regulates some to be released in to the
    blood stream to “maintain glucose in the blood” (health.howstuffworks.com). Fat is then broken down into fatty acids and released “into the bloodstream”( health.howstuffworks.com). Muscle tissue then proceeds to burn the fatty acids. This is the point when the Atkins diet theory steps in. If more carbohydrates are not consumed and the liver runs out of glucose to burn, it instead turns amino acid (the building blocks of muscle) “into glucose” (health.howstuffworks.com). This allows the liver to begin turning fatty acids, the broken down version of fat, into “ketone bodies” (health.howstuffworks.com).
    blood stream to “maintain glucose in the blood” (health.howstuffworks.com). Fat is then broken down into fatty acids and released “into the bloodstream”( health.howstuffworks.com). Muscle tissue then proceeds to burn the fatty acids. This is the point when the Atkins diet theory steps in. If more carbohydrates are not consumed and the liver runs out of glucose to burn, it instead turns amino acid (the building blocks of muscle) “into glucose” (health.howstuffworks.com). This allows the liver to begin turning fatty acids, the broken down version of fat, into “ketone bodies” (health.howstuffworks.com).
    The brain, which before was only able to use the energy from gluclose is then able to use the “ketone bodies for energy” (health.howstuffworks.com). However, there are several undesirable effects of this process that is not mentioned. For one, amino acids are not available to build muscle once they are converted to glucose. As a result, he growth of, and performance of muscles is hinderd, which is not only unpleasant but hindering for weight loss as the greater amount of muscle one has the more fat they can burn.

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe. Your reasoning is sound, but you did not consider what the person is eating. So the body shifts to consumption of fats and protein. Does that mean his body is eventually going to run out of protein?

  49. QUESTION:
    having a hard time understanding this article, please help?
    The liver stores glucose by converting it to glycogen.(I understand so far) It holds perhaps a 12-hour supply of glucose in its glycogen(typo, did it mean liver? If it converts to glycogen how can it be held in glycogen?) . Once you finish digesting all of the carbohydrates that you last ate, the liver starts converting its stored glycogen back into glucose and releases it to maintain glucose in the blood. (Understood)Lipolysis (lip-what?) also starts breaking down fat in the fat cells and releasing fatty acids into the bloodstream. Tissues that do not need to use glucose for energy (for example, muscle cells) start burning the fatty acids. This reduces the glucose demand so that nerve cells get the glucose. (ok, how does this affect your body?)
    Once the liver runs out of glycogen, the liver converts to a process called gluconeogenesis. Gluconeogenesis turns amino acids into glucose. (um, no comprendo on the last part)

    comments in () are mine, everything else is the web article
    oopsies, pressed the wrong category, ok. From now on, please comment about how you feel about diets and ignore the above info ^_^

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, is this a survey? Or a joke? I think your in the wrong room. We ain’t that smart here.

      I don’t eat liver, sorry

  50. QUESTION:
    Need help with biology?
    Please read the article and help explain refering to the comments in the()

    The liver stores glucose by converting it to glycogen.(I understand so far) It holds perhaps a 12-hour supply of glucose in its glycogen(typo, did it mean liver? If it converts to glycogen how can it be held in glycogen?) . Once you finish digesting all of the carbohydrates that you last ate, the liver starts converting its stored glycogen back into glucose and releases it to maintain glucose in the blood. (Understood)Lipolysis (lip-what?) also starts breaking down fat in the fat cells and releasing fatty acids into the bloodstream. Tissues that do not need to use glucose for energy (for example, muscle cells) start burning the fatty acids. This reduces the glucose demand so that nerve cells get the glucose. (ok, how does this affect your body?)
    Once the liver runs out of glycogen, the liver converts to a process called gluconeogenesis. Gluconeogenesis turns amino acids into glucose. (I got lost)

    • ANSWER:
      What we’re talking about here is how your body gets energy. As you probably know, there are generally three major sources (you see them on all the food labels): fats (also called lipids), carbohydrates (things like sugar, including glucose), and proteins (things made of amino acids – your excerpt doesn’t much talk about them, so we’ll ignore them from here on out too).

      Now, if you left all the sugars in your bloodstream, it would throw a lot of things out of whack. Your body tries to always maintain a certain balance. So when there’s lots of glucose in your blood, the liver takes it out and turns it into something else (glycogen in this case). Then, when there’s too little glucose in your blood, the liver takes that other stuff and turns it back into glucose. Handy.

      Glucose is particularly important because there are some cells in your body (like your brain) that pretty much ONLY run on glucose. So if that runs out then you start to be in big trouble. Your brain is a HUGE user of energy, consuming about 20% of your body’s oxygen and as much as 30% of your body’s energy all by itself.

      And that’s why, when blood sugar starts running down, your body tries to save much of what’s left for your brain. Fat cells are broken into those fatty acids as an alternate energy source for all your other tissues. Your liver starts trying to turn other things that are lying around into glucose… amino acids in this case, which come from those proteins. And so it goes until you eat something sugary again.

      Don’t let the vocabulary hang you up. Some of these terms you’ll see over and over again, so let’s define some of them now:

      -LYSIS is breaking something up. You may have heard of cells being ‘lysed’, or of the ‘lysosome’ organelle which breaks down stuff in the cell. Any time you see some variant of this, it means it’s destroying something else. So glycolysis breaks glucose down, lipolysis breaks lipids down, and so on.

      -GENESIS is exactly the opposite – building something up. If you’re making it from scratch, they may stick ‘neo’ (meaning new) in there too. So gluconeogenesis is making new glucose. You can tell just from how the word is put together.

      Particularly in this section, you’ll probably want to keep on the lookout for GLUCO- (having to do with glucose specifically or carbohydrates in general) and LIPO- (having to do with lipids or fats). You’ll see it other places too: the ‘liposome’ is the organelle in a cell that holds lipids, for example.

      Hope that helps! Sounds like you’re actually getting most of what’s going on!


Natural Treatment For Fatty Liver

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Natural Treatment
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Natural Treatment

Are weight gain, fatigue, general malaise, flatulence, nausea and vomiting bothering you? You may be having non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and don’t bother as Nature can cure this condition with her generous supply of foods, nutrients and herbal medicines in a few days.

Symptoms

Dull abdominal pain, bloating, blood sugar imbalances, constipation, loss of appetite, cramping, high cholesterol, high blood pressure are some of the symptoms of non-alcoholic fatty liver filtration which emanate from causes such as obesity, starvation, diabetes mellitus, corticosteroids, hyperlipidemia, Cushing’s syndrome and poisons.

Valporic acid toxicity and high dose of tetracycline during pregnancy may cause Microversicular fatty liver disease. Liver biopsy and blood tests are useful diagnostic techniques in detecting the onset of this disease. Natural treatment for non-alcoholic fatty liver is better than other conventional treatments as it is quick and without side effects.

Switching to healthy life style and taking balanced diet are very useful in treating this non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. To shed excess weight and to aid blood circulations, do workouts regularly. Avoid tobacco and oily, spicy and fatty foods. Take fibrous foods and foods low in calories, salads, boiled or baked vegetables, meat and saturated fats. Drink loads of water and fresh fruit juice to detoxify the liver.

Grapefruits are rich in vitamin-C and can burn fats and restrict development of fatty liver. Dandelion, licorice, milk thistle and artichoke are effective in cleansing, healing, protecting and rebuilding the liver and curing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Are there any natural treatments for fatty liver besides exercise and wt. loss?

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Seaofglas,
      Yes, the liver is very forgiving.
      Lots,lots, of Water,

      In order to fulfill the correct process of liver
      detoxification the nutrients required include:
      amino acids (glutamine glycine, taurine,
      cysteine B vitamins)
      folic acid
      glutahione
      antioxidants (carotenoids,vitamin E and C,
      sulfured phytochemicals in food such as cruciferous vegetables and garlic.

      Best wishes,
      Mount Tina

  2. QUESTION:
    Anyone had any succes with Milk Thistle in helping with Fatty Liver disease?
    I have Fatty Liver disease and have almost constant pain. Looking for someunorthodox/natural treatments.

    • ANSWER:
      Liver DTX Complex contains milk thistle which is shown to support the regeneration of liver cells. Also contains dandelion and turmeric which help flush out toxins and thwart free radicals.

      Lecithin is a fat emulsifier and prevents fat build-up in the liver.

      Hope this is useful and feel free to contact me.

  3. QUESTION:
    hey lucky hope this helps?
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    • ANSWER:
      very informative but what is your question?


Hepatitis C Treatment

Hepatitis C Treatment – Benefits and Disadvantages
Hepatitis C is a severe disease caused by a virus that affects the liver. The virus is transmitted by blood to blood contact and contrary to what some people believe, you can’t get the virus by touching or kissing an infected person. You can get it by getting an injection with the same needle that was used on someone with the virus or by having sexual intercourse with a person that suffers from hepatitis C.

The disease can be acute or chronic, in the first 6 month from the infection it is acute and it rarely presents any symptoms. In 20% of the cases the virus is eliminated from the body in these first 6 month. If it is not eliminated then the hepatitis becomes chronic and the virus starts to affect the liver. It does serious damage to the liver and it must be treated as much as possible.
The purpose of the hepatitis C treatment is to try to stop the virus from causing more damage to the liver and to try to eliminate it from the body.

If a patient has a mild acute hepatitis C than they probably don’t know that they have it because there are no symptoms, but if they know that they have been infected then the treatment to prevent the hepatitis from becoming chronic must be started. This treatment is not hard and it is successful in most cases.
If a chronic hepatitis was just diagnosed than treatment must begin soon. The patient’s life changes when he/she fins out that he/she has chronic hepatitis C.

Hepatitis C is treated with the help of drugs> Most doctors recommend a combination of interferon with ribavirin. These two drugs help the body figt the hepatitis C virus and try to stop it from inflammating the liver.
The treatment period depends on the patient and on the type of hepatitis genotype the patient has. Genotype 2 and 3 need 6 months of treatment and genotype 1 usually takes one year to treat.
The hepatitis C treatment may or may not work. Some people are cured and at some people the drugs have no effect. If the doctors see that 3 months have passed without any result then the treatment is ceased. A recent study has shown that the hepatitis treatment work for half the patients.

The bad part about the treatment is that the drugs are very expensive and they also have serious side effects. The most common side effects are headaches, fever, fatigue and weakness, depression and more.

Some people do not even start the hepatitis C treatment because of its cost, chance of success and side effects. You need to consult your doctor and make a decision on what treatment you would like to choose.

If you want to find out more resources about hepatitis c treatment or even about causes of hepatitis c you should visit this website http://www.hepatitis-guide.com

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is difference between Alyssa and PCR in context of Hepatitis C treatment?
    A person was diagnosed Hepatitis C by using Alyssa method blood test. A physician told him that he can cure the disease if he don’t have this in PCR. Please tell me what is the difference in this, & whether it can be cured without being suffered from side effects which are very common in the words of general public?

    • ANSWER:
      ELISA and Hepatitis C Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) are tests used to detect antibodies (ELISA) and viral RNA (PCR), respectively. Most physicians will screen blood samples of at-risk patients for antibodies to HCV. If reactive, the sample is then tested by PCR, both qualitative (is HCV RNA present in the sample) and quantitative (how much virus is present).

      Studies on asymptomatic volunteer blood donors who confirmed positive for HCV have shown that approximately 40% or more appear to have cleared the virus, and could be considered cured. This is a much higher virus-free rate than expected.

      60% or more HCV patients become chronically infected. However, current antiviral therapy is fairly effective in decreasing and/or clearing the viral load. It is best to speak to an Infectious Disease or Gastroenterologist Specialist for specific therapy regimens.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can I continue studying while under Hepatitis C treatment?
    Hello,

    My name is Rubaiya. I am 29. I have recently been diagnosed with Hep C Genotype 2. I am in the chronic stage and there is not a lot of damage yet. I am starting treatment on peg. interferon and ribavirin from middle of February. I live in Tokyo and I am a Masters student. I am really worried about the side effects and whether I should continue my studies or stop for some time. It would really help if someone with experience of treatment gave me some suggestions.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Is it Hepatitis C or Iron Toxicity? i’ve had this diagnosis for decades. i’ve never had any problems with it. but, i’ve always had a problem with my iron stores. and today i read on
      dr. mercola’s website about the connection for hep c and iron. i recently had a blood test and my iron stores are very high.

      also, you should read what Nicholas Regush has to say about hep c.

      and this man on mercola’s site said:

      “I tested positive for HCV in 2001 when I used the services of a medical van that catered primarily to drug addicts and the very poor. I also tested positive shortly after when I was tested by a doctor in a homeless shelter. A few years later, I tested negative. I haven’t been tested since, but I should get tested because I am curious. My liver function tests are normal and sonogram results are normal. I haven’t had a liver biopsy. My viral load is low.”
      Source(s):
      mercola.com
      Is it Hepatitis C or Iron Toxicity?
      and
      Hepatitis C Reconsidered

  3. QUESTION:
    How does obesity effect Hepatitis C treatment?
    Or does it? I recently had someone tell me the Drs wouldnt allow him to do the interferon and ribavirin because he was over weight. Does obesity hasten the disease? Prevent treatment from working?

    • ANSWER:
      obesity is very dangerous anyway…..obese people need more dose of drugs to get desired action
      reduce ur weight anyway and parallel treatment for hep c can be taken

  4. QUESTION:
    Hepatitis C and Getting Pregnant After Treatment ?
    If you take the Hepatitis C Treatments before you get Pregnant how long after doing the Treatments is it best to wait to get Pregnant ?

    I don’t think getting Pregnant and letting the Treatments go till after a child is born would be a very sensible thing to do. My Friend has to make a choice and has ask my opinion. I’m not ready to give my response fully yet, but am I right to feel the Treatments should come first ? Anyone with an opinion on this please respond. Thank You .

    • ANSWER:
      The doctors usually recommend that you wait 6-9 months after treatment (especially for men) before trying to get pregnant to avoid birth defects fromt he Ribivirin medication component of the combination therapy.

      Personally (and this is only my opinion) is to get pregnant after the treatment especially if she only has to do the 6 month treatment. Now if she is over 36, then I would say the opposite since the window for conceiving begins to drop more quickly at this point.

      Most of the time the baby is protected somehow from the virus while in utero, but the actual birth is pretty messy and the delicate skin of the baby can be easily cut thereby increasing the chance of exposure if she decided not to be treated for Hep C.

      The treatment is not that bad as you read about in most stories. Ultimately the decision is up to her. I don’t think she is making the wrong choice either way…I’m just a big fan of reducing risk, and a birth scenario where the baby does not get wounded would be optimal even if she still did have Hep C. It’s harder for babies to fight off the virus because their immune system is not as strong as an adult’s is and liver damage could come much earlier.

  5. QUESTION:
    How much does hepatitis C treatment cost and how much do HMOs usually pay?

    • ANSWER:
      Shots run close to ,000.00 dollars EACH. Depending on length of treatment, type of treatment.
      Oral meds, (antiviral) and those meds to help with sides can run 400 bucks a month.
      Doctors visits and testing on a monthly schedule is additional money.
      Your looking at up to a 90,000.00 dollar treatment for 48 weeks.

      As for HMO’s, I’ve no idea, but you might need to call them and ask.

      Good luck.

  6. QUESTION:
    How can I get treatment for Hepatitis C without insurance?
    I need to get interferon treatment for Hepatitis C. I got via a blood transfusion in Mexico after a car accident. (Thats what we figure anyway)
    Thank you for the info>>> Have a great day…

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your doctor about a study trial. The makers of the medications needed for treatment are expensive, so there is a program for those medications if you enlist or are a good candadite for treatment.

      ASK the doctor- he or she should know how to go about getting you approved for antiviral chemotherapy. :O)

      www.scheringplough.com (genotypes known to treat easier)

      www.infergen.com (harder to treat genotypes)

  7. QUESTION:
    In which country or hospital there is free treatment for hepatitis C?Who can help me with information or else?
    I have hepatitis C for five years.In Bulgaria I can’t get treatment.So tell me please in which country there is a treatment program with interferon and/or ribaflavin?

    • ANSWER:
      Pharmaceutical companies often have study trials. (like Schering Plough for an example)
      You would have to be tested to see if you qualify, and, if you qualify, your liver doctor can enlist you and treatment is free.

      good luck

  8. QUESTION:
    i am getting ready to start hepatitis c treatment and I am a diebetic?
    I am looking for suggestions

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    what are the risk if i get pregnant when my husband is under treatment for hepatitis c?
    my husband has been under treatment for 5 month for the hepatitis c and I get pregnant like a month ago i would like to know the risk that the baby could bring?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, you’re at risk for contracting hep C from your husband with unprotected sex. If you are positive, your OB needs to be aware, since the risk of the baby contracting the virus from you is highest during delivery.

  10. QUESTION:
    Stem cell treatment for Hepatitis C in the US?
    Recently, my father got diagnosed with Hepatitis C Virus. I’ve heard scientists progress in stem cell therapy research, but can’t find any information about the treatment for HCV in Illinois or any state in the US. If you have any information that might help us, please shear! Thanks a lot.

    • ANSWER:
      Stem cell therapy for Hepatitis C??

      Why would you do that? Stem cell therapy is not going to fix a hepatitis c infection. It will help his liver, but if you don’t get rid of the virus, then there is no point in fixing the liver because the virus will just continue to destroy the new liver cells produced by the stem cell therapy.

      He needs to at least try the Pegylated Interferon/Ribivirin therapy – then if that works and his liver is too far gone that is where the stem cell therapy will help regenerate his liver. But if his liver isn’t too damaged, it will regrow itself just like a lizard’s tail grows back if chopped off. The key is to stopping the infection so that the liver can do its job again.

  11. QUESTION:
    Wondering what options are available for treating Hepatitis C and how successful the treatment(s) are?
    What are the latest treatments for Hepatitis C?

    • ANSWER:
      Hep C is treated with interferon and ribavirin. Length of treatment, and Success of treatment, depend on the strain (genotype) of hep C that someone has. Some strains are easier to treat than others.

  12. QUESTION:
    I need to know how and where my sister Can get treatment for hepatitis c, She has no insurance and needs help?
    My sister needs medical assistance and has no insurance. Is there a site or something I can go to to get her some help, What is the best treatment for hepatitis c and what kind of effects does the treatment have on a person? PLEASE IF SOMEONE CAN HELP ME HELP MY SISTER I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE IT LISA

    • ANSWER:
      Pegasys is the Hep c medication made by Roche pharmaceutical corp. They have a patient assistance program which provides the medication to people who don’t have insurance. Your sister will need a doctor first. The doctor needs to determine if she is a candidate for treatment, then he can prescribe the medication. There is an 800 number for the program, and when she calls, they will pre-screen her to see if she may qualify to get the free meds. Then they will need to see some income information, such as last year’s income taxes. When she sends that in, and gets the doctors signature on the form, then they will set her up to have the medication delivered to the home. The first shot will be given in the doctor’s office, there they will show her how to give herself the injections.
      I cleared hep c on the treatment seven years ago and feel I have been given a new life. Best wishes to your sister.

  13. QUESTION:
    Hepatitis C treatment/shot?
    Is anyone familiar with the IV Shot treatment for Hepatitis C? I know someone who has hepatitis C, whom is also known to have abused drugs in the past. That is how the person became infected with Hepatitis C in the first place – through dirty IV needles.

    Well, this person claims to be “clean” now, but this person goes through “drug dealers” to obtain the so called “treatment” for hepatitis C. I was under the impression that this treatment was something you receive once a month or so, but she injects herself with it every day. I’ve never heard of an every day injection for treatment of hepatitis C.

    When asked why she doesn’t go through an actual physician for this alleged treatment, she claims she doesn’t have medical insurance, so she can’t afford yet, yet she pays street peddlers for the alleged “treatment” every day, at around -50 per injection.

    Does this sound like she’s legitimately using an actual treatment for hepatitis C, or does this sound like a cover up, and that she’s actually using some other illegal drug while pretending to be using hepatitis treatment? (Which I’ve never heard of an every day treatment)

    • ANSWER:
      thers such thing as everyday treatment

      its through a hepatologist/gastroenterologist

      your friend is just buying heroin,,,,stay away from her dude, HEP C is a serious disease and can cost shit loads to treat.

  14. QUESTION:
    How to handle Hepatitis C treatment is it painful?

    • ANSWER:
      No it’s not painful – your joints may be sore every once in a while (like you just worked out) but other than that…you’ll probably just feel tired if you don’t try to get some light exercise.

      Like Stepahie said…drink a ton of water and you should feel okay most of the time. It will keep the headaches at bay…these are caused by dehydration.

      Good luck!

  15. QUESTION:
    Hepatitis C treatment Petiveria alliacea (anamu) a bovine anti-viral is supposed to knock out the virus?
    with little or no side effects. Has anyone had any experience with this treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      From experience with family and friends with Hep-C, the treatments are often as bad as the disease itself reducing your quality of life. I’ve never heard of anything “knocking out” Hep-C and I’m sure if there were a cure, it would be available to everyone who has it. I suppose the best thing to do is to call a liver specialist (hepatic) and ask about the treatment. To date, there is no ‘cure’ for Hep-C. Godloveya for asking a very informative question to help others.

  16. QUESTION:
    Hepatitis C treatment side effects and support?
    Does anyone know side effects of being treated for Hepatitis C? I heard it drops your seratonin levels and causes you to be depressed, some even to the point of suicide?

    What are some side effects of being treated for Hep. C, and how can I comfort a loved one who is being treated for it?

    • ANSWER:
      The meds do cause depression. I did treatment and cleared the virus..I also was on anti-depressants during treatment..

      You MUST be honest with your doctor so they can keep you or your friend ‘level’ while on treatment.

      yes you can so depressed you may contemplate suicide..you must be mentally stable..do not let your friend not tell the docs if she is feeling too depressed..for almost every side effect from treatment there is something available to fix it

      ‘the combo guide’ link its a bit out dated, being it was written during the 3x a week therapy, but the side effects are the same pretty much..its a very helpful tool

  17. QUESTION:
    New Hepatitis C (HCV) treatment and new medicine – when will apear and efficiency for curing ?
    As Interferone is not a complete cure for Hepatitis C , there are many resarches for new treatment and some new medicines are going to appear in the market for treatment – When will it appear and will it is really a final cure for HCV ?

    • ANSWER:
      Thus far, HCV is a virus, therefor, there is always the possibility it can come back if a person responds to treatment.
      However, more than 75% who have done treatment (with anyform of interferon) have remained sustained post one year after treatment, meaning the virus is no longer active or capable of making one sick, furthermore, the liver damage is cut in half on treatment and remains as such as long as a person is sustained. This is why doctors are now calling it a cure for some of us.
      Just like EBV for instance- it can cause chicken pox, herpes, mono….it harbors in spinal fluid and can re-activate under the right circumstances. Chicken pox can come back as shingles.

      The latest treatment has a much higher success rate for non-responders. Infergen is a non-time released medication. A person injects once a day. They also take antiviral medications by mouth.

      The reason for the higher success rate is due to the medication being injected daily, vs the time released form which “tapers off” before the next weekly injection. So basically it is similar to the very first treatments with inteferon, however, the dosages, treatment plan is much more aggressive. Amazingly, this treatment is easier to tolerate in those who previously failed time released interferon. (Talk about a case study!)

      Infergen.com

  18. QUESTION:
    I was just diagnosed with Hepatitis C, what are my treatment options? What should I know about it?
    Okay so I am 19 years old and just found out I have Hepatitis C. My doctor said that it showed up pretty prominently in my blood work and that it looks like I will need to go through Radiation, that is somewhat similar to Chemotherapy. I am scared, Can you tell me about this treatment form? He said we will do a series of more tests this week, but will most likely start radiation in 3 weeks.

    • ANSWER:
      Ok I think he may have it wrong. I am 56 years old and had a HIGH viral count in 1999. I decided to take Interferon/riboviron treatment of the time,and I have been clear for over 10 years. Now I hear there is better treatment which does not mention in radiation in anyway..I would get a secound opinion if I were you.

  19. QUESTION:
    how long does it take for the antibodies to leave your system after you received the treatment for hepatitis c?
    i was diagnosed with hepatitis c version 2 b. i went threw a prescribed 6 months of medication and the Doctor says. in another 6 months i need to go back to get checked once again. in applying for a job it was discovered that i still show positive for the antibodies. how long does it take to clear that out of my system.

    • ANSWER:
      Your plasma will always contain HCV antibodies, produced by your immune system in response to exposure to the virus. Your infectious disease physician is monitoring you for HCV RNA, the actual viral genetic material. If treatment is successful, viral loads may drop below detectable levels. We can’t be certain, however, if all viral particles have been removed.

  20. QUESTION:
    Can you still spread Hepatitis C after “treatment”?
    My sister just found out she has Hepatitis C. She got it from injecting heroin with an unclean needle. She says her doctor mentioned treatment.

    1- What is the treatments for Hepatitis C?

    2- During or After treatment, is she still contagious?

    • ANSWER:
      Hep C is a virus, that is gotten through blood coming into contact with your blood stream ONLY! Not through saliva, not through semen/vaginal secretions, not through tears or sweat. It attacks the liver and uses liver cells to replicate itself causing inflammation (that is what hepatitis means – inflammation) Most of the time it becomes chronic and can cause cirrhosis or in some cases liver cancer.

      During treatment she still could be infectious if the treatment is not working for her. After treatment, you won’t know if she is still contagious until after 2 years post treatment…to make sure that it worked, in some cases it does come back, but 98% of the time you will know if it came back within 2 years post treatment. The doctor will usually do a test at the end of treatment, one 6 months after treatment and then a final one 2 years later.

      As for the first poster – get your facts right, Pam Anderson chose not to do treatment because she wants to wait for something that isn’t as “difficult” and has chosen the continuation of her wild lifestyle over getting better.

      If you need to know anything else – please contact me directly via my profile. I will be more than happy to help any way I can.

      I answered one of your other questions, but to recap…I am still virus free 5 years post treatment. So it can be “cured”.

  21. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for Hepatitis C, if one is above 60 and unable to afford liver transplant pl. help?
    I am in desperate need to help my ailing elder suffering from this problem I cannot afford Liver transplant. The doctor is prescribing medicine Siliver (silymayrin) and Risek(Omeprazole), I know this is not permanent treatment. What should I do?
    Please help

    • ANSWER:
      The treatment would be to keep the viral load down as low as possible and preferably have it become undetectable to prevent damage to the liver as much as possible. The meds will work on some people while it seems nothing will stop the disease from progressing in others.

      Once the liver damage is severe enough and cirrhosis has developed to the later stage, then nothing is going to help other than a transplant. There are no other options left when the liver is going into advanced failure. Cirrhosis is a progressive disease that is permanent damage. Scar tissue replaces the healthy tissue in the liver. The more scar tissue that is present, the less the liver is able to do its job.

      If your elderly family member needs a transplant and cannot afford it, then I suggest they go to the nearest transplant center and talk to them about it. Most insurances will cover it if needed, and the transplant center will do everything possible to help them get insurance coverage and help to cover costs. If the person is living on a low income without a lot of assets, they could even qualify for state aid. Keep in mind that cirrhosis is a very slow disease that can take many years to reach the final stage. It may be quite awhile before they need an actual transplant. Even when my liver was 90% destroyed, the doctors still gave me 5 years before it would reach total failure. I didn’t have hep C though. I had primary biliary cirrhosis. A lot depends on how aggressively the virus is attacking the liver.

  22. QUESTION:
    What is the % to transmit Hepatitis C after the treatment/cure?
    Interferon and Ribavirin treatment what is the % of passing to it on to others. I am very curious about this cuz im dating a girl that has hep c and has had treatment and she tells me its a very low risk to transmitt to otherS after treatment. so im wondering what type of % am i looking at to get hep C from her? also how exactly can i get it from here kissing ect.

    • ANSWER:
      If she did the treatment and it worked for her, then your risk is 0%…especially if it has not returned via her follow up checkup 2 years after treatment.

      Hepatitis C requires blood to blood contact ONLY!! This mean’s (if she does still have the virus) then you don’t share shaving razors or toothbrushes, and of course don’t share drug needles, if you are into that kind of thing. You only need to take care that the infected person’s blood not enter any open wounds on your body.

      This is the only way you can acquire it through sexual activity. Sex during menstration is okay as long as you do not have any cuts or open wounds on your genitalia.

      It CANNOT be transferred via saliva, semen, mucus or sweat, unless there is blood mixed in…and even if there is…again, you must have an open wound on your body for that blood to enter your system.

      So try not to give her a hard time, you will be fine, especially if she already beat the virus…

  23. QUESTION:
    Hepatitis C, after treatment, are you cured?
    I’d like to ask ppl who are hepatitis C positive and received the treatment already, did you completely get rid of the disease?

    • ANSWER:
      According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 20-30% of people with chronic Hepatitis C will eventually face life-threatening symptoms.

  24. QUESTION:
    I need to know how expensive the treatment for Hepatitis C is ?
    I have family who will be needing this treatment and I would like to know if there is anyone who will help with the costs. WE know all about the meds that will be used, but need some financial help.
    To the 1st poster, I have no reason to lie. You don’t know who I am, so what does it matter. I am very distraught about this and people like you are very rude and mean.

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your doctor about a study trial! All treatment is free.
      I am not sure what the expense would be now days because there are two new medication treatments available through study trials, but, I can tell you treatment with Alpha Interferon, Amantadine and Ribavirin, plus pre-testing, testing during treatment, doctors visits combined was about 90,000.00 7 years ago.

      You should never raise money until you have utilized all options.
      Schering Plough has study trials as do other pharmicutical companies. As your doctor and if he feels a person is a good one to enlist in the study, if all testing is favorable (what the study is looking for) you can get treatment for FREE.

      Remember, start with asking your doctor about pharmacutical trials for those with HCV.

      Good luck and thanks for your support! Not everyone understands those with HCV (usually due to HCV itself!). I applaud you!

      HUGS!

  25. QUESTION:
    Side effects from hepatitis C treatment.?
    My husband started treatment for the Hepatitis C. How to ease the sideeffects? Any help from people who experienced that would be appriciated.

    • ANSWER:
      what side effects is he having? There is something for every side effect..most importantly is that he drink 1/2 his weight in water a day to flush out the poison
      check this link

      www.hepcadovate.org

  26. QUESTION:
    can i continue breastfeeding along with hepatitis c treatment ?

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    Hepatitis C treatment?
    So my husband is on Hepatitis C treatment for Genome 2 and had 3 million virus count. He has a shot once and week and 6 pills a day. He has been on for 4 weeks, just had his test results and they said his viral count is undetectable :D

    Although that is amazing news, the doctor said he should continue the treatment for another 5 months *horrid side affects btw* to make sure.
    What does he mean make sure? His viral load is undetectable. And he said he can call himself Hepatitis C free. So why continue treatment that makes him irritated and ill? Should we seek a second opinion? Any doctors out there?

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    Does everyone who undergoes treatment for Hepatitis C have side affects?
    I just got approved by Roche for my medication (they’re gonna pay for all of it, awesome), and I’ll be starting the treatment probably the start of next week. I’m taking 180mg of the peginferion(sp?). Does everyone get sick?

    • ANSWER:
      I had an easy time with the (Roche) Pegasys treatment (48 weeks) it really didn’t give me any side effects until week 29 of my treatment.

      Drink a ton of water and get your excercise if you can. This will help tremendously.

  29. QUESTION:
    Has anyone in here gone through the Hepatitis C treatment {Pegasys & Rebetol}? Please share experiences.?
    I’d like to know about how you felt, if you completed treatment and, if so, was the virus eradicated. I was diagnosed with Hepatitis C infection {genotype 3} in 2003 but have been postponing treatment. I’ve heard horror stories about the side effects of treatment. The vast majority of those whom I’ve asked stopped the treatment due to the side effects. A few ones completed it but were not cured {they are all genotype 1}. Any honest answers will be welcome.
    I’m interested mostly on first-hand accounts. All answers are welcome, though.
    I’m genotype 3a; my HCV PCR quantitative came back at 378,000 two weeks ago.

    • ANSWER:
      I did the Pegasys & Rebetol treatment in 2003 – fortunately for you, you only have to do the 24 week tx, I had to do the 48 (I was genotype 1b). It wasn’t bad like you read in most people’s stories.

      Do what Stephanie said about drinking lots of water and get an antidepressant. Also I would like to add that you make an effort to get into shape by walking or running a mile a day before starting treatment and keep the exercise going as long as you can while on treatment. I did this and hardly had any of the side effects mentioned by many people on the treatment.

      Still clear of the virus five years later. You should do fine…

  30. QUESTION:
    what is the treatment of hepatitis c in india ,whether it can be treated in india or not ?
    give me suggetion as early as possible as no more time is left in my hand.

    what we have to paid to cure these disease( chronic hepatitis c )

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    Can you have children after treatment for Hepatitis C, and if yes is there risks?
    Will there be any lingering side effects? What would be the best option?

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    Can you smoke weed while on the pegasys treatment for hepatitis C?
    I am going to go on it soon and will be taking three ribavirin pills twice daily and a shot of interferon once a week. I have heard that some people take it for the nausea

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, although I don’t recommend doing illegal drugs (but for what its worth I believe there are medicinal qualities related to marijuana that should make it legal). There have been studies which have shown marijuana to help HCV patients with the nausea associated with treatment so yes its safe but remember also illegal…LOL

  33. QUESTION:
    Is it any connections between hepatitis C and sore throat, coughing, ear infections?
    I read an article about Steven Tyler from Aerosmith. He had a throat surgery last spring and hepatitis C treatment. What kind of throat surgery it may be?

    • ANSWER:
      While hep c does affect organs other than your liver, it is unlikely that the sore throat, coughing, etc are from hep c.

  34. QUESTION:
    Interferon Treatment in children with Hepatitis C?
    I have read that Interferon and Peg-Interferon treatment is most effective in patients with Hepatitis C. However, I have been told my some sources that it is not recommended in children under age 18. Other sources do not specify. Does anyone have any insight on this? Thanks.
    Edited to add that he is out of treatment options and has been given 6 months to live. (He is not a U.S. citizen and is trying to get a medical visa to come here for treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      This would be a horrible thing to put a child through. My husband is receiving treatment right now. So far he has depression, thinning hair, a rash all over him that itches all the time, nausea, vomiting, headaches, fever and last week he had to get a blood transfusion of 2 pints of blood because the ribivarin has made him so anemic. His red blood count is still at 8.2. (it was 7.4…normal is 14 to 18) He may have to have another blood transfusion. A child could not handle all of this well. Besides, a person with Hep C does not HAVE to have treatment. It is not a cure…. all it does is help the liver to heal and hopefully bring the viral load down to 0. As long as you take care of your self by not drinking or doing hard drugs, you are taking care of the liver and it may not develop severe damage.A person with this disease can live an otherwise long and healthy life. The Hepatitis C virus stays in the body forever….you always have it and are capable of passing it with your blood. Even with a liver transplant, Hep C is not cured. With liver transplant it will reappear in several years. Even with treatment and having the viral load being reduced to 0, the disease can reappear if you have severe stress or serious illness. My husband has been in treatment since Feb, and his viral load is at 0 right now, but still has to continue the treatment for a total of 48 weeks. If he were to stop now, the viral load would rise again.

  35. QUESTION:
    Is Cyklokapron a form of Hepatitis C treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      The drug Cyklokapron is used for the treatment of Hemophilia C that is uncontrollable bleeding – an hereditary condition where the blood does not clot.

      http://www.hemophilia.ca/en/bleeding-disorders/other-factor-deficiencies/factor-xi-deficiency–hemophilia-c/

      If you have Hepatitis C I would consult your local GP.

      Good Luck!!!

  36. QUESTION:
    treatment hepatitis C?
    In which countries I can get treatment for hepatitis C.For example in Germany if a university/college student pay health insurance,so he or she can get treatment for hepatitis C for free.Where can I get treatment and which are the conditions?

    • ANSWER:
      Watch for the Snakeoil salesmen, first of all. The recognized treatment for Hep C (HCV) is interferon & ribavirin. The two largest drug companies involved in providing these are: Roche Labs and Plough Scherring. These companies have programs to provide lowered cost or even free medicines to those in need. You need to have a Dr. to monitor your treatment, but the drugs are provided. Check their websites for further info. Pegasys & Copeg is one brand name. My insurance covered the cost but I know the program exists here in the U.S. Good Luck.

  37. QUESTION:
    Has anyone or a love one been diagnosed with Hepatitis C, I have a question on treatment?
    I know someone who has recently been diagnosed with Hepatitis C. This person was told by a Doctor at this time no medication is needed due to “it wasn’t that bad.”

    This doesn’t make any medical sense to me! I was researching this illness, and from what I was reading it claimed YES, you should be treating this immediately.

    If it goes untreated because “it’s not that bad” will it stay the same or will it escalate due to no treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes the body is able to clear the infection without treatment. Treatment is not always started at the time of diagnosis, so it is possible that your friend does not need treatment yet. After diagnosis, additional testing is done to determine if the person does have Hep C, and which genotype. Testing is also done periodically to determine how much damage has been done. Length of treatment, and the chance of success, depends partly on the genotype. It is important that your friend see a Hep C specialist and follow his or her advice. Among other things, that advice would include no alcohol use, since drinking alcohol damages the liver, and no drug use other than medications prescribed by a doctor, taken exactly as the doctor prescribes.

  38. QUESTION:
    Is it possible spontaneous convalescence from hepatitis C without any treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      Some people are exposed to the virus, so they have the antibodies, but they never actually get infected with the virus. Once someone has the hep C virus, treatment in some cases can cause the viral load to become undetectable, but it never completely disappears. However, in some cases, viral load does not become undetectable, and the person develops chronic hep C.

  39. QUESTION:
    does hepatitis c treatment affects joints?
    i have taken the treatmetn of Hepatitis C but it affects my all body. mostly my joints. There is a lot of falaktuation in my all joints mostly in knee joints.plz tell me answer

    • ANSWER:
      i am not quite sure what “falaktuation” is, but it sounds pretty painful.

      Yes, the treatment of HCV can affect your joints. Specifically, the interferon that you’re given can cause arthralgias (pain in the joints) and myalgias (pain in the muscles) and generalized total-body aches.

      Good luck with the treatment

  40. QUESTION:
    hepatitis c pegetron treatment?
    My freind started his hep c treatment of pegetron. He was supposed to take 3 pills in morning plus injection and 3 in the afternoon. Instead he took 6 pills all at once and injection all at same time. He is feeling shitty and his hands and feet are going numb. He is in hospital right now anybody know about the side affects of this.

    • ANSWER:
      That was dumb to take the pills at the same time like that – they put instructions on the bottle for a reason. Anyway – that numbness could be from either the shot or the pills. Probably from the shot, some people don’t react well to the shot mostly because they are somewhat unhealthy going into treatment and their body freaks out with the extra interferon in the system. All humas make interferon already, this treatment boosts the amount 100 fold.

      Tell him to cut out all caffine – this will make his side effects bad.

      Drink a ton of water, this will help aleviate many of the side effects altogether. A good rule of thumb is to drink 16 oz (the amount in a normal bottled water bottle) of water every hour for 7 hours in a row throughout the day.

      Exercise if he can. At least go for a mile walk to get the blood pumping each day. Numb hands and feet are from poor circulation to the nerve cells, the extreme dose of pills may have caused his body to react by constricting his blood vessels. Counteract this with some type of non-strenuous cardio each day and this won’t happen that often if at all. It would have been best if he started doing this before treatment, but what better time to get healthy than the present right?

      These three simple things will make a HUGE difference. Now if he had other ailments before doing treatment, this will complicate things.

  41. QUESTION:
    After completing interferon treatment for Hepatitis C (successfully), can light alcohol consumption resume?
    Assuming my friend’s treatment is successful, can he have a few drinks once in a while if his levels go back to normal after the treatment? He does not have a history of alcohol or drug abuse.

    • ANSWER:
      To determine if his treatment is successful, he will need to wait at least six months, because that is the time frame it takes to find out if his viral load will still be undetectable. If it is still undetectable six months post treatment, then he is considered to be a sustained responder. So, if he is indeed a sustained responder, and he truly does not have any alcohol dependency issues, then an occasional drink most likely wouldn’t hurt him. That’s as long as every Friday and Saturday night isn’t considered an occasion! And being on the interferon treatment for six months to a year can give the liver some relief from the damage (fibrosis). Research shows that the liver can have some histologic improvement after interferon treatment.
      The question your friend will need to think about is after going through the rigors of the chemotherapy like treatment, does he really want to put any hepatotoxic anything into his liver? Best wishes to your friend.

  42. QUESTION:
    How likely is Hep C to return after successful treatment?
    Once a person has successfully undergone Hepatitis C treatment with interferon, how likely is it that the Hep C will return again? My girlfriend has been on treatment for almost a year now and her viral count is down to zero. Is it likely to stay at zero once she stops taking the injections and, if so, how long will it take to know whether or not the viral count will start rising again? Does this treatment usually suppress it permantantly or does it often return over time? This is her second time to undergo this treatment. After the first time, it came back as soon as she stopped the injections. She only stayed on it for 5 months the first time, but is going a full year this time.

    • ANSWER:
      Once again a lot of bad information.
      One of the factors that effects the probability of clearing the virus through treatment depends on what genotype of hep c she has. Genotype 1 is most prevalent in the US and less responsive to the medication- but not impossible to treat. Therefore, if you have genotype 1, the treatment is done for one year. Genotype 1 has a 50-57% chance of responding. Genotype 2 has the best chance of clearing; about 80%, and usually only requires a 6 month treatment. Geno 3 responds well, too (80%), and also requires a 6 month treatment, but some physicians are beginning to treat geno 3′s for a year due to them relapsing.
      While on treatment, most people will maintain an undetectable viral load. The proof of the pudding is one year after stopping treatment. If the viral load is undetectable after one year post treatment, then there is a less than 2% chance of it returning.
      Since your girlfriend has stayed on the treatment for the full year, she has a better chance of clearing By the way, Hep C is rarely spread through sexual contact; it is spread from blood to blood only. If there is blood exchanged in sex, then it may be spread that way. Also,FYI- hospitals and blood banks have been testing the blood supply for Hep c since 1992. Best wishes to you and your GF.

  43. QUESTION:
    Has anybody had annemia from hepatitis c treatment,please relate?

    • ANSWER:
      I have not personally been treated with Pegylated IFN and Ribavirin, but anemia is common with Ribavirin treatment. It is the leading reason Ribavirin doses are decreased during treatment for Hepatitis C. Hopefully you doctor is comfortable using Epogen or Procrit to allow you to maintain the highest possible dose of Ribavirin during your therapy. Using “growth factors” or agents such as Epogen (or “epo”) or Procrit to boost red blood cells and keeping the dose of Ribavirin as high as possible will increase the liklihood of clearing the virus and achieving an SVR.

      Best wishes and good luck!

  44. QUESTION:
    Is there a better treatment for Hepatitis C than Ribavirin?
    I have some info about this japanese drug called Stronger Neo-Minophagen C, not sure which is better. My loved on is sick :-(
    help

    • ANSWER:
      Sailormoon,
      I just completed treatment with Ribavirin and Pegasys. I was on them for one year and now the virus is undetectable!!!
      If there were better medications, the doctor would certainly be using them. I treat at the Mayo clinic with one of the leading Hepatitis Specialists. He has done and continues to do numerous studies and discussed the available meds with me before I started treatment. The only meds available are interferon types like Pegasys and Infergen.
      There have been specials on news shows about fake drugs coming out of Asia, I would be very cautious about ANY meds from there, they and others e.g. Mexico even duplicate our current medications with benign ingredients, some of them even had harmful ingredients such as lead!
      When you are dealing with health issues, be careful!
      Good Luck and Smiles, Fairy

  45. QUESTION:
    HEPATITIS C. Alternative treatment vs. Regular?
    my husband was diagnosied with hepatitis C.
    People, who have it, please advice about alternative treatment for it.
    I heard that usual treatment is very tough, so we’ll be looking for alternative medicine. Thanks..

    • ANSWER:
      There is some promise with IV ozone therapy.
      IV Vitamin C absolutely has shown promise to speed recovery for patients with Hep B and Hep A… but both Hep A and Hep B most often resolve on their own without significant events, even without treatment. It’s really rare for Hep A to progress to fulminant hepatitis.

      Hep C is a very different story. The difficulty with this virus centers on the fact that it cannot be cleared by the human immune system. As a result, Hep C causes significantly increased risk for cirrhosis and liver cancer. Even with conventional treatment, patients see long term remission… but there is no “cure.” However, risk of cancer is reduced dramatically with treatment and most people with Hep C now live long, healthy, productive lives.

      My suggestion would be that your husband seek supportive treatment to maintain his best health while/after he completes the conventional treatment. (Ixxidan has given good info there.)

      But please seek help from a qualified professional. To find a naturopathic doctor near you, consult www.cand.ca in Canada or www.naturopathic.org in the US.

      Also… this must be a really scary, difficult time for you as well. Please don’t forget to take care of yourself! Make time for yourself. Nourish yourself, too, body and soul. And ask for help if you need it.

  46. QUESTION:
    About how long would a person live with hepatitis c if they did not get any treatment at all?
    A close family member of mine found out they have hepatitis c about 12 months ago and as far as i know they have had no treatment from a doctor and to make it worse they have an addiction to pain pills. I try to talk about things with them but it basically goes in one ear and out the other. I am just so worried and don’t know what to do. So if anyone has an answer to my question i would love to hear it.

    • ANSWER:
      It all depends on how fast the hepatitis disease progresses. There are 4 stages of Hep C. Progression depends on the person and if he’s willing to stop the initial beginning of the hep c. such as drinking or drug involvement.

  47. QUESTION:
    hepatitis c treatment?
    hi
    i got my mom ultrasound report in which it is written that an echogenic mass lesion with posterior shadowing measuring 1.9 by 1.5 cm seen in right lobe of liver it most probably represents a benign lesion and multiple calculi seen in gallbladder with gallbladder thickness of 1.3 mm and a polyp measuring 2.3 mm seen in gall bladder with normal common bile duct

    she is suffering from hep c for about 15 years without interferon treatment

    my question is that

    in which stage is she?
    is gall stone n polyp complication of hep c?
    this benign lesion is cirohsis or some thing else?
    what is the treatment of gallstone n polyp in hep c?
    will interferon treatment suit her?

    please guide me i m in tension …

    • ANSWER:
      I’m inserting a link for you to follow and view in hopes your Search may Help in some way.

      http://www.webmd.com/hepatitis/hepc-guide/hepatitis-c-home-treatment

      Possibly Somewhere in your Search, it may put you a little more at ease.

      Best of luck to you and Your Mother.

  48. QUESTION:
    Have you heard of these herbs to treat Hepatitis C?
    Have you heard anything about the effectiveness of these alternative medicines in Hepatitis C treatment:
    Oxymatrine
    Bing Gan Tang Plus
    Salba Seeds or Oil
    Ultra Milk Thistle

    If so, where they be purchased? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m not quite sure about those herbs’ effectiveness (although I do believe they are helpful to your liver), but I can tell you I’ve seen at least a few of them around. You can find them at gnc, vitamin shoppe, places like walgreens have many vitamins, and definitely online (just make sure it’s a safe and trusted company).

  49. QUESTION:
    Hepatitis c treatment and pregnancy?
    my boyfriend recently started pegasys+ribivirin treatment for hep c. this Thursday he gets his 5th shot out of his 48 week treatment. but the other day I found the pegasys website and was reading about all the side effects and stuff and it said that, male or female, you shouldn’t get pregnant or try to for all of the treatment and for 6 months after…
    well what I want to know is how high of a risk would it be for me to get pregnant during his treatment, or the 6 months after ?

    we’ve already decided we aren’t going to try during that time, but we want to know just in case because were only using condoms. (its to difficult to go back on the pill and then get off it again)

    • ANSWER:
      There is a good chance that the baby would be born with severe birth defects, specifically missing or severely deformed limbs. That’s why people are encouraged to use 2 forms of birth control during the treatment, to be sure that pregnancy does not occur.

  50. QUESTION:
    I would like to know what treatment is available for Hepatitis C? Is it fatal?
    I have a friend who suspects he might have Hepatitis C after the doctor found lesions on his liver. He is awaiting additinal tests.

    • ANSWER:
      How is it treated?

      Chronic HCV infection may be treated with medications that fight viral infections. The current standard treatment combines two antiviral medications: peginterferon and ribavirin. However, this treatment is not an option for everyone because of its significant side effects or because of continuing problems with substance abuse, psychological conditions (such as schizophrenia) that interfere with the ability to take scheduled medications, or financial constraints (the medications are expensive).

      A new form of interferon, called peginterferon, combined with ribavirin stops the virus more effectively than standard interferon and ribavirin. 2 As a result, the combination of peginterferon and ribavirin has become the new standard of treatment. 3

      Your response to treatment depends in part on which of the six hepatitis genotypes you have—and you may be infected with more than one genotype. Genotype 1 does not respond as well to treatment as the less-common genotypes 2 and 3. Other factors, such as the amount of virus in your system (viral load) and whether your liver has been scarred or damaged, may also affect how well you respond to treatment.


What Does Fatty Liver Mean

The Reason Behind Fatty Liver Pain

Fatty liver pain is a result of fatty liver disease, or FLD. FLD is an unhealthy condition of the liver that occurs when too much triglycerides, a kind of fat, accumulate in the liver cells through steatosis, the abnormal retention of lipids within a cell.

The liver itself actually cannot cause pain since it does not have nerve endings, which means that fatty liver pain is somewhat ironic. This is also one of the possible reasons why FLD is asymptomatic, which means it does not produce any symptoms. What causes the pain in that particular area below the right side of the rib cage is the swelling up of the liver that rubs the organs surrounding the liver. On worst cases, if the liver bursts and bleeds, there will also be pain felt.

When patients do report about this kind of pain, what they describe is that it occurs on the upper right side of the stomach. The pain goes all the way to the back on both left side and right side. They also feel that it is better to stand up or to walk in order to ease the pain since sitting down can only make it worse.

What then are the causes of fatty liver and its pain? There are various causes that are behind FLD. Factors include metabolism (or obesity), alcohol, medication, nutrition and hepatitis. Some people with Glycogen Storage Disease, Weber Christian Diseases, Wolfman Disease, and Acute Fatty Liver of Pregnancy can lead to FLD. Excessive alcohol intake (or drinking alcohol more than the recommended limits) can increase toxins, which worsens the condition of the liver. Medication, with the use of drugs such as Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Amiodarone, and Tamoxifen, can also cause FLD. Malnutrition, gastric bypass surgery, Jejunal Diverticulosis with overgrowth of bacteria, and drastic weight loss are other factors that lead to GLD.

Most of the time, when patients have fatty liver pain (or the pain on that particular side of the body), that is when they are alarmed to see the doctor. Nausea, fatigue, and weight loss may be other symptoms but they are often neglected because they are too common.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What does a significantly fatty liver mean?
    I am kind of scared when the nurse told me that. She said the doctor wants me to go on a low fat diet. I do not have hepititis she said . They told me this after I had my ultra sound. What can I do to improve these results. I never have been a big drinker. I did use drugs for a few years. I nead to have my mind at ease.

    • ANSWER:
      I also suffer from this disorder, I’m assuming you had a full blood screen and your LFTs (liver function test) came back irregular. Having a fatty liver means that it has had to process too much fat injested here are some thing you can do to help improve it.
      Lose weight – safely! That usually means losing no more than one or two pounds a week.
      Lower your triglycerides through diet, medication or both
      Avoid alcohol
      Control your diabetes, if you have it
      Eat a balanced, healthy diet
      Increase your physical activity
      Get regular checkups from a doctor who specializes in liver care

  2. QUESTION:
    What does the term fatty infiltrated liver mean on a medical report?
    I saw the term recently on a medical report that I received and it said fatty infiltrated liver. Does anyone know what this means? It is an old medical report of mine but I would like to know what it means as it has never been mentioned to me.

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver (steatosis) is usually related to diabetes and obesity. This is usually not life threatening. Losing weight and controlling you diabetes will help. Fatty liver with “inflammation” may lead to cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) or potentially liver cancer. Go to your doctor and get a LFT (liver function test). The word infiltrated means that fatty cells has developed in the liver. My mother has been diagnosed with this condition for over 15 years and she is doing fine. Still, getting an LFT is a good idea.

  3. QUESTION:
    What does diffuse fatty liver change mean ?
    I have not been well since January. I had an Ultrasound then and it read that I had a fatty liver. To make a long story short, I had a CT with and without contrast done (for kidneys-I have kidney stones) and I ended up having my gallbladder taken out a couple of weeks ago due to large gallstones. Well, I have a copy of my report from the CT scan and it was compared to a previous CT and it read that I have diffuss fatty liver change. What does this mean ? Should I be concerned ? Is this the beginning of Cirrhosis ? Is this something that can end up killing me ? What should I expect next as far as testing is concerned ? I do not drink alcohol nor am I obese. I am going back in four weeks to see my Primary care physician and just wanted some input about this prior to that appointment. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Alcohol is the most common cause. Toxic, metabolic and hypoxic conditions of all types.
      Pathogenesis

      • Liver is the principle organ of fat metabolism and synthesis.
      • Interference with mobilizing triglycerides out of the liver is the usual mechanism.
      • This happens when toxins or agents affect the mitochondrial and microsomal functions resulting in defective oxidation of fatty acids and aberrant mitochondrial function.
      • Factors casuing fatty change do not all act in the same way. ,
      Epidemiology

      • This is a common condition, but it is usually secondary to other diseases; again, alcohol is the most common cause, in the industrial world; however, among children and in the developing countries, malnutrition, especially protein and iron deficiencies, are the most common.
      General Gross Description

      •In severe and diffuse cases, the liver is enlarged, yellow, smooth, firmer than normal and greasy.
      •In partial involvement, a pale or yellow blotchy appearance is often noted.
      General Microscopic Description

      •There are two forms of fatty change : microvesicular and macrovesicular.
      •Microvesicular: Numerous tiny fat vesicles, requires fat stain to be appreciated. Often, one would be surprised as how enormous fat accumulation is without being seen in H&E sections. This is a toxic condition causing hepatocellular failure.
      •Macrovesicular: a few large clear vacuoles in the cytoplasm of hepatocytes, pushing the nucleus aside. Usually, has no effect on the function of the hepatocyte.
      •There is usually no inflammatory reaction to this, unless the fatty cells rupture.
      Clinical Correlation

      •Macrovesicular: Hepatomegaly is the only sign; liver function tests are minimally abnormal, if at all.
      • Examples include: Alcohol – with a combination of macro and microvesicular fatty change, Malnutrition – in particular protein deficiency, starvation, diabetes, obesity , severe infection or burn, Medication and Toxins, Hypoximia.
      •Microvesicular: a different disease; this is a toxic, metabolically abnormal and serious condition; although the patient has mild hepatomegaly, severe liver function test abnormalities to the point of liver failure is common.
      • Pure examples would include: Reye’s Synd., fatty liver of pregnancy and tetracyclinet toxicity.
      • The most common cause is alcohol.

  4. 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.

  5. QUESTION:
    what does having a very fattly liver mean? I have found out tonight that I have a very fatty liver?
    I do not drink alcohol. Could this be possible that my liver is failing and I have liver desease? Please sincere answers only.

    • ANSWER:
      Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver disease could be what they are talking about, where the liver shows similar scarring to what alcohol abuse produces.

  6. QUESTION:
    What does diffusely heterogeneous in echotexture consistent w/ diffusely fatty infiltration of the liver mean?
    What does diffusely heterogeneous in echotexture consistent w/ diffusely fatty infiltration of the liver mean ?

    • ANSWER:
      It means you have a fatty liver. Usually a result of alcohol consumption and high fat foods. Althought there is a genetic component to this as well.

  7. QUESTION:
    What does “Mild fatty Liver” means?.Is it serious, any treatment and diet for this please answer?

    • ANSWER:
      There are different types of fatty liver.
      If the fat develops around the outside capsule
      of the liver…it may be simple fatty liver disease.
      This type usually doesn’t cause a patient
      alot of problems. However, if the fat is in the
      cells of the liver…it definitely can cause a
      problem.
      Let me explain:
      It is like a room full of people and the walls
      start closing in. You are stuck in the corner,
      you cannot get out, you can’t get nourishment and the oxygen around you start to get
      depleted. This is what happens inside the
      cell because of the fat that develops there.
      That fat can actually push the nucleus of
      your liver cell out of place from where it should
      be. You could say that the cell becomes
      damaged. When the cell is stressed and
      becomes damaged…the immune system
      in the body will respond and this causes
      inflammation of the liver cells…which puts
      even more pressure on the cells. It is like
      trying to get more people into already
      closed up space.
      Treatment depends on what caused the
      fatty liver. Sometimes it is hereditary.
      Sometimes it is caused by being overweight
      and other times it is caused by drinking
      alcohol. Once it is truly determined what
      the cause it…then you can do something
      about it.
      If the doctor says to go on a diet…then follow
      his advice. The diet ought to be adjusted to
      a person’s personal chemistry, though.
      They should either talk to a nutritionist or
      someone who know all their medical conditions
      as many times a standard diet could be
      harmful to them otherwise. The doctor looks
      at your blood chemistry all the time and will
      direct you with the kind of diet he recommends.
      If the problem is because of drinking alcohol,
      this should be stopped immediately.

      Usually, a liver problem will start out as
      inflammation of the liver cells. If the cause
      is removed and treatment is followed, the
      liver cells can heal. However, if these things
      are not done…then it can lead to death of
      the liver cells which lead to continuation of
      more cells dying until the liver is completely
      destroyed. This is known as cirrhosis.

      I hope this information helps you to understand
      this much better.

  8. QUESTION:
    What does “Mild Fatty Liver” mean?
    My husband has just been diagnosed with mild fatty liver, but we’ve been completely left in the dark about it. His doctor has not contacted us regarding anything other than to tell us the diagnosis. We’re waiting to see another doctor to at least find out what it is, but it’s weeks away. I looked it up on the internet but all the information I found had to do with Alchoholics, Obesity, and Pregnancy. My husbands none of those! He’s 25 years old, 6’4, 170lbs, doesn’t drink but for the occasional glass of red wine with dinner, and he has no family history of ANY major illnesses, or disease! Does anyone have any idea what this is, or why he could possibly develop something like this??

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver (hepatic steatosis) is excessive accumulation of lipid in hepatocytes, the most common liver response to injury.

  9. QUESTION:
    what does fatty changes liver means in abdominal scan report?

    • ANSWER:
      Liver has its own cells and tissues. In certain diseases these tissues are replaced with fatty tissues then it is known as fatty changes. It occurs with age in females mostly. It also occurs to alcoholics. one can use liver protective ayurved medicines and should not take fried and fatty foods and alcohole

  10. QUESTION:
    does this mean i have fatty liver?
    hi i took a ct scan for my abdomen and i dont know what this mean this is what is say.non -cirrhotic liver morphology.fatty liver.no suspicious liver mass.patent hepatic vessels.no biliary dilatation.ok now what im worried about is why some of the information say no or non and some dont say like when it say non -cirrhotic liver morphology.fatty liver.does that mean i have fatty liver?i know i have to ask my doctor but he is on vegation and i cant wait until he come back so please any answers there?thank you and god bless.

    • ANSWER:
      Non cirrhotic liver= Liver does not have cirrhosis.
      Cirrhosis is a diseased condition of the liver characterized by extensive fibrosis and regenerative nodules.
      Basically “Cirrhosis” means that your liver cells are dying out quickly and those that are still alive are desperately attempting to repopulate your liver with rapid multiplication. Your liver is NON cirrhotic which is good because you don’t have to worry about it.

      No suspicious Liver mass= No mass. No tumors, no abscess(cavities containing infected fluids)

      Patent hepatic vessels= Your liver blood vessels are intact and working.

      No biliary dilatation= Bile ducts(pipes) that carry all the garbage(*bile) from your liver which ultimately drains out into the intestines are not dilated (expanded in size). This is good because it indicates that there is nothing obstructing the flow of the garbage. (Something like a drainage pipe from your toilet getting obstructed and making it bigger. In your case its working fine since its not any bigger or “dilated”)

      Fatty liver= Liver is not exactly healthy but this is not a threatening condition and reversible if you stop an offending agent.
      The most common cause of fatty liver world wide is excessive drinking (alcohol consumption). So stop drinking too much if you already are. But there are other causes too: recent pregnancy, certain medications or if you have a hepatitis C infection(get yourself tested for this if you are not sure) amongst many others.

      Hope this helps..

      *bile= Although bile is a byproduct of a certain metabolism in the liver, it has its own functions so its not exactly garbage. I just compared it for better understanding.

  11. QUESTION:
    what does liver de genereralised fatty change mean?
    Had an ultra scan done today but dont see my doctor til next week so im curious…

    • ANSWER:
      fatty change of the liver is caused by viruses and alcohol and other extreme stimuli. this happens when the liver doesnt break down the lipids foe metabolism and the hepatic liver cells change into adipocytes. this can be reversed if it is picked up early enough. if not, it can be fatal as the liver cannot perform its function.

  12. QUESTION:
    What does it mean to have a fatty liver?
    is it life threatening?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is just what its name suggests: the build-up of fat in the liver cells. Although this is not a normal condition, fat in the liver usually causes no damage by itself. However, on some occasions it can be a sign that other more harmful conditions are at work. 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, and this is a very serious condition.
      A physical examination that reveals an enlarged liver without any other symptoms suggests fatty liver. The diagnosis may be confirmed by performing a liver biopsy, in which a long hollow needle is used to obtain a small tissue sample for examination under a microscope.
      The mere presence of excessive fat in the liver is not a serious problem. Treatment aims at eliminating the cause or treating the underlying disorder. Repeated liver injury from toxic substances such as alcohol may eventually progress from fatty liver to cirrhosis.
      CAUSES: Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus, high blood triglycerides, heavy use of alcohol, Vitamin A toxicity, drugs, and possibly other unknown causes.
      Cirrhosis is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when scarring damages the liver. This scarring (also called fibrosis) replaces healthy tissue and prevents the liver from working normally. Cirrhosis usually develops after years of liver inflammation.
      In the United States, the major causes of cirrhosis are drinking excessive amounts of alcohol over many years or having certain forms of viral hepatitis (mainly hepatitis B or C). There are several other causes of cirrhosis that are less common and some people have cirrhosis without an obvious cause (cryptogenic cirrhosis).
      As cirrhosis develops, scar tissue surrounds normal liver cells, making the tissue bumpy, or nodular. This nodular liver tissue can block the bile ducts or make them swollen, which can cause bile to back up in the liver and bloodstream.
      Scar tissue also may block blood flow through the liver. Obstruction of blood flow can cause the veins that bring blood to the liver to become larger and may lead to high blood pressure in the veins that flow from the intestines to the liver (portal hypertension).
      CAUSES: Alcoholic liver disease; Chronic Hepatitis B, C, and D; Autoimmune Hepatitis; Inherited diseases; Blocked bile ducts; Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH); Drugs, toxins, and infections.

  13. QUESTION:
    *10 POINTS!!* My Doctor Said I Have Fatty Liver..What Does That Mean?
    I’m soo scared! I’m 5’8 and weigh 185 pounds, today my doctor said I have fatty liver which he determined after an ultrasound on my abdomen. I dont have any other problems determined from my ultrasound and scope but that I have fatty liver..what does that mean, what are the negative effects it will have on my body, and how do I make it go away? please help I’m so scared, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver means that there is fat inside the
      liver. This fat can cause such pressure on
      the liver cells that it can even push the
      nucleus of the cell out of position.
      There are many things that can cause fatty
      liver…some of them are:
      hereditary conditions, alcohol consumption,
      medications such as steriods,
      high cholesterol/triglyceride levels,
      weight gain, diabetes, insulin resistence and
      they are still researching others.

      It is very important that you follow your
      doctors advice…please don’t take this
      lightly. If it may be caused by alcohol, then
      stopping the alcohol can help reverse this…
      if weight gain, losing weight will also help
      reverse it.

      Now, I will explain what will happen if this
      progresses:
      The fat, if it is inside the liver, can cause
      damage to the liver cells. If the cells
      become damaged, our immune system
      of the body will respond to this and cause
      inflammation to develop inside the liver, also.
      If you know that the liver is surrounded by
      a membrane capsule…you can imagine
      what pressure that puts inside the liver.
      Normally, inflammation develops in the
      body to stop the spreading of either a
      bacteria or virus from going to other areas
      of the body… it is usually a help to us;
      but this isn’t the case when it develops inside
      the liver.
      When this causes inflammation inside the
      liver…it changes from simple fatty liver to
      either Alcoholic Steatohepatitis or
      NASH, which is Non Alcoholic Steatohepatitis.
      Steato means Fat, Hepat means liver,
      and Itis means inflammation.

      This then becomes a more serious disease.
      It can continues to cause more damage to
      the cells of the liver and can lead to the
      cells of the liver dying off. When the
      cells of the liver die off, scar tissue forms
      inside the liver that can block the flow
      of blood through the liver, on its way back
      to the heart, and also to the other liver cells
      where they will continue to die off..
      This is known as Cirrhosis of the liver, which
      is irreversible and the only cure is a liver
      transplant.

      Only the doctor can tell by film testing and
      possibly a liver biopsy, how much fat is
      in the liver and what you can do about it.
      Most people with fatty liver never progress
      to the last stages I mentioned…but it still
      can take place.

      I’m going to give you links to look at
      that will explain more about this…you just
      have to click on them to go to the pages:

      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

      You should be referred to either a
      gastroenterologist or a hepatologist for your
      care.

      Best wishes to you and I hope this information
      has helped you.

  14. QUESTION:
    If you have fatty liver, what does it mean?

    • ANSWER:
      That’s exactly what it means, you have a fatty liver. It may cause problems such as impaired liver function, and it may not. Changing your diet to one of low fat is a good idea.

  15. QUESTION:
    H has hepatitis c and new tests show liver polyps and fatty tissue? What does this mean?
    My h has hepatitis c and cylothymia bipolar. He does NOT look after himself.

    His liver specialist got him to do some tests and we just got back from the doctor and it states that he his liver has polyps on and fatty deposits.

    I do NOT know what this means.

    • ANSWER:
      An infection and alcohol intake may cause these conditions. You have not given the clinical sign and symptoms. Anyway, you may get more info on this page-

      http://www.puristat.com/livercleansing/fattyliver.aspx

      All the best!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  17. 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.

  18. QUESTION:
    What does it mean to have a significantly fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      It means that your liver is not in good shape and something is causing the beginnings of liver faliure. It could be anything ingested that is toxic. Alcohol plays a big part if one is a big drinker. Many diseases can cause this as well. You need a doctor to give you all the ins and outs of this condition. I hope it’s not you. It is not a good conditon to have by any means.

  19. QUESTION:
    Has anyone heard of a fatty liver? what does it mean?

    • ANSWER:
      Our mothers despite their good intentions, were “kitchen assasains.” They gave us food they thought was good for us but the reality is the American diet is a toxic mix of mucous creating foods

      Fatty liver is usually caused by gallstones lodging in the liver. The liver begin operating ineficiently and can lead to many major health issues. A lifetime of improper diet, use of antibiotics, vaccines, drugs and alcohol, aspirin, or even fast food and dehydration from not drinking enough clean water could cause fatty liver but a complete change of lifestyle and food choices can turn things around.

      Most every disease that doesn’t come from chemical spills, burns, or broken bones starts in the gut. The best way to heal the gut is to give it clean water, proper minerals, and good flora to digest food. When your body can eliminate toxins properly, your body can do its job and reverse the effects of fatty liver.

      75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. 25% of their calories come from sugary drinks. It would not suprise me to discover that sodas and sugary beverage could be the largest threat to a person’s health after smoking, alcohol and drug abuse. The water cure is where I would start. Drink 6-8 glasses of distiled water every day with a pinch of unrefined sea salt.
      This will rehydrate your body and the sea salt will give your body the fluids and minerals it needs to get your live, pancreas, gallblader, intestines, and colon to begin eliminating tozins properly. You may be able to back off a little from the sea salt after your body is cleansed but never let your body be without water again. Animals know when to drink but for those with fatty livers, the thirst cue is often so off that it is mistaken for hunger.
      Give your body the fluids it needs to function properly and it will respond.

      Americans eat the wrong kind of foods. If your diet is high in wheat based foods, meat, and dairy then your body is probaly a toxic waste dump. Reduce, eliminate, or fast from eating all of these foods until your liver and gallblader are healed.

      Fruits and Veggies.should be the majority of the food you consume each day. Find a way to eat as much raw food as you can an then add juiced vegetables such as carrot juice, cucumber juice, lemon water, unsweetened juiced fruits, etc…

      I would drink one glass of of juiced fruit or vegetables on top of whatever raw fruits and juices I eat every day to give my body what it needs if I had a fatty liver. I would also drink a shot glass of carrot juice with a tablespoon of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar and a dash of cinnamon every morning to give it good flora to break down food and alkalize the body.

      The wrong kind of oils can plug up a liver. Fast from eating meat until your liver and gallblader are clear and get your good fats from walnuts, almonds, coconut oil, cold pressed virgin olive oil.

      Get 30 minutes of direct sunlight each day. This could be a critical reason for a liver to start breaking down. Your body senses that it should be dying when it is not given enough sunlight. If you want to live, give your body a ray of sunshine and it will give you all of the Vitamin D it needs.

      You can defeat a fatty liver diagnosis. You should prep your body for spontaneous healing by feeing it right and giving it the fluids it needs. Change your lifestyle and you can start today. Along the way, you may decide to do a liver flush, gallblader, flush, parasite cleanse, and lots of other things to help you on your path but get the basics first. I hope the the best of all outcomes for you on your journey to perfect health.

  20. QUESTION:
    Scan and test reveals that I have a FATTY LIVER, pls what does this mean.?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver (hepatic steatosis) is excessive accumulation of lipid in hepatocytes, the most common liver response to injury.
      Please see the web pages for more details on Fatty liver.

  21. QUESTION:
    fatty liver?
    What does the term “fatty liver” mean?

    • ANSWER:
      A ‘fatty liver’ means that fat globules have accumulated in your liver cells. It indicates some sort of adverse influence on liver metabolism. It is not usually associated with any symptoms, so it is often first identified through an ultrasound scan of the liver or gallbladder, which is nearby. The fat represents a problem that only rarely progresses to serious complications, such as hepatitis or cirrhosis, but it is wise to identify the cause and correct it.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to do damage to your liver after 4-5 years of drinking?
    I started drinking in college. I started with about 8-10 drinks/week (over 2-3 nights) during the first 2 years, and it went to about 17-20 drinks/week (over 2-3 nights) the second 2 years. Since then i’ve reduced my drinking to what it was the first 2 years.

    Is it possible to do damage to the liver over such a short time frame? By damage i mean fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, etc. Would it show up in a blood test?

    • ANSWER:
      It is very possible to have a liver problem
      because of alcohol and not even know you
      have it, because the liver is a very quiet organ
      about damage being done to it until the
      cells of the liver die off from the damage…
      then signs and symptoms may appear.

      There are different ” blood” tests that the doctor
      can do to check your liver.
      (1)The liver enzymes (known as the ALT, AST,
      GGT and Alkaline Phosphatase) can give
      the doctor an idea if there may be cell damage.
      (2)The liver functions tests (known as the
      bilirubin, INR, Albumin, Pt, Ptt) can give the
      doctor an idea if the cells are able to do
      the functions they do to keep the body well…
      the liver does over 500 functions, these are
      just to show the few of them.
      (3) The viral testing to be sure that a virus
      hasn’t entered the body and gone into the
      liver and is using the liver cells to replicate
      itself.

      If the doctor thinks these tests are high results for some reason…of which there is many
      causes of liver cells damage, including alcohol,
      then he may do a film test like: CT scan or
      Ultrasound. If he sees the liver is enlarged
      in size, caused by the immune system
      responding to the cell damage….then he
      may try to find the cause and have it stopped
      and treat the inflammation, so the cells can
      heal, before it turns to an irreversible disease
      known as Cirrhosis of the liver.

      If someone does drink alcohol…they should
      normally have blood tests done every so often
      to be sure of its effect on the liver.
      Alcohol consumption isn’t harmful unless
      you are more sensitive to it or have taken
      it in excess over a period of time. However,
      those who are sensitive to it, it doesn’t take
      much to destroy the liver cells.

      I hope this information is of some help to you.
      Here are a few links to click on:

      http://www.amsa.org/resource/natlinit/alcohol.cfm

      http://www.uihealthcare.com/topics/medicaldepartments/pharmacy/alcoholandcold/index.html

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

  23. QUESTION:
    Whats does it mean that my CT scan results show “mild fatty liver changes”?
    I had a ct scan done andthe results said this. what does this mean? and what are it’s causes? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      It means that there is fat inside your liver.
      This usually starts out as Simple fatty liver that doesn’t really
      cause a problem. However, if more fat builds up inside the
      liver, it can cause damage to the liver cells. When the
      liver cells become damaged, the immune system of the
      body will respond to this and cause inflammation inside
      the liver, also. Please remember that the liver is surrounded
      by a tight membrane capsule. However, the fat and
      inflammation will cause the liver to enlarge in size.
      It then changes from simple fatty liver into
      Steatohepatitis (steato means fat, hepat means liver
      and itis means inflammation).

      Different things can cause fat inside the liver:
      alcohol consumption, certain kinds of medications
      (like steriods), hereditary conditions, metabolic
      disorders, weight gain, obesity, fast weight loss,
      malnourishment, diabetes, insulin resistance,
      high cholesterol/triglycerides levels, …
      some women have this develop in the third
      trimester of pregnancy…and others.

      Once the doctor knows the cause, he will instruct
      you what can be done to reverse the problem.
      If the problem cannot be reversed, it may lead
      to where the liver cells start to die off and form
      scar tissue inside the liver (known as Cirrhosis
      of the liver).

      Here are some links that will better explain more
      about this disease:

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver

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

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

      http://www.liverdoctor.com/index.php?page=fatty-liver

      Some terms you may want to understand
      Alcoholic steatohepatitis is alcohol causes of fatty
      liver disease with inflammation.
      NASH is non alcoholic causes of steatohepatitis or
      non alcoholic causes of fatty liver disease with
      inflammation
      NAFLD in non alcoholic causes of fatty liver disease.

      The best doctor to be with now is a gastroenterologist.

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

  24. QUESTION:
    What levels of what blood test prove someone has a fatty liver?
    I have a SGPT level of 38. Does this mean I have a fatty liver or what other blood test results would indicate a fatty liver and what levels would they have to be over?

    • ANSWER:
      This is a normal value.
      You would need an ultrasound or CT scan of the liver to diagnose fatty liver.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liver_function_test

  25. QUESTION:
    Blood Test Suggests I Have a Fatty Liver?
    I have been suffering lately with blurry vision, so my GP took some blood to test for diabetes.
    The results came back as non-diabetic but there is something in my blood to suggest i have a fatty liver.
    What does this mean?
    I’m overweight but i don’t drink.

    • ANSWER:
      As you say your a non drinker and not diabetic it can be as a result of metobolic syndrome.

      Sorry that your unwell.

      Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is fatty inflammation of the liver when this is not due to excessive alcohol use. It is related to insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome, and may respond to treatments originally developed for other insulin resistant states (e.g. diabetes mellitus type 2), such as weight loss, metformin and thiazolidinediones.[1] Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is the most extreme form of NAFLD, which is regarded as a major cause of cryptogenic cirrhosis of the liver.

      NASH was first described in 1980 in a series of patients of the Mayo Clinic.[3] Its relevance and high prevalence were recognized mainly in the 1990s. Some feel that NASH is a diagnosis of exclusion, and that many cases may be in fact be due to other causes

  26. QUESTION:
    What does “too much fat content around your liver” actually mean?
    doctor told hubby this today..and of course, he isn’t talking but sure enjoyed his fatty dinner tonight… My husband is impossible so I am on my quest to learn abit about what it means and what I can do to help?

    Any thoughts and suggestions welcomed.

    Thank you
    My husband doesn’t drink what so ever!

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is just what its name suggests: the build-up of excess fat in the liver cells. It is normal for your liver to contain some fat. But if fat accounts for more than 10% of your liver’s weight, then you have fatty liver and you may develop more serious complications.
      if you have fatty liver, you shouldLose weight – safely! That usually means losing no more than one or two pounds a week.
      Lower your triglycerides through diet, medication or both
      Avoid alcohol
      Control your diabetes, if you have it
      Eat a balanced, healthy diet
      People with high triglycerides may need to substitute monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats —such as those found in canola oil, olive oil or liquid margarine — for saturated fats. Substituting carbohydrates for fats may raise triglyceride levels and may decrease HDL (“good”) cholesterol in some people.
      Substitute fish high in omega-3 fatty acids instead of meats high in saturated fat like hamburger. Fatty fish like mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon are high in omega-3 fatty acids.
      Increase your physical activity
      Get regular checkups from a doctor who specializes in liver care

  27. QUESTION:
    What does it mean if the Dr. told me I have a fatty Liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Read about it here: http://www.liverfoundation.org/education/info/fattyliver/

  28. QUESTION:
    How much alcohol does it take to cause fatty liver disease?
    I’m wondering how long you have to use/abuse alcohol before putting yourself at risk for fatty liver. Would college binge drinking be enough to cause it?

    By college binge drinking, i mean 5-7 drinks each night, 2-3 nights per week, totaling around 15-20 drinks per week during the last 2 years and around half that amount during the first 2.

    I have been out of college for about 6 months now, and cut down my drinking to what it was during my first 2 years of college.

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver from alcohol consumption is called steatohepatitis, and involves an inflammatory process along with fat infiltration of the cells. It is not common to see it in one with your limited history of consumption, but can happen. It typically occurs after years of malnourishment and excessive alcohol consumption. It also occurs in some metabolic syndromes. Simple steatosis just involves fat accumulation in cells without inflammatory changes and can be present in anyone who is obese, and in most who drink heavily. It is completely reversible. It is not the same condition, but may preceed steatohepatitis. Fatty liver hepatitis (steatohepatitis) is considered serious and preceeds cirrhosis, which involves irreversible fibrosis of liver tissue.
      You would still be considered a moderate to heavy drinker at your current rate of consumption.

  29. QUESTION:
    My vitamin B12 is 1804 and also have fatty liver..what does this means?

    • ANSWER:
      your vitamin b12 is good my was only 48

  30. QUESTION:
    My liver is fatty or says my doctor. What does that mean?

    • ANSWER:
      You have fatty deposits in your liver, which enlarges the liver. If left untreated, it could progress to cirrhosis and liver failure. There are no surgeries or medications to cure Fatty Liver Disease, only diet and exercise.

      Here are some sites that can help you with this:

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

      http://fattyliverdietplans.com

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

      Hope this help, good luck!

  31. QUESTION:
    does a person with diabetes also have a fatty liver?
    I was prescribed Metformin a few years ago and Lovaza and I read on the bottle of Metformin “do not drink alcoholic beverages when taking this medication” does that mean you can’t drink alcoholic beverages when you are taking it or that you can’t drink alcoholic beverages at all while on Metformin?
    and what happens if you do?

    • ANSWER:
      not all diabetics have fatty livers. Just those who do not eat natural saturated fats and only eat the synthetic plastic or trans fat fats.

      Metformin acts on the liver to lower the amount of stored glucose. Alcohol is percieved as a poison by the liver. So the liver turns all its forces to getting rid of the poison and forgets about any other thing it is supposed to oversee.

      Initially alcohol raises glucose then it falls. Drunkenness and Hypoglycemia are remarkably similar so a person suffering a Hypo episode is usually tossed in drunk tank rather than taken to hospital to be treated for Hypo event.

      Yes, you can have a drink or two while taking Metformin. But do be sure to eat while drinking! Wine or beer are best, but other beverages are ok as long as they are not the syrupy mixer kinds.

  32. QUESTION:
    What’s “Fatty liver”?
    Recently I underwent a scan in whose reports it”s been given “Fatty liver”.Does this mean I have a serious problem?

    I am 5″7 ,135 pounds,30 years old male.

    PLease tell me is there some thing wrong.??

    THanks..
    I don’t drink or have any bad habits….

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is nothing but excessive accumulation of the Fat in the Hepatocytes or Liver cells….

      It occurs wen the Liver has got any sort of insult in the form of Alcohol or an Infection or a Hepatotoxic drug…

      Drinking alcohol may not be the only cause of the Fatty liver…

      It can also occur in some physiological conditions like Pregnancy with Hypertension etc…

      Its a warning for the Future serious disease of the Liver like Cirrhosis and an Indication for the past insult to the liver in a known or an Unknown form…

      Please note, that be assured that its a REVERSIBLE STAGE OF DAMAGE to the Liver… Its not irreversible… Depending upon the Cause if the cause is treated than it can be reversed and Cured…

      Make sure u keep up with ur Doctor and keep up his instructions..

      All the Best…

  33. QUESTION:
    Result– “Fatty liver”, what is this, please tell me?
    Hello there
    Recently I underwent scan and in the report they mentioned “Fatty liver”. What does this mean? I mean what problem I may have?

    Also I have feeble pain or discomfort just in the area near to my left side near the diaphragm, just below were the ribcage ends. Can it have any connection to “Fatty liver’”

    How can one get rid of this?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver means accumulation of fat in liver cells. It is also called steatosis. It is not caused due to eating fatty foods. It occurs due to transfer of fat from other parts of the body, or an increase in the extraction of fat presented to the liver from the intestine, or a reduced rate of break down and removal of fat by liver.

      This is caused due to alcohol, obesity, starvation, diabetes mellitus, corticosteroids, poisons (carbon tetrachloride and yellow phosphorus), Cushing’s syndrome, hyperlipidemia and certain toxic drugs. Hence, management of the cause would help to reduce the condition.

      Pain/ discomfort on the left side could be due to some other cause, but not fatty liver

  34. QUESTION:
    my liver is a little echogenic suggesting fatty infiltration no focal abnormality in it what does this mean?

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    is a fatty liver bad?
    what does a fatty liever mean

    • ANSWER:
      When the talk about having a fatty liver…they usually
      mean they have a fatty liver disease.
      Fat inside the liver can cause a great deal of problems.
      If you think about the fact that the liver is surrounded by a
      membrane capsule…knowing that fat is also inside…
      you can imagine the pressure there. The fat can push
      even the nucleus of the liver cell out of place.
      It depends on the cause of the fat in the liver, whether
      or not the disease can be reversed. Some of the causes
      are alcohol consumption, medications like steriods, weight
      gain, diabetes, insulin resistance, high
      cholesterol/triglyceride levels, hereditary conditions and others.

      If the liver cells become damaged, the immune system of
      the body responds to this damage and cause inflammation
      inside the liver also…which adds to the pressure there.
      it then goes from just being simple fatty liver disease to
      Steatohepatitis. STeato means fat, hepat means liver,
      and itis means inflammation.
      If the inflammation continues on, it can lead to where the
      liver cells are not just damaged, they start to die off.
      When the die off, scar tissue forms inside the liver that
      blocks the flow of blood. This then cannot be reversed
      and becomes a progressive disease known as Cirrhosis
      of the liver. There is then, no turning back. The doctor
      can try to slow down this disease, but there is no cure
      for it other than a liver transplant.
      I hope this information has been of some help to you.
      Here is a link to learn more about this, just click on it:

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

      http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060601/1961.html

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html

  36. QUESTION:
    My Dr told me that i have some kind of inflammatory liver process going on.. what does that mean?
    My Dr told me to retake the liver function test since the results came out high. But he left me hanging with this response when I messaged him about my results: “You have some sort of inflammatory liver process going on, do your labs in 1 month”. That’s all he told me!! …. So.. i’m stumped… what can this indicate that i may have? Cirrhosis? Fatty liver disease?

    I’m feeling really bummed right now… I’m not obese at all, i stopped drinking 4 months ago, (but i was a heavy social drinker before i stopped, i didn’t drink everyday off the week just on the weekends), and i do take motrin when a headache comes on which is pretty often, and i don’t do any strenuous exercising. Any ideas? Thanks in advance…

    • ANSWER:
      When there is something actively bothering the liver, this can cause liver inflammation. Since your enzymes came out high, this is probably what the doctor means by “some kind of inflammatory liver process going on.” They don’t know what is causing the inflammation that made the numbers go up, but the doctor knows something is causing it. Inflammation can be caused by many things such as alcohol, meds, bile duct problems, gallbladder problems, etc. I have heard of them going up even when someone exercises a lot.

      Wait and see what the next blood work shows. The doctor wants to see if they remain high. If so, he might want to do some further testing to try and figure out what is going on. No need to be bummed out. It’s probably nothing. They might be perfectly normal next time you have them done. Don’t think the worst.

  37. QUESTION:
    a question about fatty liver ?
    my doctor said that i have a fatty liver without hepatitis. what does that mean ?

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    What does a paramedic mean when they refer to a patient’s case as a “club soda”?
    A friend of mine passed out in his kitchen the other day, hitting his head against the wall and having to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance. I overheard one of the paramedics telling his dispatch that he thought it was simply a “club soda”. I am sure this is some sort of paramedic lingo, but I don’t know any paramedics, and an online search came up empty. Turned out my friend had an irregular heartbeat, among his other numerous health conditions, which include a fatty liver and diabetes. If anyone could help me out with this term, I would really appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      Club soda actually refers to the unflavored carbonated water. Do you know what commonly goes with club soda? It’s WHISKEY.

      The “club soda” term you overheard is actually not a sort of paramedic lingo but rather just among the few “slang language”.

      The paramedics who mentioned such term could mean he thought that your friend could have had a “drinking session” which is the cause of his situation as the consequences.

      I hope that your friend is better now.

  39. QUESTION:
    diffuse fatty infiltration of the liver – what is that means.?
    Can someone please tell me in a way I can undestand (english) what is diffuse fatty infiltration of the liver. The CT scanning appears to be normar but with the above info.

    I have two previous CT with – Mosaic attenuation patter – and Mosaic perfusion. At this point I do not know if the scanning people know what they are doing or my health is fine.

    I have severe symptoms of pain on my Left Upper Quadrant Abdomen with mass in my abdomen followed by left upper back bruise (white spot – similar to bite)

    I just need your opinon of what possibilities of problems could that be. – It is over a year of testing with lots of drugs but no soluction.

    Please no website just your opionin.

    I thank you very much

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty infiltration is when the cells of an organ have absorbed fat from outside of it. In a nutshell your liver sucked up fat that surrounded it.

      Mosaic attenuation pattern has to do with what the person reading the CT scan is seeing. It is a pattern of darkness and lightness that resembles a form of art in which tiles are inlayed to form a picture. What they are seeing is the density of your liver varying in density wildly. This could be due to tumor versus healthy tissue versus fatty tissue.

      I have no idea what would cause a white spot on the outside of your body in relation to a mass inside of it though–that sounds a bit odd.

  40. QUESTION:
    Will an educated doctor tell anyone that alcohol is not a cause of Fatty Liver?
    My sister just recently visited the local medical clinic due to severe pain and bloating on her right side.

    She has consumed a good amount of alcohol daily for last 7 or 8 years. When she slows down she still binge drinks, which can be worse than drinking daily. I think she even hides how much she actually drinks, so she has always been scared that her alcohol consumption has affected her health.

    Well, the doctor examined her and told her that she could feel that her liver is enlarged (which to my understanding must be fatty liver, correct?)

    Anyway, my sister got her lab results back today and they came back negative, which means that her liver is functioning…so…what? Her liver is enlarged, and her lab results are negative… should she not go in for a biopsy? The doctor did not even recommend that. Let’s remember this is a medical clinic doctor, so hopefully they graduated from med school…another thing which alarms me is that the doctor even told her that fatty liver is caused only from obesity, and that she has no need to worry because she is not overweight… this is rediculous! How could a doctor tell someone who is potentially a heavy drinker that fatty liver is not caused from alcohol!

    Does anyone have any experiences they can share to help me understand how doctors can be so stupid? Now my sister thinks she is in the clear, and that all she needs to do is cut down her drinking… great!

    I am so upset, because now my sister thinks that she has no need for a second opinion. BTW, she does not have medical insurance, so she does not have a regular doctor.

    • ANSWER:
      First, there are two types of fatty liver disease…
      one is the non alcoholic kind and the other is
      caused by alcohol. The non alcoholic kind
      is caused by weight gain or hereditary reasons.
      However, all liver patients are told not to drink
      alcohol. Alcohol is the number one reason for
      a problem with the liver.

      If her liver is enlarged, she has inflammation
      inside the liver cells. This is not good. If
      the inflammation is treated and the cause is
      eliminated..she has a good chance of
      recovery. If this is not treated and the cause
      cannot be eliminated, then it may advance to
      death of the liver cells and this is then a
      progressive disease that only the doctors can
      try to slow down.
      Lab work is not 100% accurate. Some people
      don’t show a problem when there is one.
      It usually takes a series of blood tests to be
      sure of the results. There are different tests
      that the doctors do: the liver enzymes, the
      liver function tests and the viral tests to see
      if the problem is caused by a virus.

      Your sister should be seeing either a
      gastroenterologist or a hepatologist.
      This inflammation can lead to death of the
      liver cells that form scar tissue inside the
      liver that will block the flow of blood through
      the liver…this is known as cirrhosis.
      A liver transplant costs in the range of
      0,000 and up and the drugs to take
      afterwards are quite costly also.
      Cirrhosis of the liver is a horrible disease and
      many who have it because of alcoholic problems, wish they would of known way back
      so they could do something about it before
      they ended up on the transplant list hoping to
      receive a donor liver.

      The best thing for a patient to do now, since
      she has inflammation of the liver, which causes
      an enlargement of the liver…is to only take
      drugs prescribed by her doctor and to tell
      the doctor all drugs she is taking whether it
      be over the counter, cough/cold medications,
      herbs, herbal teas, vitamins, minerals and
      those prescriptions prescribed by other doctors.
      She should not take any medication with alcohol.
      If she has trouble stopping the alcohol, the
      hospital usually has a detox program where
      they give the patient medication to help control
      the symptoms she may have coming off the
      alcohol. If your sister is addicted, she has
      now two hurdles to take care of. Hoping she
      doesn’t get cirrhosis and also overcoming
      this addition. She will need support and
      not criticism to do this.

      There are many causes of cirrhosis of the liver
      some being: alcohol consumption, medication
      toxification, mushroom poisoning, chemical
      exposure, biliary obstruction or mal formation,
      fatty liver, viral (virus) like Hep A,B,C,
      and there are others.

      I hope this is of some help to you.
      The doctor usually starts out with a series
      of blood tests and an exam to feel the liver
      by hand…than an ultrasound is usually done
      to confirm the enlargement and check for
      growths, blood flow through the liver, and
      any abnormalities. They usually don’t
      do a liver biopsy unless they suspect it
      is cirrhosis of the liver. Cirrhosis of the
      liver is the death of the liver cells that form
      scar tissue inside the liver and blocks the
      flow of blood through the liver. As the cells
      die off, the liver will start to shrink in size and
      become harder in texture.
      Here is a link to learn more about this disease.

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

      It never hurts to get a second opinion.

  41. QUESTION:
    What do these liver scan results mean?
    I went and got an abdomen scan with contrast and these were the results:

    Abdomen:
    1. Slight mottled heterogeneous enhancement of the liver
    parenchyma is nonspecific. This could potentially represent
    hepatitis or possibly ill-defined early fatty infiltration of the
    liver.
    2. No evidence for bowel obstruction, focal fluid collection or
    free air. There is a large amount of fecal stasis in the colon.
    3. No evidence for abdominal adenopathy or mass.
    Pelvis:
    1. No evidence for pelvic adenopathy or mass.
    2. Small amount of free fluid in the left hemipelvis.

    What the heck does any of that mean? haha. Especially #1 under Abdomen

    • ANSWER:
      The scan and the contrast being used shows them that there
      is cell changes in the liver, but they cannot truly determine
      what it is. They are suggesting to the doctor that it may
      be hepatitis.

      Hepatitis is inflammation developing inside the liver because
      the immune system of the body is responding to Liver Cell
      damage.
      OR
      The “EARLY” stage of developing Fatty Liver disease.

      Fatty liver disease can be caused by weight gain, fast
      weight loss, diabetes, insulin resistance, metabolic
      disorders, consuming alcohol, can develop in the
      third trimester of pregnancy, high cholesterol/triglyceride
      levels, certain kinds of medications (like steriods),
      and other things.

      Fat inside the liver doesn’t usually cause a problem
      right away. But, if it continues to develop in the liver,
      it can cause pressure inside the liver and damage
      the liver cells. It is then no longer “simple fatty liver”
      it is Steatohepatitis (steato stands for fat, hepat stands
      for liver and itis stands for inflammation)

      Inflammation developing inside the liver would cause the
      liver to enlarge in size. This has not been mentioned here,
      so it may be quite early in this disease and easy to be
      reversed so the liver cells can heal. Stopping the cause
      is important.

      No testing is 100% accurate…they are not sure of these
      results.

      There is no problem with your bowels having anything
      blocking them from moving well, except that they see
      that you have a large amount of feces (stool) in your
      large intestines (which is the colon).

      They do not see any masses like cysts, tumors, or growths
      in your abdominal abdominal area or pelvis.
      They do see a little fluid in the pelvis area, though.

      I hope this information is of some help to you.
      This scan has to be compared to all the other testing you have
      had done and also your past medical history. Only the
      doctor can diagnose you for certain and truly knows what this
      test shows for your individual medical needs. You may want to
      be referred to a gastroenterologist or hepatologist.

      Best wishes.

  42. QUESTION:
    HELP – My daughter’s ultrasound of her liver came back. Can someone please let me know what this meany?
    In the summary it states “the liver is echogenic consistent with fatty infiltration or hepatocellular disease.”

    Then later in the Impression it says:

    IMPRESSION:
    1. Echogenic liver, rule out fatty infiltration or hepatocellular disease
    2. 1 cm ill defined hypoechoic region in the left lobe of the liver

    Does that mean that it is not fatty liver or hepatocelluar disease?

    - A Worried Mom

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry that the language of medicine is making an already worried mom even more worried! I know I can’t really ease a mother’s worry, but I can at least let you know what in the heck they’re talking about here.

      The summary is saying that the liver looked bright like it would if there was fatty liver or hepatocellular disease. Number 1 of the impression is saying that, because of the findings, more tests should be done to make sure that the abnormality is not being caused by something other than the disorders mentioned. In essence, they’re saying that, if they found something else with other tests, they could “rule out” fatty liver or hepatocellular disease. Number 2 is saying that there is an area on the left side of the liver that is a little darker than the rest of the liver (we call this “sparing” when the rest of the liver is abnormally bright).

      So, basically, the report is saying that, though the ultrasound points to the mentioned disorders, they can’t really tell what the problem is without further tests.

  43. QUESTION:
    Doctor says I have a Fatty filtrated liver?
    I got my test results done on my liver. The doctor said that it’s Fatty filtrated? What does this mean, is it serious, and is this why I’m getting tired and sick in the evenings?

    He said he was going to find me a specialist to go to? What exactly are the bad things I’m about to have to look forward to?

    • ANSWER:
      do you drink achohol regularly?

      usually high deposits of fat in and around the liver is a result of steatosis (when abnormal amount of lipids is retained in a cell) due to freaquent alchohol use. It is a form of liver damage. (however, it can be caused from things other then alchohol, such as obesity, or other toxins, but this is the most common one)

      it is best to treat this as early as possible, during the early stages, it is still possible to reverse the damage done to your liver.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Alcohol Steatohepatitis is inflammation from
      an alcoholic cause.

      NAFLD is Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.

      Here are some links that will help you understand
      this disease much better, that you can click on.

      http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060601/1961.html

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver

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

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

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

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

  45. QUESTION:
    results to my ultrasound says finding suggestive of fatty changes liver with thickened wall of bowel loops?
    what does that mean?is it something to be worried about?

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    Hepatology 101: what does it mean if a patient has a coarse ethnocgicty usually correlated with ..?
    mild fatty liver infiltration.
    how would you advise this patient of what the condition means.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you sure it doesn’t say “coarse ECHOgenicity?” If so, that would mean that on the ultrasound, the doctor saw areas that were more dense than others, which usually means that there are some fat deposits in the liver (fat has different density than normal liver cells). Fatty liver infiltration is most commonly associated with hitting the booze a little too hard (though there are many other reasons) – usually, one of the first sign of liver damage is something called “fatty change” (which is basically means exactly what the name implies), and what the report describes. The good news is that fatty change is reversible damage, but if the damage continues, then it will result in cirrhosis, or scarring, of the liver tissue. That is permanent.

  47. QUESTION:
    i have a elevated c-reactive protein, what does this mean?
    my doctor has been trying to find out what is wrong with me for 2 years now.she has tested me for a lot of things. and nothing.but i feel like battery acid is being pored down the center of my bones and feel stiff and swollen.i do have a enlarged fatty liver with infiltration.but im guessing that does not mean much ,i dont take any meds for it.does anyone have any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      People who have liver disease can develop
      osteopenia. Usually, they have a dexa scan done to
      determine the density of the bones. They can
      easily be prone to arthritis, also.

      C-reactive protein is a protein that is a high sensitive
      marker for inflammation. It is produced in the liver and
      rises to very high levels withing 4 to 6 hours following
      injurious conditions.

      Fatty liver disease has many causes:
      high cholesterol/triglyceride levels, weight gain or
      rapid weight loss, malnourishment, diabetes,
      insulin resistance, alcohol consumption, metabolic
      disorders, hereditary, and others.

      You have what is known as Steatohepatitis.
      Usually, a fatty liver starts out as Simple fatty liver
      that does not cause a problem. But, as the fat
      build up in the liver (fatty liver infiltrate) it causes
      pressure inside the liver that damages the liver
      cells. The immune system of your body will then
      respond to this damage and cause the liver to
      enlarge in size. (This can be seen on an ultrasound
      scan). This is now no longer simple fatty liver…it
      is Steatohepatitis. Steato stands for fat, hepat stands
      for liver, and itis stands for inflammation.

      You should definitely be seeing a gastroenterologist
      now or a hepatologist. The doctor has to determine
      the cause of the fatty liver and try to have it stopped.
      If it isn’t stopped and the inflammation treated, it
      can cause the liver cells to die off and form scar
      tissue inside the liver that can block the flow of
      blood to the liver cells. It becomes a progressive
      irreversible disease then, known as Cirrhosis of the
      liver.

      The elevated C reactive protein can be caused
      by the cirrhosis, arthritis, or any inflammation.

      Links about Fatty liver disease that you can click on:

      http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060601/1961.html

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver

      Links about cirrhosis of the liver:

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

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/cirrhosis.html

      A link about C-reactive protein:

      http://www.usc.edu/dept/gero/CBPH/biomarker/biomarkers-C-reactive.htm

      Hope this information is of some help to you. Best wishes

  48. QUESTION:
    ‘Fatty change in liver’ what is the cause and what is the remedy?
    I had mild pain around upper right side of stomach, had a sonography done, was told there is ‘fatty change in liver’. What does this mean? I used to smoke and drink (though have quit that 2 weeks back) and am a bit overweight. My general physician said no medicine required, only diet control. Could someone help me here. Also, can I start doing basic cardio exercise like walks and jogging? Request someone to assist me with getting this liver problem under control.

    • ANSWER:
      My husband just had an ultrasound and then a liver biopsy, and it showed he had a non-alcoholic fatty liver. His doctor recommended, for now, to use fish oil (a vitamin= easy to find at a store), to lose about 20#, watch what he eats (not much red meat, very little junk food, very little salt, no pop,etc.) and to exercise. If unattended, this can become very serious. DO NOT drink anymore. Maybe a beer/mixed drink here and there, but no more than that. Cardio/walking/jogging are all good! :)

  49. 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.

  50. QUESTION:
    liver echotexture may indicate fatty infiltration or chronic liver disease?
    what does it mean when the diagnose is heterogeneous liver echotexture may indicate fatty infiltratio or chronic liver diseas. No discrete liver lesion seen

    • ANSWER:
      I am going to be honest it is very hard to tell you what this means without the context of what they were looking for. This sounds like an ultrasound reading? The reading does not sound bad to me, you have no lesions (cancer) but could have some changes going on. I am not sure what they were looking for so I cannot help you with this result and what it means to you. Your best bet is to talk to the doctor who ordered this test, ask him/her what he/she was looking for and if anything was found that would require further testing. If you do not know the doctor, take the result to your primary care doctor and talk to them.


Curing Fatty Liver Disease

Curing Fatty Liver Diseases at Home
Curing fatty liver diseases at home.

If you have fatigue, dull abdominal pain, flatulence and bloating, then you are affected by fatty liver disease. Don’t worry this accumulation of fat in the liver cells is curable. Substances obtained from Nature food, nutrient and herbal medicines are effective in reversing Fatty Liver condition in a few days.

Blood sugar imbalances, cramping, general feeling of ill-health, weight gain, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, loss of appetite, constipation, jaundice, nausea, fever and vomiting may also indicate fatty liver disease.

These symptoms arise from causes such as alcohol, obesity, starvation, diabetes mellitus, corticosteroids and poisons .Microversicular fatty liver is caused by Valporic acid and high dose tetracycline during pregnancy.

Fatty liver disease diagnosis is done with blood tests. Home remedies are very effective in curing this condition. They are better than conventional remedies as they are without side effects. For instance, sibutramine used to cure liver disease is currently under review by the FDA to asses the connection between this drug and heart attacks.

Opt for healthy life style and do exercises regularly. Eat light food like salads, boiled or baked vegetables and meat to strengthen the liver. Foods high in fiber and low in calories and saturated fat are recommended. Give up alcohol, tobacco, certain drugs and oily, spicy and fatty food.

Drink plenty of water and fresh fruit juices, especially grapefruit that is rich in vitamin-c, burns fats and restricts development of fatty liver.

Make use of a mixture of milk thistle, artichoke, licorice and dandelion for curing fatty liver at home.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I am looking for a cure for fatty liver disease in my cat .?

    • ANSWER:
      No cure. There is a diet I believe. Take it to a Vet.

  2. QUESTION:
    Once you have Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, is it for life or is there a cure or reversal?

    Does it continue to progress over time eventually causing liver failure?

    • ANSWER:
      There are different stages of Non Alcoholic
      Fatty Liver disease. Some times people can
      have fat around the outside of the liver and
      it does not affect the function of the liver at
      all. Others have fat that builds up in between
      and in the cells of the liver and this causes a
      problem. Some people are placed on a diet,
      and this decreases the fat inside the liver and
      it can reverse and the liver can heal.
      Let me explain this clearer: The extra fat pushes
      on the insides of the cells and places them
      under stress. It is like going into a small room.
      You have plenty of room while you are in their
      yourself. Then others start to come in and as
      they continue to come it…you are backed up
      against the corner of it. Soon you are not able
      to move around, your cannot get nourishment,
      oxygen you need, and you will die unless you
      can get through…which is now almost
      impossible. That is what happens in the
      liver cell. The fat blocks the things the cell
      itself needs to exist and it also pushes the
      nucleus of the cell out of position. The cell
      becomes stressed, it can no longer function
      the way it once did and it can die. What makes
      it even worse on the cell…is when the cells
      are damaged, it signals the immune system
      to respond and that causes inflammation to
      develop in the liver also and even more, faster
      damage can happen then.

      Follow closely anything the doctor may tell
      you to do for your condition. Whether it
      be losing weight or taking medication for
      any inflammation that may develop or whatever
      causes the liver to be this way.
      If the condition can be reversed, he will see
      this on future blood work you may have done.
      Once the liver reaches the point that inflammation has progressed to the point that
      the cells of the liver die off…this can lead
      to an incurable disease known as cirrhosis
      of the liver. It is best to catch this early on
      so it can be reversed before getting to this
      point. Cirrhosis is scar tissue that forms in
      the liver because the cells start to die off.
      This scar tissue can block nourishment and
      oxygen from getting to the healthy cells and
      they can die also.

      So the answer to your question is that sometimes it can be completely reversed and
      other times it may progress onward depending
      on whether it is treated in time.

      Here is a very good link to learn more about
      this disease

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

  3. QUESTION:
    Is there a herbal remedy for Fatty Liver disease?
    I have a very enlarged liver because of Non alcoholic fatty liver disease.I don’t drink alcohol but I do take a lot of medications and have for many years.The medications are essential.I know I can’t cure my liver but there must be something I could take to help my liver work and last longer.I am a 61 yr. old gal with lots of other health problems.Takeing another med for my liver seems to just add to the work it has to do.Is there something that is good for it and it would apppreciate a little help.I am not overweight and try to stay active but sometimes my abdomen is very sore and bloated to the point that I can’t where anything around my middle so I were dresses all the time.Unfortunately my tummy looks like I am 7 months pregnant.I just got this diagnosis from a recent ultra sound which also revealed many large fibroids in my uterus.I can get those taken care of surgically but a liver transplant is something I what to avoid as long as possible.Any sugesstions would be appreciated and I will consult a doctor before trying anything.I just feel I should do a little research on my own..Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      well, your liver is what makes fat for your body. if you have a lazy liver, then instead of moving that fat out of your liver and into your butt or legs, your liver deposits the fat within itself. so, its a lazy liver.

      since this may be your problem, think of your liver like an extra butt. the best way to lose weight from your butt is to excerise, eat healthy, and SLOWLY lose weight. if you lose weight slowly, the weight (or fat) will come off your liver. if you lose weight rapidly, you actually end up making the matter worse as the liver does the opposite of what you want.

      i know that what ive said is bizarre. you need to see a hepatologist (or GI physician if in the U.S.) and have this explained to you in a matter that may make more sense….as i dont know your preferred learning style.

      basically, eat healthy and exercise in order to lose weight. that should help your fatty liver out!

      best wishes.

  4. QUESTION:
    Is a disease called “fatty liver” dangerous?
    My friend whos about 48yrs is suffering from a disease called FATTY LIVER is this dangerous? Is there any cure for this condition?

    • ANSWER:
      There are two types of fatty liver disease,
      those called non-alcoholic fatty liver (NASH) and
      alcoholic fatty liver. Both can become
      dangerous if the cause of the disease is not
      stopped and reversed. Some people develop
      this because of high triglycerides, fats in
      the liver. This can come from the food they
      eat or be a hereditary condition, and these
      people are usually overweight. The other
      one is caused because the alcohol, they
      consume, interferes with the metabolism of
      the fats. Going on a special diet or stopping
      the drinking of alcohol can reverse the
      disease and the liver can heal.

      If they do not follow the instructions they
      are given, like those above, and they continue
      to eat wrong or drink alcohol, it could lead
      to a very dangerous situation for them.
      The cells of the liver will start to die, this
      is known as cirrhosis. Once they start to
      die, there is no reversing this disease.
      The reason is because where the cells die
      they form scar tissue inside the liver. This
      scar tissue prevents the other healthy liver
      cells from obtaining nourishment and oxygen
      they need to function and they die also.
      It is a continual cycle after that. The only
      thing that can be done is to try to slow the
      cirrhosis down until the patient has a liver
      transplant. It is much better for the patient to
      follow the doctors instructions and do what
      ever is necessary to heal the liver from the
      inflammation that develops than to face that.
      A liver transplant can cost anywhere from
      0,000 and higher. Then the patient is
      also forced to be with medical doctors the
      rest of their life. This surgery isn’t just
      performed on anyone…there is a shortage of
      organs and the patient has to go through an
      evaluation process to be placed on a very long
      waiting list and wait until an organ becomes
      available for them or they can die while on
      the list if the cirrhosis keeps progressing or they
      become too sick to withstand a 7 to 14 hour
      surgery.

      Here is a site that explains about fatty liver:

      http://www.healthatoz.com/healthatoz/Atoz/common/standard/transform.jsp?requestURI=/healthatoz/Atoz/ency/fatty_liver.jsp

      If you read this article, you will see other
      causes of fatty liver disease and how they
      treat it. I mentioned the main ones in this post.

  5. QUESTION:
    I have NAFLD (Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease). What are my chances of getting Cirrhosis?
    I went to the the ER the other day because I have had chronic diarrhea, dizziness, and abdominal pain for more than 3 months now. The Dr. found that I had NAFLD and said that I should be seeing a Dr. for this condition and said that I need MANY tests done to see what is causing it. She also said that I have to be on a vegan diet (I am not overweight) to see if it can reverse the Disease. My questions are: Is there a cure for this & What are the chances of it forming into Cirrhosis?

    • ANSWER:
      You should be seeing either a gastroenterlogist
      or hepatologist now.
      Fatty liver disease can be caused by many
      different things: alcohol consumption, certain
      medications like steriods, weight gain, hereditary conditions,
      diabetes, insulin resistance, high cholesterol/triglyceride levels
      and more.

      The cause needs to be determined.
      There are different stages of this disease….
      Simple fatty liver doesn’t usually cause a
      problem and can be easily reversed by
      stopping the cause. Alot of people are very
      thin and can still have this problem.

      The fat pushes on the liver cells and can
      even push the nucleus of the liver cell out of
      place. That is why it has to be treated immediately
      ….so the fat will disappear and not harm the cells.
      The liver is surrounded by a membrane capsule and
      the fat only adds to the pressure inside the liver.
      If the cells of the liver become damaged, it signals
      the immune system of the body to respond to
      this. The immune system then causes inflammation
      to develop inside the liver, also. This will cause the
      liver to enlarge in size. It then goes from simple
      fatty liver to steatohepatitis. Steato means fat,
      hepat means liver and itis means inflammation.
      This becomes more serious…the inflammation adds
      to more pressure inside the liver and the cells can
      more easily start to die off. When the cells die off,
      it becomes a progressive disease known as
      Cirrhosis of the liver. What happens now, it the
      cells die off and form scar tissue inside the liver
      that blocks the flow of blood through the liver on
      its way back to the heart and may also block
      the flow of blood to the other liver cells and they
      will continually die off.

      If the patient follows the doctor instructions and
      is treated for any inflammation that may have
      developed…then it may never go to the point of
      becoming Cirrhosis of the liver.

      Here are some links to help you learn more about
      this, that you can click on:

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

      http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060601/1961.html

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver

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

  6. QUESTION:
    What can I do about my fatty liver?. c?
    I have just been diagnosed with “non alcoholic fatty liver disease, thoughI have high cholesterol ,the specialist attributed it too me” being half a stone over weight, this makes no sense to me as I know poeple twice as haevey and twice my age, who do not have this condition. He recoomends ” diet and exersize., I alraedy do exersize size three times a week, and eat seansably.

    I fear devlponing cirhosses, might someone have any ideas for reasion why I may have this, and how it might be cured?.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s caused by high cholesterol, being overweight and having a genetic predisposition. The genetics are why not every overweight person develops a fatty liver.
      You must eat a lower calorie diet with much less fat in it, and do more strenuous exercise. Try to lose at least half a stone. If you’re predisposed to liver disease, it can’t hurt to lose a little more, maybe a stone.
      It’s not fair that some people get it and others don’t, but if you don’t do all you can now then you will get cirrhosis. So however unlikely it seems, you should change your diet and exercise more.

  7. QUESTION:
    Need help with homeopathic medicine, any suggestions? Urgent?
    1. Antidote for Chikungunya / Dengue
    2. Cure for fatty Liver disease
    3. Cure for diabetes

    • ANSWER:
      CHINA 30 for Chikungunya thrice a day,
      For Liver SULFUR 30 BRYONIA 30 and CARDUSS MARIANUS Q(Mother Tincture) 20 drops thrice a day and SULFUR and BRYONIA 3 Drops.
      For Diabetes and for the Liver Disease I will need complete symptoms of the patient but the above will clear most of the liver symptoms including Jaundice and Hepatitis. Please give complete details of the patient for an appropriate treatment.If there is something else you want to know or clarify please post details or email me.
      Take care and God Bless you !

  8. QUESTION:
    what is nash disease in obese chidren, and how do you cure it?
    this disease is in the liver.it is also called fatty liver disease.It seems to be akin to the liver problems an adult alcoholic experiences……

    • ANSWER:
      No surgeries or medications can cure it, only diet and exercise…a healthy lifestyle. It can be reversed before any further damage is done. Try looking here:

      http://dietplanforfattyliver.com/

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

      Good Luck!

  9. QUESTION:
    what are the reasons of a slightly fatty liver and what are the symptoms?
    is it fatal, can it be cured, is it a natural occurance or disease, drug, alcohol, or poison related?

    • ANSWER:
      It is not fatal.

      Some individuals can develop fatty liver. Most people who do not abuse alcohol and have fatty liver are obese. Fatty liver is called steatosis, and fatty liver with liver inflammation is called or steatohepatitis. Steatosis and steatohepatitis can be caused by alcohol and other drugs and can also sometimes occur in patients with diabetes mellitus. Steatohepatitis notcaused by alcohol is sometimes referred to as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis or “NASH.” The factors that determine who will develop fatty liver are not known. Some mildly obese and occasional non-obese patients will develop fatty liver while some who are severely obese will not.
      Patients with fatty liver or steatohepatitis usually present to a physician with unexplained elevations in the serum aminotransferase activities. Serum alkaline phosphatase and gamma-glutamyltranspeptidase activities can also be elevated. The patient is usually 10% or more above his/her ideal body weight.

      The diagnosis is usually suspected after other causes of hepatitis are excluded. A careful drug and alcohol history should be taken and serological testing for HBsAg and antibodies against the hepatitis C virus should be performed. Metabolic diseases should be excluded by a careful family history and appropriate testing if they are suspected. Serum protein electrophoresis and testing for autoantibodies should be performed if autoimmune hepatitis is suspected. Sometimes, patients with fatty liver or steatohepatitis will have elevated serum trigyceride concentrations, however, this is not always the case.

  10. QUESTION:
    Please help my cat, i don’t know what to do!?
    ok its a long story but please read it. my cat is 11 years old.

    my cat was throwing up yellow liquid every day for a week and kept making an awful yelping noise before he would vomit. we took him to the vet and they said there were crystals in his kidney that were small enough to be dissolved by a special type of food, which he ate and seemed to like. they also prescribed an antibiotic and an anti vomiting pill for him to take (cerenia?). he seemed better for about a day or two, but then he refused to eat his food and threw up a few times over the course of 4 days and sometimes the vomit was like white foam; other times it was yellow liquid. We took him to the vet after he refused to eat for 4 days. the vet made a chiropractic adjustment on his back (((also made one one week prior, because he had hip/back problems before and his back was sort of swayed near his butt. the vet thought that it may have been pressing on his kidneys and causing a gag reflex. his back was better but he still vomited afterward))) and this time his back seemed better but this did not cure his illness. he prescribed a higher dosage of cerenia (anti vomit/anti nausea), and said to stop giving our cat the antibiotic, which he felt may have been ruining his appetite. also, because our cat was not eating at all for 4 days, he said to feed him wet food through a syringe. we took him home today after he went to the vet yesterday and gave him his second anti-vomit/nausea pill (cerenia) and fed him a few times with the syringe. (((the vet also suggested that the cat may have developed a aversion to the special food for his kidney because he got more sick while eating it, so we tried to give him his old dry food today. he seemed interested in the food and ate a few pieces but mostly just pushed it around the bowl.))) after we gave him the cerenia pill, he sat near the wall in a ball (he’d been doing this since we noticed him getting sick and he also hid in new places; idk if this means anything. throughout all of this, he has seemed more lethargic, tired, and overall weak than we have ever seen him.) and i walked over to see what he was doing. i noticed a few drops of water/drool? were coming out of his mouth. now i’m not sure if he just drank, but i don’t think he did. he dripped a few times like a faucet that’s barely left on. on sunday hes going back to the vet to have a urinalysis completed because he had blood in his urine in the last examination. i don’t know what’s going on, and it seems as if the vet is just as perplexed (he basically said it could be any number of things and i remember him saying pancreaitis and other things like if he doesn’t eat he will get fatty liver disease.) so i’m just really confused and am looking for anyone who has experienced the same thing or has any suggestions.

    sorry it is so long….but i’m getting desperate now.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not a doctor or anything, but here is what I would do, based on my experience.

      Immediately discontinue cerenia. It sounds like your cat is having a reaction to it. Cerenia is not approved for use in cats and there are some concerns with its use. Besides, the bile is not the problem with the cat – it is a symptom. The cause of the illness should be investigated. A cat who is not feeling well will often hide and sleep excessively.

      Also, your cat must eat! Cats are poor fasters and fatty liver disease is a real possibility for cats who go without eating for a couple of days. Never wait for 4 days. If you must, assist feed the cat. Make a slurry of canned food mixed with water and slowly feed the cat using a syringe. Never squirt directly into the throat, but gently ease it into the side of the mouth and allow the cat to swallow on its own.

      Seek a second opinion from another vet if your cat is not getting better.

  11. QUESTION:
    Would YOU Eat Dandelions Fresh From Your Yard …?
    … if you knew that by ingesting them they could:

    Prevent or cure liver diseases, such as hepatitis or undice;
    Act as a tonic and gentle diuretic to purify your blood, cleanse your system, dissolve kidney stones, and otherwise improve gastro-intestinal health;
    Assist in weight reduction; cleanse your skin and Eliminate acne;
    Improve your bowel function, working equally well to relieve both constipation and diarrhea;
    Prevent or lower high blood pressure;
    Prevent or cure anemia;
    Lower your serum cholesterol by as much as half;
    Eliminate or drastically reduce acid indigestion and gas buildup by cutting the heaviness of fatty foods;
    Prevent or cure various forms of cancer;
    Prevent or control diabetes mellitus;

    AND MOST PEOPLE GET RID OF THEM AND CALL THEM NASTY WEEDS!

    • ANSWER:
      yes, I have and also harvest red clover, plantain and violets right outside the door.

      And many herbs/plants/wild foods from the fields and woods too in my life.

      But they are pretty cheap to buy..the ones in my fridge from Kroger just cost 1.29 lb

      I always liked dandelions even as a little girls and never thought them weeds but pretty flowers that look cool in a field or lawn personally.

      As a child I loved flowers an picking them and this helped me later in life to identify them easier for wild foods or medicines. the more I learn about the astounding power of so many plants, the more in awe I am of this creation of ours and the creator who put all these healing chemicals in them.

      I never heard the helped diabetes though hmm

      the cool thing about herbs is that many cures many types of ills not just one (although some are specific to an organ like milk thistle for the liver, ginkgo for the brain or hawthorne for the heart)..this is cause herbs go tot he root cause and fix the problem causing various symptoms (which doctors call each a disease)…they also unlike drugs work organically with our body..

      The dandelion is a particularly mighty plant.

      would most people eat them..on this forum perhaps but in general no..the average person does not want to fix their own health but rather go to an doctor and say give me some pill to heal me (after I got sick with my crappy lifestyle)

      the more you study herbs the more amazing it is what a gift they are to man and beast

  12. QUESTION:
    Do you think that Black Seed Oil can be used as a treatment for HIV/AIDS?
    I AM SORRY THAT THIS IS LONG, BUT PLEASE READ

    I am currently doing research about Black Seeds. It is also known as Black Coriander or Black Caraway seeds. It is know that Black Seeds can cure/treat many medical ailments.

    Well in my Biology class, we were learning about adaptation, and an example is the AIDS virus. When ever this one perosn took the medication, it seemed that somehow the virus would adapt to it. Well since I have heard of Black Seed, and I have done some research, I was wondering if it can treat HIV/AIDS. I know that it may not completley cure it, or that you need to take this for a while to see results, i was just wondering about the possibilities.

    Based on this info, what do you think? Any comments will be accepted. It would help me if you cite your information (if you can).

    -Black seed unquestionably has a positive and stabilizing effect on the human immune system which . Moreover, since diseases are the result of defective immune systems, it is fair to assume that the beneficial effects go beyond skin disorders and allergies. Since the immune system has a direct or indirect effect on all the systems of the body, when you are infected by any disease, the power of the immunity system affects the cure of this disease.

    -Black seed is a safe and effective herb that can be used by almost anyone. No irritations or side effects are caused when the right dose is correctly applied. Its benefits are obtained through consistent use,the effects are medium to long term. Diabetes is useful in the treatment of diabetes mellitus or diabetes caused by an allergy. However it is recommended that the treatment be supervises because Black seed does lower blood sugar levels. Black seed should not be taken by pregnant women if their wombs are sensitive

    -Mahfouz and El-Dakhakhny, prominent Egyptian researchers isolated the active principle nigellone from Black Seed’s essential oil in 1959. There are over 100 different chemical components in the seed.

    Nigella and melatin are two ingredients in Black Seed that contribute greatly to its highly diversified powers. These substances work together to provide the digestive benefits that have been revered in Black Seed. They also promote cleansing and assist with overall eliminating action.

    Two of the most volatile oils found in Black seed are nigellone and thymoquinone which were fist discovered in the herb in 1985. Nigellone offers both anti-spasmodic and bronchodilating properties which contribute to Black Seed’s potency against respiratory ailments. It also acts as an antihistamine which helps to reduce the negative symptoms of allergy sufferers. Thymoquinone contains excellent anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It is also a strong anti-oxidant and helps cleanse the body of toxins. Both nigellone and thymoquinone work in conjunction with one another to enhance Black Seed’s action against respiratory ailments. It also provides a healthy alternative to the more commonly prescribed cortisone based therapies used by allergy sufferers.

    Black seed provides a rich supply of polyunsaturated fatty acids. These ingredients play a key role in daily health and wellness. They help to regulate the metabolism, carry toxins to the skin’s surface for elimination, balance insulin levels, regulate cholesterol, improve body circulation, and promote healthy liver function. A deficiency in polyunsaturated fatty acids can lead to a wide number of health problems including nervous system disorders, uninhibited growths, and skin diseases.

    Black seed contains over 100 valuable nutrients. It is comprised of approximately 21% protein, 38% carbohydrates, and 35% plant fats and oils. The active ingredients of black seed are nigellone, thymoquinone, and fixed oils. Black seed also contains significant proportions of protein, carbohydrates and essential fatty acids. Other ingredients include linoleic acid, oleic acid, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin B2, niacin, and vitamin C.

    A 1994 study conducted in London by King’s College revealed that Black Seed has properties that inhibit certain enzymes, which also inhibit the production of certain prostaglandins. This is more proof that the rich and complex combination of elements found in Black Seed work together for a total effect.

    Black Seed has over 1400 years history of use. Many ancient books and text suggest the following traditional uses for Black Seed. But please note, that these should not be understood as cures or treatments for any disease or illness.
    Now this is only some of the research that I have done. I have not actually done some testing or anything, I am just in High School. Right now, I am in the stage of gathering information.

    • ANSWER:
      What’s the active ingredient?
      Can it be synthesized or purified on a large scale?
      What’s the target?
      What’s the mechanism of action?
      What’s the effectiveness compared to current treatments?

      These are the questions that must be answered before it can be used to treat anything.

      There’s a reason medicine doesn’t just use things like this. Until you know what molecule is doing what you don’t know about any possible cross-reactions, toxicity issues, and most importantly you can’t quantify everything since the amount of active ingredient isn’t controlled.