Fat In Liver Cells

Food poisoning refers to severe gastroenteritis that occurs due to the consumption of contaminated and stale food items in hotels, restaurants and picnics. The inner lining of the stomach and the small intestine gets inflamed, followed by passing of watery stools, vomiting and abdominal cramps. The stool contains blood and mucous, and there is a burning sensation in the rectum due to frequent passing of stools. This results in huge loss of fluids from the body causing dehydration and shock. Both adults and children get affected by this disease, and severe cases may call for emergency.

Symptoms

Food poisoning can be serious and life threatening. This can be diagnosed by the following symptoms -

1. Diarrhea and vomiting.
2. Cramps in the abdomen.
3. Dehydration
4. Patient may suffer from severe shocks.

Causes

Germs like Staphylococcus bacteria produce toxins in the food items like meat, fish, milk, custards and other dairy products, consumption of which results in food poisoning.
Home Remedies

Food poisoning can be life-threatening, and so it demands immediate treatment. Some home remedies are widely practiced in curing this disease.

1. The patient must be given Oral Re-hydration Solution (ORS) in little amounts to prevent dehydration and shock. The solution can be prepared by mixing 1 teaspoonful of sugar and a pinch of salt in a glass of water.

2. Drinking water must be boiled and cooled to prevent the aggravation of this disease.

3. Tea, rice water, water from tender coconut, barley etc. can also be given to the patient after the vomiting subsides. This also prevents dehydration.

4. A mixture is prepared from one tablespoon of poppy seeds, one tablespoon cardamom powder and one teaspoon of edible gum, half teaspoon of nutmeg powder and two tablespoons of sugar. The whole mixture is ground into fine powder and is given to the patient after every two hours.

5. Herbal tea prepared from chamomile, mint, raspberry and blackberry are useful in treating food poisoning.

6. Make a paste of ginger and add buttermilk to it. Having this mixture 2-3 times a day helps in curing this problem.

7. Taking ginger extract with lemon juice also provides fast relief from vomiting.

8. Mix 2-3 tablespoons of ginger and lemon extract and add a little amount of black pepper powder. This mixture should be taken 2-3 times daily to get relief from food poisoning.

9. Prepare a mixture by adding 2-3 tablespoons of basil leaf extract in half cup of curd. Sprinkle a little amount of salt and black pepper powder in it. Taking this mixture 3-4 times a day reduces the symptoms of food poisoning.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Diabetes mellitus type 1 is marked by low insulin levels. In the liver, low insulin levels lead to increased?
    glucose due to the lack of conversion into glycogen. In fat and muscle cells, low insulin levels lead to increased glucose levels due to the lack of glucose transporters on the cell surface. Which of the following scenarios provides the best explanation for this?

    a) Insulin uses different receptors to elicit different responses in liver as compared to muscle/fat cells
    b) The insulin pathway that activates glucose transporters in muscle/fat cells deactivates glycogen biosynthesis in the liver
    c) Muscle/fat cells and liver cells have different transducers and responders available to be utilized by the insulin pathway.
    d) GLUT4 is only found in liver cells
    e) Liver cells use G-protein coupled receptors while muscle/fat cells use tyrosine kinase receptors

    • ANSWER:
      In the absence of insulin, glucose remains in the blood and causes hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). The liver is unable to metabolize the glucose and turns on the pathways for glycogenolysis and gluconeogenesis. These pathways then produce additional glucose from glycogen, amino acids and glycerol.

      So in a nutshell the answer to your question is B.

  2. QUESTION:
    When triacylglycerol is broken down in a fat cell, how does the glycerol and the fatty acids?
    get out of the fat cell (how do they cross the bilayer)?
    am i right in saying that the glycerol leaves the cell to enter gluconeogenesis and the fat cell leaves to be oxidized in the liver mitochondria?? but how do they get out of the fat cell?
    Thanks for the answer but could you answer this specific question: I am asking how glycerol and fatty acid gets out of the FAT cell.

    • ANSWER:
      you are definitly correct to say that their is a transport mechanism of the triglyceride to the liver, this is where carrier proteins like HDL, LDL, VLDL come into play. They are transport proteins which carry fat molecules to deposition sites (such as adipose tissue) and to the liver for subsequent metabolism. Because the fat is of particular lipophillic nature, it is easily passes through the cell membrane without the need for a transport mechanism (channel embedded in membrane, carrier, etc..). This passive diffusion is mediated by a concentration gradient which governs triglyceride equilibrium between plasma and tissue. Fat that is difused from adipose tissue (fat cells) and carried over to the liver crosses the lipid bylater again via passive diffusion and is acted upon by liver enzymes for their respective utility. Some fats are broken down for energy, some are used to build large steroid molecules, others serve varying other purposes in the homeostasis for cells.

      In terms of free floating fatty acids (FA's) and glycerol, these molecules have selected ways of trasport and absoprtion. FAs like triglycerides are highly protein bound in the blood and therefore enter cells based on a equilibrium constant between the compartments of plasma and tissue as needed. Glycerol however is very hydrophilic, meaning it travels freely in the blood however must have a facilitated diffusion mechanism in order to enter the cells. This is done so by proteins embedded in the cell membrane and acts as a tunnel for glycerol to enter.

      as for how does

  3. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to recover from chronic vitamin a toxicity?
    I've read that it takes 200-300 days for the body to remove the excess accumulation of vitamin a in the liver, bloodstream, and fat cells. Is this true? My main symptoms include skin dryness/buildup, minimal hair loss, fatigue, and back pain. I've been off any and all vitamins for 180 days now.

    (I took around 15,000 iu's of retinol for 1 1/2 years)

    • ANSWER:
      well u probably already damaged your kidneys and liver alot from vitamin a, so ull still have the effects of the damage from the toxcity.

  4. QUESTION:
    Severly Insulin Resistant with Raised glucose but not enough to be Type II Diabetic.....?
    ONLY those who are really in the know should answer this question please....

    If somebody is Severley Insulin Resistant with raised glucose levels but is NOT yet type II Diabetic, then will diet alone get rid of the chronic fatigue?

    My doctor has left me with the impression that obesity is the cause of my daughters Insulin Resistance.

    I am of the understanding that because her bodies fat cells, Liver & Muscles are resisting the insulin it itself is being stored as solid fat bulking her up all the more. So since the body doesnt know what to do with the insulin it is unable to convert the food into necessary energy!

    So where do I go from here?

    This individual hardly eats if anything at all during the day. They eat at Tea Time a healthy dinner (and not a bucket load either) and that is it! I am worried that should they start eating breakfast, dinner & Tea that they are going to end up a sumo wrestler.

    As it is they end up sleeping all day, are unable to function and look literally drunk most of the time, if not all of the time and end up falling to sleep at the desk!

    Please help because I really dont see how just following a diet without the use of medication (ie:metaformin) is going to help.

    Besides all of this because her pancreas is mass producing insulin, it is seeping into her skin around her neck, inner elbows, armpits, groins, inner thighs/crutch and under her bust line and tummy! This leaves the body brown/black and is referred to as Acanthosis Nigricans.

    Does some practitioner or some specialist out there have the answer as to whether following a strict dietary regime (without medication) will that alone cure the chronic fatigue and result in weight loss???
    My daughter is under an Endocrinologist at The Birmingham Childrens Hospital. All I have been informed by letter is that she indeed has Acanthosis Nigricans, is Severely Insulin Resistant and already has impaired glucose tolerance, of which has not yet made her Type II diabetic.... Basically Acanthosis Nigricans is the bodies mechanisium of overspilling the surplus insulin thats being produced, (into the skin) delaying the body becoming type II Diabetic (just yet). It is diet controlled, which if done well prevents type II Diabetes coming into complete effect, but through all information I have read they are always given metformin too! I just dont understand why she hasnt been prescribed it when she is Severley Insulin Resistant. ???? She has around 5 stone to lose.....
    Thankyou for your answer but just something for you to chew on too. Type I diabetics can also become Double Diabetic and suffer from Acanthosis Nigricans. This happens if type I sufferers scoff what they want and just inject insulin as they please in line with there food consumption. Eventually they can become insulin resistant and end up with the tell tale black patches neck, armpits, groin etc...... Double diabetic being type I & type II at the same time......
    I got the following information from the following website:

    http://www.driscollchildrens.org/diabetes/ponder_docs/insresist1.asp

    Why do people with Insulin Resistance gain weight?
    The ability to produce and store fat is present in persons with Insulin Resistance and may even be higher than normal. Insulin makes the fat cells store unused energy as fat. And so, with high insulin levels, all that extra insulin will grab any extra fuel (from food) that is not being used for energy and store it as fat in your body. This equals to more weight gain!

    High insulin levels can also cause rapid growth of muscle, bone, and other tissues. It is quite common for a child with insulin resistance to be not only heavier, but also taller and appear more mature for his years compared to other children the same age.

    • ANSWER:
      Sharon, there are lots of things to address here.

      First of all severely high insulin resistance with HIGH glucose levels IS diabetes. How high are you talking about? What is her Fasting Blood Glucose levels? What is her A1C? The range of reference for normal fasting blood glucose levels is 70 - 100. 100 - 125 is considered pre-diabetic and anything over 126 is diabetes.

      Another point is that obesity does not cause diabetes. There is a strong connection between the two and obesity increases your risk factor of developing it, but there is not proof that FAT GIVES YOU diabetes. Your Dr is probably explaining that her high blood sugar levels is related to her weight which is true, but it isn't the sole cause.
      Once a diabetic, always a diabetic. Loosing weight will not reverse it. You can help CONTROL blood sugar levels with diet, exercise and weight loss, but not reverse it.

      Another point, high blood sugar will cause weight LOSS not weight GAIN. Sugar/Carbs is your body's main source of energy. When the body cannot properly break it down and utilize it, it will turn to the stored fat as a secondary source of energy. Therefore, the body will breakdown fat for energy causing weight loss. Weight loss is a symptom of high blood sugars.

      I have no idea where you get the idea that insulin is bulking her up or seeping into areas of her body. Ive never heard of this in my 13 years as a diabetic.

      In answer to controlling blood sugar without medication, it depends on how sever her insulin sensitivity is. YES you can help manage it with diet and exercise and one of the major keys in blood sugar management is DIET. But most people need to revert to medication like Metformin or insulin. Every body is different and treatment varies - she needs to find a regime that works for her.

      You need to seek an Endocrinologist to have her properly diagnosed and treated ASAP.

      EDIT
      I just looked up the condition Acanthosis Nigricans and see what you are talking about. I have noticed ppl with dark rings and never realized it was caused by insulin or over productive hormones

  5. QUESTION:
    Does anybody want to help me & revise this please?
    I need someone to revise this but I don't have anybody around to ask and my phone doesn't work. So please please please help me? thank you. Here it is.

    There are so many concerns in the world now. But one of the most important one that affects you is your health. There are so many diseases & concerns that your body may have or might get. You hear & see many advertisements saying to protect your health. Now more than ever, you need to protect your health, or else you might get a horrible disease.

    There are millions of diseases that your body may get if you have poor health. I think the one that scares people the most is cancer. Cancer is caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in a part of the body. There are many different types of cancer & many different ways to get it. The treatment for cancer is unbearable to handle & nobody wants to go through with that. So by eating right exercising & just respecting you body you can avoid all the pain & have more years to your life.

    Another disease you can get from bad health is diabetes. Diabetes is a common disorder of the endocrine (homorone) system. People with diabetes have high blood sugar. There are 3 types of diabetes: Type 1,2 & Gestational. Diabetes is caused by ether : Not enough insulin, the muscle fat, fat & liver cells do not respond to insulin or both. You can prevent diabetes by exercising, eating a balanced diet & not smoking. Many people have died from diabetes, but you wouldn't have to if you just take care of yourself.

    • ANSWER:
      There are so many concerns in the world now. But (SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT KINDS ARE...) one of the most important one that affects you is your health. There are so many diseases & concerns(REPEATED, USE NEW WORD) that your body may have or might get(AWKWARD). You hear & see(ARE EXPOSED TO) many advertisements saying(ADVISING YOU?) to protect your health. Now more than ever, you need to protect your health, or else you might get a horrible disease. (HOW IS THE ADVERTISEMENT PART RELEVANT?)

      There are millions of diseases that your body may get if you have poor health.(POOR HEALTH CAN LEAD TO MANY HEALTH PROBLEMS) I think the one that scares people the most is cancer. Cancer is caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in a part of the body. There are many different types of cancer &(ALWAYS USE "AND") many different ways to get it. The treatment for cancer is unbearable to handle & nobody wants to go through with that (AWKWARD, YOU'RE TOO INFORMAL HERE). So by eating right(,) exercising(, AND) & respecting you body you can avoid all the pain & have more years to your life. (FAULTY LOGIC, CAN STILL GET CANCER EVEN IF HEALTHY. POSSIBLY NAME SPECIFIC CANCERS THAT STEM FROM BAD HEALTH, SUCH AS MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE LUNG CANCER SMOKE/D)

      Another disease (you can get from bad health, AWKWARD) is diabetes. Diabetes is a common disorder of the endocrine (homorone)(HORMONE) system. People with diabetes have high blood sugar. There are 3 (ALWAYS WRITE OUT THE NUMBER "THREE" ETC.)types of diabetes: Type 1,2 & Gestational. Diabetes is caused by ether(EITHER, INSTEAD USE "ONE OF THE FOLLOWING") : (n)ot enough insulin, the muscle fat, fat & liver cells (NOT RESPONDING) to insulin(,) or both. You can prevent diabetes by exercising, eating a balanced diet & not smoking. Many people have died from diabetes, but you wouldn't have to if you just take care of yourself.

      sorry if it seems like i'm yelling, it's just a lot easier to read in my opinion. you're a pretty simplistic writer, and many of your sentence structures are awkward, but i tried to help you along with a few of them. i would recommend reading what you write aloud; it will help you notice the awkward sentences. Also, ever heard of spell check? haha. in this paper specifically, i think some of your ideas are a little off, in that cancer isn't only caused by poor health maintenance. also, some of your sentences don't really tie in with the rest of your paper, like talking about advertisements. you're also very vague in "there are many different types...ways to get it" also, i would explain exactly how exercising and eating right prevents diabetes.

  6. QUESTION:
    biologically, why do you sometimes feel lightheaded when dieting...?
    ...if the body keeps moving the appropriate amt of energy into your bloodstream? Is something wrong? This is on ehow: "If the demands of your activity are greater than what circulating fat and glucose can supply, your body will need to dip into the stored energy in the liver and fat cells. Hormones in the body activate an enzyme called lipase that tells the fat cells to release triglycerides. The triglycerides are broken down into glycerol and free fatty acids and enter the bloodstream. The liver recycles the glycerol, and the muscles use the free fatty acids for energy. When the free fatty acids are consumed by working muscles and other tissues, they are converted to heat, water, carbon dioxide and adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. Your body releases heat through your skin, water as you sweat and carbon dioxide as you breathe; it converts the energy in the bonds of ATP into energy your body can use. "
    Dear Apathy: If your body keeps moving the correct amt of nutriets (from fat supplies) into your blood stream then why do you feel lightheaded if the correct amt of nutrients are always available?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't understand your question. That process above you states is correct. However, when dieting, a person usually eats below their calorie needs. When this happens you might not get enough blood to the brain.

  7. QUESTION:
    A.S.A.P., Anyone got a good idea for a conclusion on my Biology paper? I need help, fast? ^^;;?
    If anyone could help me, I would be SO thankful. This is due tomorrow morning, so please, any help would be wonderful.
    Tips, conclusions, conclusion ideas, pointers, suggestions, please, HELP!

    Thanks SO much for you time <3

    Red blood cells

    Cells make up our body. Heart cells, muscle cells, fat cells, even things like liver cells or stomach cells are placed together abundantly to make up our organs, blood, water, and just about everything else inside of us. How it works: many cells together form tissues. Tissues combine to build an organ, and organs compose an overall system. One of the most important systems in your body is the circulatory system, which describes its function: the circulation of blood, and red blood cells, alternatively named Erythrocytes, exchanging things like oxygen for carbon dioxide, and transporting other organic molecules from cell to cell to keep your body swiftly moving and functioning. But how does this process work?

    Red blood cells, also called RBCs, are very different from most of the other types of cells. Firstly, Red blood cells are one of the few cells not produced by Mitosis, but produced instead in a bone’s marrow. They are originally composed of a jellylike substance, among other things like, fat, blood, and special cells that turn into the various kinds of blood cells, such as white, red, or platelets. As these all come from the same kind of stem cell, which has the potential to turn into any kind of blood cell, blood cells are called Pluripotential hematopoietic stem cells. Children’s bodies can normally produce
    these cells from the marrow of most of their bones. Meanwhile, Adult’s bodies are only able to produce blood cells from very particular bones, such as the spine, ribs, and pelvis. When a person ages, and their bones no longer make blood cells, the bone marrow is called, “yellow marrow”. On the other hand, bones that actively produce cells are called, “Red marrow”.

    Another major reason RBCs are so different from other cells, is that, once Red blood cells mature, they are released from the marrow with no nucleus. This is because, as the RBCs were developing in the marrow, a cell called a normoblast was produced to help continue manufacturing hemoglobin. Then, the normoblast ejected the RBC’s nucleus out of the cell. Cytoplasm in the cell then continues to make hemoglobin, even without a nucleus, because the instructions from the nucleus are still in the cytoplasm, despite the nucleus now being gone. Without a nucleus, red blood cells are allowed more room for hemoglobin, so that they can hold more oxygen to carry. Also, it allows them flexibility. That way, they can easily shimmy their way through blood vessels. Unfortunately, no cell without a nucleus can last forever, and the average lifespan of a single red blood cell is
    roughly 120 days in the bloodstream. But, within those 120 days, a red blood cell would have traveled through your body an impressively 75,000 times! That must have been a lot of oxygen carried. Then again, there’s a lot of hemoglobin.

    Hemoglobin is the hardworking carrier of Oxygen. It is an iron-rich protein that can transports oxygen as well as enzymes, minerals, and sugar, which gives energy and structure to the blood cell. Hemoglobin is found in the cytoplasm of red blood cells. In the lungs, molecules of hemoglobin loosely bind with oxygen to form a compound containing four iron atoms. Each of these atoms can bind with one molecule of oxygen, allowing each hemoglobin molecule to carry four molecules of oxygen. This compound is called oxyhemoglobin. This carries oxygen around the body in the blood, and releases it wherever it is needed. Blood in arteries contains lots of oxyhemoglobin, which makes it look bright red. Blood in veins contains much less, and looks darker.

    On average, a grown adult has around 4.9 liters, but can get to roughly 6 pints of this colorful fluid. And out of that, there are normally around 4.5 - 5.5 billion red blood cells PER CUBIC CENTIMETER of blood! That’s MILLIONS of cells in just a single drop of blood, and more than 99 percent of this is red blood cells themselves. Added up, blood turns up to be around 7-8% body weight.

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    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure that you really want to say any more than what you've already said in this rather well done article.

  8. 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.

  9. QUESTION:
    Multiple choice question: Alcohol and Liver?
    1. Fat accumulates in the liver when alcohol is consumed regularly because
    a) liver cells use alcohol as an energy source instead of fat
    b) fat absorbs alcohol and helps to detoxify it
    c) alcohol is used to synthesize fat molecules in the liver
    d) alcohol prevents the liver cells from secreting fat molecules

    2. After regular consumption of alcohol, fat accumulates in the liver. Which of the following provides an explanation of this?
    a) Alcohol provides a substrate for the synthesis of fat molecules in the liver.
    b) alcohol damages liver cells, so they cannot convert fat into lipoproteins.
    c) Alcohol acts as a buffer for fat, and absorbs the fat and stores it.
    d) Alcohol is used by liver cells in preference to fat, as an energy source.
    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      1,a
      2,d

      It's the same question reworded.

      The physiology is much more complex than that however.

  10. QUESTION:
    Help Answering Biology 2 Homework?
    Help answering:

    a. glucose
    b. glucose-6-phosphate
    c. glycogen
    d. fatty acids
    e. triglycerides
    f. PGAL
    g. acetyl-CoA
    h. amino acids
    i. glycerol
    j. proteins

    13.__ fats that are broken down between meals or during exercise as alternatives to glucose
    14.__ used between meals when free glucose supply dwindles; enters glycolysis after conversion
    15.__ its breakdown yields much more ATP than does glucose breakdown
    16.__ absorbed in large amounts immediately following a meal
    17.__ represents only 1 percent or so of the total stored energy in the body
    18.__ following removal of amino groups, the carbon backbones may be converted to fats or carbs or they may enter the Krebs cycle
    19.__ on the average, represents 78 percent of the body's stored food
    20.__ between meals liver cells can convert it back to free glucose and release it
    21.__ amino groups undergo conversions that produce urea
    22.__ converted in the liver to PGAL, a key intermediate of glycolysis
    23.__ accumulate inside the fat cells of adipose tissues, at strategic points under the skin
    24.__ a storage polysaccharide produced from glucose-6-phosphate following food intake that exceeds cellular energy demand (and increases ATP production to inhibit glycolysis)
    25.__ building blocks of the compounds that represent 21 of the body's stored fat
    26.__ a product resulting from enzymes cleaving circulating fatty acids; enters the Krebs cycle
    @ amanda:
    you do realize that at no time did I single you out to 'have' to answer these questions. obviously i wouldn't have posted this question if i didn't require help with it. i was unaware that you were the all-mighty decider of what was acceptable to ask on yahoo answers...

    • ANSWER:
      I would understand if you were asking one question off this list, but pasting your whole homework assignment on yahoo answers is just wrong. We are not your homework slaves, how about you use your own brain.

  11. QUESTION:
    Glucose instead of table sugar?
    I just read that table sugar we consume is a sugar called sucrose. Sucrose = 50% of glucose + 50% of fructose.

    Apparantly, fructose cannot be digested by humans, and liver packs it into fat cells as fatty acid. Any left over tends to cause bloating, gas and diarrehia. So when we consme table sugar, the glucose part of it is properly used by the body (since Brian, muscles & certain other organs need it) and the fate of the remaining 50% - fructose is as explained above.

    So, the question i have is, why the hell are we using table sugar, and taxing our body & adding extra fat to ourselves? why dont we simply use glucose directly? both give the same calories of energy, and glucose is much sweeter than table sugar, so we will NOT end up consuming more quantity of glucose that when we used to consume table sugar! Also, body doesnt have to breakdown glucose (& thus incurr downtime) in making glucose available to brain, muscles & liver.

    • ANSWER:
      The glycemic index demonstrates that refined sugars are indeed dangerous - they have some of the highest indexes on the list. Many manufacturers use a “complex carbohydrate” called maltodextrin to sweeten shakes. They can state “no sugar” or “low sugar” on the nutrition label because maltodextrin is a complex carbohydrate, but it will impact blood sugar more than table sugar (table sugar is sucrose, which, by the way, is not a simple sugar - it is two molecules, glucose and fructose, bonded together). How do natural sugars fare? Fructose, the type of sugar commonly found in fruit; lactose, the sugar found in milk; and honey, the sugar produced from nectar by bees, all fare very well. In fact, if you are simply concerned about blood sugar, these three sugars will affect it less than brown rice, whole wheat bread, and baked potatoes!

      To know much more about diabetes visit
      http://www.reddiabetes.com

  12. QUESTION:
    Is there anyone out there fimiliar with the new lipo procedure called Lipodissolve or mesotherapy?
    I have recently been refered to a doctor in my home town that is seeking patients for a new procedure called LIPODISSOLVE. This is a procedure used for those who have fatty problem ares that they wish to get rid of. Love Handles, Stomache, Hanging Chin, Saggy underarms. You know what I mean....Whith this procedure you are shot in a desired area with a soution called phosphatidylcholine "PPC" which causes fat cell to burst and supports the liver's breakdown process of the fat. I have been told that this procedure causes the bursting of the fat cell wall. and allows the fat that is being stored to get released and is excreted through the urine. I ahve read that this is the biggest thing since lipo suction. Less pain and down time. has anyone had this experience and can you share with me your thoughts. Looking forward to your response. LynWill

    • ANSWER:
      I have been involve with the study of mesotherapy which is also has the same principle with lipodissolve. Yes, it is less painful than the liposuction or the bariatric surgery, less effort than dieting and exercise, less risky than tablets or pills taken orally BUT you might as well want to consider the time and cost and also a little pain you have to tolerate while undergoing the injections of lipodissolve or mesotherapy .It is effective if done right and if you able to pay the costs of vials of the PPC and the professional fees of the doctors. This takes several sessions before you see the real outcome. And some studies also mentioned that the future effect of this drug to the liver is still not yet clear.But the option is still your to take. If you want fast result, as costly but not time consuming, you might as well undergo liposuction or bariatric surgery BUT (like me ) who does not want to go under the knife (surgeries and anesthesia ), I might as well try the Lipolite (laser treatment also for dissolving fats), lipodissolve or mesotherapy. Anyway, both of these procedures may or may not cause future side effects (that's the risk you have to take). BUT still, natural methods like proper diet and good exercise, although safest ,may mean torturing yourself for a quite a while. Hope this helps.God bless

  13. QUESTION:
    Do we really have to eat so much each day?
    I bet my digestive system is overloaded working every day trying to digest meals. I know that if I slow my eating down my metabolism slows down as well. However, I also sympathize with my digestive system. It needs a break once in a while. It still probably has food in there that hasn't been broken down about 7 days ago. To put the long story short....I'm going to slow down on my eating and workout harder...that's another way to get to those stubborn fat stores and clean out that liver of lipids in my fat cells. What do you think?
    I meant to give you a thumbs down Jamie Rogers but I can't change that now though. I disagree with your answer because the digestive system does need a break every once in a while, for instance Fasting is a great way to achieve this.

    • ANSWER:
      EAT LESS FIVE TIMES A DAY AND YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT AND IF LIKE I SAID YOU NEED A DIET PLAN CAN GIVE YOU ONE IT WILL BE HARD ON YOU BUT YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT

  14. QUESTION:
    True or False..Human Biology Question!?
    1. Cells in the liver and muscles store blood glucose as glycogen, whereas fat cells store blood glucose as fat.

    2.Cholesterol is associated with heart disease but is also necessary for healthy body functioning because it is a common precursor to steroids.

    3. LDL proteins transport cholesterol molecules to body cells through the blood stream and therefore are associated with high blood cholesterol and atherosclerosis.

    • ANSWER:
      2. is most def. true!

  15. QUESTION:
    Can ANYONE describe the absorption and assimilation of lipids by the digestive system?
    Can ANYONE Describe the absorption and assimilation of lipids by the digestive system - Also
    from what you ate (a fat) to what the liver cell might do with it (include all the steps in between).

    Do both things to get 11 points!

    • ANSWER:
      k

  16. QUESTION:
    descriptions of lipoproteins!?
    select the ones that apply to each one
    a)Chylomicron
    b)VLDL
    c)LDL
    d)HDL

    1."good" cholesterol
    2. transports most of the cholesterol to the cells
    3. carries triacylglycerols from the intestine to the fat cells
    4. transports cholesterol to the liver
    5. has the greatest abundance of protein
    6. "bad" cholesterol
    7. carries triacylglycerols synthesized in the liver to the muscles
    8. has the lowest density

    • ANSWER:
      1-D
      2-D
      3-C
      4-D
      5-D
      6-C
      7-C
      8-B

  17. QUESTION:
    All of these processes occur exclusively in liver cells except one, which occurs in all body cells.this is one?
    A. Gluconeogenesis
    B. Beta oxidation of fats
    C. Ketogenesis
    D. Deamination and conversion of ammonia to urea
    E. Krebs Cycle

    • ANSWER:
      The Krebs cycle occurs in all cells (except erythrocytes) as part of aerobic respiration...

  18. 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?

  19. QUESTION:
    Which of the following is least likely to be associated with diabetes mellitus?
    A. insulin receptors are insensitive to insulin
    B.urinalysis indicates a high concentration of sugar in urine
    C.pancreatic islet cells are destroyed
    D.liver cells absorb sugar from the blood at a rate that is greater than normal
    E.muscle cells readily oxidize fats and proteins

    • ANSWER:
      B.urinalysis indicates a high concentration of sugar in urine

  20. QUESTION:
    Vibrations help slim abdomen? Do you think that if I shake for 15 minutes a day, it is the same effect?
    Hey all - so this story just came out today (read story below) - it was in all the papers. Do you think that I can just shake my body for 15 minutes a day- I dont have a vibrating floor... what do you all think?? How should I shake my body? Do I have to do it for 15 minutes straight or can i break it up?? Has anyone ever tried this? All feedback will be appreciated!

    "A Maine researcher says standing on a vibrating platform for 15 minutes a day could help people achieve washboard abs.

    Clifford Rosen from The Jackson Laboratory and Maine Medical Center Research Institute says his study put mice on a vibrating platform for 15 minutes a day for 15 weeks.

    He says the mice developed 27 percent fewer abdominal fat cells and saw other benefits, including reduced triglycerides in the liver.

    The mice didn't lose weight but Rosen says it appears that the vibrations changed fat distribution in a beneficial way."

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071023/ap_on_he_me/vibrations_fat

    • ANSWER:
      Clifford Rosen is an idiot and there is no science behind his theory. If there was any validity to his theory every construction worker in the world that operates a jack-hammer would have a 6-pack.

      fat is stored energy. one of the basic laws in physics is called the Law of Conservation of Energy which states that energy can never be created or destroyed. in terms of fat loss the only way for stored fats in the body to be removed is for them to be transformed into heat energy when fatty acids are oxidized by mitochondria.

  21. 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

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. QUESTION:
    Father got a huge stomach in four months and hes skinny every where else HELP ME!?
    My father is 5'8 skinny man hes whole life. Recently he's stomach started getting big. A few months later he's belly button is now a OUT-IE. He has been to the doctors for five months now and they first said they didn't know what it was. Now there finally saying its just fatty tissue. There is no way you only gain a HUGE amount of fat in your stomach area. You are born with so many fat cells and they never increase. Knowing this why would the ones around his stomach increase in size so much and not any where else? I don't believe its fat. I think he will die we don't find out whats really wrong. Liver tests conclude hes enzyme levels are fine.

    • ANSWER:
      I hope the doctors are correct. The same thing happened to my brother, and after almost 6 months, he was finally diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. They also determined that both of his kidneys were failing. My brother obviously had a drinking problem much worse that any of his family knew about. If your father drinks alcohol, it is critical for him to be totally honest about how much he drinks. Fortunately for my brother, they stabilized him and he had a kidney and liver transplant 6 months later. He has been alcohol-free for 15 years and is living a productive life.

      I am not trying to scare you, but something weird is going on. I do not know where you live, but many local hospitals are not qualified for this kind of problem and certainly not capable of performing transplants. The had already had a priest give him his last rites! Get more opinions, and try your best to get him to a research hospital. Too many people die unnecessarily due to misdiagnosis or lack of diagnosis. Your family must take action, and your father must be completely honest if you are to find the cause of what is happening to him. I wish you the best!

  25. QUESTION:
    How do we decrease the obesity rates?
    How do we decrease the obesity rates?
    What should be done to decrease the obesity rates?
    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.

    Yes I already asked this question.
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;…

    And

    are cheap additives harmful?

    is it the high fructose corn syrup? msg? is it the toxins in the meat?

    • ANSWER:
      One good way is to eliminate the government subsidies on farming and the FDA ran food industry.

      They don't make food naturally anymore, they practically soak everything we eat in chemicals, additives, subsidies, and etc.

      Almost everything in the market these days is high in sodium, subsidized materials, and chemicals which is exactly why America is so unhealthy.

      Good food is twice as expensive as the shit grown on farm subsidies.

  26. QUESTION:
    How to lower the obesity rates?
    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 ....

    "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.

    Oh and currently, there are 52 million americans suffering from arthritis.
    Turns out, 10 extra pounds increases the force on each knee by between 30 and 60 pounds with every step.

    Other question: How much are obesity induced diseases costing america?

    • ANSWER:
      Easy: kill all the fat people. Done.

  27. QUESTION:
    Can anyone put the following paragraphs regarding regulating glucose into different words still making sense?
    Paragraph (a) - when more sugar is absorbed into the blood than is needed the body’s natural way of controlling the excess glucose is for it to disperse the sugar within the blood to muscle cells which then convert the sugar into a stored form called glycogen this is also stored in the liver and the stored glycogen then can be used when needed for respiration. However when the body has reached it’s storage limit the excess sugars are converted into fatty acids which are then stored in fat cells.

    Paragraph (b) - When not enough blood sugar is present in the body glucose supply is limited so the body does not have enough energy which means that all tissues and even the brain are affected, this is called hypoglycemia. The way in which your body controls the glucose in your body when you are hypoglycemic is that glucagon secreted by the Islets of Langerhans stimulates the enzymes within your main respiratory organ (liver) so that glucose in it’s stored form can be converted back into glucose to provide the body with energy.

    • ANSWER:
      a) When there is an excess of glucose in the bloodstream, the body disperses the sugar in the blood to muscle cells.The muscle cells then convert the sugar into a storage form of glucosee, called "glycogen. The produced glycogen is then stored in the liver. Whenglucosee in needed, the body will then tap into this store for energy. However, when the body has reached its storage limit, the excess sugar is converted in fatty acids, when are then stored in fat cells.

      b) Hypoglycemia is a condition when all of the tissues of the body, especially the brain cannot get enough energy because there is a dficit of glucose in the blood. When the body goes into a state of hypoglycemia glucagon is secreted by the Islets of Langerhans. Enzymes then stimulate your main respiratory organ, the liver, to convert the glucagon back into glucose, the body's energy supply.

  28. QUESTION:
    Fasting and Starvation?
    What is the order and time frames it takes the body to die from starvation?
    I know fat cells go first and then muscles and then is it the brain that dies or the liver?
    How long does it take all of these things to take place?
    I know most people can live about 40 days without eating.
    Are those people retarded by that time?
    I am talking about a water fast.
    How does a water fast differ from a juice fast in starvation?
    Damn it, I forgot to mention that all the while the person would be taking vitamins.
    Don't ask why or cause any problems.
    I am not fat, religious or suicidal.

    • ANSWER:
      During Starvation mode the body will only first burn off your fat reserves after it exhausting the contents of the digestive tract (what you just ate), and then your glycogen reserves stored in your muscles and liver cells. Once those are gone, then it will actually start to burn your actual muscle tissue, the body would have used up its reserve of glycogen after about 6 hours.

      The Starvation Mode usually activates in people who fast on a regular basis, including those who are sticking to a calorie restrictive diet..The brain requires about 120g of glucose per day to stay alive. Now, if you are in starvation mode, after about the 3 rd day you will start to use what are know as ketone bodies in replacement of glucose. However, it needs about 30g of glucose per day even with the ketone bodies. Now, it will get about a two - thirds of this by the liver from glycerol. And then the remaining third from the bodies own proteins, your muscles.

      You would think that in starvation mode that your body would actually use the fat reserves you have, it will, for the first few days, then your metabolism will become more efficient, and want the lean proteins from your body. So, you will stay fat, but start to lose muscle in the process. And guess what? Muscles are the key to your metabolism, the more muscle mass you actually have, the higher your metabolism is.

      Now, there is away to prevent this starvation mode from happening. Most people eat only 3 meals a day, and maybe a snack in between. What you should actually do, is of course eat breakfast, and then 3 hours later, eat a nice healthy snack, like some fruit, or a protein bar. Then 3 hours later eat lunch, then again, 3 hours later a snack, then, again, 3 hours later dinner.

      So, lets say you eat breakfast at 7am, then you would have a snack at 10am. Then lunch at 1pm , then another snack at 4pm, then lastly dinner at 7pm. What this will do is prevent your body from entering starvation mode, using up its reserves, and then slowing down your metabolism in the process, which is what happens, because your weight loss drops off, and plateaus.

      Now, sure, the full fledge starvation mode will not happen for about 2 3 days, however, if you do not in properly, then it will happen. Meaning, you need to have a proper intake of calories, and the right foods at the right time, so that at the same time as staying out of starvation mode, you are keeping your metabolism up to speed, thus in return, you will either maintain your weight, if that is your goal, or lose it, if that is your goal.

      Now, one last bit of advice about your bodies starvation mode, eating a low carbohydrate diet will actually trigger this in your body. Because, carbohydrates are your bodies main source of fuel, after that, its protein which means, your muscles. Yes, you could eat a high protein diet, however, the protein we take in, can not all be used by our body to refuel itself, it is usually used to maintain the body, by processing the proteins, and putting them where they are needed to build the body, like your muscles.

      It is best to eat a well balanced diet, all depending on your goals, if you want to lose fat, maintain your weight, or, even to gain. It should be a well balanced with the right amount of carbohydrates, protein, and fats.

      Jeff L. has struggled with fat loss his whole life, but has never let that get him down. He has discovered many ways to lose fat, some work some don't, you can check out what he has discovered thus far at http://www.losethatfatnow.info

  29. QUESTION:
    Do body cleansing and complete detox products from GNC flush marijuana out of your system?
    I've been hearing that they don't but I had went to GNC to check out the stuff they had but I didn't buy anything yet. On the product boxes they say that its a total cleanser which I'm assuming means that it cleans out your entire body, its a blood circulation formula which I guess means it also cleans out your blood, and liver and kidney cleansing too. All in one product that you take over a course of seven days. Now I believe "complete detox" means that it rids the body of all toxins and crap that you have inside you. And that's what the product says. It say that it rids the body of all toxins. So if that's the case, since smoking marijuana makes the THC stick to the fat cells and the cells are in your body, and being that THC is a toxin, if you were to use the cleansing products wouldn't it get rid of the presence of marijuana that's in your body?

    • ANSWER:
      No.

      Marijuana stays in your system the longest because it resides in fatty tissue. A complete system detox might clean you out, but it will still be in your fat. If you're a thin person who smokes ocassionally, like once a month or so, it should filter out of your system in 3 days or so, but it can detected for 90 days.

      You can work out to burn off fatty tissue, then any traces of Marijuana would enter your bloodstream. So, for instance, if your doing a drug test w/ urine, drink a lot of water and cranberry juice so your body would only be flushing out water from your system and not the tainted urine.

  30. QUESTION:
    Which of the following is a true statement about vitamins?
    I think I eliminated c, here are the choices:
    a)They may be produced by intestinal microorganisms
    b)Requirements for them are the same from one species to the next.
    c)They are stored in large quantities in the liver.
    d)They are inorganic nutrients, needed in small amounts, which often function as cofactors.
    e)They are water soluble and must be replaced every day.

    I thought at first it might be e, because they are water soluble. But they are also fat soluble, and I know there's daily amounts needed, but I know too much can be stored in fat cells and later hurt you. And I thought I heard before that some small bacteria in your intestines can produce vitamins, so a could also be correct. Does anyone know the correct answer?

    • ANSWER:
      It's D for all vitamins. You only need a small amount of them to regulate bodily processes.
      Not all vitamins are produced by intestinal microorganisms :)

  31. QUESTION:
    Which of the following is NOT a function of fat?
    . Which of the following is NOT a function of fat?

    protection of organs
    insulation of the body
    quick source of energy
    production of the sex hormones

    2. Which of the following nutrients provides the first source of energy for humans?

    proteins
    carbohydrates
    vitamins
    minerals

    3. Which of the following nutrients helps to build muscle, transports oxygen and carbon dioxide, forms hormones, and antibodies?

    lipids
    proteins
    minerals
    carbohydrates

    4. What statement best describes the typical American diet?

    It contains too little protein.
    It contains too little fat.
    It contains too many fruits and vegetables.
    It contains too much sugar.

    5. If a person is experiencing constipation, what carbohydrate should they increase in their diet?

    glucose
    lactose
    cellulose
    glycogen

    6. Which statement best describes minerals and their function?

    Minerals are found only in the bones and teeth.
    Minerals are organic compounds used in energy production.
    Minerals provide energy when carbohydrates are not available.
    Minerals are elements which help to build cells and repair body tissues.

    7. When an oil is changed to a solid, trans fat, like in the production of some margarines, what is the process called?

    hydrogenation
    synthesis
    assimilation
    integration

    8. Which carbohydrate is known as blood sugar and is needed by all body cells to produce energy?

    glucose
    sucrose
    glycogen
    starch

    9. How many calories are provided by a salad dressing containing 23 fat grams?

    61
    92
    207
    255

    10. What type of fat simulates the liver to produce more cholesterol which can lead to the depositing of cholesterol in the blood vessels?

    unsaturated fat
    saturated fat
    phospholipids
    lipoprotein

    11. Which medical condition is not related to one's nutrition?

    diabetes mellitus
    obesity
    atherosclerosis
    bronchitis

    12. What current factor influences American health habits in a negative way?

    more offerings of chicken and fish in restaurants as alternatives to beef
    a hurried lifestyle leading to many meals eaten away from home
    the emphasis of increasing fruits and vegetables in the diet
    more available information on the nutritional content of foods

    13. Suzie consumes 2,700 calories every day but requires only 2,300 calories to meet her energy needs. Over time, Suzie's calorie consumption may lead to what disorder?

    obesity
    anorexia nervosa
    bulimia
    fitness

    14. What form of fat is carried in the blood by lipoproteins?

    amino acids
    cellulose
    triglycerides
    phospholipids

    15. Why must all essential amino acids be present in the body at the same time for growth and repair to take place?

    It takes the body too long to make the essential amino acids.
    Proteins cannot be made by the body if they are absent.
    Too much energy will be used up to make them.
    The body will have to start breaking down fat to make them.

    16. What mineral is needed for healthy bones and teeth?

    potassium
    sodium
    iron
    calcium

    17. Which vitamin found in citrus fruits and tomatoes is necessary for iron absorption, collagen formation, and increasing the function of the immune system?

    Vitamin A
    Vitamin B
    Vitamin C
    Vitamin D

    18. What is measured by the basal metabolic rate (BMR)?

    the energy needs of the body at rest
    calories needed by the body during physical activity
    rate at which a person needs calories during the day
    rate at which food is converted to energy

    19. Which of the following is NOT a function of water?

    removal of waste products from the body
    circulation of substances through the blood
    temperature regulation and sweat production
    production of hormones

    20. Restaurants typically add too much of which of the following nutrients to food resulting in higher calories?

    fat
    vitamins
    water
    fiber

    21. A man's weight is considered obese and harmful to his health if it is greater than which of the following percentages?

    5%
    10%
    15%
    20%

    22. What government agency has provided the public with dietary guidelines to help promote health and prevent disease?

    Food and Drug Administration
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    National Institutes of Health
    Centers for Dise

    • ANSWER:
      1- production of the sex hormones
      2- carbohydrates
      3- proteins
      4-It contains too much sugar.
      5-glycogen
      6-Minerals are found only in the bones and teeth.
      7-synthesis
      8-glucose
      9-255
      10-saturated fat
      11-bronchitis
      12-a hurried lifestyle leading to many meals eaten away from home
      13-obesity
      14-triglycerides
      15-Proteins cannot be made by the body if they are absent.
      16-calcium
      17- vitamin c
      18-rate at which a person needs calories during the day
      19- production of hormones
      20- fat
      21- 20%
      22- Food and Drug Administration

  32. QUESTION:
    Which of the following is NOT true of the short-term effects of alcohol use?
    A) Some alcohol passes quickly into the bloodstream from the stomach
    B) Nerves controlling involuntary functions are depressed.
    C) Fats build up in the liver, causing liver cells to die
    D) Coordination and speech are impaired

    Help please ?

    • ANSWER:
      c sounds like a plausible answer.

  33. QUESTION:
    Absorption and assimilation of lipids?
    Describe the absorption and assimilation of lipids by the digestive system - from what you ate (a fat) to what the liver cell might do with it (include all the steps in between).

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty acids are usually ingested as triglycerides, which cannot be absorbed by the intestine. They are broken down into free fatty acids and monoglycerides by pancreatic lipase, which forms a 1:1 complex with a protein called colipase which is necessary for its activity.

      The activated complex can only work at a water-fat interface: it is therefore essential that fatty acids (FA) be emulsified by bile salts for optimal activity of these enzymes. People who have had their gallbladder removed due to gall stones consequently have great difficulty digesting fats. Most are absorbed as free fatty acids and 2-monoglycerides, but a small fraction is absorbed as free glycerol and as diglycerides.

      Once across the intestinal barrier, they are reformed into triglycerides and packaged into chylomicrons or liposomes, which are released into the lymph system and then into the blood. Eventually, they bind to the membranes of hepatocytes, adipocytes or muscle fibers, where they are either stored or oxidized for energy.

      The liver acts as a major organ for fatty acid treatment, processing chylomicron remnants and liposomes into the various lipoprotein forms, namely VLDL and LDL. Fatty acids synthesized by the liver are transported in the blood as VLDL. In peripheral tissues, lipoprotein lipase digests part of the VLDL into LDL and free fatty acids, which are taken up for metabolism. LDL is absorbed via LDL receptors. This provides a mechanism for absorption of LDL into the cell, and for its conversion into free fatty acids, cholesterol, and other components of LDL.

      When blood sugar is low, glucagon signals the adipocytes to activate hormone sensitive lipase, and to convert triglycerides into free fatty acids. These have very low solubility in the blood, typically about 1 μM. However, the most abundant protein in blood, serum albumin, binds free fatty acids, increasing their effective solubility to ~ 1 mM.

      Thus, serum albumin transports fatty acids to organs such as muscle and liver for oxidation when blood sugar is low.

  34. QUESTION:
    Exam questions about glycogen & fuel sources?
    The body is capable of catabolising many substances as sources of energy. Which of the following could be used as a source of energy but would be the last utilized for this purpose?

    Calcium phosphate in bone.

    Glycogen in muscle cells.

    Fat in adipose tissue.

    Glucose in the blood.

    Protein in muscle cells.

    In Type IV Glycogen Storage Disease a deficiency in the branching enzyme

    results in increased concentrations of normal glycogen in the liver.

    results in liver damage and death before the age of 2 as a result of accumulation of insoluble glycogen

    results in high blood glucose levels.

    results in the accumulation of normal glycogen in muscle.

    is the most common glycogen storage disease.

    During prolonged exercise the source of energy for muscle changes in the order:

    Fatty acids-glycogen-ATP-creatine P

    Creatine P-ATP-glycogen-amino acids-fatty acids

    Glycogen-fatty acids-amino acids-ATP-creatine P

    Amino acids-fatty acids-ATP-creatine phosphate-glycogen

    ATP-creatine P-glycogen-fatty acids-amino acids
    Your help would be appreciated - I think 2nd question is the 2nd answer - results in liver damage and death before the age of 2 as a result of accumulation of insoluble glycogen

    But I"m not sure about the rest- please help & explain if possible!

    • ANSWER:
      Did you actually do any of the Cecil quizzes on your own without asking for the answers on here :P ?

  35. QUESTION:
    Legalizing Marijauana?
    Do you know how much upkeep per prison inmate costs each year? Over 000 of your precious tax dollars. Trash like rapists, murderers, hard drug users, and thefts need to be locked up and kept away from society. However, how realistic is it to throw someone in jail for smoking marijauana? Why are we crowding up prisons with these people? Why are they amongst the ranks of felonists and animals? Why are we paying 000 (per person) to keep these smokers out of society? That is ridiculous. "Oh, but we can't have drug addicts walking our streets!" Excuse me, but alcohol is a drug, and a deadly one at that. Have you ever heard of someone dying from a weed over dose? No, but I've heard of plenty young adults dying from alcohol poisoning. Alcohol is a mind altering and dangerous drug, and yet it is sold and mass marketed. Drinking is the cool thing to do thanks to TV and magazine ads. And, there are plenty of people in the US with drinking problems. Smoking a joint should not be grounds for imprisonment. Marijuana is certainly not healthy, as it is damaging to the brain, lungs, mouth, etc... However, so is alcohol. It will destroy your liver, make you fat, and kill brain cells. What is the difference between being high and drunk? Marijuana needs to be legalized. The police bureaucracy says it's keeping our streets "clean", but in reality they only want marijauana to stay illegal because they cash in the big bucks. Weed needs to be legalized. While it is a mind altering drug, it is very impractical to keep it illegal as it is costly and not necessary. Thoughts?

    P.s. While I do think it should be legalized, people 18 and older should be the only ones allowed to smoke it.
    Don't forget the massive drug war going on... People will go to great lengths to buy and sell things they want, especially if they are illegal.

    • ANSWER:
      Legalize it, don't tax it, don't regulate it.

      The price of it will sink. No one will even grow it except for personal use.

      Adding taxes and regulating it will just create more government in bed with corporation bureaucracies and people will still go to jail over growing it illegally and gangs will also be involved.

  36. QUESTION:
    What is left for me to say.....?
    I typed up a report on diabetes, it is supposed to be 6 pages dubble spaced, but now i don't know what else to put, all i need is a half a page more. Thank you!

    Diabetes Type 1
    Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. People with diabetes have problems using food for energy. After a meal, carbohydrates in food are broken down into a sugar called glucose, which is carried by the blood to cells throughout the body. Cells require insulin, a hormone made in the pancreas, to help use blood glucose for energy. People develop diabetes because the pancreas does not make enough insulin or because the cells in the muscles, liver, and fat do not respond to insulin properly, or both. As a result, the amount of glucose in the blood increases while the cells are starved of energy.
    Prior to 1997, the type of diabetes typically diagnosed in young people was called juvenile diabetes or type 1. Diabetes emerging in adults was called adult-onset diabetes or type 2. Then in 1997, the official names of the types were changed to type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is the second most common chronic disease in children (after asthma). About 13,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Patients with type 1 diabetes make up about 5 percent of all cases of diabetes. It most commonly appears in girls and boys when they are about 14 years old. Usually, type 1 diabetes is first diagnosed in children, teenagers, or young adults but it can occur at any age. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the beta cells in the pancreas that make insulin. As a result, the pancreas does not make insulin, a hormone which helps use blood sugar (glucose) for energy. The cells become starved of energy and there is an excess of glucose in the blood. People with Type 1 diabetes must have daily injections of insulin to live. Proper diet, exercise and home blood sugar monitoring are essential to manage the disease. Food and exercise must also be balanced because of the risk of hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, and hyperglycemia, high blood sugar. Both are life threatening concerns. When hypoglycemia develops, cells are not getting enough glucose. Confusion, loss of consciousness, comma and death results when the brain is deprived of glucose for too long. Hyperglycemia and prolonged absence of insulin may lead to ketoacidosis, the accumulation of ketones in the blood when the body uses fat for energy instead of glucose. Ketones make the blood acidic and slow down all body functions. Like hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia can also lead to comma and death. The only cure available today for type 1 diabetes is a pancreas transplant, which is rarely done. Because both pancreas transplants and kidney transplants require lifelong use of powerful drugs to suppress immune reactions that can reject the organs, pancreatic transplants are usually done to those with type 1 diabetes who also need a kidney transplant. The side effects of immune- suppressive drugs can be severe and even worse than the disease. One or two people out of every 10 who get the surgery die within a year. Also the new pancreas is rejected by half of the people who get this operation. If the transplant fails, diabetes returns. Recently, experimental treatments with stem cells have shown some promise. For most people, type 1 diabetes is a life-long disease that can be effectively managed with insulin.

    Signs and Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes
    •Urinates frequently. The kidneys respond to high levels of glucose in the bloodstream by flushing out the extra glucose in urine. A child with diabetes needs to urinate more frequently and in larger volumes.
    •Is abnormally thirsty. Because the child is loosing so much fluid from peeing so much, he or she becomes very thirsty to help avoid becoming dehydrated. A child who has developed diabetes drinks a lot in an attempt to keep the level of body water normal.
    •Loses weight. (or fails to gain weight as he or she grows) in spite of a good appetite. Kids and teens who develop type 1 diabetes may have an increased appetite, but often lose weight. This is because the body breaks down muscle and stored fat in an attempt the provide fuel to the hungry cells.
    •Often feels tired. Because the body can’t use glucose for energy properly.

    But in some cases, other symptoms may be the signal that something is wrong. Sometimes the first sign of diabetes is bedwetting in a child who has been dry at night. The possibility of diabetes should also be suspected if a vaginal yeast infection (also called a Candida infection) occurs in a girl who hasn’t started puberty yet. If these early symptoms of diabetes aren’t recognized and treatment isn’t started, chemicals called ketones can build up in the child’s blood and cause stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, fruity- smelling breath, breathing problems; even loss of consciousness. Sometimes these symptoms are mistaken f

    • ANSWER:
      Watch out on using advice from yahoo answers if truthfulness is graded. While 80% of type 2's are overweight, only 18% of obese people are diabetic.

  37. QUESTION:
    I have a chronic liver disease with unusual lab and biopsy findings.?
    Labs: Elevated AST and ALT. GGT is consistently above 500. AP, Bilirubin, PT, LDH are WNL. Hepatitis profile for B and C were wnl. (vaccinated against A in 2000). Sed Rate 40. All ANA tests normal. Cerulugen normal. CBC normal.

    CT shows multiple large cysts consistent with Poly cystic Liver disease without renal involvement. CT showed same density in spleen and liver.

    Biopsy showed occasional cellular edema with Mast Cells, Eosinophils, and some lymphocytes. No fibrosis. Mild patches of fat noted.

    No history of drug or alcohol consumption. Non-smoker.

    Maybe some medical student out there can figure this one out. Ask on of your professors. All the physicians I have seen have no idea other than say it may be combination of conditions.
    additional details:

    University based Hepatologist have already been consulted. They don't know either

    • ANSWER:
      Figure out what? You have liver disease which has multiorgan impact. What is it that you don't understand or want us to tell you? Bottom line, liver disease is a complex disease, so just work with you doctors on this. Except for entertainment it's not a discussion appropriate to YA. Hopefully you have a liver specialist on your team and not just a primary care MD. Good luck.

  38. QUESTION:
    What happens 2 most people if they eat so many carbs that they exceed the glycogen storage capacity of their?
    (liver and muscle cells)?

    1. Their metabolism increases
    2. their muscle cells switch to lactate fermentation
    3. the glucose is converted to fat
    4. they excrete glucose in their urine
    5. their metabolism slows

    I think it's 4 but i'm not entirely sure

    • ANSWER:
      3. Why America is overweight

      (4 indicates a medical problem)

  39. QUESTION:
    Do you want to be healthy & beautiful?
    Cant afford ? not effective products? Have a glutathione!

    WHAT IS GLUTATHIONE?

    Glutathione is a natural compound found in the human body made from 3 amino acids: Cysteine, Glutamine and Glycine. Cysteine is one of the amino acid for the synthesis of Glutathione, which is very critical in detoxification. Cysteine has mucolytic properties, and is a powerful antioxidant and detoxifier. Glycine, part of the thiol group, which serves as a reducing agent to prevent oxidation of tissues. Glutathione is normally produced by the body in response to today’s environment such as pollution from the air we breathe, the water we drink, chemicals and pesticides in the food we eat that causes damages in our cells and circulatory system. It has been widely heralded for its importance in improving health and long life. Glutathione in increased doses has also been found to have the beneficial side effect of WHITENING THE SKIN.

    WHAT ARE THE USES OF GLUTATHIONE?
    - metabolize carbohydrates
    - aid in the oxidation of fats
    - prevent cells oxidation
    - protect red and white blood cells
    - build healthy immune response
    - protect the system against oxidative damage
    - slow ageing and improve skin condition

    THE DIETARY SUPPLEMENT IS ALSO KNOWN TO BENEFIT THE FOLLOWING:
    - people who smoke
    - people undergoing chemotherapy
    - people with low sperm count
    - people with liver problem
    - people who drink alcohol
    - people who work out regularly/body builders
    - people with weak immune system
    - people who are regularly exposed to chemicals/pesticides
    - people who wish to have fairer & whiter skin

    Feed back & comments?

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    A fat that is hydrogenated is ______.?
    1 A fat that is hydrogenated is ______.

    a. less likely to cause strokes
    b. more unsaturated
    c. likely to go bad faster
    d. more solid

    2. Nucleic acids are polymers of ______ monomers.
    a. monosaccharide
    b. DNA
    c. nucleotide
    d. fatty acid

    3. Which of the following is NOT a function of the smooth endoplasmic reticulum?

    a. amphetamine detoxification
    b. protein synthesis
    c. steroid synthesis
    d. lipid synthesis

    4. Which of these is not a component of the endomembrane system?

    a. Golgi apparatus
    b. endoplasmic reticulum
    c. transport vesicles
    d. mitochondria

    5. The difference between eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells is that eukaryotic cells _____ prokaryotic cells.
    a.have DNA, which is lacking in
    b.have a nucleoid region, which is lacking in
    c.have a plasma membrane, which is lacking in
    d.have a nucleus surrounded by a membrane, which is lacking in

    6. You find a cell of a type you have never seen before. The cell has both a nucleus and a cell wall. Therefore, you conclude that it must be a ______ cell.

    a. liver
    b. plant
    c. prokaryotic
    d. animal

    7. Why, when mixed with water, do phospholipids spontaneously form membranes?

    a. Phospholipids are capable of violating the second law of thermodynamics.
    b. Phospholipids have hydrophilic phosphate groups that are attracted to water and hydrophobic fatty acid tails that avoid water.
    c. Phospholipids have hydrophilic phosphate groups that are attracted to their hydrophobic fatty acid tails.
    d. Phospholipids have hydrophilic fatty acid tails that are attracted to water and hydrophobic phosphate groups that avoid water

    • ANSWER:
      1. d
      2. c?
      3. a?
      4. d?
      5. c?
      6. b
      7. ?

  41. QUESTION:
    which of the fallowing is not true of short term effects of alcohol use.?
    a.fats build up in the liver, causing cells to die
    b.nerves controlling involuntary functions are depressed
    c.some alcohol passes quickly into the bloodstream from the stomach
    d.coordination and speech are impaired

    • ANSWER:
      a, obviously alchy isnt fatening.

  42. QUESTION:
    ANIMAL ANATOMY...help?
    1: The largest organ in the human body is the
    liver
    heart
    skin
    brain

    2: How many bones does an adult human skeleton have?
    105
    206
    217
    305

    3: Skeleton comes from the Greek word meaning
    bones
    hard
    dried body
    white body

    4: Red bone marrow _______
    produces the body's blood cells
    stores fat and serves as an energy reserve
    produces the body's blood cells, stores fat and serves as an energy reserve
    none of the above

    5: The joints in your leg and arm are examples of what type of joint?
    hinge
    ball and socket
    gliding
    pivot

    6: What is a sprain?
    when a bone comes out of its joint
    when a ligament is stretched too far
    break or crack in the bone
    none of the above

    7: What are the purposes for bones?
    produce blood cells and also store minerals and other materials that your body needs; bones provide shape to our body; protect our soft and delicate, internal organs
    bones provide shape to our body; to protect our soft, delicate internal organs
    produce blood cells and also store minerals and other materials that your body needs; provide shape to our bodies
    protect our internal organs; produce blood cells; produce vitamins

    8: What are the types of muscles?
    cardiac muscles, body muscles, skeletal muscles and stomach muscles
    stomach muscles and skeletal muscles
    body muscles, skeletal muscles and stomach muscles
    skeletal muscles, smooth muscles and cardiac muscles

    9: What are the functions of muscles?
    skeletal muscles provide the force that move your bones
    smooth muscles found in your digestive tract and in your blood vessels control many kinds of movements in your body, such as the digestive process
    cardiac muscles found in your heart contract repeatedly throughout your life
    all of the above

    10: The bones of the skull are examples of what type of joint?
    hinge
    gliding
    pivot
    immovable

    11: All joints are held together by strong elastic tissue called _______.
    connective tissue
    ligaments
    joint tissue
    tendons

    12: Some animals have skeletons on the outside of their bodies. This kind of skeleton is called an __________.
    exoskeleton
    internal skeleton
    endoskeleton
    none of the above

    13: Connective tissues connect muscles to bones. These are called
    ligaments
    tendons
    exoskeletons
    cartilage

    14: Human skin contains ______ glands to help us cool off.
    endrocrine
    sweat
    pituitary
    none of the above

    15: The soft tissue inside some of the bones is called:
    marrow
    tendon
    cartilage
    ligament

    16: The elbow is an example of which kind of joint?
    ball and socket
    hinge
    pivot
    immovable

    17: The joint between the shoulder and upper arm is an example of which kind of joint?
    ball and socket
    hinge
    pivot
    immovable

    18: the bones of the hip are an example of which kind of joint?
    ball and socket
    hinge
    pivot
    fixed

    • ANSWER:
      In the time you invested typing these up, I'm sure you could have researched the answers over the net.
      Good place to get started-
      http://www.innerbody.com/htm/body.html

  43. QUESTION:
    Animal and Human anatomy quiz?
    1: The largest organ in the human body is the
    liver
    heart
    skin
    brain

    2: How many bones does an adult human skeleton have?
    105
    206
    217
    305

    3: Skeleton comes from the Greek word meaning
    bones
    hard
    dried body
    white body

    4: Red bone marrow _______
    produces the body's blood cells
    stores fat and serves as an energy reserve
    produces the body's blood cells, stores fat and serves as an energy reserve
    none of the above

    5: The joints in your leg and arm are examples of what type of joint?
    hinge
    ball and socket
    gliding
    pivot

    6: What is a sprain?
    when a bone comes out of its joint
    when a ligament is stretched too far
    break or crack in the bone
    none of the above

    7: What are the purposes for bones?
    produce blood cells and also store minerals and other materials that your body needs; bones provide shape to our body; protect our soft and delicate, internal organs
    bones provide shape to our body; to protect our soft, delicate internal organs
    produce blood cells and also store minerals and other materials that your body needs; provide shape to our bodies
    protect our internal organs; produce blood cells; produce vitamins

    8: What are the types of muscles?
    cardiac muscles, body muscles, skeletal muscles and stomach muscles
    stomach muscles and skeletal muscles
    body muscles, skeletal muscles and stomach muscles
    skeletal muscles, smooth muscles and cardiac muscles

    9: What are the functions of muscles?
    skeletal muscles provide the force that move your bones
    smooth muscles found in your digestive tract and in your blood vessels control many kinds of movements in your body, such as the digestive process
    cardiac muscles found in your heart contract repeatedly throughout your life
    all of the above

    10: The bones of the skull are examples of what type of joint?
    hinge
    gliding
    pivot
    immovable

    11: All joints are held together by strong elastic tissue called _______.
    connective tissue
    ligaments
    joint tissue
    tendons

    12: Some animals have skeletons on the outside of their bodies. This kind of skeleton is called an __________.
    exoskeleton
    internal skeleton
    endoskeleton
    none of the above

    13: Connective tissues connect muscles to bones. These are called
    ligaments
    tendons
    exoskeletons
    cartilage

    14: Human skin contains ______ glands to help us cool off.
    endrocrine
    sweat
    pituitary
    none of the above

    15: The soft tissue inside some of the bones is called:
    marrow
    tendon
    cartilage
    ligament

    16: The elbow is an example of which kind of joint?
    ball and socket
    hinge
    pivot
    immovable

    17: The joint between the shoulder and upper arm is an example of which kinid of joint?
    ball and socket
    hinge
    pivot
    immovable

    18: the bones of the hip are an exmple of which kind of joint?
    ball and socket
    hinge
    pivot
    fixed

    • ANSWER:
      I had this test and I made a 100 on it...

      1: The largest organ in the human body is the

      c: skin

      2: How many bones does an adult human skeleton have?

      b: 206

      3: Skeleton comes from the Greek word meaning

      c: dried body

      4: Red bone marrow _______

      a: produces the body's blood cells

      5: The joints in your leg and arm are examples of what type of joint?

      a: hinge

      6: What is a sprain?

      b:when a ligament is stretched too far

      7: What are the purposes for bones?

      a: produce blood cells and also store minerals and other materials that your body needs; bones provide shape to our body; protect our soft and delicate, internal organs

      8: What are the types of muscles?

      d: skeletal muscles, smooth muscles and cardiac muscles

      9: What are the functions of muscles?

      c: cardiac muscles found in your heart contract repeatedly

      10: The bones of the skull are examples of what type of joint?

      d: immovable

      11: All joints are held together by strong elastic tissue called _______.

      a: connective tissue

      12: Some animals have skeletons on the outside of their bodies. This kind of skeleton is called an __________.

      a: exoskeleton

      13: Connective tissues connect muscles to bones. These are called

      b: tendons

      14: Human skin contains ______ glands to help us cool off.

      b:sweat

      15: The soft tissue inside some of the bones is called:

      a: marrow

      16: The elbow is an example of which kind of joint?

      b: hinge

      17: The joint between the shoulder and upper arm is an example of which kind of joint?

      a: ball and socket

      18: the bones of the hip are an example of which kind of joint?

      a:ball and socket

      God Bless!

  44. QUESTION:
    i dont get any of these, please help....if you dont know the answer, please dont answer?
    1: The largest organ in the human body is the
    liver
    heart
    skin
    brain

    2: How many bones does an adult human skeleton have?
    105
    206
    217
    305

    3: Skeleton comes from the Greek word meaning
    bones
    hard
    dried body
    white body

    4: Red bone marrow _______
    produces the body's blood cells
    stores fat and serves as an energy reserve
    produces the body's blood cells, stores fat and serves as an energy reserve
    none of the above

    5: The joints in your leg and arm are examples of what type of joint?
    hinge
    ball and socket
    gliding
    pivot

    6: What is a sprain?
    when a bone comes out of its joint
    when a ligament is stretched too far
    break or crack in the bone
    none of the above

    7: What are the purposes for bones?
    produce blood cells and also store minerals and other materials that your body needs; bones provide shape to our body; protect our soft and delicate, internal organs
    bones provide shape to our body; to protect our soft, delicate internal organs
    produce blood cells and also store minerals and other materials that your body needs; provide shape to our bodies
    protect our internal organs; produce blood cells; produce vitamins

    8: What are the types of muscles?
    cardiac muscles, body muscles, skeletal muscles and stomach muscles
    stomach muscles and skeletal muscles
    body muscles, skeletal muscles and stomach muscles
    skeletal muscles, smooth muscles and cardiac muscles

    9: What are the functions of muscles?
    skeletal muscles provide the force that move your bones
    smooth muscles found in your digestive tract and in your blood vessels control many kinds of movements in your body, such as the digestive process
    cardiac muscles found in your heart contract repeatedly throughout your life
    all of the above

    10: The bones of the skull are examples of what type of joint?
    hinge
    gliding
    pivot
    immovable

    11: All joints are held together by strong elastic tissue called _______.
    connective tissue
    ligaments
    joint tissue
    tendons

    12: Some animals have skeletons on the outside of their bodies. This kind of skeleton is called an __________.
    exoskeleton
    internal skeleton
    endoskeleton
    none of the above

    13: Connective tissues connect muscles to bones. These are called
    ligaments
    tendons
    exoskeletons
    cartilage

    14: Human skin contains ______ glands to help us cool off.
    endrocrine
    sweat
    pituitary
    none of the above

    15: The soft tissue inside some of the bones is called:
    marrow
    tendon
    cartilage
    ligament

    16: The elbow is an example of which kind of joint?
    ball and socket
    hinge
    pivot
    immovable

    17: The joint between the shoulder and upper arm is an example of which kinid of joint?
    ball and socket
    hinge
    pivot
    immovable

    18: the bones of the hip are an exmple of which kind of joint?
    ball and socket
    hinge
    pivot
    fixed

    • ANSWER:
      1.skin
      2.206
      4. produces RBC
      5.hinge
      6. ligament
      7. first choice
      8. last choice
      9. all of the above
      10. immovable
      11. ligaments
      12. exoskeleton
      13. tendons
      14.sweat
      15.cartilage
      16.hinge
      17.ball and socket
      18.balland socket

  45. QUESTION:
    answer only if you know the answers.....i do really need help.?
    1: The largest organ in the human body is the
    liver
    heart
    skin
    brain

    2: How many bones does an adult human skeleton have?
    105
    206
    217
    305

    3: Skeleton comes from the Greek word meaning
    bones
    hard
    dried body
    white body

    4: Red bone marrow _______
    produces the body's blood cells
    stores fat and serves as an energy reserve
    produces the body's blood cells, stores fat and serves as an energy reserve
    none of the above

    5: The joints in your leg and arm are examples of what type of joint?
    hinge
    ball and socket
    gliding
    pivot

    6: What is a sprain?
    when a bone comes out of its joint
    when a ligament is stretched too far
    break or crack in the bone
    none of the above

    7: What are the purposes for bones?
    produce blood cells and also store minerals and other materials that your body needs; bones provide shape to our body; protect our soft and delicate, internal organs
    bones provide shape to our body; to protect our soft, delicate internal organs
    produce blood cells and also store minerals and other materials that your body needs; provide shape to our bodies
    protect our internal organs; produce blood cells; produce vitamins

    8: What are the types of muscles?
    cardiac muscles, body muscles, skeletal muscles and stomach muscles
    stomach muscles and skeletal muscles
    body muscles, skeletal muscles and stomach muscles
    skeletal muscles, smooth muscles and cardiac muscles

    9: What are the functions of muscles?
    skeletal muscles provide the force that move your bones
    smooth muscles found in your digestive tract and in your blood vessels control many kinds of movements in your body, such as the digestive process
    cardiac muscles found in your heart contract repeatedly throughout your life
    all of the above

    10: The bones of the skull are examples of what type of joint?
    hinge
    gliding
    pivot
    immovable

    11: All joints are held together by strong elastic tissue called _______.
    connective tissue
    ligaments
    joint tissue
    tendons

    12: Some animals have skeletons on the outside of their bodies. This kind of skeleton is called an __________.
    exoskeleton
    internal skeleton
    endoskeleton
    none of the above

    13: Connective tissues connect muscles to bones. These are called
    ligaments
    tendons
    exoskeletons
    cartilage

    14: Human skin contains ______ glands to help us cool off.
    endrocrine
    sweat
    pituitary
    none of the above

    15: The soft tissue inside some of the bones is called:
    marrow
    tendon
    cartilage
    ligament

    16: The elbow is an example of which kind of joint?
    ball and socket
    hinge
    pivot
    immovable

    17: The joint between the shoulder and upper arm is an example of which kinid of joint?
    ball and socket
    hinge
    pivot
    immovable

    18: the bones of the hip are an exmple of which kind of joint?
    ball and socket
    hinge
    pivot
    fixed

    • ANSWER:
      1. skin
      2. 206

      5. ball&socket

      12. exoskeleton

  46. QUESTION:
    All of the following are functions of the vertebrate urinary system EXCEPT...?
    The most important factor that determines glomerular blood pressure is??
    1) The most important factor that determines glomerular blood pressure is
    A)ratio of short to long nephrons.
    B)your total blood volume.
    C)your blood pressure.
    D)your heart rate.
    E)the diameter of arterioles entering and exiting the nephrons.

    2) Antidiuretic hormone is put into the blood by the
    A)small intestine.
    B)kidney.
    C)liver.
    D)hypothalamus.
    E)pituitary gland.

    3) All of the following are functions of the vertebrate urinary system EXCEPT
    A)secretion of hormones.
    B)water balance.
    C)removal of waste products.
    D)temperature regulation.
    E)pH levels.

    4) Insect excretory systems consist of
    A)flame cells.
    B)protonephridia.
    C)nephridia.
    D)malpigian tubules.
    E)protoglomerulus.

    5) Which of these would normally be found in glomerular filtrate?
    A)white blood cells
    B)fat droplets
    C)erythrocytes
    D)large proteins
    E)salts

    • ANSWER:
      1)C
      2)E
      3)D
      4)D
      5)E

  47. QUESTION:
    biology questions stuck please help 'homeostasis'?
    they need to be sciency answers
    1) the hepatic artery and the hepatic portal vein both bring blood to the liver. Describe and explain the differences in composition of blood in these vessels.?
    2)describe how the following are metabolised in the liver cells;
    (i) amino acids
    (ii) fats and other lipids
    3) a diuretic is a substance which increases the production of urine.
    (i) some substances stop ADH from being secreted. Explain how these substances act as diuretics?
    (II) describe how you could investigate whether drinking tea has a diuretic effect?

    Please try and help me, whether u can give the whole answer or parts of answers to any of the questions it would be helpful.
    For the record i am not lazy, i have tried hard to answer these questions but am really finding it difficult to.
    Thanks to all that help and i will choose the best answer from the person who can help me out the most.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      1. The hepatic artery transports nutrients (eg glucose) and oxygen to the liver cells. The glucose and oxygen are required for respiration of the liver cells.
      The hepatic portal vein transports nutrients absorbed from the villi in the small intestine (glucose , amino acids , vitamins, etc.) to the liver .
      2. (i)Amino acid are used for protein synthesis. The excess amino acids are broken down (deaminized) into ureum and glucose.
      3. (i) Alcohol inhibit ADH secretion. Less water is thus reabsorbed in the nephron and more water remains in the urine. The urine will thus be more, darker in colour and more concentrated.
      (ii) Hypothesis: Tea acts as a diuretic.
      Drink three cups of tea. Note the time of day, environmental temperature and body temperature. Do not exercise. Sit and wait for urination urge. Keep your urine for as long as possible. Measure the volume urine passed.
      Next day, same time and temperatures the same. Drink three cups of water.Follow same further instructions. Then compare your urine volumes passed.Make conclusion and state if your hypothesis was correct or wrong.

  48. QUESTION:
    Why do carbs have such a bad reputation?
    I've heard the talk, carbs make you fat. They turn into glucose which is sugar and makes you fat. If you only eat fat and protein then you'll lose weight.

    Wrong! What you'll lose is muscle! Carbs are made of monossacharides and dissacharides. Monossacharies means there is one sugar molecule in the food. Glucose (blood sugar), Fructose (fruit sugar) and Galactose. The dissacharids are two sugars put together (Glucose + another sugar.) There are three of these, sucrose (glucose+fructose), lactose (glucose+galactose), and maltose (glucose+glucose).
    The complex carbs are polyssacharides (lots of glucose together).

    When we eat carbs the glucose goes to our blood then to the cells. The others go to our liver and turns into glucose then go to our blood, then to feed our cells and central nervous system. What we dont eat is stored as fat. If we dont get enough then the body takes galactose from our muscles and turns it into glucose. So why not just eat the carbs and get fiber?
    I do agree that the modern diet has too many refined carbs. I'm all about the whole grains. But the no-carb diets send people into ketosis! The body needs carbsm, glucose is the perferred energy source for all cells.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, exactly you lose MUSCLE. Muscle weight MUCH MORE than fat. Therefore you lose weight but your midsection never shrinks.
      I always thought that low carb diet was the DUMBEST thing ever. The guy that invented it dropped dead of a heart attack.
      How couldn't people see through this ridiculous garbage? I see things on restaurant menus that state (Low Carb). The meal is a hamburger without the bun. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL! Are you kidding me? Like it's the bun that makes you fat and not the fried hamburger loaded with grease, fat and cholesterol.

      Carbs will make someone gain weight if they just sit on their bum all day. Carbs are an ESSENTIAL part of an everyda diet, especially if you work out. The body uses carbs and glucose as energy, without them your body uses muscle for energy.

      Therefore losing muscle will make you lose weight, but you'll become a weak, soft pile of skin and fat.
      Perfect example. I'm 6'0 216 lbs yet my waist is 32 1/2 inches. My friend is 6'2 185lbs and his waist is 37 inches. I'm over 30lbs heavier, shorter and yet my waist is 4 1/2 inches smaller than his.
      THANK YOU for your great question.

  49. QUESTION:
    What is the best pace to jog to burn fat?
    Hello,

    Currently, I am in a pretty built shape but I want to reduce my body fat so my muscles are more visible and I look more tone. I hear that power walking is effective in burning fat. I hear that running too hard will draw energy from your liver instead of your far cells. I currently set the treadmill to 7.5 and run for 2 miles, but that makes my heart really pump. Would it be better to reduce it to 6.5? Whats the best pace to burn fat, some scientific source would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Alex

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    Anybody good with Biology/Nutrition?
    Here's a few questions for you...

    Which of the following determines the nature of cell's work?
    a)organs
    b)mutations
    c)red blood cells
    d)genes

    The body's cells need nutrients around the clock.
    a)True
    b)False

    Which of the following is considered only a storage organ?
    a)liver
    b)gallbladder
    c)salivary glands
    d)pancreas

    Without sufficient ________, the digestive tract muscles get too little exercise and become weak.
    a)energy
    b)fiber
    c)nutrients
    d)water

    The bones provide reserves of:
    a)vitamins
    b)calcium
    c)glycogen
    d)a and b
    e)b and c

    A person in an emergency situation is unable to eat for several weeks. which of the following would provide the energy which this person would need to survive?
    a)fat
    b)liver glycogen
    c)bones
    d)muscle glycogen

    • ANSWER:
      1.a
      2.a
      3.b
      4.b
      5.b
      6.b


Fat In Liver Diet

Have you heard that there are foods and special diets that are specially designed to help you get rid of your belly fat? There is something called the Flat Belly Diet that has been endorsed by the writers at Prevention magazine. The diet is promoted as a way to take as many inches off of your waistline as you want. There are also a variety of diets making the rounds right now that claim they can get rid of your stomach fat without you having to do a single minute of exercise. Are these diets the real deal? Here is what we have found out about belly fat diets:

The best way to get rid of stomach fat is to eat a healthy diet and maintain a regular exercise routine. You will want to work all of your muscle systems, not just your abdominal region. You know that this is true, but isn't there any truth to the diets that claim to get rid of belly fat?

To understand why these diets aren't what they claim to be, you need to understand how fat works in your body. Fat cells cannot be lost without surgery. Even people who are in model shape have plenty of fat cells in their bodies. Fat cells are cells that stretch and constrict depending on how much exercise you get and what you eat. The only way to lose a fat cell is to have it surgically removed. What's more, your body stores fat in different ways--focusing on a single area of your body won't get rid of that area's fat. It will simply relocate the fat to somewhere else!

The "Belly Fat Diet" promoted by Prevention Magazine is famous because it promotes the ingestion of monosaturated fat. Followers of this diet plan are instructed to add some source of monosaturated fat to every meal they eat. Monosaturated fats can be found in, among other things, soybeans, seeds, nuts, olives and dark chocolate. The person who developed the diet claims that monosaturated fat focuses specifically on the fat that is stored in the belly area. The author of the diet encourages exercise, but emphasizes that exercise is not required to make the diet successful.

Recently, MSNBC released an article that promises readers that there are no foods that will actively attack single areas of body fat. Belly fat is the same as fat located in other areas of the human body. The article maintains that genetics has more to do with where your body stores fat than anything you could eat.

Here is the simple truth: if you cut your calorie intake and burn more calories than you take in, you will lose weight! To work specifically on the fat that is stored in your belly, you can add some extra abdominal exercises to your regular workout routine. There are no magical belly fat diets that will whisk away the fat cells stored in your belly. To truly lose your stomach fat you need to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    If I cut fat out of my diet will my liver metabolise the fat in my body?
    Is the liver constantly metabolising fats .

    • ANSWER:
      In the liver, bile is formed, and flows from the liver through
      tube like structures...known as ducts...to the intestines to
      break down fat that we eat. There are different kinds
      of fats in the body that come to the liver in the blood,
      these are cholesterol and triglycerides. Cholesterol is
      needed in certain amounts in the body to build new cells
      membranes. Our old cells die off and then new ones are
      developed. Triglycerides are usually there to be stored
      as fats in our body. They are broken down by the liver
      and used as energy for the body when we don't eat enough
      foods that we need for energy for the cells...like proteins,
      glucose, and fats. So the answer to your questions is yes. The liver is constantly metabolizing fats, as we need them.
      Certain fats are good for the body and other are not.
      Most doctors will tell you not to totally cut out all fats
      from the diet because certain ones are needed...as
      you see above. However, people are placed on diets
      if these levels in the blood are too high cause they
      can lead to plaque building up inside our vessels and
      also to having a fatty liver which can lead to inflammation
      inside the liver. It is best to have your levels of fats
      be checked by blood work to see what your levels
      are and see if the doctor recommends you go on this
      type of diet. Some people who are on cholesterol diets,
      need to remember to drink more fluids as the cholesterol
      leaving the body through the kidneys can develop into
      stones...not to drink an excess amount, but enough to
      flush out the kidneys during this time.

      I hope this information is of some help to you.

  2. QUESTION:
    If you have a fatty liver, will the Atkins diet make your body burn the fat in the liver also??
    Just diagnosed and need to lose about 50 lbs.

    • ANSWER:
      Is it non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)? Have you talked to your doctor about your diagnosis and treatment options?

      Here is a really good article about it. Then talk to your doctor.

      http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=46582

  3. QUESTION:
    fat cat diet plan...any suggestions??
    my cat is FAT and now needs a diet since there is too much fat in her liver. i tried giving her a diet before but she becomes incredibly difficult and MOODY!! if she doesnt see that the entire 1 can of cat food is there on her bowl...[only half is given] she will look at me like im being evil/mean, hiss and run off...making me feel bad. so i want to try giving her a slow and steady diet....any ideas?? shes also spoiled and throws a fit by POOING ON THE CARPET if she feels that she cant get her way....

    any suggestions? should i just give her a diet cold turkey with no remorse?? please help dishing out diet ideas!!

    • ANSWER:
      Go to www.ThePetCenter.com and click on the index of articles and then look under the "Nutrition Related" articles. There are a number of them there that will tell you how to meet your cat's nutritional needs and take the weight off her.

      It sounds as though you can feeding canned food which should not be putting weight on your cat or keeping her fat UNLESS you are using foods that have by-product meat with a lot of fattening fillers. Cats do not get fat on high quality canned foods which are almost 100% meat protein. Use Wellness, Natural Balance, Nature's Logic or Nature's Organic. The last two brands are available through www.petfooddirect.com. Nature's Organic turkey and turkey liver is .33 a can. Nature's Logic duck and salmon is .36. That's about as high as you can go on canned food - .00 a month or .00 a week. Wellness and Natural Balance are available at my local pet discount store for around $.75 per can. So mix them up to reduce your financial output. The pet discount store also has sales where you can stock up for less.

      These foods are almost all meat. I find they are on the dry side so I always add a tsp. of filtered water to each cat's serving. Cats do not get fat or continue gaining on meat.

      So yes, you need to get "tough" with the cat and stop letting her control you. One-half can in the morning (the rest should be put in a pyrex dish to save for dinner - it gets an "off" taste if left in the can). Just pick up the poo from the carpet (not as much of a problem than if it were urine) and dispose of it in a brown paper bag outside in the trash can. Don't get upset or let her know she has made a point with you. You will win the battle and she will be better off for it. She should have two litterboxes and buy new ones. Some cats like to poo in one and poop in another. Don't put them side by side. Plastic litter boxes pick up odors and bacteria that the cat can smell and not like. Even when you clean old boxes well, replace the litter totally at least every two weeks and wash them well with soap and water they can still have a smell that she does not like. Plastic litterboxes have a life span of less than two years.

      I suspect you might be dealing with both a food AND a litterbox problem with your cat so you need to address both issues.

      I would try chicken and turkey meats first with her. Some cats don't like beef and lamb. You'll have to play around with that.

  4. QUESTION:
    I was put on a Low Fat Diet by my Doctor.?
    I'm 18 and I was put on a low fat diet by my doctor.... I have a fatty liver and a gallstone.

    I'm used to eating high fat foods and other junk so I'm not really sure what to buy.

    What are some foods that are naturally low in fat?

    • ANSWER:
      Stay out of the center of the grocery store! Fruits are very low in fat, most vegetables have none.

      A general rule I just figured out, good for you food is beautiful. Everything you eat should be colorful, nothing beige. Beige is almost always fat.

  5. QUESTION:
    hi i have problem have fat in liver and i should make diet what kind of food i should eat i am 47 years old?
    i am over weight little but made blood test and dr told me that i have fat in liver so i need to know what kind of food to eat and what shleel i do so please help me and thank you

    • ANSWER:
      First, Diet: The belly fat cure: Special Report by Jorge Cruise http://jorgecruise.com/downloads/Report_v25022509.pdf
      http://yefimsanswers.blogspot.com/
      Third, drink water as you can.

  6. QUESTION:
    Is this an acceptable amount of fat in my diet?
    I have been told by my physician to get on an extreme low fat diet. I don't understand the calculations I have read up on. I have been consuming 1100-1300 calories per day. Each day I have been eating 10-15 grams of fat. This is not to lose weight; I have fatty liver. I asked not to be put on medication. My doctor told me that I have one month to try to get the levels down, and if I don't I will have to take medication or it will turn into Cirrhosis of the Liver. I have been on this diet for 6 days now. I have been eating fruits and vegetables and a few Lean Cuisine meals. Most of the Lean Cuisine meals I did not like and ended up not even eating half of the meal. So I may not have gotten a full 10-15 grams of fat on those days. Can anyone tell me if this will harm me? I just don't want to have to take medication. Every time I get put on medication I end up with allergic reactions and have to be put on something else and it goes on and on and on. Any tips, suggestions, or comments that are helpful will be appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I would try to eat completely fresh.

      Eat lots of fruit - as much as you desire before each meal and more. And also have a large green salad or green smoothies. Fruits and greens give your body all the nutrients it needs and will help your liver condition.

      You can use websites like nutridiary.com or fitday.com to help you with ratios. Keep fat under 10% of total caloies and you will be fine.

      You can get some good meals from www.fatfreevegan.com as well. Hope this helps.

  7. QUESTION:
    A low fat diet? what foods can i eat?
    I am a bit sick with my liver. I've ended up in the hospital at least once a week. All they can tell me is my live enzymes are high cus i have a fatty liver. And that i must go on a low fat diet. But i HAVE! and i'm still getting pain all at random times. What foods can i eat on this LOW fat diet. I've cut out all cholesterol and fat and i don't know what else i can have. I stay away from the sweet things and fatty stuff now. Nothing seems to work. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      The diet solution to your problem is to eat food in moderation. Our body still needs fat, carbohydrates, and calories. It's just that other people abuse their body by eating excessive amounts of them. Well, basically you can try eating fresh fruits and vegetables because they are natural. Also, it helps to do some exercises which would helps strengthen your body overall.

  8. QUESTION:
    100% fat free diet. Please help!?
    Hello! At first this might now make sense, but you'll
    find out soon what my question is! :p

    These last few weeks I've been watching what I eat
    and I've been avoiding (successfully) everything and
    anything that contains fat. I'm following a 100% natural
    diet (vegies, and fruits) prepared in different ways
    without using any type of fats. I've been losing weight
    so that's good!

    I've been reading about anorexia and i've read that
    sometimes liver/heart, and other type of organ failure
    is caused because people who suffer eating disorders
    do not eat any type of fats; and since the body needs
    some fats to burn after they are done with carbs, they
    use the little fat in our heart/liver and other organs to
    burn it causing liver/heart failure.

    So the REAL question is, if i go on a 100% fat FREE
    diet (vegies, fruits) will my liver/heart, or other organs
    fail to function properly and then ultimately cause
    my death?

    • ANSWER:
      You cannot survive without a certain amount of fats in your diet. Your body needs fats to function. All of your nerves are covered with a layer of fat, fat cushions your organs, Vitamins A,D,E, & K are fat soluble meaning without fat in your diet, your body cannot metabolize these vitamins. This could lead to a vitamin deficiency and serious health problems.

      Cutting out all fats is an ineffective and dangerous way to try and lose weight. In the 80's, everyone thought low fat diets were the way to go to lose weight. Well, what happened? Obesity rates skyrocketed at the same time everyone cut fats out of their diet.

      Eat sensibly, take in fewer calories than you burn, and exercise regularly. That will work every time. Fad diets never work for the long term.

      Hope that helps,
      Dave S.
      Owner, Perfect Fit Personal Training
      http://www.thetruthaboutdiets.com

  9. QUESTION:
    How does lowering blood sugar actually effect fat metabolism as on a diet?
    If you're about to tell me that insulin stores glucose in fat and muscle, anything about the Glycemic Index, etc then you're wasting time. I know that already.

    I want an INTENSELY CHEMISTRY AND BIOLOGY based answer to how specifically lowered blood sugar levels will motivate the body chemically to favor adipose tissue metabolism. Specifically, the question comes from cinnamon - I'd always assumed that since it was an insulin 'substitute' that it would somehow be recognized by the receptors in the GI tract and tell the pancreas to lay off with insulin production, thus less glucose would be stored on a meal without cinnamon, but thinking of it that's really just called insulin insensitivity so that was a retarded idea arising from lack of thought on the matter.

    So if you still have all the insulin the meal would normally give, and you've stored more glucose in muscles and liver and fat, um... how's that help you lose weight? Shit I'm outta room, read extra below....
    Fat weight, of course (not muscle mass!)

    Only thing I can figure is that it makes you store stuff, which burns more calories than you ate after it's broken down again. Like, ok, insulin tells -> store! And the cells are like, ok; and active transports use energy to do the storage and atoms are bound and stuff happens so that while you ate and had in you 100 calories here, you really only end up storing a net of 85 in the end. Then your body says crap, low blood sugar - has to break down with glucogen taking more energy and tadah, you've burned more.

    But usually since insulin is there it acts antagonistically with burning fat so lean muscle would be catabolized a lot then. SO that sounds bad for anyone who wants to be muscle large - this would only be good for women wanting to be stick thin.

    Plus, while we're at it, we get tired when blood sugar's low yes? Why SPECIFICALLY? Are there receptors say in our pinkey toes that say to conserve energy, sugar's low? DETAILS!?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
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  10. QUESTION:
    Has anybody felt sick to their stomach while losing weight?
    For the fistrt time in days I am losing a little weight on a low fat diet. I also feel a little queasy. I dont think I have the flu. Is this my body's way of reacting to giving up the fat, maybe my liver or something?

    • ANSWER:
      Little Tricks To Help You Lose Weight Fast

      Yeah we all know that we are supposed to cut calories, do cardio and hit the gym to get in shape, but there are lots of little tricks you shouldn't ignore if you want to slim down quick.
      Good Luck and Take care :-)
      Take The Stairs Taking the stairs instead of the elevator every day can help you burn some extra calories. It may not seem like a lot but it adds up. Over a period of a year, taking the stairs can burn off an extra five lbs. of fat.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is fat to be totally avoided in diet by the patients suffering from mild liver dysfunction ?

    • ANSWER:
      Not all liver patients are told to avoid fats.
      It depends on the cause of the liver problem.

      Thoses who have developed fatty liver disease or
      if they have trouble with blockage of the bile ducts,
      then they may need to do this.

      All liver patients are told, "No alcohol". They are
      also told not to take any medications that are not
      approved by or prescribed by their doctors.

      Fatty liver disease can be caused from:
      weight gain, alcohol consumption, mal nutrition,
      losing weight fast, certain medications like steriods,
      diabetes, insulin resistance, high cholesterol/triglyceride
      levels and others. Those who have this disease should
      talk with the doctor about how the proper diet.
      The diet usually consists of limiting fats but not
      completely avoiding them. Fats like olive oil and
      canola oil are fine. However, it is best to bake, broil,
      or boil foods instead of frying them.

      Those who have bile ducts problems, may need
      to avoid alot of fats because it causes an increase
      of bile to emulsify them. They may not feel very
      well eatting fats that cannot be digested.

      You should ask the doctor to refer you to a dietitian.
      They look at all your medical problems and then
      decide what diet would be best for you...this is
      done on an individual basis.

  12. QUESTION:
    What diet is the easiest on the kidneys and liver ?
    Am I right to assume that a complex carb diet is the easiest on the kidneys ? And that a high protein diet is hard on the kidneys and unhealthy fats is hardest on the liver ?

    Good fats and complex carbs would be the healthiest diet in this regard ?

    • ANSWER:
      A balanced diet is best on your body as whole, that's the kind of diet you should be having.

  13. QUESTION:
    are there any foods u can eat to help your liver or pancreas?
    im on the waiting list for a liver and pancreas.. but in the meanwhile i want to try and be as healthy as possible. Besides taking pills or hard core diets and liver cleanse diet type things..are theyre any foods that could help me feel better i have cirrosis of the liver due to all the medicines i take for my cystic fibrosis..which also ruined my pancreas and now i have diabetes.. but yea im on a high fat diet soo any answers would help even if your not sure i can atleast try somthing =P thanks! :) )

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    Diet Pills? To your knowelege and or personal experiance?
    If I take alli and are on a no/low fat diet will I have the side effects?

    Is dexatrim max bad for me and my heart/liver/ kidney ect?
    Is The diet pill green tea with hoodia bad for me IN ANY WAY? and or cause any health problems in the future

    • ANSWER:
      Diet Pills are bad for you. They are a last resort. Diet pills change the way you process all food, even the nutrients you need. Most diet pills also force your heart rate up and can cause high blood pressure. You are forcing your body to be hyper and this can cause heart problems. I'm a pharmacy technician so I do have the facts.

  15. QUESTION:
    Liver enzyme (SGOT, SGPT) level extremely high since many months?
    Hi, I am facing a strange a strange health problem since many months. When I wake up in the morning I get a heavy head, weakness, light pain in the stomach and feel like vomiting. Ultrasound showed fatty liver condition and the LFT tests showed SGPT = 109 and SGOT = 46. I have been following the regular exercise and low fat diet regime. Still I see no improvement. Can any one help me. This is now going on since last 4-5 months.
    Hi, I am facing a strange a strange health problem since many months. When I wake up in the morning I get a heavy head, weakness, light pain in the stomach and feel like vomiting. Ultrasound showed fatty liver condition and the LFT tests showed SGPT = 109 and SGOT = 46 even after 4 months. Hepatitis B tests however negative no Hepatitis B.

    I have been following the regular exercise and low fat diet regime. Still I see no improvement. Can any one help me. This is now going on since last 4-5 months.

    • ANSWER:
      flowergirl...if your grandmother took milk thistle, all it did was lower her alt and ast levels which are responsible for the occurance of cancer cells if elevated-it does NOTHING else. hcv is a virus, it is not cured by herbs. your grandmother is still sick. the hcv virons (quasispecies) are still causing damage. milk thistle does not kill hcv.

      now, for the answer to the actual question: your ultrasound showed fatty liver. alt and ast levels are high due to nash. (fatty liver).

      of course, there could be another disease such as hcv as many heppers have this very "dual' issue. we call this disease "bi-directional" of having hcv.

      sometimes however, nash can be hereditary as well.
      keep following the diet, however, since your symptoms have not improved, it would be wise to see the doctor and ask about hcv-everyone has at least one risk factor for this double stranded rna virus that needs the liver to thrive.

      good luck

  16. QUESTION:
    High blood pressure and liver enzymes in pregnancy.?
    Two weeks ago I went to the OB for severe abdominal pain. The doctors said it was probably my Gall Bladder and did some blood work. They tested my liver enzymes which were high, however they ended up sending me home anyway on a low fat diet for the gall bladder.

    3 days ago I wasn't feeling well and I called my doctor who had me come in. My blood pressure was high 145/90 and I had a significant amount of swelling. They were concerned about preeclampsia, but I don't have any protiens in my urine. I went back to the doctor today, after having another attack of severe abdominal pain even though I've been following the low fat diet. My blood pressure was still high, so he ordered some blood work. My liver enzymes were elevated again. My doctor still doesn't think I have preeclampsa, and isn't sure why my enzymes are high. (or at least isn't telling me why he thinks my enzymes are high.)

    are there any other conditions that cause elevated blood pressure and liver enzymes during pregnancy without having preeclampsia?
    I am 35 weeks.

    • ANSWER:
      It's preeclampsia. The high BP and swelling should be enough...add the severe abdominal pain (which is the tell-tale sign) and there should be no question.

      Get a 2nd opinion. This can be VERY serious for you and the baby. Take control of the care you are getting and make sure you have the right information to make a decision.

      You didn't say how far along you were. If it's late enough, they will probably want to induce you. If you are less than 37 weeks or so, they may give you bed rest or talk about an early C-section.

      Don't wait. Get an 2nd and 3rd opinion. Good luck to you.

  17. QUESTION:
    Help! My dog is sick, what should I do?
    My dog Sybil (a Scottish terrier, 8 or 9 years old) has been in treatment for liver problems and liver inflammation. She's taking some vitamins, a medicine for liver, special diet; a no fat diet.
    A half hour ago she fell off the bed and started twitching, having like muscle spams or something alike, and breathing heavily. At first I thought she might be having a heart attack, but then she stopped twitching, her breathing got better. But she was completely disoriented, lost her balance and couldn't walk. She was also trembling, and I think it's pain. Now she's doing better. She seems attentive, but still a little wobbly. I can't reach my vet till morning. I don't know what to do.
    Thank you all for your answers.
    My dog was sleeping, or at least lying down on the bed before falling, and yes I did see her fall.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry your dog is not well. Ask your vet about Milk Thistle tablets. My dog had cancer and her liver enzymes were high, the oncologist suggested Milk Thistle and it improved her liver enormously, the enzymes came down to the normal level..

      Take your dog to the vet in the morning to get her checked out.
      I wish you the very best of luck.

  18. QUESTION:
    Would it be appropriate if I took a meal with me?
    packed in a bag to a restaurant? I have stage 3 liver disease so my doctor wants me to be on a completely low-fat diet. But I dont want to order anything from the menu- eating out with my family is the only thing we do together...or I could just sit there and not order anything?

    What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      I know it must be a hassle to have to explain your personal business and your diet restrictions. But being in the food service industry, I'm sure restaurant employees are sensitive (if properly trained) to respect diet restrictions. I would bring my meal, if you want to, or possibly speak to the manager about possible menu options for you.

  19. QUESTION:
    How much vitamin K is stored in the liver? How long would it last me if I ate a vitamin K deficient diet?
    Vitamin K is fat soluble, and is stored in the liver and adipose tissue. If I were to get no vitamin K in my diet, how long would the vitamin K in my liver last before it runs out?

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, Vitamin K is synthesized in the colon by bacterial action. So your diet has little to do with it, unless you were on broad spectrum antibiotics that killed the intestinal flora. Then it would take about 1 - 2 weeks.

  20. QUESTION:
    Paralyzed Intestines, Fatty Liver, Liquid Diet, Swollen Stomach, Upper GI tomorrow. Any encouragement?
    Okay, last Saturday night (8 days ago), I went to my local ER because I was violently vomiting. I had not eaten much that day and had vomited all of that up. After seeing the triage, I started having to run into the ER bathroom and was vomiting up (what I later found out was) BILE. It was oily and green colored. Anyway, they gave me fluids and kept me overnight for observation. I didn't throw up again after being on the fluids. In the last few hours of being in the hospital I had diariah once and started running a low grade fever. They let me go anyway and said it was just a stomach virus going around.
    The following day, I started having the weirdest diariah it was almost all liquid, tan colored and 'frothy' if that makes any sense. I didn't have a since solid movement all week. Friday morning, my boss looked at my stomach and noticed it was POKING out, sent me to the doctor. They did an xray, said my intestines were paralyzed & I had a kidney infection and sent me straight over to the ER again. I've now been here since Friday morning (it's now Sunday night). They did an ultrasound on me today and said I had fat on my liver. I've only had a little food and still no solid movement. They're doing an upper gi tomorrow, but I'm really scared about what they might say.
    My gallbaldder had been removed in 2005 after I was notified of my gallstones my OB saw during one of my last ultrasounds. It was taken out a few days after the birth of my son.
    I'm just hoping someone out there might have been thru what I'm going thru. I've tried to 'google' for help but there's so much 'junk' out there.
    anything would be appreciated
    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    fat in liver.....pain i think HELP?
    I went to the doctor two weeks ago I was having pains right under my rib cage and my right lower stomach and I peeing real yellow and it had a real strong smell I also had a hard time going to the restroom ( bowel move) I have hard time with gas also I went to go see the doc, he drew blood and sent me to get a sonogram he called be back after two weeks and told me that my blood wrok came back fine kidneys where ok liver function was ok gallbladder was ok but I did show to have fat in my liver but that he didn’t think that was making me hurt he found a uti and gave meds for that the following week I went to the er for the same pains they did x-rays and blood work and they said the same thing everything came back fine I did have blood in my urine but the er doc thought that the fat in my liver wasn’t cause my pain either what can it be?

    I weighed 275 pounds and lost 23 pounds in two months on a diet and exercise did that have to do with it?
    When I go use the restroom it come

    • ANSWER:
      If you are "fat, female and forty" you fit the profile for gall bladder stones. Otherwise, you seem to be in good shape. Your fatty liver could be due to your eating habits. In other words, Goosie, you are getting a bit of a foie gras!

  22. QUESTION:
    My son had hepatitis A on 25/5 with Typhoid, was hopitalised. On 30/6 S billirubin level is 10. what is remedy
    When hospitalised on 4/6/06 SGOT-4300, SGPT-3000, S Billirubin-3.8, Hb 9.9%. On discharge on 13/6/06 SGOT-110 SGPT-64 S Billirubi - 10.5, Hb - 7.1%. In last 2 weeks the S billirubin level is now 15.8 with SGPT - 50.
    Medication - During hospitalisation - Hepamerz with IV and Potassium chloride injection. 1 liver tonic and low fat diet.
    After discharge the medication is as follows:
    Hepamerz syrup-10ml - 3 times a day
    Tab UDLIV -300 mg - 2 times a day
    Liver tonic - 7.5 ml - 2 times a day
    Iron cap HEMSI- 1 a day . Low fat diet with more emphasis on fruits.
    The condition has not improved in the last one week.
    Whether anyone can advice further course of action?

    • ANSWER:
      You might want to investigate natural anti-virals like olive leaf extract, grapefruit seed extract, and colloidal silver these are very potent and have worked well to reduce viral loads in studies I have read about. Good luck!

  23. QUESTION:
    Mono!!! Help!!?
    I'm 14 years old and this is the second time I have mono. I already had it a year ago but this time it's really bad. My spleen is swollen a lot (but that was already the case last time) and now the second blood test the doctor took said I have liver problems because of the Epstein-Barr virus. I am now on a low-fat diet because of this liver issue. My problem is: According to my doctor, my mom and other people who have had mono, I'm not allowed to do sports for 3-6 months. Last time I had mono, I wasn't allowed to do sports for 3 months or a bit less. The thing that really annoyed me this time around, though, was that I wasn't able to participate in 2 swimming tournaments with my team.
    Since I am not really allowed to do sports, I feel really unfit now and feel like doing sports more than ever. Anyone have tips for me so that I stay in shape and don't gain weight due to the lack of exercise? I am average weight. 1,60 meters tall, weigh about 46-47 kg(although i wouldn' mind losing)
    I used to do pilates. Could this possibly be an option for me now? I know I'm not supposed to do anything that can be strenuous on my spleen and so forth but if I'm careful...? Pilates isn't really that tiring...

    • ANSWER:
      Avoiding sports for at least a month after the illness because the spleen (an organ in the body that sits under the left rib cage) is often enlarged temporarily while you are ill. An enlarged spleen can rupture easily, causing internal bleeding and abdominal pain and requiring emergency surgery.

      I suggest you contact your Doctor and ask what He/She believes would be the best way for you to excercise. Maybe even some light walking. But also remember that by walking, if you were to fall, that could also damage your spleen

  24. QUESTION:
    How can I get enough Omega 3 Fats in my diet if I'm allergic to fish and cod liver oil gives me face rashes?
    I can't eat any fish as it gives me a very bad stomach. Whenever I take Cod Liver Oil my face seems to break out in cold sores and I don't really want to take tablet supplements as whenever I take them these seam to give me face rashes too. Concerned at not getting enough Omega Fats in my diet what foods can I eat to give me enough of these fats? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Use vegetarian omega 3 supplements. They are derived from flax plants and contain no fish or meat products of any kind.

  25. QUESTION:
    What are the benefits of coconut oil and virgin coconut oil? ?
    Hi! I'm Racquel. BSE student.These are some of the information in my research.

    Read the facts below to discover why the Coconut Oil is now referred
    to as the "Healthiest Oil in the World" because of its unique health-
    giving properties. Studies demonstrate that of all fats and oils,
    coconut oil is not only nutritious, but has the most health benefits.

    FACT No.1: Coconut oil is the best and richest natural source of the
    immune-boosting lauric acid among all the vegetable oils.

    Among the vegetable oils traded in the world, coconut oil is
    the best and richest natural source of lauric acid which makes up
    about 50 percent of its healthy fat content. All other vegetable oils
    are completely deficient in this. Lauric Acid, an important component
    of breast milkis also the primary saturated fatty acid found in
    coconut oil.

    Lauric Acid is the most important essential fatty acid in
    building and maintaining the body's immune system and has a powerful
    antimicrobial effect that can kill a wide variety of infectious
    organisms. Among the saturated fatty acids, lauric acid has the
    maximum anti-viral activity.

    Lauric acid is a medium chain fatty acid (MCFA), which has
    the additional beneficial function of being formed into monolaurin
    in the body. Monolaurin is the anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-
    protozoal monogllyceride used by humans or animals to destroy lipid
    coated viruses, such as HIV, herpes, influenza and pathogenic
    bacteria.

    FACT No.2: Coconut oil is rich in plant-based, healthy type of good
    saturated fats which is very different from the animal-based
    saturated fats. Coconut oil has no cholesterol.

    Coconut oil is rich in plant-based, healthy type of
    saturated fats. It is 92 percent highly saturatedfat. Not all
    saturated fats are created equal. Just like polyunsaturated fats
    which are sub classified into omega 3, omega 6 and omega 9, saturated
    fats are also sub-classified into short chain, medium chain and long
    chain. The dramatic differnce is with the fatty acid composition and
    is fully documented by years of scientific research. In contrast with
    animal fats (long chain fatty acids-LCFA) which contain cholesterol,
    coconut oil, which is from the plant-based source has no cholesterol.
    The fatty acids of coconut oil (medium chain fatty acids-MCFA) are
    easily assimilated - they are not stored in tha body like animal
    fats.

    There are good fats and bad fats. Our diet needs to include
    the good tyoe of fats such as the saturated fats from coconut oil as
    they play an important role in our body chemistry. Sixty percent
    (60%) to eighty percent (80%) of our brain tissue and our nervous
    system are made of very rich complex of fats. we can live without the
    bad fats from red meat or animals, but good fats, such as the fats
    from plant-based coconut oil and fats from fishes like salmon and
    sardines are essentilaal for good health. We dont necessarily need a
    low fat diet. we need a good fat diet.

    Goods saturated fats, such as from the plant-based coconuts,
    enhance the immune system. The fats around the heart muscle is
    highly saturated. The heart draws on this reserve of fat ion times of
    stress. Saturated fats also protect the liver from toxic effect of
    alcohol and drugs. Fifty percent (50%) of cell membranes also
    constitue saturated fatty acids. It gives our cells necessary
    firmness and integrity. Saturated fats also play a vital role in the
    health of bones. At least 50 percent of dietary fats need to be
    saturated for calcium to be effectively incorporated in the skeletal
    structure.

    FACT No.3: Coconut oil is composed predominantly of the health-
    boosting Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA).

    Coconut Oil is unique. It is unlike most other dietary
    oils. The secret behind coconut oil is that it is composed
    predominantly of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA's) or Medium chain
    triglycerides (MCT). It is the MCFA's which give it its remarkable
    nutritional and medicinal properties. Coconut oil has the most or
    largest concentration of MCFA's (64%) compared with the other oils
    and fats.

    The majority of the fats in our diet, whether they are
    saturated or unsaturated comes from the plant or animal, are composed
    of long-chain fatty acids (LCFA's). Soybean oil, corn oil,canola oil,
    olive oil lard, and chicen fat as well as most all other fats and
    oils in our diet, are composed entirely of LCFA's. Some 98 to 100
    percent of the fat you eat each day consists of LCFA's. Long chain
    fats take longer to digest and will tend to to be stored as stubborn
    fat you can't get rid of . The medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA's) from
    coconut ol have completely different effect on us than do the long -
    chain fatty acids that are more commonly found in our food.

    • ANSWER:
      Coconut oil is the best oil to cook with, even better than olive oil, because the fatty acids don't turn to trans fat when heated.

      It also contains Caprylic Acid which is great for killing candida, the pesky yeast that causes yeast infections and thrush.

      I know a few people that have lost weight using coconut oil, the medium chain fats can speed up your metabolism. Which is why it is recommended for hypothyroidism.

  26. QUESTION:
    Just found out I have high cholesterol and an inflamed liver, need a diet plan?
    My cholesterol is the main concern as it is 317 with the bad alone taking up 228 of that. The liver is fatty liver, but there is no growth, so it is still highly reparable. I take lexapro on a daily basis, and have taken an anxiety med on a daily basis for 5 years now which plays a role in the liver problem, which is compounded by a couple of drinks on the weekends, horrible eating habits (fast food daily), lack of water, and until 3 months ago, smoking.

    I have started to drink more water, stopped eating fast foods (except subway) and as I said, 3 months clean from smoking.

    I want to know how I can eat a low fat, low salt, low sugar diet without giving up taste completely (safe substitutes for salt and sugar would be nice) while staying within a set budget. I also want to know what I can eat daily to get my vitamins (I don't like taking pills if I don't have to, especially now with the liver, so I would prefer to not take a daily vitamin if I can eat foods to get the same nutrition).

    Thanks :-) I look forward to your answers.

    • ANSWER:
      for lunch, try to go for whole wheat products.
      you could try fat free chocolate jello pudding, non-fattening yogurt ice cream,
      CHEERIOS. and thats great your 3 months without smoking thats wonderful!! keep it up thats so inspiring. subway is fine just get whole wheat bread. cereals are EXCELLENT. kashi go learn crunch and skim milk. this is GREAT. you're keeping the protein while not eating meat! stay away from EGGS and other meats, but eat peanuts and drink protein shakes and you'll be on a great path! good luck!!

  27. QUESTION:
    what is best diet in Uric Acid, Cholesterol and diabetes?
    I have a little high uric acid, cholesterol and diabetes, and also some fats on liver. These all are not very high but high, I like to change my diet. What is good diet can i take, which food, fruits and nuts are suitable for me, and what is very dangerous for me? any one can help please?

    • ANSWER:
      The best diet can be found in a book called Eat To Live by Joel Fuhrman, MD.

      He also has a book called Cholesterol Protection For Life.

      Link to some of his books:
      http://shopping.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=AvwyHI9gwU5ln_6QG_gHep1GDSoD?p=joel+fuhrman&did=7

      Or visit his website for details and where you can find a lot of free information at drfuhrman.com.

      Basically it is a plant-based diet which concentrates on eating the most nutrient-dense low calorie foods. Greatly limit animal based foods. Avoid dairy and refined foods except for extremely rare occasions. [For example, I use to eat ice cream 3 times a week or more and now I have it 3 times a year or less.] The dark green leafy vegetables have the most nutrition. Eat all the vegetables you want 50% should be raw. Certain ones are actually more nutritious when cooked. Eat all the fruit you desire. Eat no fat of any kind except for one ounce of raw nuts a day and 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed or chia seed a day.

      Dr. Fuhrman's books also have some helpful recipes.

      Try it for six weeks. Details are here: http://fatfreevegan.com/blog/2010/01/01/eat-to-live-6-week-plan/
      Note: This six week plan does not include any animal foods but as I said they are allowed IF you want them but only twice a week and in limited portion sizes.

      You may want to take 2000IUs of vitamin D3 a day along with a good DHA supplement and B12.
      ..........................
      Uric acid? Trying to avoid kidney stones? Usually limiting animal protein will lower your uric acid levels and your kidney stone risks. The books will bring this out.

  28. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver and Fat People?
    An ultrasound examination found an ammount of fat in the liver a few times more than it should be. I am a bit overweight but not obese. My fat% is 23% of total body.
    I got worried and now I am starting a diet and exercise cutting all junk food and sweets.
    I am wondering since I am just a bit overweight and I got this problem shoudn't all people who are more fat than me be worried about this fatty liver disease?

    • ANSWER:
      yes...this is one of many reasons why the BMI scale is a joke and why people should be using body fat analysis. the BMI does not take into account subcutaneous or visceral fat stores. getting body fat analyzed is very important in terms of keeping healthy and diagnosing the risks for future health problems...

  29. 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.

  30. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a fatty liver (non alcohlic) to start to develope liver?
    failure in a short time? I do not drink and I do not have hep.so I am just woundering if a non alcoholic liver disease what I have can to to liver failuer in a short time? expecially if you keep eating fats in your diet? any advice?
    thomas thank you for your answer but that is not what I asked. I asked if you can develope liver failure if you have a fatty liver with continuing to eat fats. I believe you do

    • ANSWER:
      Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) describes a range of conditions involving the liver that affect people who drink little or no alcohol.

      The mildest type is simple fatty liver (steatosis), an accumulation of fat within your liver that usually causes no liver damage. A potentially more serious type, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), is associated with liver-damaging inflammation and, sometimes, the formation of fibrous tissue. In some cases, this can progress either to cirrhosis, which can produce progressive, irreversible liver scarring, or to liver cancer.

      Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease affects all age groups, including children. Most often, it's diagnosed in middle-aged people who are overweight or obese, and who may also have diabetes and elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

      With the increasing incidence of obesity and diabetes in Western countries, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease has become a growing problem. Although its true prevalence is unknown, some estimates suggest it may affect as many as one-third of American adults.

      Because early-stage nonalcoholic fatty liver disease rarely causes any symptoms, it's often detected because of abnormal results of liver tests done for unrelated issues. Treatments for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease include weight loss, exercise, improved diabetes control and the use of cholesterol-lowering medications.

  31. QUESTION:
    Is creatine safe to use along with a healthy diet for working out to build muscle and burn fat?
    I do not drink and do not have liver disease, my blood pressure is excellent, my heart is in great condition, I'm young (to today's standards), I drink at least a gallon or more of water a day, I do not smoke, and I have no asthma related symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      Creatine is a natural substance, not a drug; you can obtain it through your diet with foods like red meat, salmon and herring. However, a much better source of creatine is the powdered form. Creatine is naturally produced by your body in the liver, pancreas and kidneys as a way to improve muscle strength. You only enhance this effect by supplementing your diet with additional creatine.

  32. QUESTION:
    What effects does diet coke may cause in the liver?
    my mom is having trouble with her liver... the doc said she shoudn't drink or eat fats, buth actually thas all she never does... but she drinks way too much diet coke... maybe 4 to 6 per day

    • ANSWER:
      Could it be something to do with the artificial sweetener? Some people don't tolerate it well.

  33. QUESTION:
    How can i lower elevated sgpt levels?
    six months ago i accidently discovered in a routine check up that my sgot level=65, sgpt=92, s. cholesterol=250, s.T.Gs.=222, total bilirubin =1.9 ,HDL=33.Other tests were within normal limits.Since then i followed a low fat diets. I 've taken Omega3 &multiple vitamin supplements with antioxidants(Vitamax plus).My recent test (in 16,april) shows; sgot=33 ,sgpt=70, s.T.Gs.=130, s.cholesterol=225.What can i do to correct hyperchleserolemia without affecting liver functions & how to decrease elevated sgpt. My great thanks for all

    • ANSWER:
      www.google.com has a great deal of information that you could use to find your answers , while yahoo answer is more likely to be better for people's opinions.. thanks.

  34. 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

  35. QUESTION:
    High Blood Pressure, Slightly High Cholesterol, Some fat found on liver - im 20 and worried - help!?
    Hi there, I am a 20 year old female - i weigh about 70kgs and i have gained in the past year about 5 kgs - i thought it was because i stopped going to the gym that i gained a bit of weight. A few months back my doctor noticed my blood pressure was abnormally high for my age. We left it and tried to reduce sodium in my diet and increase exercise. I have just been back and my blood pressure is still high, this lead to further tests, glucose was fine, liver showed some fat, cholesterol slightly high... i'm really scared - i don't know what to think, a heads up would be good before i go to the doctor so i know what she is talking about. (Note we also just changed my contraception pill LEVLEN ED as the dr thought it might also be related, just now have changed to "mini pill")
    I do want to loose weight but thats not my main concern i want to know if you think this can relate to something more serious

    • ANSWER:
      Eat more fruits and veggies. Get away from fried foods. You will be surprised what that will do. I know because I tried it,

  36. QUESTION:
    If coconut oil is metabolized immediately by the liver and sent to the bloodstream, Is it acting like a carb?
    When balancing ones diet between Protiens,Carbs and Fats; if coconut oil goes directly to the liver to be metabolized, it is behaving like a carb not like a fat. Soo how is it treated in a diet balanced between Protiens, carbs and fats?

    • ANSWER:
      Coconut oil is a fat, period. *All* digestible fats in your diet are directly absorbed into the bloodstream and head straight for the liver. When you are looking at the breakdown of food into proteins, carbs, and fats for the purposes of a diet, you are looking at what is going into your mouth--nothing more complicated than that.

  37. QUESTION:
    Is this just body fat or something serious?
    I had been sick for a few weeks , Diarhha and loose bowel motions and a decended stomach, Three Doctors felt my tummy and could feel nothing ,Doc took bloods my liver profile was high (AST 42,ALT 70 and gamma-gt 37) since then I have had a week of Augmentum duo 500mg (antiboitcs) an ultrasound of liver galbladder etc.. which showed nothing all was clear, had my bloods redone and they came back good (AST 27, ALT 43(still high but is lower) and gamma-gt 26) am negative for Hep A,B and C. . I have a real bad diet gressy and high in fat foods. I am 5'5 about 194lbs , and am doing my best to loose weight, I have started a fat free diet, and going to the gym 4 times a week. I have noticed that one side of my tummy is bigger than the other yano the fat part lol , I suck in my breath and can feel the size differnce, I press the extra fat which is like a bludge but feel nothing, feels just like my other side only bigger.. Can someone have an uneven distrubution of fat if they are overweight or should i go back to the doc again. three doctors examined my abdomin and felt nothing. Paranoia is setting in now, I wake and I measure my tummy to make sure I am not swelling (and i aint ) i guess what I am lookin for is reassurance

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    Have any of you married a 'baby husband'?
    My husband is so spoiled (and I admit my fault here, I did nothing to change his ways), that my friends encourage me, now that I am pregnant, that I will be perfectly fine dealing with my LITTLE baby, since I have so much patience with my FULL GROWN baby ( aka husband). This baby husband of mine will not have breakfast unless I get up and prepare it to him, even though all he needs is to open the fridge and maybe heat some milk. This shouldn't be a problem normally, but it's getting difficult for me to get up in the morning due to a rather uncomfortable pregnancy (8th month). He has no idea where his own clothes are in the house, nor where he put his socks and still expects me to do all the grocery shopping by myself (again - pregnancy troubles), he does come with me to help carry, but after some lamentations that look very much like baby tantrums.
    Seriously now, I'm in a dilemma, his latest medical analysis has found that he has a fat liver, so the doctor recommended a specific diet, with little fat, little processed sweets or meats... you know, healthy food, but he doesn't have a problem with that. The thing is, he never EVER drinks water, and he is supposed to drink only simple water during the diet (no alcohol, no syrup water - his beverage of choice, no artificial sweet beverages). So (oh! this is so embarrassing!) how can I convince him to drink water?
    I'm sorry about the ranting, but I'm a bit furious at my husband, I love him to bits and he is a wonderful man but sometimes he brings me to the verge of insanity. I am well aware that I am part of the 'club' that created this little monster (me, his parents, his grandmother...) but I'd want to find a way make him understand that his own behavior is distructive to himself (and his family). I want to have a good life with him, but I don't want to worry about him as I would about my own as yet unborn baby.

    • ANSWER:
      First you say you spoil him, and then you ask essentially why he acts spoiled. So...

      1. Stop making him breakfast. If he doesn't eat, he doesn't. So what?

      2. Stop finding his clothes. If he can't find them, he can go naked.

      3. Stop finding his socks. If he can't find them, he can go barefoot.

      4. Stop buying processed sweets, sweetened beverages, and meats.

      When you find that you've dug yourself into a hole, the first thing to do is STOP DIGGING!

  39. QUESTION:
    Need help with Biology / Nutrient?
    Glycogen is stored in the liver and muscles when:
    a) excessive fat is present in the blood
    b) vigorous muscular activity had just ended
    c) excessive glucose is present in the blood
    d)excessive cholesterol is present in the blood
    e)c and d

    Acidosis,a condition which is characterized by a change in blood acidity/alkalinity is caused by:
    a) an increased fat, increased protein, decreased CH2O diet
    b) an increased CH2O; decreased fat diet
    c) a decreased protein, decreased CH2O, decreased fat diet

    Modified fructose syrup is the same as corn syrup and is used in the same food application? True or False

    Legumes and grains are considered principle carbohydrates. True or False

    • ANSWER:
      Glycogen is stored in the liver and muscles when:
      a) excessive fat is present in the blood
      b) vigorous muscular activity had just ended
      > c) excessive glucose is present in the blood
      d)excessive cholesterol is present in the blood
      e)c and d

      Acidosis,a condition which is characterized by a change in blood acidity/alkalinity is caused by:
      a) an increased fat, increased protein, decreased CH2O diet
      > b) an increased CH2O; decreased fat diet
      c) a decreased protein, decreased CH2O, decreased fat diet

      Modified fructose syrup is the same as corn syrup and is used in the same food application? False

      Legumes and grains are considered principle carbohydrates. True

  40. QUESTION:
    Any doctors or nurses out here. that would give me advise?
    I am once again confused and upset. The Dr told me that I had
    a fatty liver and that in order to get better I had to diet, I am pre-diebetic and
    so I went on a low fat diet. I was put on asacol, it has been a few weeks and I have
    fallen ill with bronchitis and Now - Plueirsy. My regular dr did bloodwork and it
    shows high liver enzymes and NOW low protein. I am in terrible pain with the
    lung condition and often can hardly make it through the day, I come home and go
    to bed for the rest of the night. I am feeling sick to my stomach and severe
    fatique. I am at my wits end My mother says that I need a different dr, I just don't know.
    I am trying to loose weight, and its not helping so far.. I can stand to loose around thirty pounds ( I am 5'4" and
    weight 160) Do you think that the
    "pain" from my pluresy is connected to
    my liver problems?

    • ANSWER:
      I have mild fatty liver and insulin resistance (prediabetes) I started on Metformin ER and I started taking milk thistle. My glucose levels are better and my liver enzymes have been normal now for the lst 18 months. I wanted the Metformin ER because diet and execise wasn't helping with glucose levels or weight loss, I lost 15 pounds on the Met ER too.

      I got this info from the link below " Metformin (Glucophage) and rosiglitazone (Avandia) are oral glucose-lowering (also known as hypoglycemic) medications used to treat type II diabetes. These medications work by correcting insulin resistance. Therefore, these types of drugs may potentially benefit people with NAFLD and insulin resistance. In fact, preliminary studies have shown that treatment with metformin can improve liver enzyme elevations in people with NAFLD."

  41. QUESTION:
    Sufferers of Arthritis - help RA and OA
    Arthritis in the fingers, hips, knees and feet
    I have rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, teh RA is serum negative.

    What I would like help on is this....

    I appreciate the joints feeling sore but why do my hands fail to grip?
    Why pains down the thigh from hip to knee as well as the hip and knee?
    Why is the muscle at the back of the toes getting harder and less elastic and now the toes are sitting on it?

    Any help welcome.

    I do not see a rheumatologist and was told by one in 1996 that he did not want to see me as I could not take any of his tablets. [I am allergic to salicylates, lactose etc] the only pain killer I can have is 250mgs of paracetamol about every 6 to 8 hours and it is not enough.

    I do take many supplements. [am an ND]

    Any help welcome, exercise, pain killers, reassurance desperately needed.

    By the way it was diagnosed in 1982, proved in 1994 and 1996.

    Seeing the GP Wednesday as I feel my thyoxine at 100mcgs is low.

    I also have the beginnings of osteoporosis and am coeliac and have many other allergies.

    Absolutely allergic to wheat, dairy, alcohol, nuts, herbs, spices, and on a low fat diet. Do take enzyme tablets to be able to have a reasonable diet these are on prescription.

    Cod liver and vinegar are out with me. Sorry. That is why I qualified in ND and PhD in immunology but it is the pains that I need reasurrance on...anyone get them like me?

    Sufferers please help - self help is good

    • ANSWER:
      I'm assuming you are taking Glucosamine, but are you taking enough? 1,500mg should be the daily dosage.

      Also lubramine is a good supplement for the smaller joints.

      Any of the omega oils eg. evening primrose or fish oils help, but ask your doctor first if you are on blood thinning medication such as warfarin, as these supplements could be harmful if so.

      Get your vitamin d levels checked (blood test). Low vitamin d levels can cause leg and hip pain and stiffness. If your levels are very low you may have symptoms of softening of the bones (osteomalacia). 1000mg every day for a month initially should help, and then review your levels and either make sure you get enough sunshine in the day or keep taking supplements. Research foods high in vitamin d.

      Ask for a referral to a dietician who understands arthritis. Even osteoarthritis is an inflammatory condition and can be aggravated by certain foods.

      Try exercising in water as this will enable you to strengthen and gain stamina without putting strain on your joints. You may be lucky and get a physiotherapy referral for hydrotherapy where you will be taught a custom made routine for you to continue. Also exercise will encourage your body to produce natural pain relieving hormones.

      Not knowing your age, but reading that you have many allergies and other health issues, suspect autoimmune problems eg. systemic lupus. Ask for blood tests to indicate autoimmunea activity.

      Sorry I have no idea what an ND qualification is.

      Pain wise depending on the location steroid injections help some people. Non steroidal anti-anflammatory drugs are a routine treatment but used long term they will ultimately damage your kidneys.

      Be honest with yourself about your personality type. If you know for sure you are not the addictive type then request narcotic based medication to supplement paracetamol, weak opiates initially, or tramadol, which for many people works very well. If you have any history of addictive behaviour, avoid this route. Ultimately you will have to increase the dose to the point where you will get no further relief but will be dependent. Some people take these medications regularly without problems, but for others it componds their problems. It depends on your physiological and psychological make up.

      If your walking is affected and you are not already doing so, consider using a cane. Anything that allows you to move more with less pain is useful.

      Try ointments such as Deep Heat, they can ease stiff joints - be careful not to put too much on as it burns!

      Some people get relief from TENS machines, which interrupt pain nerve pathways with a pulsing electrical current. Have you tried these?

      Tradditional chinese accupuncture works well with conditions causing pain, if you can afford it worth giving it a try.

      You know that currently there is no cure for this condition, but you can stop it worsening. I hope any one of these suggestions or any others helps.

  42. QUESTION:
    What should your LDL cholesterol be less than? mG/DL?
    I got blood test done on 2-9-07. Total Cholesterol was 219. HDL was 35. LDL was 154. Triglyceride was 149. LDL / HDL Ratio is 4.4. I am 26 yrs old, Male, 6' 3'', 255 lbs. Non-smoker. You could say I have a high fat diet. I like to eat eggs and sausage in the morning, and cheeseburgers in the afternoon. I get plenty of exercise though. I run/walk a mile on the treadmill before lifting weights at the gym 4-5 times a week. My doctor would not prescribe me statin drugs because of liver function tests coming back abnormal. So I take an aspirin at night.

    • ANSWER:
      Your total cholesterol should be less than 200. HDL should be greater than 40, LDL less than 150, and triglycerides should be less than 160. 81 mg Aspirin is great, but YOUR DIET IS WHAT REALLY MATTERS!!!! You should reduce your fats: saturated fat intake should be no more that 7% of your diet. Also reduce trans fats. Cheeseburgers are LOADED with fats, so is sausage. Try turkey burgers and turkey sausage. You should eat at least 25 to 30 grams of fiber a day. Eat good grains for breakfast (Cheerios are great). No matter how much exercise you are getting daily, you must combine it with a healthy diet to receive positive results. If you continue eating all the foods high in fats, carbs, and cholesterol, you can end up with clogged arteries and die of a heart attack, which I am sure your health care provider has informed you of.

      PS. Raswell R is full of crap. I don't know where he is getting his information from, but it is a load of bull!!! I am a registered nurse and have been taught all the dangers of cholesterol and how is leads to atherosclerosis. Cholesterol leads to plaque build up in your arteries. I don't know what this guy is trying to do, but his information is FALSE!!!

  43. QUESTION:
    Liver questions,health issues cause of supplement of diet,please i need an advice!?
    Guys i am training a lot the last year (personal reasons,but i know i made MY DAMN COMEBACK LOL) anyways i have to admit i use creatine for 7 months now ( in chocolate powder) and supplement of diet pills which burn the fat and throw away the water from my system faster ( i know i translated it wrong but i hope u understand) for over a year now!I took both these things from a personal trainer and my Dr.was ok with it,i did a general check up 2 weeks ago and i am 110% healthy but................... during the nights early in the mornings i wake up often with pain in my liver and i have also notice i pee way more now during night time than before!The check up was fine but why the symptoms?I don't wanna quit creatine neither the other pills cause i train like a mad man and they help a lot as you can see!Should i quit for a month so see how it goes?

    Anyone with similar experiences?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh Knight - you do worry me...

      If the creatine in your supplement is around 5% then that's OK - I wouldn't take pure supplements that's for sure - because they are known to cause kidney damage and nothing (and no one ) is worth that!

      I read your question and asked at the gym- it is common to go to the loo more at night and for urine to be..err... stronger and darker. I got told off for asking because they thought I was thinking about it - not good for a woman! LOL - I don't want to end up looking like a body builder!

      The advice was to stop taking it for a week or two and then start again- creatine puts pressure on the kidneys.

      A few months ago you may remember giving me some advice about a healthy diet etc when I was under stress, follow that advice and eat plenty of good food (high protein if you are building muscle).
      Edit
      Found this article for you-
      http://altmedicine.about.com/od/creatine/a/creatine.htm
      Arlanymor is right too.
      Lady D xxx

  44. QUESTION:
    Any experts on Atkins or South Beach or other low carb high nutrition diets for comments?
    I am looking for any expert advisers who would take the time to comment on my views.

    Simply because I do not want to steer anyone down a path to poor health since I have been down several myself and with bad results.

    So I am seeking comments on my post that follows:

    <<<<<<<>>>>>>>>

    Hi,

    After reading your question I saw you were interested in optimizing your nutrition [(-:] so even though I may not be able to answer your question exactly as you may have wanted it answered, I thought I would take the time to pass on some pointers I have learned the hard way from my own bad 'uninformed' choices, so you could learn about good advice and bad advice about good nutritional choices.

    I am always impressed that there is oftentimes some good advice and good links from people helping others through Yahoo_Answers.

    A good ‘reference’ high_nutrition low cost diet plan is given below in PS1 that I have found to have been the best possible nutrition for me to cure my heart disease problem from too many carbs for too long. It is also the best diet to help with my present health issues - that I know are cholesterol and calcium related because these foods are triggers for me now.

    I used to be an old advocate of the Atkin’s meat and fat diet before I knew what I now know, so nowadays I do not recommend Atkins high protein and fat diet for long term but would always recommend a "high- nutrition" 96% VEGAN diet replacing most meat with lentils - but many people will not do this. Sooo even though I give a diet plan in PS1 below, let me share a little first to help you understand how losing and gaining weight can best be done to be stronger and healthier for the long term.

    You may already know this but if not let me first explain that keeping to a plan that fights against bad habits that might be on the verge of seriously tearing down your body is sometimes pretty tough - but being fit and strong versus being overweight and/or sickly is all about (1) how many calories you eat versus how many you burn and (2) IF your calories are primarily the BEST QUALITY PROTEINS or primarily junk sugar-carbs.

    Please consider that it is not just how few carbs and fats and how much lean protein you eat in order to become 'stronger,' but how many absorbable non-toxic vitamin and minerals are obtained from the protein or fats you would eat.

    For instance, egg whites have 89% protein, but egg whites are similar in its nutrition per calorie as to eating sweet corn that usually has only about 15% protein. So even though the higher protein egg whites ‘look’ good IF ALL you look at is the protein content, it is really not much better for you than sweet corn.

    Not good if you understand that they identified the pellagra problem in the 1930’s south was the result of the high calories and minimal amounts of vitamins and minerals caused by a diet of primarily sweet corn. [See: <> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellagra <>] This disease has identical long term health effects as the scurvy and beriberi problems that are also a result of eating too many calories with not enough nutrients. They cured pellagra in dogs by giving them liver and brewers yeast, but the problem with these are the long term effects of cholesterol in the liver and the short term toxic effects of elemental copper in the brewers yeast that is the rust residue from the vats the yeast is grown in.

    A similar lesser nutrition choice would be when eating tenderloin versus spinach. Boiled spinach has about 56% protein to beef tenderloin’s 61% protein, but spinach has almost 700%, or seven times, the vitamin and minerals of tenderloin calorie per calorie. The problem with spinach is that the spinach calories would cost about ten times the cost of beef calories. Spending per day to eat several pounds of spinach may make any animal as strong as an elite triple-crown race horse, but few people can afford to spend that much for their food - so meat protein is what people typically consume. Even so, many longevity experts like Roy L. Walford M.D. and Joel Fuhrman M.D. encourage their clients to eat 200 calories of leafy greens a day - which ‘might’ cost about per day but it is a small price to pay when considering the strength, longevity, and good health it would promote. Dr. T. Colin Campbell would also agree with this regimen.

    Take a few minutes to understand ‘good’ nutritional advice versus poor advice and I hope you will have learned something from my ‘mistakes’ that will soon help you along your way.

    <><

    My best to you and for your good health,
    A1
    [(-:]

    PS1 – This is my diet plan since I became a 96% VEGAN:
    Your body's fat with no water in it has 9 calories per gram which is about 4091 calories per pound of fat. The number usually used for body fat is 3500 calories which ‘assumes’ 14.4% water in an average person’s fat, but this would depend upon if you ate salty or spicy foods a-lot before you would start a new regimen. Protein is 4 calories per gram whether you eat it or burn it from your own body. So after burning up all your body’s fat stores and you would then occasionally burn up your own muscles as a source for your vitamins and minerals, your muscles will then never have a-lot of cells that are decades old ‘if’ you stay active.
    I would choose to lose 2 pounds a week of fat by reducing 500 calories a day and adding exercise five times a week. Walking at 3 mph is 85 cal/mile for a 160 pound person and for 200 pounds is 106 cal/mile or 145 cal/mile at 5mph. Also, you will lose a lot of water weight when you eliminate salt and spicy foods, probably about four to five to ten pounds the first two weeks.

    To minimize the meat-cholesterol in my own diet I have seen that the requirements of B12 can only be obtained from eating 6 ounces of beef heart every week for 16% Cholesterol, or 11 oz of beef round steak every week for 11% Cholesterol, or 1 oz of beef liver every week for 4% Cholesterol and never chicken since for B12 it would require a whopping 175 ozs per week and a whopping 201% cholesterol a day. Soo I suppose I am a 96% VEGAN in order to satisfy the USDA’s B12 Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) that ‘they’ recommend be obtained directly from food sources.
    I am still researching this topic because the Schilling test for B12 anemia seems skewed against VEGANS and people that may actually have an abundance of B12, and so would dump any excess from a test into their stools, as would be normal when a healthy person’s body would automatically dump excess nutrition or toxins their body could never adequately assimilate. [SEE:<> http://www.innvista.com/health/ailments/anemias/labtests.htm <>] Also, consuming a VEGAN B12 supplement that is linked with cyanide as a ‘preservative’ might provide a quick buzz or temporary stimulant, but my liver might not ever heal from the ‘upper’ it would be causing. [SEE:<> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyanocobalamin <>]

    I am always seeking for researchers who might have done more research than I have, so please feel free to email me. [(-:]
    Even so, for today I still crock pot for 12 hours ground up beef heart and am eating one ounce a day with lentils and spinach in one meal to improve the meats passage through my gut to the stool, and to buffer my digestion/elimination since eating meat alone ‘used_to’ cause reddish stools for me. One day a week instead of beef heart I eat one ounce of beef liver, which adds up to ~200+% the B12 recommended by the USDA with only 20% of the maximum recommended cholesterol.
    For a highly nutritional 1200 calories in a day I eat 100 calories of squeeze drained spinach with a light_sugar_vinaigrette, 500 cals from 16 ozs of organic lentils w/ 50 cals of tomato marinara, or since I might be allergic in my gut to nightshade tomatoes I recently began using onion flake-powder instead of tomatoes, [SEE<>http://www.tomatocasual.com/2008/03/01/tomato-allergies-part-i/#comment-10748 <>], 50 calories of boiled celery, 175 calories of boiled broccoli, and never more than 200 calories of ‘meat’ which is about 4 ozs, and never boiled chicken, since chicken has only ~68% the nutrition per calorie of properly grown lentils and only 7% the B12 for the equal calories from beef round steak. Beef heart has ~127% the nutrition per calorie of ‘organically’ grown lentils and organic spinach has ~500%, five times per calorie of lentils.

    Again, I hope this helps you or others to understand good choices.

    A1
    PS2 - I posted ‘my_story’ and why I know what I know at:

    <> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090922235820AArWxgX <>

    PS3 - I currently feel that what Dr. Fuhrman MD teaches is the best nutritional information available in the nation.

    http://www.diseaseproof.com/archives/cat-low-carb-high-protein.html

    http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2627/2
    +
    http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=43

    http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/

    http://www.foodnews.org/index.php

    Source(s):

    I have learned what I now know after my own lengthy research efforts to improve my health - after ‘FINALLY’ listening to unbiased researching nutritionists. I have shared extensively concerning the most critical nutritional statistics that are common to us all at: <> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090922235820AArWxgX <> AND <> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091025223942AAni6lC <>.
    Also, after all my previous health problems due to following considerable bad anecdotal ‘advice,’ I can now understand the frustrations of other health researchers in the following quote within “The China Study” by T Colin Campbell pg 1: >>==>

    “Even though information and opinions are plentiful, very few people truly know what they should be doing to improve their health.”

    “This isn’t because the research hasn’t been done. It has. But the real science has been buried beneath a clutter of irrelevant or even harmful information – junk science, fad diets and food industry propaganda.”

    “The China Study” by T Colin Campbell pg 1

    Again, I hope you consider my mistakes and would not duplicate them, OK?
    xaxorm,

    You stated the following:
    <>
    The data is a problem. Vegans tend to have a problem with science!

    "...So even though the higher protein egg whites ‘look’ good IF ALL you look at is the protein content, it is really not much better for you than sweet corn. "

    What???? Egg whites have a higher proportion of protein than corn, which has a higher proportion of carb calories. When compaing the calories, fat, protein, carbs, etc in different foods, you should compare typical serving sizes, not percentages, or porportion really.

    "Boiled spinach has about 56% protein to beef tenderloin’s 61% ..."

    Again, that is not right. beef is far richer in protein than spinach. Spinach has hardly any nutrition at all, granted what is does have is some protein. You need to talk in terms of the amounts of those nutrients in typical serving sizes...say a half cup of spinach vs. 8oz of meat. Anything else is confusion.

    * 7 hours ago
    <>
    From xaxorm: @ http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=As2UthzL7yKD5VsBVInFYxMazKIX;_ylv=3?qid=20091101224638AAFkuaI
    From xaxorm: @ http://answers.yahoo.com/my/profile;_ylt=Aq2IAXuSYzlu.Q9hPgLFivPsxQt.;_ylv=3?show=WseLyvSpaa
    Your comment(s):

    "Boiled spinach has about 56% protein to beef tenderloin’s 61% ..."

    <> These numbers are correct for a protein_calorie per total_calorie basis - with the total calories being from all the fats carbs and protein for each 100 calories. <>

    AND
    "Again, that is not right. beef is far richer in protein than spinach. Spinach has hardly any nutrition at all,"

    <> IF you will review the link at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091025223942AAni6lC you will see that spinach has 596 %DV versus a lean tenderloins 81 %DV for the totalized %DV's per 100-calories for the nutrients of Thiamin, Riboflaven, Niacin, Vit B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Zinc for ten items total.

    So the spinach has 736% more nutrition per hundred calories than the tenderloin for these ten elements.

    I hope this has helped you to understand what Dr. Fuhrman and others are trying to teach about nutritional density.

    My best to you.
    AI - nutritionIsT ><3>[(-:]
    One last point - this is an excerpt of the listing to show the rankings of spinach egg whites corn and tenderloin.

    Numeric Total of %DV's/100-calories for Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Zinc for the ten items totalized.

    596 | SPINACH,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/ SALT
    571 | SPINACH,RAW
    439 | CABBAGE,NAPA,COOKED
    403 | CABBAGE,CHINESE (PAK-CHOI),CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    390 | ASPARAGUS,CKD,BLD,DRND
    390 | MALABAR SPINACH,COOKED
    381 | LETTUCE,COS OR ROMAINE,RAW
    376 | TURNIP GRNS,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    376 | PARSLEY,DRIED
    374 | NEW ZEALAND SPINACH,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    373 | PARSLEY,RAW
    351 | PUMPKIN LEAVES,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    349 | RICE BRAN,CRUDE [FLAWED DATA > vitamins & cals locked into insoluble fiber is not digestible.]
    344 | MUSTARD GRNS,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    343 | SPINACH,FRZ,CHOPD OR LEAF,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    339 | SPINACH,CND,NO SALT,SOL&LIQUIDS
    82 | SALMON,PINK,CKD,DRY HEAT
    81 | BEANS,KIDNEY,ALL TYPES,MATURE SEEDS,CKD,BLD,WO/SALT
    81 | BEEF,TENDERLOIN,LN,0"FAT,CHOIC,CKD,BRLD
    80 | SEEDS,FLAXSEED
    77 | LIMA BNS,LRG,MATURE SEEDS,CKD,BLD,WO/SALT
    76 | FLATFISH (FLOUNDER&SOLE SP),CKD,DRY HEAT
    74 | CHICKEN,BROILERS OR FRYERS,BREAST,MEAT&SKN,CKD,RSTD
    74 | STRAWBERRIES,RAW
    73 | LEMONS,RAW,WITHOUT PEEL
    72 | BLACKBERRIES,RAW
    72 | MILK,WHL,3.25% MILKFAT
    64 | EGG,WHITE,RAW,FRSH
    64 | ONIONS,RAW
    63 | RASPBERRIES,RAW
    62 | FISH,TILAPIA,CKD,DRY HEAT
    61 | CORN,SWT,YEL,CKD,BLD,DRND,WO/SALT
    61 | OATS
    61 | WHEAT,HARD RED SPRING
    60 | PEANUTS,SPANISH,RAW
    59 | ORANGE JUC,FRZ CONC,UNSWTND,UNDIL
    58 | ORANGES,RAW,FLORIDA
    58 | CHEESE,COTTAGE,LOWFAT,1% MILKFAT,NO NA
    58 | EGG,WHL,CKD,HARD-BOILED
    57 | ORANGE JUC,CND,UNSWTND
    57 | PAPAYAS,RAW
    56 | LOUIS RICH,TURKEY BREAST (OVEN RSTD,PORTION FAT FREE)
    So corn is 61% and egg whites are only 64% - which will likely end in inadequate micro-nutrition to adequately sustain life for very long - and pellagra scurvy or beriberi would likely be the result if this poor of micro-nutriton would be eaten for the long term.

    I hope this helps.

    AI – a self taught nutritionIsT ><+>[(-:]

    • ANSWER:
      The data is a problem. Vegans tend to have a problem with science!

      "...So even though the higher protein egg whites ‘look’ good IF ALL you look at is the protein content, it is really not much better for you than sweet corn. "

      What???? Egg whites have a higher proportion of protein than corn, which has a higher proportion of carb calories. When compaing the calories, fat, protein, carbs, etc in different foods, you should compare typical serving sizes, not percentages, or porportion really.

      "Boiled spinach has about 56% protein to beef tenderloin’s 61% ..."

      Again, that is not right. beef is far richer in protein than spinach. Spinach has hardly any nutrition at all, granted what is does have is some protein. You need to talk in terms of the amounts of those nutrients in typical serving sizes...say a half cup of spinach vs. 8oz of meat. Anything else is confusion.

  45. QUESTION:
    Can someone please help me summarize :( ?
    I have always had trouble summarizing.
    I simply don't know what to eliminate! :(
    My summary that i wrote so far is longer than the article!!!!!! =[

    The article is on Cholesterol :

    Few people recognize cholesterol as a natural and essential part of our body. To many, it's something that should be avoided completely and people go to great lengths to avoid foods that contain it.

    But our body needs cholesterol to digest foods, produce hormones and to protect our cells.

    Confusion about cholesterol exists because many people don't realize there is a difference between blood cholesterol and dietary cholesterol.

    Blood cholesterol is the cholesterol that circulates in your blood. Most of it - about 80 per cent - is produced by your liver. Dietary cholesterol is the stuff found in foods from animal sources (there is no cholesterol in plant foods). Meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy products all provide cholesterol in varying amounts. Only about 20 per cent of the cholesterol in your blood comes from eating foods that contain it.

    If you have been told that you have high cholesterol, your health professional is talking about your blood cholesterol levels. These are a concern because they're a major risk factor for heart disease. If you have high blood cholesterol or have a history of heart disease in your family, reducing your blood cholesterol to a healthy level is important for long-term good health.

    Cholesterol from foods is often blamed for high blood cholesterol levels. But for most people, cholesterol from foods has little effect on blood cholesterol levels. Family history, diabetes and thyroid, kidney or liver disease, smoking, lack of exercise, excess body weight and high fat diets are all important factors.

    High intakes of fat, especially saturated fat and trans fatty acids, are mainly responsible for increasing total and LDL (bad) blood cholesterol levels. Saturated fats are found mostly in meat, egg yolks, dairy products made from whole milk, and foods that contain hydrogenated fat, including palm or coconut oils.

    Trans fats (also called trans fatty acids) are found in foods that contain partially hydrogenated fats such as shortening, some margarine, French fries, doughnuts, breaded and fried chicken and fish, crackers, chips, cookies and bakery products. Trans fats act like saturated fats in our bodies and increase total and LDL blood cholesterol levels but also reduce HDL (good) blood cholesterol levels.

    Monounsaturated fats are found mostly in canola, olive and peanut oils and foods made with these oils, nuts and seeds. These fats help decrease total and LDL blood cholesterol.

    Polyunsaturated fats are found in oils made from sunflowers, safflowers, corn, soybeans, nuts, flaxseed and sesame seeds. These fats have been found to reduce total and LDL blood cholesterol levels, particularly when eaten as part of a diet that is lower in fat.

    The accepted approach for lowering or keeping blood cholesterol levels in a healthy range is to focus on reducing your total fat intake, especially the amount of saturated and trans fat that you eat. Omitting foods simply because they contain cholesterol is not the answer. Dairy products, meat and eggs all contains cholesterol but avoiding these foods could prevent you from getting some of the important nutrients found is these foods such as calcium, protein, iron, zinc or B-vitamins.

    Follow these steps to healthier blood cholesterol levels:
    .

    Exercise regularly. Make higher-fibre foods such as whole grain breads and cereals, fruits and
    vegetables the focus of each meal. Include more meals made with meat alternatives such as beans, peas, lentils and tofu. Choose lower-fat dairy products such as buttermilk, skim milk, 1% milk, and yogurt and cottage cheese made with 1% milk fat or less. Enjoy fish more often, choose lean cuts of meat, have poultry without skins and limit serving sizes to about the size of a deck of cards. Eat foods prepared with little or no extra fat. Have foods containing shortening or partially hydrogenated fats and oils in moderation.
    Read labels: "Cholesterol-free" foods can still be high in fat. Some examples include potato chips
    and cookies.
    Switching to a diet that is lower in fat, higher in fibre and participating in regular physical activity can help keep your blood cholesterol in a healthy range

    • ANSWER:
      your problem is that your are explaining everything in far too much detail

      example

      Monounsaturated fats are found mostly in canola, olive and peanut oils and foods made with these oils, nuts and seeds. These fats help decrease total and LDL blood cholesterol.

      Polyunsaturated fats are found in oils made from sunflowers, safflowers, corn, soybeans, nuts, flaxseed and sesame seeds. These fats have been found to reduce total and LDL blood cholesterol levels, particularly when eaten as part of a diet that is lower in fat.

      change to something like "The article explains the effect of monounsturated and polyunstaured fats and gives examples of the types of food they are in"

      You can do drastic surgery like that on most of your explanation

  46. QUESTION:
    How long will it take me to lose 20lbs (more detailed)?
    Im 17 - female - 5 foot2 and I weigh 9stone2lbs/ 128lbs.
    My goal is 7stone10lbs/ 108lbs
    I know im already in the ‘healthy weight’ range, but I know I am much healthier at the weight I have set my goal to, so please no comments saying im fine as I am, because if I was fine I would not be asking this question would I.

    If I take in 1300 calories of a healthy well balanced low fat diet
    (I also take multi-vitamins, food supplements and cod liver oil daily and drink plenty of water)
    And I burn 900 calories (takes me 50 minutes) on the cross trainer every day

    How long will it take me to reach my goal?
    And should I burn 900 calories a day or 700? Or less?
    But I am not changing my intake of calories, it suits me just fine.

    ….Also i was going to have a cheat day after my once a week weight check, where i eat about 2000 calories of my favourite food, like a kfc, starbucks muffin, malteasers e.c.t, but still keep up my exercise for that day, I am doing a cheat day because it has been said to be healthy to shock your metabolism and cut the cravings you have during a weight loss diet so you are not tempted to ‘give in and stuff your face’ during the diet.

    Also the reason i have set myself a goal of 7 stone 10/108lbs is because i know it is a realistic goal for me because i use to swim a lot in competition a few years ago and i had the same body frame and same height now as i did back then and i was a healthy 7 stone 10, not underweight or over!

    I wouldn’t be stupid enough to set myself unrealistic goals!

    And yes this diet is temporary to lose weight, but I have full intentions to starting eating healthy and regular exercise once I have lost my weight.

    • ANSWER:
      you sound exactly like me. I'm 19, 5'2 and weigh about 128. I've been trying to lose 20 pounds for a while and have gone vegan. I lost about 6 lbs in 2 weeks. But its very hard to maintain. Which led me to falling off the vegan train and gaining 5 lbs in a week..

      whatever you do, DONT DO A CLEANSE.

      one day off is a good idea and will help you. pick a when you're most likey to enjoy it...like a saturday. drink lots of water/green tea and be careful not to do certain work outs that will cause you to add muscle and get BULKY.

      walk a lot and dot over do it.
      if you do this everyday, you can lose about 20 pounds in 5 - 8 weeks.

      good luck

  47. QUESTION:
    15+lbs in 25 days?????
    I want to loose 15 or more lbs in 24 days. Reason being is I'm going to California March 10th. I recently had a baby in December so it's all the baby weight and I only have about 15lbs until I'm back to my normal weight. I already have kind of an advantage on things because I found I have gallstones last week and since then have been on a non-fat diet until about 3 days ago when the doctor told me my liver was swollen and to stay on a CLEAR-LIQUIDS ONLY diet until the 25th or 26th when they can take my gallbladder out. Aside from the fasting, what else can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Drink loads of water. Try some green tea and to cut down on your waist size, do sit ups. Try starting with about 25 in the morning and 25 before bed. Increase it by 5 each week. You should see the difference within a month. When you get to 60, do not increase any more and stay at this level. Try to do them as often as possible.

  48. QUESTION:
    Pancreatitis at 9 weeks pregnant. Gained 10 lbs overnight?
    Yesterday my hubby took me to the ER with horrible pain in upper right abdomen. It was pancreatitis, so they kept me overnight. I wasn't allowed any food or water and was put on an IV for fluids. I also got morphine that I could control when I needed it. I'm 9 weeks pregnant with twins and they seem to be fine, no cramping or bleeding. Today, my bloodwork came back better so they let me go home on a very low fat diet. I asked to see my bloodwork before I left and my liver and kidney enzymes were a little low. Plus I was anemic, but no one told me that! Now that I'm home I noticed that I gained 10 lbs since yesterday. I'm a little freaked by this. I'm going to go to my doctor's in the morning, but I'd love to hear any insight to this. My fat intake has recently increased a little as I switched to whole milk because I'm pregnant. But my doctor doesn't seem to think that little increase in fat would cause pancreatitis. Anyone else has something like this happen? Thanks for your help.
    I don't have a gallbladder any more, I had gallbladder disease and had it removed a few years ago. I also don't drink alcohol at all. Not even before I got pregnant. That's why this is a bit of a mystery. And I wasn't dehydrated either, the whole thing is just creepy and weird.

    • ANSWER:
      No your doctors right, just switching to a fattier milk is not going to cause pancreatitis. Its more likely you had this before and just didnt know it. It is kind of weird that no one told you you were anemic. thats usually a pretty important thing when your pregnant! you might want to get another opinion from someone else. and just so you know your fine drinking regular 2% milk :) i figured out that i actually get most of my calories from all the milk i drink lol so if i were to drink whole milk i might gain 10 pounds overnight too :) ~ Goodluck and congrats on the babies!

  49. QUESTION:
    can you help with this bio question (7.3)?
    One function of peroxisomes is alcohol detoxification. In which of the following locations would you expect to find large quantities of peroxisomes?

    a) in the stomach of people who drink large quantities of alcohol
    b) in liver tissue of people who consume high-fat diets
    c) in heart muscle of all people
    d) in liver tissue of people who drink large quantities of alcohol

    • ANSWER:
      i believe d

  50. QUESTION:
    After a strength training workout, will drinking a protein and carb shake store glycogen in the liver?
    I on a keto diet when I only consume proteins and fats, would after a hard workout of lifting weights drink a protein shake with simple carbs(sugars) mess up my fat burning zone and store glycogen in my liver or just my muscle? I would still prefer to be fueled my fatty acids in my liver.

    • ANSWER:
      The moment you take in carbs, your no longer in ketosis, and it will take at least 48 hours to return. Some protein drinks are 4:1 carbs to protein. I would recommend ON 100% whey. Limited carbs.

      If your a serious body builder, I would strongly recommend not doing this diet. You're workouts will be much more progressive with some carbs in your diet (complex carbs prefered). You'll be able to do more, and reduce body fat at the same time. Im not talking a lot - just "some", especially pre-and post workout.

      If your cutting out complex carbs as well, your not getting enough fiber either.

      Reducing body fat is fine. Using fat as fuel - great. Just remember -you get NO energy from proteins. The small amount of calories in proteins is reserved for cell growth and repair - not muscle movement. All your major organs use the energy from carbohydrates. Your brain ONLY uses energy from carbs. Cutting all carbs is a bad idea.

      The problem I have with the KETO diet is it refers to the human body from "a time ago when we only ate meat". They fail or ignore the simple fact that those same people only lived until they were 30 year old, and suffered illness a whole lot more.

      You can have the best of both worlds.


Can Fatty Liver Cause Pain

Liver Diseases Symptoms, Causes of Liver Problems
The liver is a very important organ that performs a variety of functions in the human body. Being a large organ, the liver can cope with small damages. If the damage is left untreated, it can worsen the condition of the liver and prevent it from functioning. Severe damage to the liver can result in liver failure and death. Some of the conditions that can lead to death from liver disease are alcoholism, liver cancer, cirrhosis, and viral hepatitis.

Liver disease symptoms can be hard to detect initially. For instance, a loss of energy that often is the first sign of liver problems can be confused with a myriad of other problems, including things as simple as a reaction to a seasonal change or a lack of sleep.

There are dozens of diseases that affect the liver. The two most common causes of liver diseases are viral infections and drugs. Though there are different causes of liver diseases, the clinical signs and symptoms are divided in to two categories.

Keeping your liver in healthy condition is very necessary and that can be done by eating a varied nutritional and vegetarian diet. Junk food, alcohol intake, low quality oils, chemicals -in air and we breathe are the main roots for liver maladies.
About 90 percent of patients diagnosed with primary biliary cirrhosis are women over the age of 40. Women living in northern Europe tend to be more susceptible to this disease compared to women in other parts of the world. Women in Japan have the lowest rate of diagnosed cases of this disease.

The liver can get inflamed due to certain conditions, use of alcohol and certain chemicals. The conditions that can cause liver inflammation are Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Autoimmune Hepatitis, and Wilson's disease. Extensive alcohol use also causes inflammation of the liver. Some drugs and industrial pollutants may affect the liver. Inflammation is characterized by redness, swelling, heat and possible pain in the liver.

Alcoholic liver disease occurs due to an acute or chronic inflammation of the liver due to alcohol abuse. This disease usually occurs after a prolonged use of alcohol. In the United States 10% of men and 3% of women suffer from problems related to alcoholic consumption.

The symptoms of impending liver deterioration cross over into other medical problems as well making early and precise laboratory tests and narrative. The symptoms will likely include nausea, loss of appetite, abdominal pain and tenderness, vomiting, fever and jaundice. Further complicating the issue is that symptoms of cirrhosis are quite often almost identical to those of alcohol hepatitis.

If you only had one choice for picking a natural cure for liver disease it should be Milk Thistle Seed Extract (...fortunately you have more than one choice, so why not use all of them, it will only speed up your healing). There are a few reasons why Milk Thistle Seed Extract (also referred to as "Mte") is beneficial to the liver and liver regeneration. Firstly, it protects the liver from toxins.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can fatty liver cause pain? what can be the cure for it?
    For almost four weeks already ive taken my mom 70 yrs. old with diabetes to the doctor weekly for lab tests for her nagging abdominal pain. Her ultrasound showed no stones anywhere but fatty liver. Last weekend she's been given essentiale, nexium and euglodin. Today her FBS result is 6.6. Tom her amylase level result will come out. What do you think is the best cure for fatty liver and if ever to pancreatitis? Moreover, she has nerve pains along the back of her legs and also cramps, too.
    I will surely appreciate your advice. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    What can cause liver pain after overeating?
    My mother, who has a fatty liver, told me that she occasionally gets liver pain/pain in the liver area of her body after she overeats.

    What can cause this? Does overeating cause the liver to swell at all? Is it because she has a fatty liver? Is it perhaps not even her liver, but perhaps another organ pushing against her liver to cause the sensation of pain, like her stomach?

    • ANSWER:
      Liver is painless.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can a fatty liver from drinking too much alcohol cause some slight pain?
    I have some pain in my liver area not much but it's discomforting, I do have an alcohol problem but haven't had drink in 3 days can it be fatty liver or something worse?
    I am going cold turkey no more booze for me I don't want to damage my liver even more if it is damaged right now.

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing to do, right now, is to go to the doctors and
      ask that liver enzymes and liver function blood tests be done to
      check your liver. The doctor can tell from these tests how bad
      your liver cells have become damaged and how well the liver
      cells are still able to do the necessary functions to keep the
      body well. He can also tell if this is a liver or biliary problem
      depending on which blood tests are high.

      Alcohol can damage the liver in different ways. The liver
      takes toxins from the blood and converts them to non toxic
      forms that the body can easily dispose of.
      Over consuming alcohol in a short time period doesn't
      allow the liver time to convert the alcohol to acetaldehyde,
      acetate, and then to carbon dioxide and water. Not
      converted completely can cause it to be toxic to the liver
      cells. Consuming alcohol over long times periods can
      lead to a fat build up inside the liver. This usually starts
      out as simple fatty liver and as it continues to build up,
      it leads to Steatohepatitis. Steato is fat, hepat is liver,
      and itis is inflammation. This inflammation inside the
      liver causes the liver to enlarge in size. Another way
      it can cause damage is if the person is more sensitive to
      alcohol than others are or are allergic to it...they are
      more prone to liver disease than others are, if this is
      the case. One more way is to take alcohol with
      medications which can cause an interaction that will
      immediately damage the liver cells.

      If the inflammation has develop in the liver because of
      the alcohol itself, or fat build up in the liver...and it causes
      the liver to enlarge in size...then it can lead to where the
      liver cells die off and form scar tissue inside the liver
      that can block the flow of blood. This is then an
      irreversible, progressive disease known as Cirrhosis of
      the liver.

      Stopping alcohol is the best to do. Finding out how much
      the liver is damaged from this is necessary if you want to
      be sure it hasn't reached the point of the liver cells dying.
      It depends on how much liver cell damage there is, how
      long it will take you to completely recover from it...as
      long as the liver cells haven't reach the point of dying off.
      Stopping the alcohol, even if it has passed this point will
      slow down, considerably, cirrhosis advancing.

      You should be under doctor care when coming off the alcohol.
      The side effects of doing so can be reduced by the medications
      the doctor can provide. He can also monitor you to be sure
      that your body is able to adjust and handle what is taking place.
      It can be dangerous if this isn't done.

      Best wishes to you. It is hard to come off the alcohol and you
      seemed strong willed enough to do it.
      I hope this information has been of help to you.

  4. QUESTION:
    can pain killer cause fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely. Your liver is what "catches" the toxins that go thru your body and yes-a pain killer IS a toxin. The things you put in your body ALL go thru your liver on the way out & can build up. You can get what's called "fatty liver" from painkillers or other frequently taken drugs, legal OR illegal, or from too much alcohol-or there could be a genetic propensity in your family for it.

  5. QUESTION:
    what cause liver pain?
    can the liver hurt the middle of your back?i have alot of symptoms of Pancreatitis but they did a ct scan of the stomach and they say all my organs looks good. i have the upper right side pain agoes to the back can the upper right side have burning feeling? only thing they told me is i have a high hertia and acid relux and fatty liver. the pain goes away but when it comes back it will for about 2 weeks. i tested for hepatitis and came back negative please help

    • ANSWER:
      Liver Pain can be an effect from malnutrition. This is because eating disorders can actually cause liver problems and digestive disorders. Eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia cause malnutrition in the body. Other disorders, like wheat or gluten allergies, coat the intestines and prevent nutrient absorption regardless of how much you eat.

      When the liver does not get what it needs to carry on normal liver functions from the food, it behaves like any other living thing ...it weakens, slows, shrivels or swells and eventually stops working (dies).

      Be honest. Be honest with yourself. Evaluate yourself and your eating habits. Overweight can be a symptom as much as Underweight. Eating Disorders are illnesses. There is nothing wrong with you-as a person, only with your body and the signals it is giving you in your mind and your stomach and your thinking. If you think you MIGHT have a eating disorder, check it out on the internet and talk to your doctor...just as you would if you think you might have diabetes or heart problems. If you are able to suspect you have a problem, you are able to SOLVE any problem.

      So, if you have Liver Pain and are looking for solutions, don't forget to evaluate the possibility of having a eating disorder. Most times, liver problems are caused from other sources. The liver is the organ that takes the hit.

      Love You Liver! If you feel you have pain under your right rib cage, or a full, swelled, stiff feeling on your right side that goes into your back or right shoulder, it very well could be honest liver pain and there is a lot of reasons that might be. Don't forget to look at your eating habits and find someone you trust to help you evaluate yourself. And do the test. Ask for blood test and urine test. Your doctor should know what to order, but if (s)he doesn't, ....look for another doctor.

  6. QUESTION:
    What can cause liver pain?
    My husband has been having on and off liver pain for about two weeks now. He was drinking a lot of energy drinks (started off with one a day and progressed to three a day in three months) and he also started drinking alcohol more often (about 5-6 oz of vodka every other day for about two weeks). His body was not used to this, as he used to drink alcohol once, maybe twice a year and 1 (maybe 2) energy drink every two weeks. I am worried this can be Hepatitis C, but he hasn't had any other symptoms except the liver pain. Could it be something else? He already stopped drinking both energy drinks and alcohol. He does smoke marijuana (hasn't in two days). PLEASE HELP! I am very worried! Let me know if there is anything else that can be causing this.

    BTW, he's not fat at all, so I doubt it's fatty liver.

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    can fatty liver cause weight loss and digestive issues?
    i have been having weight loss since two years, the only thing doctors could find out was a fatty liver and H pylori. though i have eliminated h pylori . i continue to have digestion problems , semi formed stools with food particles, weight loss. my liver readings were a bit high before. since i lost weight they also came in normal range. but i have occassional pains in right quadrant which became worse when i took antibiotics for h pylori.

    • ANSWER:

  8. 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.

  9. QUESTION:
    Fatty liver and in pain how can i relieve it?
    I know some1 that recently found out he had a fatty liver with a shadow on it, the doc said that there's no lasting damage but that it was caused by drinking to much, and that he has to stop. Which he has done but he's in a lot of pain on his right side and has been feeling dizzy, is there anything he can buy over the counter to relieve this pain. He also has a bit of a phobia about taking pills in the first place so anything natural or anything that dosen't involve a prescription would be really helpful.......

    • ANSWER:
      are you george best?

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

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

  11. QUESTION:
    Anyone else have enexplained liver pain?
    I have chronic liver pain that i have had for 2+years. I have had tons of ultrasounds that show nothing to be concerned with, and have slightly elevated liver enzymes. they have done MRI and cat scans, and still no answers to why i would be having PAIN. the only diagnoses they can give me is that i have "fatty liver disease" which is normally something someone would get if they were morbidly obese, or an alcoholic. Neither of which i am, not even close. I had my gallbladder removed 3 years ago, but i still feel like i am having gallbladder attacks, thats what the pain feels like: sharp, crampy, like someone is squeezing my organs and stabbing them. Its horrible and the pain can last anywhere from 20 min.-2 hours. Anyone know of anything that could cause this?

    • ANSWER:
      The liver itself doesn't have nerves so most doctors don't believe patients that complain of "liver pain." However, my wife got Hep C from a blood transfusion at birth. Before she was diagnosed, she would complain of "liver pain", not a severe as your description, but similar.
      You can only get Hep C from blood to blood contact. Maybe bring it up to a doctor next time. I don't know if this is an answer to your question, but it's good information at least.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the pain around my liver area after binge drinking?
    I've been to many doctors, none can figure it out. I'm 20 years old, I've been a bit of a heavy drinker over the past 3 years (weekends & some weekdays).. Just socially with friends, but usually a fair bit of alcohol is consumed. For about the past 6 months i've been feeling increasing pain in the right side of my body (like a dull ache) around the liver area. Scared myself with researching fatty liver & cirrohsis etc yet i have had all the tests completed and come back normal. I've had liver function blood tests, hepatitis tests, ultrasound and also an endoscopy. Everything back normal. I've also been given some sort of anti-gas tablets and they didn't work. I still get this pain when drinking and it's only getting worse. I have stopped drinking for the past 2 weeks purely cause of this pain yet i can still feel it once every now and then, the main time i can notice it is when i lay down to sleep and when i wake up.

    Any ideas? because it seems the 3 doctors i've been to can't figure it out.

    • ANSWER:

  13. 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! :)

  14. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have Non Alchoholic fatty liver disease?
    I was wondering if anyone with this disease has experienced right sided pain and pressure so bad it is almost debilitating? I have had my gallbladder out and my doc ordered a CT scan and blood tests and says I have this disease(probably a mixture of my high triglycerides and years of taking motrin and other meds for rheumatoid and meds from when I broke my neck). But he is telling me that this disease doesn't cause pain. I have looked it up and some sites say it can. Just wondering if anyone else has had severe pain like that and were you told what pain meds you could take that Won't damge your liver? and were you told you couldn't drink again. I only drink 3-4 times a year so no biggie but wondered if it's an absolute no-no.

    • ANSWER:
      I am 21 and I too have this disease and have had my gallbladder out. They found mine becasue I was having a lot of pain and I am always sick to my stomach and my gastro doc said thats all part of it. I was told tylenol and to avoid ibuprophen. Mine also suggested weight loss of course but yeah I tried and its sooo hard if you have the money give weight watchers a shot, I did it online for 3months had success but then had to have foot surgery and gained it all back plus some. well good luck and take care.

  15. QUESTION:
    I have a fatty liver and it hurts!?
    Im 16 almost 17 and im female I weigh 112 pound and im 5'7.

    Ok so I have a fatty liver for some strange reason. I don't drink, smoke, eat a lot of fatty foods or even do drugs and yet my liver is fatty. Ok so last year in October I got horrible chest pains for 2 weeks that left me in tears everyday. I went to the hospital and they said my liver was fatty and it was rubbing up against my chest plate causing abrasions which was causing the pain. They gave me pills the pain subsided but now it's back and the pain is increasing really fast. Whats worse is I hurt the top part of my spine and my right shoulder plate when I fell down the stairs a week ago so im also in pain from that.

    What can I do to stop the chest pains. It hurts so much and is really discomforting. Also how can I get rid of the fat from my liver with out going to the doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to go back to the doctor, you may have even hurt something when you fell, you maybe young but you can still get hurt sometimes, Go see the doc..

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

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

  17. QUESTION:
    hi all, I just want to let you all know I have a fatty liver disease (I do not drink nor have HEP)?
    and my levels are elevated and keep climbing Higher. I am due to get another lest in 3 months time and if it is Higher then it will be time to see a specialist at a hospital. now what I want to ask is can you get a lot of back pain with this disease? cause my lower back is in constant pain and if I go for a jog I make it worse, is this because of the liver that is enlarging? Please help. and if my liver does shut down will it cause more back pain? Please help.
    well Ginny the reason for this is becasue with fatty livers your liver becomes enlarged and it puts pressure on your back and yes I have scaring in my liver which may lead to shut down and death.
    answerthis medical mistery yea right. I do have a fatty liver thanks, all due to junk food. so there

    • ANSWER:
      Are you doing much exercise? Usually if you're not used to it you are susceptible to back pain. I don't think fatty liver and back pain are related aside from the fact that people with fatty livers tend to do less exercise.

  18. QUESTION:
    What could be the cause of pain in my lower right abdomen?
    I had my appendix removed 13 years ago. Six months ago, I had hernia surgery on my lower right abdomen.

    I do not have any problems with stool or movements. It is definitely not gallstones and I got excellent results from a colonoscopy.

    However, I have a constant dull pain, which is sometimes sharp, right in the area of where an appendix usually is and the area where my hernia was.

    Are the doctors missing something or is there some test I can request? The only abnormality that has been found is high enzymes with my liver. It is not hepatitis or alcohol related, as I do not drink.

    My doctor calls it Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and said it was nothing to worry about.

    Any information would really help, as well as a source. I am 33, have never smoked/drank, 6'4" 270 lbs.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I have helped a few people who have had problems like that, where they have had surgery. The thing I did was to release the muscles around the incision so they can be free to work on their own rather than being caught up in with the others. Here is what to do:
      Press in on either side of the incision using both hands. Hold that pressure there for 30 seconds and release. If it is in the muscles it should be gone.

  19. QUESTION:
    What can cause high liver ensymes?
    Hi I have been a nervous wreck for the past week I had my doctor check my Thyroid levels because of recent weight gain turns out when the test came back that my thyroid was ok but my liver enzymes were at 173 (that test was done 2 weeks prior) I just recently went to the ER because of a pain in the right side of my abdomen and extreme nausea all day. I had an ultrasound and a CT scan done ultrasound revealed nothing but the CT scan showed a lesion of 1.9 cm the ER doctor told me to follow up with my doctor I have been crying non-stop very scared. When I saw my Doctor 2 days later he called the radiologist to ask his opinion what he thought it was doctor says he didn't seem concerned it appeared to be a hemangioma he also told me me enzymes levels were at 80 at this point still high but they had come down some. My doctor went ahead and referred me to a gastroenterologist he said he knew the ER doctor had scared me enough and understands my doubts? My question was if a hemangioma is not suppose to be a bad thing why are my enzymes high? Does anyone have any insight on what it could be based on results they have not told me fatty liver.

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    What illnesses would cause right rib pain and urinary tract infections?
    I started having a mild dull pain under my right rib a month ago. It would happen for a few seconds and stop for a long time. As time progressed I started having flank pain, dark/frequent urine, chills, weakness, fever, mental fogginess, painful constipation, low blood sugar, lower back pain, nausea, vomiting and bladder pain. I went to a doctor and was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection. My symptoms worsened as I started Bactrum for my uti. I started being unable to walk more than a few feet, my back would start hurting and my muscles would give out on me. I felt as if walking was injuring my kidneys. The flank pain was so bad when I laid on my sides. I went back to the doctor two days later and was put on Cipro. My symptoms started improving, and I was able to stand and walk comfortably. However, my symptoms came back, but slightly different. I went back to the doctor again and they found no remaining infection, but I was diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis. I asked the doctor what he thought about the pain I was having and thought it might be stones in my kidney or gallbladder.

    Since then I've been vomiting and dry heaving when I wake up in the morning, my groin area hurts when I have a bowel movement and sometimes when I pee, the pain in my rib has gotten worse, it occasionally radiates to my sternum area and to my back under my shoulder blade, I get chills every once in a while, I have brief but sharp moderate pain in isolated areas of my urinary tract and I have trouble concentrating and going to the bathroom. I have a family history of gallbladder disease/stones, kidney stones, fatty liver and diabetes. I had a bout of gastritis exactly a year ago and had an ultra sound of my gallbladder to rule out gallstones and was normal. I woke up last night with pain under my sternum and felt dizzy. I can't see my family doctor for a week and am afraid that I will have to go to the emergency room before it happens. What does this sound like?

    BTW, I haven't had any signs of jaundice or pale stools.

    • ANSWER:
      A friend of mine just found out she has a kidney stone after having alot of UTI's. I'm not sure what all her symptoms were, and I don't think they were as severe as yours but she would have never thought in a million years she had a kidney stone. She is a healthy 22 year old going to nursing school so she thought she would have known but she didn't.

      Ask your doctor to check for a stone. Either kidney or gall bladder. Good luck!

  21. QUESTION:
    Gall bladder polyp with fatty liver?
    Following a bout of pain and vomiting six months ago an ultrasound scan found a 1.8cm polyp and fatty liver. I have some low grade left sided pain and bouts of slight nausia. I have been on a low fat diet for six months and have lost 2stone but am still overweight. I do fee extremely tired a lot of the time and sometimes get extreme indigestion. I have suffered for some time from acid reflux causing difficulty swallowing. One consultant tells me that 1.8cm is very small and wanted to discharge me the other wants to remove the gallbladder as he says that 1.8cm is very large. I have been given no dietry advise both consultants inform me that this polyps is definately not a stone. Any advise should I have surgury what kind of things can I do to help myself. It worries me that this scan was done six months ago and the polyp may now be bigger and possibley cancerous.

    • ANSWER:
      If a polyp is less than 1cm then usually if not causing any problems it is just scanned every six months. If it is larger than 1cm then it is considered large and the gall bladder will have to be removed. All the symptoms you describe are attributed to gall bladder and not the liver. Please try not to worry and ensure that you get the information you require from the medical team before you make any decisions.

  22. QUESTION:
    What would cause lower right rib pain, vomiting and urinary tract infections?
    I started having a mild dull pain under my right rib a month ago. As time progressed I started having flank pain, dark/frequent urine, chills, weakness, fever, mental fogginess, painful constipation, low blood sugar, lower back pain, nausea, vomiting and bladder pain. I went to a doctor and was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection. My symptoms worsened as I started Bactrum for my UTI. I started being unable to walk more than a few feet, my back would start hurting and my muscles would give out on me. I felt as if walking was injuring my kidneys. The flank pain was so bad when I laid on my sides. I went back to the doctor two days later and was put on Cipro. My symptoms started improving, and I was able to stand and walk comfortably. However, a day or so later my symptoms came back, but slightly different. I asked the doctor what he thought about the pain I was having and thought it might be stones in my kidney or gallbladder.

    Since then I've been vomiting and dry heaving when I wake up in the morning, my groin area hurts when I have a bowel movement and sometimes when I pee, the pain in my rib has gotten worse, it occasionally radiates to my sternum area and to my back under my shoulder blade, I get chills every once in a while, I have brief but sharp moderate pain in isolated areas of my urinary tract and I have trouble concentrating and going to the bathroom. I have a family history of gallbladder disease/stones, kidney stones, fatty liver and diabetes. I had a bout of gastritis exactly a year ago and had an ultra sound of my gallbladder to rule out gallstones and the results came back normal. I can't see a doctor for a week and am afraid that I will have to go to the emergency room before I go. What could it be?

    BTW, I haven't had any signs of jaundice or pale stools.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't mean to scare you, but you need to get this checked out right away. I would suggest maybe seeing another doctor just to see if he comes to the same conclusion. I'm not sure what this could be though...let me suggest you to start researching if you have an hernia but I honestly can't think of much. Good luck.

  23. QUESTION:
    ok serouis question before I go to bed. I have a fatty liver and my liver function tests all have elevated ?
    levels. Now about say 1 month ago my local doctor said he will do another one in 3 months time which is like 2 months now, and said if it is any Higher he will deal with it then more then likely go to a gastrointeroligst at a hospital. Now tonight for dinner I had a huge bowel of pasta with lots of cheese on it, and 2 nights ago I had a who packet of orios YUM as I had the munchies. I am not obese, but I am very very worried because I am so finding it hard to lose weight as my metabolism as slowed down. what I want to ask is this. If I keep eating pasta with lots of cheese, biscuits etc will I end up with liver damage/failure? in a way good cause I want out of this horrible pain full life. so please if you can answer this good. thanks
    hi Linus wow 1-3 weeks that is short. man. But thank goodness I know Jesus, I know where I am going. hey did they have a fatty liver to start of with to0?
    you have a point answerthis.I do now want to end up in a ward.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't want to scare you but fatty liver, if not managed medically, will lead to cirrhosis, then to liver cancer/failure. You should follow your doctors' instructions if you want to live longer. I have known friends and relatives who died of liver failure. It took only one week to three weeks.

  24. 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.

  25. QUESTION:
    Can Gallstones cause your liver function test to be elevated or abnormal?
    Hello.

    I currently have been suffering heaps with pain in my upper-right-quadrant and have found that my liver enzymes are elevated. The symptoms of Gallstones are:

    ~steady, severe pain in the upper right section of your abdomen that may be felt right through to your back between the shoulder blades. The pain increases quickly and may last from 15 minutes to several hours before subsiding;

    ~nausea and vomiting;
    ~indigestion, flatulence or general discomfort in the abdomen; or
    ~intolerance to fatty foods.

    And i have every single one of them, the Dr even said he thinks i have gallstones. I have had lots of different tests and things and don't have any things horrible like hepatitis or anything, so do you think Or is it possible for (Gallstones) to cause my liver enzymes to raise?

    Thanks a bunch!

    • ANSWER:
      Gallstones can definitely elevate liver function tests. There are other causes for elevated liver tests as you know. Continue working with your doctor to evaluate this. Good luck.

  26. QUESTION:
    Nerve pain in the temple?
    Hi

    Recently I had certain episodes of nerve pain in my head and I had consulted a neurologist , who got an MRI and MRA of my brain done. The report came normal and then he suggested a medicine named methico plus. which i continued for 20 days, the day I stopped the medication I had a severe headache lasting for the whole day, and after that I am noticing that left side of my head near the temple there is a vague pain not sharp, and i can sense the pain traveling up-to the jaws, It seems like someone has put a finger on the nerve , sometimes the pain happens in the right side of the head. During the day I am also experiencing that the back side of the head, near the neck region is heating up or at times sweating, I am feeling nausea all the time.
    (here I would like to mention that I have fatty liver, which maybe the cause of feeling nausea, I also have sinus, and since childhood I have a history of severe headaches).

    I will be consulting a neurologist, but I am amazed that I recently had an MRI done which came clean, so I am a bit shocked. Also I am worried, am I being vulnerable to a brain stroke?

    Thanking you in advance for your response

    Regards
    Addi

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    Can Hydrocodone hurt my liver?
    I just had a wisdom tooth removed and am taking Hydrocodone for pain right now. The label says HYDROCO/APAP Tab 7.5 500. I have a mild fatty liver and wanted to know if It would be bad to keep taking this stuff. Its says once every 4 hours, but It seems one does almost nothing, so I've been taking 1 1/2 or 2 and thats been working. Is this going to cause more damage or should it be OK? I just have another days worth of pills left.

    • ANSWER:
      There are 2 problems here:

      1. There is too much acetaminophen for your liver if you have any liver issues. One of the most significant problems with patients misusing the hydrocodone/APAP combination is acetaminophen levels. I am not as concerned about the amount of hydrocodone, but you cannot get hydrocodone without APAP. Also if 7.5 mg of hydrocodone and acetaminophen does not cover the pain of a wisdom tooth extraction, then there may be a problem. Do not take more than 6 tablets per day, and contact your dentist/oral surgeon asap.

      2. If you are taking in excess of the precribed dose you will run out of pills. In my patients, if they did not follow the prescibed dose, and took in excess without first discussing the issue with my office, I would not provide additional meds if needed. It is a DEA issue.

      Good luck with your wisdom tooth.

      I would recommend a hot pack and warm salt water washes to ease the discomfort.

  28. QUESTION:
    Can liver cancer or a small tumor cause tenderness of a mass near the liver area?
    Ultrasound showed a 16mm tumor (yet to be determined if it is malignant or benign, taking CT next week) as well as other smaller lesions in the liver. Feel more tired than usual, but regain energy after napping. Certain loss of appetite, and can feel mild upper right abdominal pain. Can feel a mass underneath rib cage, the liver area, when pressing down on it, extreme tenderness and pain.

    Doctor only mentioned tumor during ultrasound and immediately scheduled me for a CT and biopsy. Does that rule out fatty infiltration and other liver diseases? Does that mean I have cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      It means they found a mass and several smaller lesions and they don't know what type of cancer or something else without a biopsy.

      As it is liver cancer is frequently a secondary cancer (i.e. it spreads from somewhere else) they are also doing a CT scan to see if there are any masses anywhere else.

  29. QUESTION:
    What causes my stomach pain to go away once I've sneezed?
    I know this really sounds strange but for years I've had a condition where, when I wake up in the morning, I feel really sick to my stomach. It feels like I am going to throw up. If I try to dry heave then I suddenly need to sneeze. Once I've sneezed, the pain in my stomach goes away mysteriously.
    I have consulted my doctor and he thinks that it could be bile going into my stomach when I am asleep. I have had a stomach examination and the doctor did find some kind of hole/abration but never had a good explanation of what's causing this pain and if there is anything that can be done to prevent this.
    I also have Crohn's Disease, a fatty liver and Ankylosing Spondylitis and wonder whether this is linked to my condition.
    Any thoughts/insights are really appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Im no expert, but possibly the pain goes away from the force your stomach pushes on it while you are sneezing. hope that helped :)

  30. QUESTION:
    I have acid reflux, what on earth can i eat?
    Ok, I have acid reflux and a fatty liver which both obviously cause me pain from time to time.

    What on earth are the best foods to eat that will help it. Other than the lansoprozole tablets I am already on once a day.

    I have looked in the net toi try and find something but nothing, I can't believe there is not a site you can look on easily unless I am missing something. I am always finding ones where you have to pay money and I don't want to do that!!

    My doc is no help either, he wont send me to a dietician to help me. He just says to eat normally!!!

    Any ideas. Does this cause anyone back pain also??

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I have acid reflux also and I know it can be very painful sometimes. Ouch!!!!! But do what i do eat normal food that you typically eat and keep a diary of what you eat. If the food causes your acid reflux to act up than you know thats a food you need to avoid. And eventually you'll know what to eat and not eat. And there will be time that you will try new things that won't cause an attack and there are times they will. Just keep a log of it. I know its a pain to write what you eat and keep up with it but after awhile you'll know what to eat and not eat.

  31. 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.

  32. QUESTION:
    Can Endometriosis be found in the kidney or liver?
    I have endo. I found out on 7/05, after many doctor visits and going into debt. Anyways, again I am having issues. I have always had this growing pain in my upper Right side. It has been there for about 8 years now. But now the pain has taken over my whole right side(upper and lower). I have had every test, gallbladder, stones, ultrasounds, CT scans, you name it I have had it. I have been to so many doctors, and they just don't know what could be causing the pain. I just get sent to the next doctor(while getting the look of this is all in your head), wait a long time for the appointent, only to be told they can't find anything. Please help, I am in pain, and it is driving me crazy. In 11/05 they did say my liver had two fatty spots on it, but I did not need to worry about this. Help!!

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely. It has been documented on virtually every organ, up to and including the brain and the lungs. Surgical intervention is needed to diagnose and locate the implants (and more importantly, remove them), as CT scans/MRIs/U/S can rarely see them. Insist on getting the help you need and consider seeing a specialist if you run into a dead end with your current medical team. Such places are located throughout the country, including the following Endo treatment centers:

      http://www.endometriosissurgeon.com
      http://www.drcook.com
      http://www.endoexcision.com
      http://www.reproductivecenter.com
      http://www.centerforendo.com

      Also check out this referral board for someone who might be good at treating Endo in your local area:

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EndoDocs

      Good luck to you; you're not alone.

  33. QUESTION:
    Pain in tummy, not cramps!?
    I have been to numerous doctors and gastroentrologists had plenty of blood work, ultra sounds, and CT scans done, and they can not find anything wrong with me except that I have a fatty liver, which has no symptoms.

    Here's the issue.. everytime I eat for about the past six months, i get very sick to my stomach after I eat, almost every meal! the best way to describe the pain is "belly rot" it feels like the stomach is literally rotting and it feels terrible. I have drastically altered my diet and lost about 10 pounds in the past three weeks so far, but can't find the cause of all this pain! it seems that it comes from every single type of food. i can eat a salad and feel sick, i can eat a big mac and feel sick, i can eat a sandwhich and feel sick. i am very careful of what i eat now but no matter what i do, it all comes back and makes me sick.
    as for the location of the pain, it is the lower part of my torso, below the bellybutton. in the area where you normally get cramps. and it seems to be located more on the left side, but still in the center. when i get the "belly rot" i get very sweaty, very anxious, i feel like i need to use the bathroom very badly, and this is within 15 minutes of my first bite of food.
    i need to find some kind of answers, some kind of clues, anything that can lead me to finding a cure, because it is only getting worse. and i am going to college in the fall.
    i cant keep living like this.

    please help me, anyone.
    anything, any advice, any at all is soo much appreciated!!!

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  34. QUESTION:
    what is causing my sharp pain?
    today ive been having very mild sharp pain in the middle of my upper abdomen i can only feel it when i move a lot cough or sneeze any ideas could it be my liver i do have fatty liver disease and am always scared it will turn into cirrhosis i had it checked 3 or 4 months ago and everything was fine could it turn into cirrhosis that fast ive also had sharp pain here and there all over my stomach no where near the liver but its always mild if it helps im a 22 year old female and i am over weight

    • ANSWER:
      You could be developing Gall Stones, they can present as pain across the abdominal region, the wisest course of action would be to schedule an appointment with your physician and get checked out.

  35. QUESTION:
    Unexplained pain? Help please!?
    I'm 16 and i've been experiencing pain around my body that wasn't even there before. First of all, this pain started yesterday around after school like 3 and the pain is about a 2.5/10. The first pain was around my left shoulder, like right on top. It felt like a burning pain like a sunburn inside my skin. Throughout the day, I felt right abdominal pain again since I was diagnosed with mesenteric adenitis for about a month now. When I push on my right side, it still isn't my appendix since it doesn't hurt at all. Weird thing though, because it feels like the pain radiates to my left side too and it down move more to the right side of my body and really below the appendix almost near my waist.Will mesenteric adenitis do this as well? I also feel on and off back pain sometimes in the top middle, top right/left/ or lower right/left side. I'm also 230 pounds, idk if this will be the cause. I'm also eating healthy and exercising, although im afraid that the pain will worsen. can anyone help me please? Even if you don't answer all of it, can anyone at least explain one thing from any of these pains? The abdominal pain still continues, but isn't severe. It does go away and comes back. The shoulder pain stopped.

    And also...I really don' t think it's diabetes because I went for a blood test requested from my primary doctor since we followed up after the diagnosed mesenteric adenitis. Also, we found out that I had a fatty liver. And after the blood test reading, I didn't have any diabetes and my sugar was normal.

    I really need answers for this if anyone knows or had an experience as well. Thanks for your time and God Bless.

    • ANSWER:
      look theres no point in me going on about your weight because thats not going to help you now, but please do look after yourself in the future.. i know ive had alot of weird pains and aches from my back being out. visiting a chiropracter was the best thing i ever did. you might want to give that a try. my chest pain and other annoying things have gone away now.

  36. QUESTION:
    High ALT Liver Level?
    Ok, first of I haver anxiety and this is stressing the hell out of me, because I am of course thinking of the worse....

    But....

    What can cause a little high ALT liver level?

    My Info:

    Male
    24
    262 lbs
    5'11"
    No known diseases

    Alt levels - 62 or 68

    I am going on Monday for a U/S so I should know something Tuesday Hopefully.

    However, that is still 4 days away and I am freaking out, can't sleep, anxiety is taking a major toll on me right now...

    I don't want an answer that says "just relax and see what the tests say" or anything along those lines, don't send me links - I won't go..

    I am a social drinker but I don't drink all time time, maybe once per month and that is pushing it!

    I do notice when I eat certain food that I get really bad pains (this is what told me to go to the doctor) I am thinking fatty liver but I could be wrong...

    I have been surfing the net, and I see things on Hep C, but I don't believe I have that, as I have never come into contact with blood (mainly because I faint at the sight of blood) and I am not showing any of the other symptoms!

    I have gained 12 lbs in the past 45 days is that helps.

    Any thoughts?

    I want to know what can cause these levels to be slightly high??

    Thanks!
    I am not sure what ALT stands for (this is what the nurse called it) she said all the other levels are normal.

    Oh, I love mexican food, it is my favorite, with lots of cheese, I eat cheese on everything!

    I have noticed that when I eat alot of cheese it does cause pain (however it doesnt cause anything else other than pain, bowel movements are normal.)
    And I did just start playing Disc Golf recently, about a month and a half ago (havent played in about 2 weeks) However, the pain has been off and on for about 9 months now...

    • ANSWER:
      your alt is only slightly raised. we get worried if its in the 1000s. commonest reason if probably medcations next is probably fatty liver. really not very high so Id stop worrying
      http://www.labtestsonline.org.au/understanding/analytes/alt/test.html

  37. QUESTION:
    how serious is early signs of liver failure?
    Over the past 2 years ive had Minor liver damage i had a ultra sound 1 year ago and again 6 months ago first showing a fatty liver the second showing damaged cells and a fatty liver. I was told parts of my liver wont repair but the pain got worst i went to the doctors 2 days ago to have more blood tests and a liver function test the doctor thinks ive got early signs of liver failure. Im feeling tired im depressed and feel sad all the time. The damage is caused by me liking a drink im 32 years old ive drank for about 10 years now i use to drink 2 pints and 8 cans a night minimum now i drink 2 pints and 4 cans i find it really hard to stop when i do all my problems become reality and i feel really down. What shall i do.

    • ANSWER:
      well the damage is done but that doesn't mean all is futile, you can change your life style and live for some time or you can do what your doing and live a short life, but you know its really all up to you!!!! I wish you well

  38. QUESTION:
    Sharp digging pain right rib?
    I am hoping you can help me. For approximately 2 weeks I have been having pain behind my right rib. (not below or underneath the rib) The pain is also in my right side and back. The pain is aggervating/uncomfortable during the day but is worse at night. It keeps me awake. Pain relievers do not help nor does a heating pad. There are times my rib gets tender and feels like it is bruised. I have had no injury in the area.

    I do have Acid reflux. I did have an abdominal Ultrasound a couple of months ago of my liver, gallbladder and pancreas, didn't show up anything apart from a fatty liver. I do take 30mg of lansoprozole a day.

    The pain is really getting to me . I desperatly want a solution to this pain. I do have an appointment at the docs in the morning to see what he thinks though, but he is usually not very helpful!!

    Also another point to add, I am really stressed at the moment, could this be causing it to flare up do you think?
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You could be dealing with something like a condition called costochondritis (an inflammation of the cartilage around the ribcage) but this is an example only.

      Because of how long this has been going on for I would recommend seeing your doctor for further evaluation of the situation to see what they say.

  39. QUESTION:
    Ultrasound Abdomen Data?
    I was told that I have a fatty liver, a enlarged spleen, and 2.2cm gallstone.
    they reason the ultra sound was ordered, was due to high liver levels in my bloodwork.
    the rest of the blood work was fine except for the high cholestrol which was total at 274.
    my questions are: can the spleen be enlarged due to the fartty liver? the high cholestrol can that cause the fatty liver, plus being overweight?

    I am 6 foot
    290 pounds
    white male
    non smoker

    i feel completely fine
    with no pain or discomfort
    the enlarged spleen is 15.3cm

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  40. QUESTION:
    Whats this sharp digging pain by my right rib?
    am hoping you can help me. For approximately 2 weeks I have been having pain behind my right rib. (not below or underneath the rib) The pain is also in my right side and back. The pain is aggervating/uncomfortable during the day but is worse at night. It keeps me awake. Pain relievers do not help nor does a heating pad. There are times my rib gets tender and feels like it is bruised. I have had no injury in the area.

    I do have Acid reflux. I did have an abdominal Ultrasound a couple of months ago of my liver, gallbladder and pancreas, didn't show up anything apart from a fatty liver. I do take 30mg of lansoprozole a day.

    The pain is really getting to me . I desperatly want a solution to this pain. I do have an appointment at the docs in the morning to see what he thinks though, but he is usually not very helpful!!

    Also another point to add, I am really stressed at the moment, could this be causing it to flare up do you think?
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Have you seen your doctor yet, Sue?

      See, it does sound to me as though you have maybe 'popped' the rib joint or even cracked the rib. I know you've said you don't have an injury but these things are surprisingly easy to do.

      Even if you have, your doctor probably won't do anything much except give you pain relief tablets.

      Why don't you see a chiropractor or an osteopath? They might hurt - but they're more likely to help than anyone else.

      Best I can do I'm afraid.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Can I add anything else to this????

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

    Thank you for reading this boring message :)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Take care.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Can I add anything else to this????

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

    Thank you for reading this boring message :)

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

  43. QUESTION:
    Hey Spreedog!! Can you answer a gallbladder question?
    I liked an answer you gave someone else. Just a quick question. I live in another country and am getting care for some undefined liver problems. The deal is, I have small grains of sand like things in my gallbladder kind of sloshing around. They have been there for about five years and I have taken no medication for them. They do not seem to get worse and do not cause me pain... except once. They have been identified by US and Gastroscopic US. It has been mildly suggested that they can take those out using a minimally invasive procedure. Does this have anything to do with a fatty liver? Can it be exacerbated by a fatty liver? Can the presence of these particles be oncogenic? Should I get those particles take out if I am having problems with fat metabolism?
    Pixles ... very helpful information, thank you. I do not think I need to have mine out and it is not really causing me pain. It is the liver problems that are scary.

    • ANSWER:
      Those little grains of sand are called gallstones. They are probably going to remove your gallbladder. I had that done three years ago, my daughter just had hers removed two weeks ago.
      They make three or four small slits on your abdomen and remove your gallbladder through one of them so you don't have a long scar..
      When I had mine taken out I had been having pains through the years..they told my gallbladder had slush in it, and caused infection after a while. My daughter was having pains and had one big stone. Having gallbladder problems can affect your liver, pancreas and your stomache and digestion.
      Gallbladders are one of the four organs you can live without. The others are your appendix, tonsils and spleen. They can't take your liver out so they evidently think your gallbladder problem is causing your fatty liver.

  44. QUESTION:
    how dangerous is taking tylenol?
    i have fatty liver disease the doctor hasn't determined the cause yet but i am over weight and i take pain killers i had tests done 3 or 4 months ago and my liver enzymes are all normal and no sign of damage was found but i'm still really scared my fatty liver will turn into cirrhosis how fast could that happen i'm dieting but i still take about 1000mg's of tylenol in one dose every night due to my back pain i know thats the max you can take in a dose but i'm scared that could cause the liver damage could it have already cause damage in only 3 months? also i am a 22 year old female

    • ANSWER:
      Tylenol can be very toxic to the liver and you should ask your doctor for an alternative analgesic. I don't think the doctor would approve of Tylenol, especially not in your situation with the state of your liver.

  45. QUESTION:
    i was misdiagnosed about pcos?
    i was told 7 months ago i had pcos and now i found out i dont that i have cysts on both ovaries but i have alot of sighns of having it i have brown patches on my neck and one skin tag on my armpit and and carry alot of weight round my tummy and have a little body acne and thinning hair and a little facial and back hair a no period but my hormons and insalin and stuff is normal and tyroid is too all they found was i had a fatty liver and than they found out i had a hiatal hernia could those 2 things cause pains in my sides and under my breasts? can someone help me or give advise without rude comments thanxs also if anyone carrys alot of weight around there waste any style tips thanks

    • ANSWER:
      PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is a hormonal disorder which affects 1 in 10 women in the United States alone. If left untreated it will increase the risks for high blood pressure, diabetes and even heart disease. This is caused "by the overstimulating effects of excessive luteinizing hormone (LH), a pituitary gland hormone. Women with PCOS are genetically insensitive to insulin." What do I know, well I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) when I was 17 years old. From experience, I can tell you that the brown patches, skin tags, excess weight around the abdomen area and hirtuism (hair all over the body) are pretty common symptoms. Now, you say that the physicians found your hormones and insulin levels within normal range, but I think this certainly contradicts the common symptoms mentioned earlier. A fatty liver can also be a sign of PCOS, if I'm not mistaken. Considering the fact that my mother has a hiatal hernia which hurts her at given times it could be possible that this may cause you some degree of pain as well as with a fatty liver. I strongly advise you to get a second opinion from a certified endocrinologist. This is your health you're dealing with and I would strongly encourage you to seek out proper medical care. I'll warn you though most of these physicians will prescribe a combination of birth control pills to regulate monthly periods, lessen acne and control the excess androgens for less hair along with Metforin, a medication used for diabetics to control blood sugar levels, but don't be fooled-- these medications only mask the symptoms and in the long run makes the condition worse. I recommend you seek out natural alternatives to these medications if you are currently taking them or if they are prescribed to you later on. I've read that "banaba leaf (Lagerstroemia speciosa) when taken at 16 to 48 mg doses per day helps lower insulin, blood sugar levels and reduces fat accumulation" because it contains the active ingredient corosolic acid. Just don't take if you are pregnant, nursing and its definitely not for children. Exercising also helps keep blood sugar in check, so try to do some form of moderate activity each day. Carbohydrates are a no-no and I'll tell you why-- carbohydrates convert into sugar (i.e. white rice, white flour, white bread, etc.) and this is not good for people with PCOS! Limit your consumption to complex carbs instead such as whole wheat bread, but try not to eat too much carbs as a nuritional diet plan based around high quality protein is essential. Today, I am now 19 and have since become a vegetarian which I find has ease the severity of menstrual cramps--eating plenty of soy products such as tofu or soy milk to name a few helps. Actually reducing your consumption of meat products will help you as long as you replace it with nutritious foods like beans, nuts and dark leafy greens. I truly hope this information has helped you in some way or form, but remember first you must get that second opinion in order to know how to proceed rightly on the matter! Be patient and take it one day at a time-- wish you the best in your journey...

      Emily

      P.S. If you are interested in becoming a vegetarian please visit The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' website at www.peta.org where you can get a free vegetarian starter kit, its really easy!

  46. QUESTION:
    i was told i had pcos and now im being told i dont?
    i was told 7 months ago i had pcos and now i found out i dont that i have cysts on both ovaries but i have alot of sighns of having it i have brown patches on my neck and one skin tag on my armpit and and carry alot of weight round my tummy and have a little body acne and thinning hair and a little facial and back hair a no period but my hormons and insalin and stuff is normal and tyroid is too all they found was i had a fatty liver and than they found out i had a hiatal hernia could those 2 things cause pains in my sides and under my breasts? can someone help me or give advise without rude comments thanxs also if anyone carrys alot of weight around there waste any style tips thanks
    they told me i didnt have it cuz my blood test came back normal

    • ANSWER:
      Why did they tell you you didn't have it? Did they say what it was was instead? Are they running more tests?

      Try a gluten free diet. Lots of people find good results with that.

  47. QUESTION:
    My mother in law has really bad pains on her right side belly and doctors don't know why?
    My mother in law whom is 60 years old called me to tell me she was sent home from the hospital after complaining of really bad pains on her right side belly. Her pain radiates to her back and it's a constant pain. I recommended she gets a second opinion and that I would go with her to the emergency because she speaks no English. My mother in law tells me not to tell the doctors that she was sent home from first hospital she went to. I was told by the doctors that they will perform a CT scan and again results come back negative. Right away they start an IV and giver her morphine to help the pain. I see my mother in law acting funny so the doctor explains that the medication is really strong and that it will give her a little rush. She then relaxes and falls asleep, a little while later she is sent to get a sonogram of her right side belly and results come back normal. I was told that she will be admitted for further testing. Today I go back and they had sent her for a third examination and the doctor said if it comes back normal she is going to be sent home. I see my mother in law being wheeled from down the hall crying in pain and again they are giving her more morphine. I am puzzled as to why the doctor can't find what is going on with her. She drinks alcohol and smokes heavily so the doctors said she had a fatty liver and that if she drinks alcohol she needs to stop. My mother in law tells me to tell the doctors she doesn't drink or smoke and I feel like I am not helping her if I am going to stand there and lie to the doctors. I would like to know has anyone experienced bad right side belly pains and were the doctors able to find the cause of the pain. Tomorrow I will speak to the doctors and tell them that she does smoke and drink and that she was already at another hospital got a ct scan and given morphine and sent home. I know the doctors aren't geniuses but what is my mother in law to do continue taking pain meds and she hasn't been able to eat for 3 days already. Help any advice is appreciated.
    My mother in law had a hysterectomy many years ago, so I don't think it has anything to do with menopause. I did ask the doctor if he thought it might be an intestinal problem but he just nodded no and said they are not geniuses and are going by the results they get back from her testings.

    • ANSWER:
      You have to be straight up with the docs. Also most smokers think they can fool the docs but they can't. The pain on her right side might be coming from her reproductive system. Even though she is probably in menopause there are still pains that can happen because of things shutting down. Also the bowel and intestines are affected by the alcohol and smoking and might be one of the reasons for the pain and without the docs knowing they might not know what to test for properly. Good Luck and I hope she gets well soon

  48. QUESTION:
    Paging Dr. Gregory House?
    So a friend of mine fell ill 2 weeks ago. It started with a fever and general malaise on a friday. Has dark urine and light stools. Sunday he gets urinalysis and the results were high bilirubin and urobilinogen. He goes to the ER looking awful still with a fever and shivering. I tell him he probably has gallstones and is going to end up getting his gall bladder removed. They draw tons of blood and by the end of the night the doctor tells him, with no diagnostics of course to back this up "you have fatty liver, gilbert disease (hereditary cause of high bilirubin), and a virus" and discharges him that sunday night. Tuesday morning hes back and checked in at the hospital in essentially quarantine. Still fever, vomiting, face all red, and hyphema (blood in the eye) presumably from straining from coughing and vomiting. Now apparently he has a high white blood cell count, and at least one doctor seems to think his 'rash' may be hepatitis, to which he wasn't vaccinated. They can't find any gallstones, so now I'm thinking Hepatitis B, after a few days it turns out the blood they took was supposed to be tested for all Hepatitis viruses, yet some ER person wrote Hep A on there, so he has so wait even longer for B and C to come back, though B is the only one that really causes this severe an acute illness. Days more go by and it turns out he has no hepatitis of any type, has been endoscoped and had gallstones ruled out. They did a CT of his pancreas, the results of which I'm not really privy to, particularly since trying to get complicated explanations from someone high as a kite on dilaudid isn't easy. They had him on metronidazole first then levofloxacin to cover bacteria. Also protonix for stomach acid and albuterol for breathing. He is still sick after two weeks and the final diagnosis seems to be "you have pancreatitis and a virus" - and that he can never drink alcohol again. The doctor further seems to think that my friend's admission of having had 2 or 3 drinks on the night before getting sick seems to explain everything. Also, my friend has a family friend in a different hospital with apparently the exact same illness right now.
    My question is what the hell might cause this? No gallstones, no hepatitis. He rarely drinks alcohol and doesn't binge. The viral causes I've seen for pancreatitis are Hepatitis (ruled out), mumps (makes no sense, and he had vaccine) and Epstein-Barr. His lack of any noticeable jaundice or perhaps most importantly - upper right abdominal pain - is quite odd also. Naturally since I was at the bar with him the night before he got sick, at the ER when he first went, and in his hospital room for coughing/vomiting, I'm a wee bit concerned.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow ... you should be a writer for TV!

  49. QUESTION:
    Dog with Cushing's diagnosed with deep pyroderma suddenly stopped eating and drinking, Antibiotics cause this?
    My dog was being treated for the last month for deep pyoderma- started as superficial and low thyroid level. He started to become very weak in the hind legs and his muscles were disappearing. Suddenly he stopped eating and drinking, just layed in the yard- had to be picked up, straining to poop, vomiting and having trouble breathing. We rushed him to the vet. He had a high fever-he hadn't had one the whole time being treated for infection. Vet told us he was possibly forming blood clots to the lungs and his electrolytes were life threatening low. They did an ultrasound found his liver to be "fatty". My poor dog had to be put to sleep, I think he was asking us to do this just to relieve him of his pain. Can complications of Cushing's happen this fast or could the antibiotics have caused this? 500mg cephalexin 3 times a day
    Dog was 9 yrs. old and did fairly well all winter till we noticed him end of spring just letting himself just fall to the floor when he layed down. His fur was nice again water and food intake leveled out.

    • ANSWER:
      How old was your dog? My dog wasnt diagnosed with cushings until she was 10 and died at 13 but she did die rather suddenly.

  50. QUESTION:
    slightly enlarged liver, gallbladder polyp and an enlarged spleen! help! what is it?
    about a month ago i started having fatty stools, along with mucus.. also, had a weird taste in my mouth, almost like it was toxic and i have had bubbles in my urine..

    ok so my spleen is on the upper limits size wise on whats considered normal; my liver is slightly enlarged and my gallbladder has a polyp on it, 4mm in size.. still having the fatty stools. i also have a dull ache/pain on my left side that's closer to the pelvic bone on the front and wraps around to a higher spot on my side and on my back..

    as far as the bubbles in my urine go, urinalysis turned up nothing out of the ordinary.. my urologist said my prostate was good also and my kidneys are in good condition.. i'm assuming the bubbles in my urine are a byproduct of whats going on with my digestive tract..

    my liver enzyme tests have come back good.. blood flow into the liver is good.. no obvious blockage of the bile ducts inside or outside the liver.. pancreas seems to be in good shape size wise and the enzyme tests for that are also normal..

    so what am i dealing with? is the gallbladder likely the cause of whats ailing me? or are these symptoms of an underlying cause? also, if you have an enlarged spleen is this something that can be managed or undone..

    thank you in advance for your responses!

    • ANSWER:
      Enlarged spleen is usually a sign of infection, so that may be the cause. (As the spleen is a major part of the lymphatic/immune system)

      Bile should be breaking down the fat, and if you are having fatty stools, clearly the bile is not being released.

      As for the pain, from the description you've given, it sounds like intestinal blockage or adhesion may be the cause. Possibly kidney? I can't really tell from the description. (Your liver and gallbladder are on the right side of the body) Are you noticing the pain getting worse in relation to your eating or defecating? Is there anything that relieves this pain? Like a heating pad or lying down, etc.?

      There is definitely something going on, and I would suggest your doctors do a thorough exam on you. Fatty stools are of serious concern.

      As for the bubbly urine....sometimes in the early morning or after a night of drinking my friend had the same issue. Sometimes it just happens, and they wouldn't dissolve either. He thought it was the strangest thing. It only happened a couple of times, and he didn't really pay it much concern.

      Best of luck in your health!


Alcohol Liver Failure

Liver Disease: Dangerous And Possibly Deadly There are dozens of diseases that affect the liver. The two most common causes of liver diseases are viral infections and drugs. Though there are different causes of liver diseases, the clinical signs and symptoms are divided in to two categories.
Due to liver cell damage
Due to obstruction to bile flow

Signs and symptoms due to liver cell damage:

In liver cell damage there is defective synthesis of proteins and defective detoxification. The signs and symptoms include
Jaundice
Dark urine
Vague abdominal pain
Loss of appetite
Fever occasionally
Bleeding
Fluid collection - Late manifestation
Brain, lung and kidney dysfunction in the final stages

Signs and symptoms due to obstruction to bile flow:

In bile flow obstruction there is defective excretion from the liver and defective absorption of fat and fat soluble vitamins from the intestines. The signs and symptoms include
Jaundice
Itching
Bleeding
Pale stools
Dark urine
Vitamin A,D,E and K deficiency

Common Liver Diseases:

Viral hepatitis:
Among the different viruses that affect the liver, the most significant ones are the hepatitis viruses. The types of hepatitis viruses affecting the liver are Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E. Of these, the Hepatitis B infection is the most dangerous. Hepatitis B virus infection is acquired by sexual contact and by blood transfusion. It damages the liver cells and causes minimal bile flow obstruction. There are a few drugs which can control the disease to a certain extent, including lamivudine and interferon. The complications of a hepatitis B infection include cirrhosis and liver cancer. There are however, vaccines available to prevent Hepatitis B and A infections.

Drug induced hepatitis:
Some drugs can cause liver damage either in the normal doses or in higher than normal doses. These drugs can cause liver cell damage or bile flow obstruction, depending on the medication. Some of the common drugs implicated in liver damage are
Anti TB drugs like INH, rifampicin and pyrizinamide
Antibiotics like erythromycin
Anesthetic drugs like halothane
Anti pyretics like paracetamol ( in high doses)

Cirrhosis:
Cirrhosis is condition characterized by irreversible damage to liver cells. The cells are destroyed and are replaced by non-functioning nodules. Some of the causes of cirrhosis are chronic alcohol intake, hepatitis B and C infection, hemochromatosis, Wilson's disease and alpha 1 anti trypsin deficiency. Cirrhosis later leads to cancer liver.

Liver Cancer:
Cancer liver is fatal condition affecting the liver. There are different types of liver cancer. The most common one being the HCC or the hepatocellular carcinoma. HCC is a final complication of cirrhosis.

Some of the other diseases affecting liver are
Tuberculosis
Connective tissue disorders
Blood malignancies
Malaria

Evaluation of patients with liver disease should be directed at
(1) Establishing the etiologic diagnosis
(2) Estimating the disease severity (grading)
(3) Establishing the disease stage (staging).
Diagnosis should focus on the category of liver disease, such as hepatocellular versus bile flow obstruction injury, as well as on the specific etiologic diagnosis. Grading refers to assessing the severity or activity of disease - active or inactive, and mild, moderate, or severe. Staging refers to estimating the place in the course of the natural history of the disease, whether acute or chronic; early or late; pre-cirrhotic, cirrhotic, or end-stage.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can you drink alcohol after liver failure?
    I have over dosed on IB profen and tylenol. I was wondering if I am able to drink alcohol still. Doctor says I cant but I think hes just bein a dink cause im a party animal, and maybe my mom said something to him... any advice about this would be awesome. please don't be rude about it. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      It would be in your health's best interest not to, because your liver is still recovering or will not be recovering as well as it once used to be.

      If you REALLY want to drink alcohol, I would advice you have small amounts at a time, wait for a bit (generally an hour per standard but I doubt you can wait that long but still try to), reduce the stress level of your liver before you drink more to build up more pending processing alcohol, and since you've had liver failure, this means the alcohol may even directly enter your body without being processed by your liver, which heightens the chances of alcohol poisoning, causing you more problems than liver failure.

      To put it simple, try and drink less and no huge amounts at a too short period of time then you should be fine, keep in mind that your ability to process alcohol has been handi-capped.

      Value your life mate, drinking is fun but it is quite deadly, having a liver failure is a sign of your body telling you it's exceeded its limits.

      Wish you the best

  2. QUESTION:
    Drinking alcohol with liver failure?
    I was recently diagnosed with chronic hepatic (liver) failure. The doctor told me not to drink alcohol but that's not really an option so I was wondering if their is a "safer" way to drink. Is any particular type of alcohol easier for the liver to break down? Any vitamin supplements that might take the edge off the alcohol? I plan on drinking tonight so any tips would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      What you are doing is causing the liver to go into more failure. Each drink will damage it more and one day, no more working liver and no more life. Nothing will help unless you try to drink only non-alcohol beverages. If you feel you have to, try a treatment program. Your killing yourself slowly. I know someone who did of sclerosis of the liver from alcohol abuse. Let me tell you that it is NOT an easy death. The poisons which your liver usually filters, get into your blood stream, eventually your brain, and you talk crazy, have hallucinations, your skin becomes very jaundiced, almost orange! Then the heart goes, and finally death. Is this what you want? If so go have that drink, or wake up and try to save some of your life, now.

  3. QUESTION:
    How does alcohol cause liver failure? && How can a high fat diet cause a heart attack?
    Please help, looked everywhere!

    • ANSWER:
      Alcohol is very hard on the liver, basically because the liver is a huge part in the bodies metabolism, it gets rid of old red blood cells, stores glycogen, and produces bile. Basically it's the detox of your body. Alcohol is hard for the liver to process, so it damages the liver can eventually make it fail due to it's inability to work properly.

      High fats such as saturated and trans fat are the main culprits in the process of a heart attack, eating too much of these things narrows the arteries with plaque, the same kind of plaque that is in your mouth (there is a direct correlation to plaque build up in the teeth that can cause heart disease if your mouth isn't clean enough) when the arteries narrow, your heart has to pump harder to get blood through your body, overworking your heart is the cause of high blood pressure as well. When the arteries become extremely narrow, your blood cells start to clot and get stuck in the arteries blocking blood flow, and there a heart attack is born.

  4. QUESTION:
    Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to liver failure, as well as deterioration of other organs?
    Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to liver failure, as well as deterioration of other organs. Suppose the government has opened several public clinics that try to help alcoholics reduce their alcoholic consumption. Now the government is trying to decide how to fund these clinics.
    One suggestion is to raise the funds for the public clinics with a liquor tax. This tax follows:
    A. The benefits principle of tax fairness
    B. Neither the ability-to-pay nor the benefits principle of tax fairness
    C. The ability-to-pay principle

    • ANSWER:
      D. This is not the place to cheat.

  5. QUESTION:
    Open bleeding sores all over the body, related to alcohol, liver failure or meds?
    My mom has had open bleeding sores all over her body for the past almost year. She has gotten cellulitis once from them but has refused to go to the dr. They started on her legs and now are all over her legs and torso. A little background on her; she has been an alcoholic for the past 30 years and has been on antidepressants for the past 3 (still drinking heavily with them). She drinks beer and Captain Morgan, all day everyday. My father feels that these sores are either liver failure or related to mixing the alcohol with meds. She had initially claimed they were flea bites, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Please don't lecture me and tell me she needs help, we know that, so don't even go there. I have struggled with this since I was 4 years old, so please just let me know if you think the sores are related to her drinking and meds and/or liver. I have done some research on the net and didn't seem to find any correlation. Thanks and God bless

    • ANSWER:
      There is just no way for anyone here to determine what is really going on with these sores. I had cirrhosis and a transplant from liver failure (autoimmune disease, not alcoholism) and I never had a sore in my life from liver failure. Alcoholism causes numerous problems, so it could be related to that. It could be related to the meds in some way. It could be from bed bugs. It could be from cellulitis or poor circulation. She could be having an allergic reaction to something. It could be from a hundred different things. The doctor might not even know what is causing them until he takes a specimen and sends it to the lab.

      The best answer to this question is the most obvious which is she must go to a doctor to find out. I'm sorry you have had to grow up with a mother who abuses alcohol. That could not have been easy for you. I can see you are way past trying to save her or convince her to get help. So sad for you and your family. Learn from it if nothing else. Make sure you never make the same mistakes in your own life since that often happens in families with alcoholics. God Bless.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can alcohol cause acute liver failure?
    I drank a bottle of vodka very quickly. (No throwing up.) Had a bad hangover the next day but was sober. I've been feeling sick for three days after, and my right leg feels really cramped. I've been having massive mood swings. My visions a little blurry and I feel really tired. It's tuesday night as of writing and I drank the alcohol saturday night. I know i probably sound like an idiot but i'm going to be ok aren't I?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a doctor and explan your symtoms and see what he says. Nobody on answers will be as acurate as a doctor. Remember that is what is getting paid for.

  7. QUESTION:
    what are the chances of a young person of 24 dieing of liver failure from alcohol?
    say the person drank since they were 20 and on a regular basis between 10 to14 beers?

    and when that person was age12 to 16 they took benzo pills 1 a day but in the recomended dose

    what are the chances of death?
    Amy Lou I'm sorry for your loss. the addiction is the hardest fight any man, woman, boy, girl can fight. I know first hand

    • ANSWER:
      This is really hard for me to answer because I just lost my 27 year old brother on January 24th to alcoholism. He had chronic pancreatitis and continued to drink. He had a short bout with meth and has had a pill addiction since his teens. His organs just shut down one by one over the course of 24 hours. If you are worried alcohol may kill you, the answer is yes. Please be careful. RIP Little Brother

  8. QUESTION:
    can you die from liver failure due to alcohol, although youre in dialysis?
    my ex girl have liver failure and im very scared for her.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry, but yes. One of our liver's function is to modify toxins that are in the body. Now, if the liver can no longer function properly, other organs follow suit, usually the kidneys (that's why she's now in dialysis). Dialysis is being done to filter out the poisons the body cannot excrete because of the diseased liver and kidney. There comes a time that the body tires out.

      Pray for a miracle.

  9. QUESTION:
    How can paracetamol toxicity and excessive alcohol usage cause acute liver failure together?
    Can you tell the whole story one by one? I want to be sure that I understand everything.

    • ANSWER:
      Even separately they can cause acute liver failure. Paracetamol being the more dangerous one as you need far less for a dangerous dose.

      Both can cause liver necrosis but Paracetamol hepatotoxicity is, by far, the most common cause of acute liver failure in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

      As heavy drinking causes the liver to be less effective and it's all about cleaning the body, overdosing on paracetamol will be more likely at lower doses. There is no pathological research on this as circumstances can not be monitored awaiting for someone to overdose.

  10. QUESTION:
    Is dizziness a sign of liver failure? Can sudden stop of the use of alcohol trigger liver failure?
    I'm in need of some help here, its not for me, nevertheless its important.

    If a person has drank their hole life from adolescence, never going more than a few weeks without the use of alcohol ( and who is now in his/her mid 40's), obviously develops alcoholism, emotional and physical dependence on the substance, >>>>does their liver depend on the constant intake of alcohol in order to function properly too?<<<< And if so (and I doubt it does), can sudden stop of the use of alcohol trigger liver failure? And is slight dizziness for a few minutes a sign of liver failure?

    And also (this is a bonus question, not really in need of an answer), is steatohepatitis, or fatty liver, characterized by obesity? Or can a person have fatty liver without being overweight?

    Thanks for your help, I greatly appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      If someone has been drinking alcohol their whole life then that would cause liver damage. Stopping drinking it would not cause liver failure, but may help to stop any increase in damage if it is not already too late to do so. Alcohol is a major cause of liver failure. It is the brain that has the dependency on alcohol, not the liver.
      Dizziness could be a symptom of anything alcohol or non-alcohol related, not just the liver.
      A person can have a fatty liver without being over weight, it depends on diet as much as anything else, alcohol would be one cause.
      The only way to find a reason for the dizziness is to see a doctor.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is a lower alcohol tolerance a symptom of liver failure?
    a very good friend of mine has been an alcoholic for many years. Now he is saying that he gets drunk without having to drink that much. your tolerance does not go down for no reason, right?

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    How do you die of liver failure through abuse of alcohol/other drugs?
    I don't quite understand how this works. Say there is someone who drinks too much every week or somebody who regularly takes too much paracetamol. Now from my research I believe that excessive drinking of alcohol damages the liver as does excessive doses of paracetamol. So if a person took too much of these too frequently he is said to suffer liver failure and die. My question is, how do you die of liver failure, do you just collapse randomly and never wake up or do you gradually get symptoms of liver failure? For example would it be possible that somebody could not notice that there was something wrong with them at all until they died?

    • ANSWER:
      They slowly become jaundiced, lethargic and do eventually drop into a hepatic coma.

  13. QUESTION:
    What is death like when you die of liver failure through abuse of alcohol/other drugs?
    I don't quite understand how this works. Say there is someone who drinks too much every week or somebody who regularly takes too much paracetamol. Now from my research I believe that excessive drinking of alcohol damages the liver as does excessive doses of paracetamol. So if a person took too much of these too frequently he is said to suffer liver failure and die. My question is, how do you die of liver failure, do you just collapse randomly and never wake up or do you gradually get symptoms of liver failure? For example would it be possible that somebody could not notice that there was something wrong with them at all until they died?

    • ANSWER:
      They slowly become jaundiced, lethargic and do eventually drop into a hepatic coma.

  14. QUESTION:
    Did I finally grow up after my real mothers death from liver failure? I haven't had much interest in alcohol?
    after that. It was 6 years ago and I've rarely slipped. I get legal anxiety medications now so it doesn't seem like I need alcohol.

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes it does take a slap from reality to drive home a truth. It's good that you paid attention.

      One place I worked, the mother of one of my co-workers died from lung cancer. She'd smoked for years, her deceased husband had smoked for years, and my co-worker and her family all smoked. It was a small office, so the boss closed for the afternoon so we could all attend the funeral. Afterwards people went over to their house, and the shook-up smokers all produced their cigarettes, and politely offered them around. I, who had not smoked in twenty years, came within an ace of accepting one until sanity prevailed!

      So — keep on keeping on! You're on the right track, and that's great.

  15. QUESTION:
    What medication can be taken to prevent liver and kidney failure due to excessive intake of alcohol?
    My husband drinks alot of beers, he says that 2 beers a day is good for the kidneys, I disagree.

    • ANSWER:
      2 beers a day is not excessive for a grown man. I know a former nurse that weighs about 80 lbs. and drinks a beer every day--she's 90 years old!

      Milk thistle is the only herb known to regrow bad liver.
      Cranberry juice is good for the kidneys.

  16. QUESTION:
    Can someone have liver failure due to vicodin and alcohol use?
    Hello,

    If an individal uses vicodin recreationallly(1 half to a whole vicodin per day for roughly 20 days a month for a couple years) and also drinks beer on a regular basis(2 beers a day during the week and maybe 6-12 on a weekend night), is the possibility of liver failure or liver disease realistic?

    I have been feeling a sensation to the right of my belly button closer to my side. Its not pain at this point. I just feel a very mild throbbing and I suspect there is a relation between the sensation and my recreational drug and alcohol use.

    Can anyone tell me what is happening? Is it liver? Is it something else? Obviously not taking vicodin wouls be a nice place to start, but what else can I do to ensure I am staying healthy?

    I don't think there is an addiction here, but the vicodin and alcohol combo is quite enjoyable. Overall, I am an energetic, physically fit male in my mid 30's and work in a professional financial environment.

    Give me some guidance yahoo!
    Thanks for the reply katie. You know, I didn't take the vicodin for about a week a couple weeks back and the sensation went away. I know the correlation between the two is there.

    The sensation is not painful, its just that I notice something in that general area. I'm not even sure if its my liver I am sensing.
    norton g. thanks for reply. You are correct, 3 substances. I'm wondering if the sensation is actually my liver.

    Also, you are also correct in the that I am somewhat dependant on the combo. I suppose it is my vice of choice. I know how dangerous it is as well. Typing it somewhat brings about a realization of what i am involved with.

    • ANSWER:
      You are now taking THREE, not two substances, each one of which can do harm. The three are alcohol, Vicodin (hydrocodone) and acetaminophen. Alcohol, including beer, has long been known as a cause of liver damage, occasionally leading to cirrhosis and death. Vicodin is derived from opium-type drugs and can cause death by overdose. Vicodin is not available by itself but is always made and sold combined with acetaminophen which helps the Vicodin have a stronger effect. Acetaminophen is another name for what was originally called Tylenol. Many deaths, especially in children, have been caused by large doses of acetaminophen which causes destruction of the liver. You may not be technically "addicted" but you are obviously "dependent." Continuing to combine these 3 substances places your liver and you in continuing health danger. I hope you'll make a wise choice to live and consider again what you are taking and damaging.

  17. QUESTION:
    If I drink 66 bottles of wine in a period of six months will I die from alcohol poisoning and liver failure?
    I want to drink 66 bottles, some of wine, others of champagne and others of mixed cocktails in a period of six months and I will drink one bottle in each sitting will this get my liver to fail?
    Corvato, I am not on medication for my obesity. I never said that and I am not extremely obese just mildly obese. 250 pounds that isn't extreme obesity it's in the middle. I also have high triglycerides which I am sure alcohol is not helping my triglyceride level since one bottle of alcohol has a lot of calories that will only make more triglycerides.
    Corvato, I said 5'8 not 5'4 learn to read.

    • ANSWER:
      depends on your health and genetics

      as you have previously stated, you are obese and on medication it, which causes strain on your organs, and on top of this, every weekend drinking 3 bottles of wine or other alcoholic beverages, you are risking your life. with the information you have given us in the past, you are already very unhealthy... and will likely not live to an old age anyway, but we can't know for sure, everyone is different.

      Metformin: primarily a medication to treat diabetes in overweight and obese people.
      you are 250 pounds, and i think you said 5'4"
      depending on which frame you are, at that weight, you are probably about twice the weight you should be... that's considered morbidly obese

  18. QUESTION:
    Should a 19yr old dying with liver failure Due to alcohol be given a liver transplant.?
    This is a question posted on the Steven Nolan show on BBC radio 5 live. The 19yr old is in hospital after supposedly binge drinking 30 cans of beer over a weekend and needs a liver transplant. I would like your input as to whether or not he should be given a transplant. Cheers.
    Just been announced on BBC radio 5 live that the 19yr old in question LEFT hospital and went to a PUB across the road to try and get a pint. He still had an I.V. needle attached to his arm and was wearing hospital slippers.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes he should.19 is very young - that doesn't absolve someone from the responsibility of taking care of themselves but it allows for the excuse of naivete and the opportunity for the mother of all wake up calls.

      No one on this forum or elsewhere can say they have never drank to excess or lived a lifestyle free of mistakes, ill judgement or vice.

      I always find it interesting when people so freely write someone off as though they were pinnacles of virtue - I wonder how many who smoke for example, would turn down a lung when it could have gone to someone more "deserving" or how many would stand idly by as their own child or loved one was condemned to death for a mistake made in their youth?
      If we have the means to save a life, we should - the argument that we should withhold organs from one to give to another more deserving is grotesque but I suppose those who live in ivory towers have a better vantage point to see the failings in others without ever seeming or needing to turn to look inward at their own vices - my point being that you don't need to be standing in a hall of mirrors to know that every sanctimonious, wagging finger of blame and judgement is reflected right back at you.

      Edit
      He did leave the hospital and tried to get a drink, he has a drink problem, that isn't in dispute - however he wasn't served any alcohol and up until that point, his father hadn't told him the true seriousness of his condition - that he might die within a matter of weeks, he has since agreed to get help for his drink problem.

      George Best was an alcoholic for most of his life, he drank himself to death after he received a transplant and he didn't care that he was destroying someone else's liver and doing it in front of the press and the family who were kind enough to donate and I think he has left a legacy of people being fearful and judgemental that every alcoholic will do the same.

      The 19 year old clearly has problems with drink - by definition, in the UK, so is every person who drinks to drunkenness one or more times per week. This is no comfort to people on waiting lists, who fear being edged further back with irresponsible people, fast tracked to the front of the queue but the waiting list isn't first come, first serve, it is priority based. This is a reminder too that there aren't enough organ donors to meet demand because many people are too selfish or can't be bothered.

      I sympathise with anyone who needs to wait and pray that their numbers comes up but I can't say that a troubled person should be denied a second chance, to change and turn their life around, which is so achievable with the right help.
      Binge drinking is so rife in this country that it's a wonder that there aren't thousands of these stories every week....

  19. QUESTION:
    Alcohol dependency and patients rights to liver transplant?
    Liver transplant are an expensive operation for the health car system, and liver failure can result from many causes. Nothetheless, alcohol consumption is a major problem and cause of liver failure and the need for transplant. Conversely if we consume alcohol, it can presumably damage a perfect good liver, should alcoholic have the entitlement to a liver transplant at all? Should a history of alcoholism play a role in allocation of livers?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, a history of alcoholism should and does play a part when it comes to liver transplants. It is very difficult for an alcoholic to get a transplant. Many times the liver is really pretty much shot before they get so sick that dying becomes real to them and they decide to try and get a transplant. Mostly all transplant centers require at least 6 months of proven sobriety before they will even consider you for an evaluation to receive a transplant. Proven sobriety means just that, which is a program or rehab or AA that they must attend and receive proof that they attend ALL meetings. On top of that, they must stop drinking completely and submit to random bloodtests whenever they want to test them for alcohol in their blood. Livers are too precious to waste on anyone that is just going to destroy a new organ. An alcoholic must be committed to changing their lifestyle and never drink again.

      Once they get through the rehab and 6 months, they must pass a very intensive evaluation and go before a board of doctors and other healthcare professionals which will decide whether or not they can be listed to receive a transplant. If they are accepted, they must then wait on a national list to be called when a donor becomes available for them. This waiting can go on for years and they must still be tested randomly for alcohol in their blood. If they test positive at any time, they will immediately be taken off the list and it will be nearly impossible for them to ever get listed again.

      So an alcoholic not only has to contend with their liver failure and all the terrible conditions that happens with cirrhosis, but they must also deal with their alcoholism and do everything the transplant people tell them to do. If they won't comply, there is no chance of getting a transplant. Many alcoholics are just too sick to do all this and do not have even 6 months left to possibly get listed even if they do quit drinking. Any alcoholic willing to go the distance (and I have talked to many), they really have had a lifestyle change and are committed to getting well again and living an alcohol free life after their transplant. No one would ever want to try to go through with this twice.

      I think this is really a good way to handle alcoholics getting transplants. It's not perfect, but I think it is pretty fair to people. I had cirrhosis from an autoimmune disease, so this has touched me personally. The night I got the call for my transplant, another man was waiting on the same liver as me. They had to make a choice between the two of us. The man told me his cirrhosis was from alcoholism and he had been called in for transplant 7 times and never got chosen. He had been waiting for over 4 years. I had been waiting 18 months and they chose me. I don't know why, but that is what happened. Who knows if his alcoholism in the past was the deciding factor in the choice made?

  20. QUESTION:
    Is it possible that I could be suffering from liver failure because of an OD of paracetamol/alcohol?
    Okay, I overdosed on 48 pills of paracetamol, went to hospital several hours later, doctors said i was lucky that my liver was okay, i just needed to look after myself ect ect. Anyway, the liver 'score' or whatever it is said that the healthy average liver is on something like 33, whereas mine was on 477, i was put onto a drip for like 36 hours and my liver went down, meaning i could go home. (putting details in so i can get as much help as possible), i was told not to drink alcohol for about 6 months in order for my body to be okay or something, about 3 weeks later i drank and got drunk, i roughly had about 1/2 a cask or wine, which is about 2 litres. Did i damage my body enough to suffer from liver failure? I heard it was a slow process and painful? What should I expect/see the signs of potential liver failure?
    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      You should have more blood work done to be
      sure your liver is okay. The doctors used
      certain medications before to try and
      counteract the paracetamol you took.
      It must of worked. You are fulling around
      with your life, here. Alcohol and
      paracetamol together can cause instant
      permanent damage to your liver cells.
      If the cells of the liver die off, scar tissue
      forms inside the liver that blocks the
      flow of blood back to the heart and to the
      other liver cells, so they continue to die
      off. It is really a horrible, irreversible
      disease known as Cirrhosis of the liver.
      You end up looking like a skeleton with
      a belly of fluid that is the size of carrying
      triples in the abdominal area.
      A liver transplant cost in the range of
      0,000 and up. Considering you
      are trying to commit suicide, you may
      not even be placed, after evaluation,
      on the transplant list.

      Only the doctor can tell, by more testing,
      if you have damaged the cells.
      The liver is very quiet about showing
      signs and symptoms until the cells
      can no longer do the functions they
      do to keep the body well. Usually,
      the very first sign is tiredness and
      possibly, but not always, flu like symptoms.
      The next thing is the yellowing of the whites
      of the eyes and skin.

      You want to know what to expect...here are
      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

      You need to get some sort of counseling.
      There are so many people who wished they
      had a good liver and didn't need a transplant or
      wish they could of gone back and done things
      differently.

  21. QUESTION:
    anyone had a relative die of liver failure?
    Someone I know was not feeling well. They went to the doctor and nothing found.
    Later in the day they were not feeling well and her Father said, tomorrow we are taking you back to the doctor. The next morning she was found dead. The cause of death was liver failure. She did not drink alcohol. What caused her liver to fail at the age of 55?

    • ANSWER:
      Many different things can cause liver cell damage:
      alcohol consumption, medication toxification,
      chemical exposure, mushroom poisoning,
      biliary obstruction/malformation/infection,
      viral infections (like Hepatitis A,B,C),
      parasite infections, hereditary conditions,
      metabolic disorders, auto immune disease,
      cardiac/vascular problems, cancer/cysts/growth/tumors,
      and other things.

      When a person develops liver disease, they may not know
      they have it. Usually, the symptoms start out as tiredness
      or flu like symptoms that could be mistaken for something else.
      Blood testing, in some people, don't always show a problem.
      No one blood test is 100% accurate, either. If she got
      a virus (like Hepatitis A,B,C,etc)...the virus has to reach a
      certain level in the blood, before blood testing would show it.
      The real first sign is Jaundice (the yellowing of the whites of
      the eyes and skin). This happens in "most" liver patients.
      However, when Jaundice does appear, it means that the liver
      cells are damaged enough that the functions they do, to keep
      the body well, are deteriorating.
      When the functions deteriorate, it is known as liver failure.
      As more and more cells die off and form scar tissue inside
      the liver (known as Cirrhosis of the liver)..the less functions
      the liver is able to do...until it reaches "complete" liver failure.

      It is hard to say what caused her liver failure...it could be
      allergic reaction to a drug, taking certain medication in an
      overdose, a virus or any of the causes I mentioned above.
      [that is only some of the causes, not a complete list}.

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

  22. QUESTION:
    liver failure in a 21 year old?
    I am at the ER with my 21 year old sister. Her stomach is as big as a women who is 5 months pregnant. The doctor just came in and said she has alcohol induced liver failure. I am her 19 year old sister and the only one here with her. How can she fix this.. will she be okay?

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry to hear this - it is an unusual situation in someone so young. She must be a very heavy drinker indeed.

      There is little you can do apart from be there - making her well is the doctors job. They may or may not be able to do this. It depends on how advanced it is. The only option may be liver transplant. This will not be considered unless your sister is prepared to change her lifestyle. In any event, it will be a long haul, with no guarantee she will be OK.
      Speak to the doctors. Find out whatever you can.
      Where are your parents? You need someone else there with you to support you. Even if it is a good friend.
      Best of luck to you both

  23. QUESTION:
    Did my dad die because of liver failure?
    My dad died when I was I think only about 4 years old. My mom never clearly told me how he died and I don't really want to ask my mom how he died now because I'm afraid my mom might start worrying about me but I do remember my dad drank a lot of alcoholic drinks and remembered he was in the hospital because of drinking too much. Did he most likely die of liver failure or does alcohol affect other parts that can also be fatal.

    • ANSWER:
      People that drink a lot get an enlarged liver that does not function properly any more.And often die from it.
      Drinking to much can also damage your brain.
      Planets

  24. QUESTION:
    my sister has liver failure?
    I am at the ER with my 21 year old sister. Her stomach is as big as a women who is 5 months pregnant. The doctor just came in and said she has alcohol induced liver failure. I am her 19 year old sister and the only one here with her. How can she fix this.. will she be okay?

    also, other than her expanded stomach, she looks dangerously thin. i can see every bone in her body

    i am so worried

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      The liver is the one organ of the body that can actually repair itself if the activity causing the damage is stopped in time.
      However, it sounds like she is very ill, but very young too. If the damage is beyond help, she will either have to get a liver transplant or she may just die young.
      Her large stomach is probably due to what they call ascites, a common effect from a damaged liver.
      Google ascites, its a long explanation.

  25. QUESTION:
    Around how much time, until my friends liver failure will kill him?
    My family friend is 50 years old and is male, he was recently taken to hospital and told he was likely to not make it, miracle; he made it! He was diagnosed with alcohol induced liver failure, hepatitis and sorosis of the liver, he was in the hospital for about a month, finally stabalised but was told he couldnt drink again and alcholic rehabilitation would be 100% necessary as he is an alcholic with depression and has been drinking heavily for most of his life. He managed to get his way out of the hospital seemings though he refused to take further medical assistance and there was nothing in their power the hospital could do to keep him in there. He has now returned home and doesnt have a carer or plans to go to rehab. He has started drinking again, the doctor informed us this would eventually kill him, all im wanting is a HONEST estimation of how long he has left before this gets the best of him if he doesnt seek assistance and how exactly it will happen. PLEASE BE HONEST.

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    Would imminent alcoholic liver failure show up in blood tests?
    I recently had a full series of blood tests including liver function tests, and all proved negative with 'callback' required with the doctor.

    If I had any serious or emerging liver problems caused by alcohol, would anything have shown up in these tests? I'm 56, used to definitely drink a bit too much, but now drink two or three bottles of real ale on four nights of the week...

    • ANSWER:
      You are in the clear. The tests would have shown a distinct increase in your Bilirubin should you have been under threat - look it up on the internet

  27. QUESTION:
    What does it mean if my dad is having hallucinations whilst in hospital from a liver and kidney failure?
    My dad is currently in hospital due to alcohol induced liver failure, this has also led to kidney failure and other medical problems. He is 56 years of age and being an alcoholic in hospital he is having withdrawals. Today when i visited him he was eating a meal off his table then no one else could see, he was also saying there was a blue machine saving his life, this blue machine was nowhere to be seen. What do these hallucinations mean? PLEASE GIVE ME HONEST ANSWERS! I AM DESPERATE.

    • ANSWER:
      The liver cells are what does all the functions, that the liver does
      as a whole, to keep the body well. When they are damaged,
      the immune system of the body will respond to this and cause
      inflammation (Hepatitis)to develop inside the liver...
      this will cause the liver to enlarge in size and takes on a spongy texture.
      When the liver cells become damaged or die off, these functions start
      to deteriorate (this is known as liver failure...failure of the organ to
      perform the necessary functions).

      If the alcohol is stopped, up to this point...then the liver cells may
      heal and the problem be reversed. However, if not, then it can
      proceed to where the liver cells die off and form scar tissue inside
      the liver. This scar tissue prevents the flow of blood. It is then
      an irreversible, progressive disease of Cirrhosis of the liver.
      The liver is basically start ing to die inside the living patient...it
      starts to shrink in size and takes on a hard texture.
      .....
      Trying to be detoxed from the alcohol, medications used in his care,
      and even the toxins (that the liver would normally convert into
      a non toxic form that the body could easily dispose of) can cause
      patients to have hallucinations.

      Patients with liver disease can develop a condition known as
      Encephalopathy. They become easily confused, disoriented, have
      sleep pattern changes, and hand tremors. It is because the liver
      cannot convert the ammonia, which is a by product produced because
      of the proteins used in our body, to urea..so it will go out into the urine.
      Instead, Ammonia can go into the blood and pass the blood brain
      barrier and go into the brain and cause mental problems.
      This can be mistaken for a patient being drunk, when he is not.
      The doctors have medications that can help remove this ammonia
      from the body: Lactulose or Xifaxan.

      It is best that he be in the hospital. Doctors also have medications that can
      help his body cope better with the side effects of coming off the alcohol
      and can monitor him well enough..that it may save his life.

      The liver removes toxins and now that it is not able to do this efficiently,
      the toxins are in the blood and the kidneys are working overtime to try
      to filter them from the blood. The kidneys are next in line to fail after the
      liver does. They can place him on dialysis to try and help the kidneys
      cope with this extra work.

      Most Transplant Centers require that those addicted to either alcohol or
      drugs, be detoxed from them (under a doctors care) for a period of
      six months prior to being "evaluated" (seeing doctors and have much
      testing done) to be placed on the transplant list.
      Only the doctor know, from the testing they do, how far advanced in
      liver, kidney disease your Dad is. They do blood work, film testing,
      and a liver biopsy to determine this. Many people are on the
      transplant list who where once addicts.

      It would be great, if your Dad would sign a form (when he is mentally able)
      known as an advance directive or power of attorney...to appoint someone
      to speak to his doctors directly and be able to answer for him when he
      cannot...like right now. This is good if he is in surgery, under the
      influence of strong medications, or even when he is not thinking clearly.

      I'm going to give you links on Cirrhosis of the liver...even though he has
      not been diagnosed with this, yet. Also transplantation and advance
      directives. The more you learn about the disease; the more you will
      be able to understand what he is going through and how to help him
      should something else occur and he is in your care.
      Cirrhosis
      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373
      Transplantation
      http://www.surgery.usc.edu/divisions/hep/patientguide/index.html
      http://www.transplantliving.org/
      Living donation
      http://www.surgery.usc.edu/divisions/hep/livedonorlivertransplant.html
      http://health.howstuffworks.com/organ-donation3.htm
      Advanced directive
      http://www.caringinfo.org/stateaddownload
      http://www.caringinfo.org/index.cfm?

      I hope this information is of some help to you. Best wishes

  28. QUESTION:
    Death by alcohol induced liver disease - what happens in the final moments?
    A 38 year old woman I know has just died of alcoholism, after various stays in hospital. Her last stay of 10 weeks ended with the disease getting the better of her. According to mutual friends, she spent her last moments convulsing - and now I am completely haunted by these images. What happens to the body in these final stages of liver and kidney failure?

    • ANSWER:
      actually, in most cases end stage liver disease causes the person to enter into a coma like stage. they usually are not aware of what is happening after this stage is present.

      as for convulsing....sometimes this happens as the body has already died. it is simply the nerves reacting.

      as far as the disease progression -with liver disease is that the toxins the liver is unable to filter will cause kidney failure and in turn the chemical buildup in the blood will cause severe bloating-so much that the skin seeps fluid. this is when the body enters the coma stage. during the release of fluids, the person is alternating between the coma like state and awareness stages.

      your friend did not feel a thing.

      i hope this puts your mind at ease.

  29. QUESTION:
    What Bacteria causes liver failure?
    i need the name of the bacteria, not alcohol, or medication. There is is a certain type of bacteria that causes liver failure. anyone know?

    • ANSWER:
      Bacteria and virus are two different things:
      Bacteria are larger in size and are found everywhere.
      Virus are smaller in size and need a living host.

      There are hepatitis viruses that can cause liver failure:
      Hepatitis A,B,C,etc. The virus enters the human
      body and goes to the liver. It uses the liver cells to
      replicate itself. It becomes dangerous because
      antibiotics cannot destroy a virus as easily as
      it can bacteria. Also, the virus can mutate into
      something slightly different of which there is
      nothing that can really be done to stop it.
      This virus actually uses the patients own
      cell reproductive system to do this.

      Bacteria that has entered into the blood can
      possibly cause liver damage. It depends on
      what kind and type it is. Bacteria in the blood
      can effect all the organs of the body.

  30. QUESTION:
    Time window between taking tylenol and drinking alcohol?
    I had really bad cramps this morning, so I took two tylenol regular strength pills at noon. I'm going out tonight and I'm planning on drinking. I probably won't start drinking until around 9. I've heard that tylenol and alcohol can cause liver failure. Is 9 hours enough of a window for the tylenol to go out of my system?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes nine hours is good enough for the acetaminophen to be metabolized. For severe liver conditions to be caused by a combination of acetaminophen and alcohol you would need to combine their use in high doses for weeks or months. But still your precaution is wise. You will be fine to drink tonight.

  31. QUESTION:
    Is it safe for a Recovering alcoholic who has previously had liver failure to......?
    My mother who is a recovering alcoholic, and who has previously had sirrosis or the liver but her liver is healthy again.Would it be ok for her to consume cough medicine which will contain alcohol?
    Would this be safe? As her doctor said she should never consume alcohol again, even though her liver is healthy.
    But due to a chest infection she needs cough medicine. Would it be ok for her logically to use the cough medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      As a recovering alcoholic of 17+ years I can tell you that the amount she would take in the cough medication should not effect her liver. However, it certainly could effect her sobriety. Your mother can talk to her doctor and ask for a cough medication that does not contain alcohol. (yes, they do make them) Be aware that prescription cough medications contain codeine or another strong drug that will suppress her cough but might effect her sobriety too. Personally I take an alcohol free cough medication when I get bronchitis. Have your mother talk openly with her doctor.

  32. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know about liver failure?
    My father was diagnosed with liver failure two months ago. It was caused due to congestive heart failure. He never drank alcohol so that was not the cause. He was just admitted into the hospital again and know we were told that his kidneys are failing too. How long can a person live with liver and kidney failure?

    • ANSWER:
      A large portion of the liver must be damaged before liver failure occurs. Liver failure may develop rapidly over days or weeks (acute liver failure) or gradually over months or years (chronic liver failure).Ultimately, liver failure is fatal if it is not treated or if the liver disease is progressive. Even after treatment, liver failure may be irreversible. In terminal cases, the person may die of kidney failure (hepatorenal syndrome), because liver failure can eventually lead to kidney failure. Liver transplantation, if performed soon enough, can restore a person to normal health, but it is suitable for only a small number of people with liver failure. Up to 10% of patients who experience acute kidney failure will suffer irreversible kidney damage. They will eventually go on to develop chronic kidney failure or end-stage renal disease. These patients will require long-term dialysis or kidney transplantation to replace their lost renal functioning.

      With a history of a heart condition, your father is probably not a good candidate for a liver and/or kidney transplant, so the prognosis is grave. I am SO sorry! I lost my mother to liver cancer when her liver failed, then her kidneys, then all the other organs, in turn.

  33. QUESTION:
    Easy*****Whats the quickest self-induced form of liver failure?
    I am doing a creative writing piece for a course. In this writing piece the main character is in 'self-destruct' mode and she dies from liver failure. only i cant think of anything that could cause her liver to fail within a 24 hour period.
    I have though of alcohol and prescriptive drug addiction, but this would last too long and would require too much detailing.

    Thanks to the answers i get in advance...and please only answer if you are genuinely interested in helping me! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Especially if the person is female, you don't necesairly need many years of alcohol consumption to lose your liver, some people develop fulminant hepatitis with just 1 night of heavy drinking and can also develop the most serious form of pancreatitis which has an 80% death rate.

      If someone stabs or severely punches the person in the liver if they don't bleed to death they could lose their liver real fast from the very trauma.

  34. QUESTION:
    What is the prognosis for cirrhosis of the liver?
    My girlfriend is 47 yrs. old and was diagnosed with liver failure do to alcohol. Her kidneys are functioning, although the spleen and colon are still inflamed. She is very jaundice and a lot of fluid in her abdomin. She has been moved from the hospital because there is nothing more they can do for her and transported to a nursing home. After a stay there she is suppose to be moved to Glenbeige. Nothing I have read tells me what her prognosise is. Does anyone have an answer?

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry to say that the prognosis appears to be poor-the jaundice and abdominal fluid is because her liver has failed-That is all the information i can give because I have not seen her or know the results of her tests.One thing is absolute -is that to stand any chance of improving at all -SHE MUST NOT DRINK-if she does?

  35. QUESTION:
    what will happen to my farther he has chronic liver failure and has vomited 1 pint of blood. Will they still d?
    My dad was told he had hep c 12 years ago this was contracted from a blood transfution he had in africa 30 years ago. Since finding out he has not had any alcohol. He is now very weak and thin. He has vomited 1 pint of pure red blood in the night. Will they still do transplant if we can get him one?

    • ANSWER:
      get him to the doctor right now.. My mother just passed away from something like this. My mom had hep c and died from a bleed in her gut. This is a common complication from liver failure, he needs to be in a hospital. He could be bleeding in his gut. It is called a varices, it is basicly a bleed in your body caused by the liver not working right. It will cause hypovolimic shock, that means a loss of too much blood. In the end he could die without treatment. So get him to a docotr right away like right now. My mom died from this and she only made it 12 hours till she died.

  36. QUESTION:
    What is the biggest cause of Liver Failure in the United States?
    Hint; it ain't Alcohol.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you are going to say it's Tylenol, which is true. But tylenol toxicity happens more readily in the context of chronic alcoholism. Alcohol upregulates the enzyme that converts tylenol to the toxic metabolite that causes liver failure.

      Worldwide - Hep B is most common.

  37. QUESTION:
    How close was I to liver failure?
    About 7 Months ago i was at a mates house, anyway during the night i consumed 4g of acetaminophen, 300mg of codeine, and about 6 standard drinks of alcohol. The next day i consumed 4g of acetaminophen about 400mg of codeine and and about 2 standard drinks. Was i close to death? I was about 60kg 16 yr old.

    I believe God had mercy and saved me.
    Yea i passed out on an opiate and alcohol which is dangerous enough without asthma :/

    • ANSWER:
      Well liver failure doesn't happen after a couple days of abuse. If you consume to many toxic substances for your liver to process it just sends them back through your body until it has enough capacity.

      What was more likely to happen was an overdose or a fatal drug interaction like passing out and not breathing.

      Seriously, though, if you continue doing that, you will have liver problems.

  38. QUESTION:
    How many tylenol pills? Liver Failure?
    How many tylenol pills would it cause to kill a person...(mixed with alcohol) Or just the matter of mgs...Also, is liver failure painful?

    • ANSWER:
      Well 15,000 mgs of acetaminophen (main ingredient of tylenol) is enough to cause liver failure if taken at once, combined with alcohol, I`m not too sure.

  39. QUESTION:
    Why Do You Or Do You NOT Drink Alcohol?
    I don't because other than my uncle (who died from liver failure because of alcohol) I never had any influences around me to do so. I'm not one of those people that strive to fit in so peer pressure wasn't an issue either.

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    Legalize weed or illegalize alcohol and tobacco? ?
    What would be better.
    Arguments for weed: is that it has allot more positive benefactors, for example, it has been proved as a vaccine for cancer (when smoked in small amounts e.g. one a week), could be used as a substitute for paper (save the trees), has been scientificly proven to have nothing to do with metal illness, not addictive.
    Arguments against tobacco:
    Well i can't be bothered with this one as the only real positive benefactor is its good for stress.
    Arguments against alcohol: liver failure, loss of inhabitions.
    Arguments against weed:
    Has been known to kill brain cells. Yes that's it.
    Arguments for tobacco: noted above.
    Arguments for alcohol: like weed, in small amounts, is a vaccine for cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      personally i hate alcohol and weed "mostly because everyone does it" but i still havent been able to decide either.
      1. yes you could get taxes if weed was legalized
      2. more jobs
      3. less douche's that think there so cool because there doing it
      also i could careless how many people die from alcohol but if there was a voting on ilegalizing alcohol id vote on it. even though many people work and make a living of it, the cons out do the pros by a long shot.

      and last but not least tobacco while yes it kills TONS of people we could get rid of 2 products like these considering they are a huge collector of profits.

  41. QUESTION:
    Should tobacco, alcohol and junk food be outlawed in the USA?
    I say YES!

    Tobacco - lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, bronchitis, malformed sperm, throat disease, mouth disease, wrinkles, stained teeth, stained nails.

    Alcohol - Liver disease, brain damage, kidney failure.

    Junk Food - Obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, tooth decay.

    Why are these lethal products still available?!

    Europe has a complete ban on all these products why not the USA?

    • ANSWER:
      Europe has a ban on alcohol?
      When did this happen?
      Man..
      You miss CNN for ONE DAY..

  42. QUESTION:
    Will my dad survive liver failure?
    My just now heard that my dad has liver failure and I am wondering if he will survive with medicine and treatment and no alcohol.

    His eyes are yellow and he's been an alcoholic for like 30 years, (malt beer, 8-12% alc. vol. a few a day, but not every day.) not hard alcohol.

    Will he have to get a transplant?

    Will it get better with time?

    I am extremely worried and need answers thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Everything depends on how much damage his liver has right now. He must stop drinking all alcohol to even have a chance at getting better. He has cirrhosis which is when scar tissue replaces healthy tissue in his liver due to many many years of alcohol causing inflammation in his liver. The more scar tissue that is present, the worse off he will be. Once the damage is severe, there is no stopping the cirrhosis from progressing to total liver failure no matter what he does. If the damage is not too severe, then if he stops drinking, he might still have a chance of not having to go through a transplant. A person can still function pretty well even if there is some damage to the liver, but when it gets to being 70% scar tissue present and more, that is significant damage.

      There is no cure for cirrhosis other than a transplant, but not everyone with cirrhosis will need a transplant depending on the amount of damage and whether or not the person can stop the damage from progressing to total liver failure. If he stops drinking, there might be a lot of improvement in his condition. If he continues to drink, he is destined to eventually have total failure which is fatal. Cirrhosis is permanent damage that never goes away. That means if he stops drinking now and gets to feeling a bit better, if he starts drinking again, the cirrhosis will continue on to produce even more scar tissue. That's why he has to stop drinking forever.

      If he has significant damage, then he will need a liver transplant to survive. It's difficult for an alcoholic to get a transplant since there are extra requirements. The first thing the transplant center will require is 6 months of detox along with counseling/rehab before they will even begin to consider him for one. If the person does not have 6 months left to live, then they will die. The alcoholic must have a total lifestyle change and must learn how to cope with life sober. The person must also submit to random alcohol/drug testing anytime the center feels like asking for one. After this 6 month detox, then the person must pass an evaluation that includes a lot of medical tests along with psych evaluation. After all this is done, then a group of doctors will go over his case and decide whether or not he can receive a transplant. It's extra difficult for the alcoholic because they not only have to deal with the disease itself which can make them very ill, but they must also deal with their addiction at the same time. It's not easy for them, but it is possible if they comply with everything that is required and pass the evaluation.

      The next step for your father is to find out how much damage he has and whether or not it will require a transplant for him. He must find himself a good doctor to treat his liver disease such as a gastroenterologist or hepatologist. There is no medicine that can heal him. The only meds used for liver failure are those that treat the symptoms of the disease such as diuretics (Lasix, Spironolactone) for fluid retention and Lactulose for high ammonia levels, etc. They can only treat the symptoms, not cure it. The best possible treatment he can do for himself is to stop drinking all alcohol. That should be his #1 priority. Hope he can get the help he needs to get better.

  43. QUESTION:
    Is the only reason alcohol is legal because people can make it at home if it were illegal?
    More lives are ruined from alcohol than drugs. More damage is caused - from liver failure to dead brain cells - someone who quits heavy drinking is way more dumbed down than a former drug user - an obvious sign that they've killed off a lot of brain cells compared to drugs. Also someone on drugs is less likely to cause damage to others such as from driving. So, is the only reason it's legal because when they had prohibition people were still able to make home made alcohol and get away with having it while the gov didn't profit from its taxes?

    • ANSWER:
      No. Alcohol is legal because the US Army realized that it was easier to rile up a bunch of drunks than to rile up a bunch of potheads. During prohibition marijuana was legal. Once the govt. came to this conclusion alcohol became legal again and all other recreational substances were banned.

  44. QUESTION:
    Why do people hate smokers yet alcohol is a fashion statement?
    I hate how when someone mentions that they smoke they're met with a barrage of insults and patronising warnings of "DONT SMOKE! YOU WILL DIE!" or "SMOKING IS A DRUG" when alcoholism is enocouraged to the point where every other advert on TV is about drinking fashionably at parties or clubs. Is alcohol not a drug? Does alcohol not cause cancer, or liver failure or simply fatal accidents (e.g; drink-driving)? Why is smoking such a deadly sin while alcohol is ambrosia to the masses?!

    • ANSWER:
      I really don't see a lot of advertising on TV promoting drinking alcohol. People will abuse alcohol if they want to and I don't think advertising it has much of anything to do with that. Some people just can't control themselves and do things to the extreme. Not everyone that drinks is an alcoholic. None of my family are drinkers other than a cold beer every now and then on a hot summer day or a drink or two at a wedding, party, etc. You don't have to get falling down drunk. I don't believe drinking to excess is encouraged by the media.

      Alcohol abuse does not cause cancer. An alcoholic has a higher risk of getting cancer, but it does not cause cancer like smoking does. Alcohol abuse can cause cirrhosis (permanent scarring of the liver) but that takes many years of abuse (10-30+ years). But most people having cirrhosis do not have cancer.

      I don't believe anyone is a fan or thinks of alcoholism as "ambrosia to the masses." We all know that is not only destroys the person, but it also destroys families in so so many ways. It brings nothing but grief and heartache when abused long term. It not only affects the person and their families, but affects innocent people such as drunk drivers killing people and it has a very negative affect on society as a whole. No one with any sense at all looks on alcoholism as a good thing no matter what the media puts out.

      I smoked for a very long time and quit 6 years ago. I love to smoke. It's impossible to smoke in moderation like a person can drink in moderation in my opinion. You could make me drink alcohol everyday and I could walk away from it without a problem anytime, but smoking gets you really hooked. They say the addiction to smoking is worse than heroin addiction in being able to give it up. Smoking does kill. It killed my brother in Feb. and he was 56 years old. Even if it doesn't kill you, you might wish it would if you ever developed severe emphysema and COPD where each breathe is a struggle. Every time someone says, "Don't smoke", I love it because if just one person pays attention, it's worth it.

  45. QUESTION:
    If a person going through liver failure drinks...?
    Would the alcohol affect them quicker? Would less alcohol be needed to get them drunk? Would the alcohol stay in their system for a longer period of time? Would they be more likely to be sick and throw up when drunk? I know all of these answers are dependent on the height and weight, but let's say that for this example, it is an average weight young female who is done growing (around age 19)

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, All that you've described would be more likely to happen

  46. QUESTION:
    What first made smoking marijuana illegal, Even though the affects of alcohol and cigarettes are worse?
    How did it first become illegal? Why is it illegal? The problems that come with drinking and smoking cigarettes are much worse. You can become addicted, lung cancer, stomach alsurs, liver failure, drunk driving, and so on. There's no reason to have weed be illegal if alcohol and cigarettes aren't.

    • ANSWER:
      it's not called marijuana it's called CANNABIS!!

      Your government decided to link it to the hated Mexican immigrants so people would believe it was bad...

  47. QUESTION:
    Is cannabis worse than alcohol? (health wise)?
    like smoking tabacco gives cancer, alcohol causes liver failure, what does cannabis cause?

    and is it worse for your health than alcohol, many people I know say it isn't, they say alcohol is worse for you and more of a health risk to your body
    lol for the recors I don't smoke dope :P

    I just want to know because a lot of my friends do it, and they said it's not as bad for as alcohol, so I thought I'd try to make sure they're correct :P

    • ANSWER:
      Either alcohol or tobacco are MUCH worse than cannabis.

      We all know people whose lives were destroyed by alcohol. Yet here in the US, at certain times, more than 30% of people have used pot. Who knows someone whose life was ruined by pot? I sure don't.

      Tobacco kills 400,000 people in the US ever year! Have you ever heard of someone dying from pot? I never have.

      I -have- known people who smoked a lot of pot. I had a roommate who was a grad student that was stoned all the time. He smoked it first thing in the morning! But people like that are rare. Also he was still able to function, unlike a serious alcoholic or heroin addict or something like that. He was pulling a 3.8 GPA and holding down a part-time job too!

      Pot smoke is probably as bad as tobacco smoke for your lungs, etc. But nobody smokes 3 packs of pot a day. Over the years, pot has gotten more and more strong, so you really only need a few puffs.

      The British Govt. did an exhaustive study of the health effect of cannibis in India in the 1890s. They recounted there all the stories and anecdotes of people going crazy, damage to internal organs, violence, murder, suicide, etc. supposedly caused by cannibis but their study found none of these problems.

      About the most dangerous thing about it is that it is illegal and can get you in trouble with the law.

  48. QUESTION:
    Is liver failure always terminal?
    My moms doctor thinks she may be in liver failure. Her previous blood test showed her enzymes to be in the 400s and she had another test 10 days ago and that was in the 600s. My mom is a drinker. She drinks at least 5 glasses of wine per night...if not more. She also takes morphene for chronic pain along with other meds. She had tripple bypass surgery several years ago. She is also a type 1 diabetic. Shes very thin and doesnt eat much....never really has been an eater. Her diabetes is hard to manage. In fact she passed out this past Saturday due to low blood sugar. My dad gave her an emergency shot. We've almost lost her many times, and I am worried this may really be it.
    Nearly 2 years ago my mother was nearly beaten to death and was in |CU for a month. Her father was an alcoholic and she uses alcohol to cope.

    How long can you live with liver failure? Oh and she's also in heart failure....I think. She said she's supposed to watch her water intake...through cardiologist.
    She will never stop drinking. She doesn't even admit she has a problem. When I was a child she drank much more and drank hard liquor. She believes she's fine now because she just drinks wine. She's had 2 DUI's in the last 15 years...but blames that on the police. I spent many years trying to get her to quit and I know that she will never quit no matter what.

    • ANSWER:
      1) "Frederick the Great" is incorrect. Dialysis is for renal failure, not liver failure.

      2) Depending on how bad the liver damage is, it may or may not be terminal. If it is due to advanced hepatocellular carcinoma, the prognosis is poor. If it is due to damage to the hepatocytes due to chronic drinking and not linked to cancer, the liver can regenerate itself to the point where she will actually be healthy. However, given the LFT enzymes you mentioned, she may be beyond that point. Only her doctors will know after monitoring her.

      3) Alcoholism is one of the most difficult addictions to treat. Some say it is actually the most difficult. She needs to quit drinking. An ultimatum should be made, she should have to choose alcohol or her family, and you should be firm about this. She must get professional help, but remember that relapse is very high. Think of alcohol addiction treatment as being a defensive player in soccer. Every time the ball comes your way, you must kick it out hoping the offense scores, which may or may not happen. So keep kicking that ball up field, and don't give up.

  49. QUESTION:
    Liver failure after binging?
    I have drank very heavily for the past few years. Finally I decided I was done with my binging so I completely abstained for 2 months. This past weekend I went out to the bar for the first time in 2 months and had 8 drinks in about 3 hours. Sunday I was very hungover. Now it's Wednesday and for the past 3 days, I have still felt pretty horrible. I still feel nauseous, have no appetite, fatigued and diarrhea. It kind of feels like a stomach virus, but I'm not actually throwing up. Could my liver be failing? If it is my liver, is it possible to feel better in a couple of days by abstaining from alcohol? I know one of the major symptoms of liver failure is jaundice, which I don't have. Am I just being paranoid or is it really possible that I'm dying right now? I don't have health insurance or I would go to the doctor.

    • ANSWER:
      It is highly unlikely that you are experiencing a liver problem. The liver is a pretty tough organ that can stand many years of heavy drinking daily before it is damaged. The experts say it takes about 10 years of heavy drinking before any real damage might show up. Maybe you really do have a stomach virus of some kind since you were out at a bar talking and socializing with probably a lot of people in a close place that is all closed in. That is a breeding ground for anyone having a virus to spread it around to all those around them. It's an excellent way to catch a cold or virus from someone and stomach viruses are going around like wildfire right now. That's why I'm staying home as much as possible since 3 of my family members already have it. They are having the same exact symptoms you describe but they are throwing up also. Lots of kids in school are having it right now.

      Of course the best way to find out is to go to a doctor. Even though you don't have insurance, there is usually a clinic around that takes care of those people who have little income and no insurance for free or that you pay just a small amount for them seeing you. Most towns and cities have one within traveling distance so maybe you could find one close to you.

      No, I do not believe you are dying. I had liver failure and a transplant and those are not the symptoms I ever experienced with my liver failure. It's not true that everyone with liver failure gets jaundice (yellow). Ninety percent of my liver was shot with only ten percent function left and I never got yellow. That occurs only if your biliruben levels are very high. Jaundice can occur with any gallbladder problems also, so don't always think of the worst when symptoms show up like this.

      If you are very sick, I suggest you try and find a clinic to help you. If you are running a fever, then I would certainly try to find a doctor, but keep in mind that if you do have a flu of some kind, fever is very common and will go away once the virus wears out and leaves you. It usually takes about a week for the flu to run its course, so if this doesn't go away, definitely go to a doctor. Make sure you are drinking a lot of fluids to replace fluid you lose through diarrhea. Keep yourself well hydrated even if you don't eat much.

  50. QUESTION:
    if a person with NASH refuses to avoid all alcohol how many years will it take for them to develop chirrosis?
    can the doctors force someone to stop drinking if they have this condition? what if the person does not want to listen and claims they do not want an alcohol-free life and they refuse to avoid alcohol altogether? are they going to end up with liver failure and need a transplant if yes, how long is it going to take if they don't stop all alcohol use and will they be eligible for a transplant if they ever need one?

    • ANSWER:
      5.176 years.


Cause Fatty Liver

Liver Diseases Symptoms, Causes of Liver Problems
The liver is a very important organ that performs a variety of functions in the human body. Being a large organ, the liver can cope with small damages. If the damage is left untreated, it can worsen the condition of the liver and prevent it from functioning. Severe damage to the liver can result in liver failure and death. Some of the conditions that can lead to death from liver disease are alcoholism, liver cancer, cirrhosis, and viral hepatitis.

Liver disease symptoms can be hard to detect initially. For instance, a loss of energy that often is the first sign of liver problems can be confused with a myriad of other problems, including things as simple as a reaction to a seasonal change or a lack of sleep.

There are dozens of diseases that affect the liver. The two most common causes of liver diseases are viral infections and drugs. Though there are different causes of liver diseases, the clinical signs and symptoms are divided in to two categories.

Keeping your liver in healthy condition is very necessary and that can be done by eating a varied nutritional and vegetarian diet. Junk food, alcohol intake, low quality oils, chemicals -in air and we breathe are the main roots for liver maladies.
About 90 percent of patients diagnosed with primary biliary cirrhosis are women over the age of 40. Women living in northern Europe tend to be more susceptible to this disease compared to women in other parts of the world. Women in Japan have the lowest rate of diagnosed cases of this disease.

The liver can get inflamed due to certain conditions, use of alcohol and certain chemicals. The conditions that can cause liver inflammation are Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Autoimmune Hepatitis, and Wilson's disease. Extensive alcohol use also causes inflammation of the liver. Some drugs and industrial pollutants may affect the liver. Inflammation is characterized by redness, swelling, heat and possible pain in the liver.

Alcoholic liver disease occurs due to an acute or chronic inflammation of the liver due to alcohol abuse. This disease usually occurs after a prolonged use of alcohol. In the United States 10% of men and 3% of women suffer from problems related to alcoholic consumption.

The symptoms of impending liver deterioration cross over into other medical problems as well making early and precise laboratory tests and narrative. The symptoms will likely include nausea, loss of appetite, abdominal pain and tenderness, vomiting, fever and jaundice. Further complicating the issue is that symptoms of cirrhosis are quite often almost identical to those of alcohol hepatitis.

If you only had one choice for picking a natural cure for liver disease it should be Milk Thistle Seed Extract (...fortunately you have more than one choice, so why not use all of them, it will only speed up your healing). There are a few reasons why Milk Thistle Seed Extract (also referred to as "Mte") is beneficial to the liver and liver regeneration. Firstly, it protects the liver from toxins.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. QUESTION:
    can birth control pills cause fatty liver?
    just recently, i found out that i have a fatty liver.
    i've been taking BCPs for about a year and a half now, and even just until a couple of months ago, my liver function was fine.
    is it possible that the bcps have caused the build up of fat in my liver? or is it more likely that there is another cause?

    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      no fatty liver is caused by:
      Fatty liver is commonly associated with alcohol or metabolic syndrome (diabetes, hypertension, obesity and dyslipidemia) but can also be due to any one of many causes[2][3]:

      Metabolic
      Abetalipoproteinemia, glycogen storage diseases, Weber-Christian disease, Wolman disease, acute fatty liver of pregnancy, lipodystrophy
      Nutritional
      Malnutrition, total parenteral nutrition, severe weight loss, refeeding syndrome, jejuno-ileal bypass, gastric bypass, jejunal diverticulosis with bacterial overgrowth
      Drugs and toxins
      Amiodarone, methotrexate, diltiazem, highly active antiretroviral therapy, glucocorticoids, tamoxifen, environmental hepatotoxins (e.g. phosphorus, toxic mushroom)
      Other
      Inflammatory bowel disease, HIV, Hepatitis C especially genotype 3.

  3. QUESTION:
    can pulmicort and inhaled steriods cause fatty liver?
    i have a tendency towards diabetes in my family and am taking pulmicort. i notice my blood sugar rises when i take it. im considering stopping it.

    • ANSWER:
      TELL YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. QUESTION:
    Can Anti cancer medicine cause fatty liver?
    can Breast Cancer anti cancer medicine such as Arimidex Therapy for 10 years cause fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Arimidex is a hormonal treatment and these generally don't have serious side effects (although 10 years is a REALLY long time to be on it).

      This assumes no allergies and the patient has been taking as directed, including little or no alcohol consumption.

      Many things, from thyroid disease to chemo, can cause fatty liver.

  5. QUESTION:
    can fatty liver cause weight loss and digestive issues?
    i have been having weight loss since two years, the only thing doctors could find out was a fatty liver and H pylori. though i have eliminated h pylori . i continue to have digestion problems , semi formed stools with food particles, weight loss. my liver readings were a bit high before. since i lost weight they also came in normal range. but i have occassional pains in right quadrant which became worse when i took antibiotics for h pylori.

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    Can long term lithium use cause a fatty liver?
    I have a fatty liver but my doctor doesn't think the lithium is to blame

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor knows what he is talking about. Lithium can affect the liver by changing the Creatine levels. Some can always use Lithum and have no liver damage and some will. Trust your doctor. He would know if it was your Lithium. Just continue with your regular blood tests and everything should be okay. If there's a change he will know if you need to stop taking the Lithium and replace it with something else.

  7. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know the cause of fatty liver? And anyone know a remedy?
    I'm just interested in what I can do to make my liver better. Any cleansers you know of, or diet changes?

    • ANSWER:
      My husband suffers from fatty liver. The GI doctor told us that in these current times, there is a problem with fatty liver even in children. He blames our diets, saying that red meat is a culprit. His prescription for my husband was to reduce his red meat to twice a week, and add more fish and chicken to our diets. He also recommended reducing alcohol consumption to social occasions only, reducing the amount of tylenol and advil to only when completely necessary, lose weight and drink plenty of water.

      By the way, those cleansers and tonics don't work and can cause even more problems --- believe me, we know!

      For more information, check out some websites that can guide you to positive lifestyle and diet changes that will help with your fatty liver:

      Mayo Clinic
      WebMD
      Emedicine

  8. QUESTION:
    I was told that bloodworms can cause fatty liver in my goldfish. Is this so they love the bloodworms?

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    Can over-innoculation cause fatty liver disease in a cat?
    I took my cat in for her "yearly shots" and she was not the same ffrom the minute I brought her back from the vet. She threw up minutes after I let her out of the carrier, and went poop outside her box within 15 minutes. As the weeks went by she lost her appetite and wittled down to nothing. I did make calls to the vet and he said she may be just going through a phase. She got really bad, and I took her for a second opinion,but it was too late. We tried force feeding but she got so bad we had to put her down. Is there a known cause to fatty liver disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver disease (hepatic lipidosis) is not directly caused by anything except anorexia (not eating), and generally only occurs in cats who are overweight and prone to pancreatitis and other forms of physical and mental stress. Cats, like any other mammal, will burn fat stores when they are short on food (or refusing to eat food, for whatever reason). An overweight cat has an abundance of fat stores that the feline liver is not built to handle, and the massive influx of so much fat being digested clogs the liver, causing hepatic lipidosis.

      Vaccination is very stressful for some cats, it makes them lethargic, sometimes even nauseous and anorexic. Of course this is no reason NOT to vaccinate, but for overweight cats and easily distressed cats, it is something to look out for and react to immediately. Your clinic, if they were on top of things, should have realized that your cat was (probably) overweight, and the fact that she was not eating, regardless of the reason, was a very dangerous situation for her.

      I'm sorry you had to lose your kitty that way =/

  10. QUESTION:
    What could cause a fatty liver in a human?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver (also known as steatorrhoeic hepatosis or steatosis hepatis) is a reversible condition where large vacuoles of triglyceride fat accumulate in liver cells via the process of steatosis. Despite having multiple causes, fatty liver disease (FLD) 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[1]. Morphologically it is difficult to distinguish alcoholic FLD from non alcoholic FLD and both show micro-vesicular and macrovesicular fatty changes at different stages.

      Excessive consumption of alcohol is considered a prime cause this condition, as is obesity.

      If you have this, I suggest that you obtain treatment throught whatever means your GP deems appropriate. I have had this conditions due to Type II diabetes and Haemochromatosis, and it was treated through changes in diet, and it is generally a secondary effect to another condition. Treating that condition often relieves the fatty liver condition.

      Good luck with it, and please see your doctor! :-)

  11. QUESTION:
    Can alcoholic fatty liver cause sudden death?

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    Does too much intake o medicine can cause fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      if you are taking too much of a certain medication over an extended period of time it can, if you take a little too much just once it wont but that can cause other problems.... i think a large overdose could probably do it too.

      tylenol (acetominophen) is a good example and probably one of the more common, a lot of drugs are comboed with acetaminophen, so people on several medications (especially pain meds and old people who forget what they have and havent taken) take too much and it damages the liver. the liver regenerates but if the damage is severe enough steatosis or "fatty liver" sets in

  13. QUESTION:
    What caused Fatty Liver, I do not drink,what is metabolic syndrome? could it be my cause, have thyroid cancer?
    Doc office left message that I have a fatty liver, I do not drink nor am I fat, I have been through allot of medicines this year because of my treatment with thyroid cancer, it seems every time I turn around Im either losing body parts or Im discovering a new issue with my body, 2 years ago I ran 5 3ks and was the peak of fitness and the envy of women in my age group. What now do I do to get better?could it be my metabolic system and what is exactly that?

    • ANSWER:
      KATNHAT - There are many causes of fatty liver besides alcohol. According to The Mayo Clinic, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease can take several forms. In nonalcoholic fatty liver, it's not normal for fat to build up in your liver, but it won't necessarily hurt you. At its simplest form, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease can cause excess liver fat, but no complications. This condition is thought to be very common. In a small number of people with fatty liver, the fat causes inflammation in the liver. This can impair the liver's ability to function and lead to complications. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease-may have associated cirrhosis. Liver inflammation leads to scarring of the liver tissue. With time, scarring can become so severe that the liver no longer functions adequately (liver failure).

      In your history some of the many meds you have taken may also be the cause of fatty changes in the liver.

      Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, elevated insulin levels, excess body fat around the waist or abnormal cholesterol levels — that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Having just one of these conditions isn't diagnosed as metabolic syndrome, but it does contribute to your risk of serious disease. If more than one of these conditions occur in combination, your risk is even greater. If you have metabolic syndrome or any of the components of metabolic syndrome, aggressive lifestyle changes can delay or even prevent the development of serious health problems.
      Source(s):
      a medical professional

  14. QUESTION:
    was my incorrect diet the cause of my fatty liver diagnosis 2 years ago?
    I was diagnosed with fatty liver a few years ago I didn't drink much back then only on the weekends and holidays and sometimes I would have 1 or 2 beers on one of the weekdays (16 ounce can) but I also had an incorrect diet I never exercised and ate fatty foods and would eat a lot of mayonnaise
    the doctor said I had a fatty liver after a blood test and prescribed me Lovaza which is not really a drug more like fish oil and Metformin because my blood sugars were high he said that most likely the cause of my fatty liver was the stuff I was eating. I ate a lot of ice-cream and a bunch of candy frequently and used to order huge 16 ounce steaks and large samplers (which was way too much food for only one person) and used to drink lots of soda and sweet drinks the doctor said I was a pre-diabetic and prescribed me metformin he said it was a preventive medicine against me getting diabetes is my fatty liver caused by the things I ate?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there, I have just been diagnosed with exactly the same things as you. I have PCOS and Insulin resistance and have been pre-diabetic for the last 15 years. But the fatty liver came out of the blue, I didn't associate bad diet with it as I was under the false presumption liver disease was something alcholics had! Yes, my bad fast food loving diet caused my poor fat liver and high cholesterol! The silver lining is that at least now you know, and you can take steps to rectify it with diet and exercise. Good luck.

  15. QUESTION:
    Does fatty liver cause any pain?
    i had an ultra sound.,,, and it shown that i have fatty liver, i have a pain like burning in right side of my stomach in one sopt . is that for fatty liver? or maybe something els hmmm

    • ANSWER:

      I am not sure about the burning, but fatty liver can cause discomfort of some sort on your upper-right side. Here is a reliable source from the University of Maryland medical center:

      http://www.umm.edu/liver/alcohol.htm

      "Fatty liver is excessive accumulation of fat inside the liver cells. Fatty liver is the most common alcohol-induced liver disorder. The liver is enlarged, causing upper abdominal discomfort on the right side."

  16. QUESTION:
    Can a fatty liver from drinking too much alcohol cause some slight pain?
    I have some pain in my liver area not much but it's discomforting, I do have an alcohol problem but haven't had drink in 3 days can it be fatty liver or something worse?
    I am going cold turkey no more booze for me I don't want to damage my liver even more if it is damaged right now.

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing to do, right now, is to go to the doctors and
      ask that liver enzymes and liver function blood tests be done to
      check your liver. The doctor can tell from these tests how bad
      your liver cells have become damaged and how well the liver
      cells are still able to do the necessary functions to keep the
      body well. He can also tell if this is a liver or biliary problem
      depending on which blood tests are high.

      Alcohol can damage the liver in different ways. The liver
      takes toxins from the blood and converts them to non toxic
      forms that the body can easily dispose of.
      Over consuming alcohol in a short time period doesn't
      allow the liver time to convert the alcohol to acetaldehyde,
      acetate, and then to carbon dioxide and water. Not
      converted completely can cause it to be toxic to the liver
      cells. Consuming alcohol over long times periods can
      lead to a fat build up inside the liver. This usually starts
      out as simple fatty liver and as it continues to build up,
      it leads to Steatohepatitis. Steato is fat, hepat is liver,
      and itis is inflammation. This inflammation inside the
      liver causes the liver to enlarge in size. Another way
      it can cause damage is if the person is more sensitive to
      alcohol than others are or are allergic to it...they are
      more prone to liver disease than others are, if this is
      the case. One more way is to take alcohol with
      medications which can cause an interaction that will
      immediately damage the liver cells.

      If the inflammation has develop in the liver because of
      the alcohol itself, or fat build up in the liver...and it causes
      the liver to enlarge in size...then it can lead to where the
      liver cells die off and form scar tissue inside the liver
      that can block the flow of blood. This is then an
      irreversible, progressive disease known as Cirrhosis of
      the liver.

      Stopping alcohol is the best to do. Finding out how much
      the liver is damaged from this is necessary if you want to
      be sure it hasn't reached the point of the liver cells dying.
      It depends on how much liver cell damage there is, how
      long it will take you to completely recover from it...as
      long as the liver cells haven't reach the point of dying off.
      Stopping the alcohol, even if it has passed this point will
      slow down, considerably, cirrhosis advancing.

      You should be under doctor care when coming off the alcohol.
      The side effects of doing so can be reduced by the medications
      the doctor can provide. He can also monitor you to be sure
      that your body is able to adjust and handle what is taking place.
      It can be dangerous if this isn't done.

      Best wishes to you. It is hard to come off the alcohol and you
      seemed strong willed enough to do it.
      I hope this information has been of help to you.

  17. QUESTION:
    can pain killer cause fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely. Your liver is what "catches" the toxins that go thru your body and yes-a pain killer IS a toxin. The things you put in your body ALL go thru your liver on the way out & can build up. You can get what's called "fatty liver" from painkillers or other frequently taken drugs, legal OR illegal, or from too much alcohol-or there could be a genetic propensity in your family for it.

  18. 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.

  19. QUESTION:
    whattypes of seeds cause fatty liver disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Seeds don't cause fatty liver disease. Fatty liver is a chronic, slowly progressive disorder.

      It's possible that seeds from a toxic plant could cause sudden liver failure.

  20. QUESTION:
    Can fatty liver cause pain? what can be the cure for it?
    For almost four weeks already ive taken my mom 70 yrs. old with diabetes to the doctor weekly for lab tests for her nagging abdominal pain. Her ultrasound showed no stones anywhere but fatty liver. Last weekend she's been given essentiale, nexium and euglodin. Today her FBS result is 6.6. Tom her amylase level result will come out. What do you think is the best cure for fatty liver and if ever to pancreatitis? Moreover, she has nerve pains along the back of her legs and also cramps, too.
    I will surely appreciate your advice. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    How to do away with fatty liver?
    Is it the cause of fatty liver if a person is having pain all over her body, feel like to vomit . very tire and sleepless.

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    What can be causing my fatty liver?
    My ATL count was at 74. (Normal range in this test was below 60) After a sonogram My doctor told me I have a fatty liver and that he'll keep an eye on it. This scared me, cause it sounded as if he thought he suspected something else.He told me we will re-test in 6 months and He pud me on a diet.Now I never drank before in my life. My body fat is at 22.5%, and body mass at 27%. I work out 3 times a week (Do weight training) , im in good shape and have a good muscle tone body. I do admit I eat a lot of fast food, lots of burgers and lots of fried foods. Can this be causing my fatty liver?
    I forgot to mention that my cholesterol is within normal limits and all blood test came out fine.

    • ANSWER:
      There are two types of fatty liver disease, you can read about
      them on this link...I believe it will answer many questions
      you may have....it is more than one page.
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm

      There are many causes of liver disease that are not
      because of something someone did, like too much
      alcohol....some are hereditary or biliary problems,
      viral hepatitis, etc.

      I do know that if it is because of weight, that losing weight
      can help the liver heal and possibly be cured.

      Eatting alot of fatty foods isn't good. It causes the
      liver to work harder, since bile that is made in the liver
      flows to the intestines to help in the digestion of fats and
      these fats can build up inside and outside the liver also.

      The best oils to use are olive oil or canola oil. But,
      since you have this problem, it might be good to start
      and bake things or have other method of cooking what
      you eat. Most liver patients are told to eat a healthy
      diet with fresh fruits, vegetable, and lean meats and
      to try to slow down on Salt intake. You seem to be
      doing everything right except for your diet.

      Any medication that you are taking should be told to
      the doctors. This includes vitamins, minerals, over
      the counter, herbs, herbal teas, special muscle
      development things like protein powders, and
      any drugs prescribed by other doctors. Right now
      you should only take medication or supplements that
      the doctor prescribes. The reason for this is that
      all medications go through the liver first for
      processing before it goes out to other parts of the
      body. You don't want more strain put on the liver and
      to take something that may cause more cell damage inside
      the liver.

      I hope this information helps you.

  23. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know if a fatty liver can cause promblems to a humane body?

    • ANSWER:
      A fatty liver can be caused by many things, including alcohol, certain drugs, chemicals, starvation, obesity, diabetes and certain diseases. Fatty liver is a sign of something wrong going on in your body. You need to find out what is wrong and fix it otherwise you risk permanent liver damage, which can lead to death (you can't live without a liver). Fortunately, fatty liver is completely reversible, so as long as the damage does not progress.

  24. QUESTION:
    Does fatty liver cause blood in stools?

    • ANSWER:
      No... Fatty liver by itself will not cause blood in the stools. It occurs because of the impairment in the normal synthesis and elimination of triglyceride fat... like what happens in cases of excess triglycerides in the diet, chronic alcohol intake, insulin resistance etc.. In severe cases it can lead to the gradual inflammation of the liver called steatohepatitis... but by itself it doesn't cause blood in the stools.

  25. QUESTION:
    What can cause liver pain after overeating?
    My mother, who has a fatty liver, told me that she occasionally gets liver pain/pain in the liver area of her body after she overeats.

    What can cause this? Does overeating cause the liver to swell at all? Is it because she has a fatty liver? Is it perhaps not even her liver, but perhaps another organ pushing against her liver to cause the sensation of pain, like her stomach?

    • ANSWER:
      Liver is painless.

  26. QUESTION:
    What caused fatty liver, I do not drink? what is metabolic syndrome?
    Im not over weight, but have been fighting thyroid cancer and has had many meds, since Oct.of 09
    Can you help shed some light?

    • ANSWER:
      KATNHAT - There are many causes of fatty liver besides alcohol. According to The Mayo Clinic, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease can take several forms. In nonalcoholic fatty liver, it's not normal for fat to build up in your liver, but it won't necessarily hurt you. At its simplest form, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease can cause excess liver fat, but no complications. This condition is thought to be very common. In a small number of people with fatty liver, the fat causes inflammation in the liver. This can impair the liver's ability to function and lead to complications. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease-may have associated cirrhosis. Liver inflammation leads to scarring of the liver tissue. With time, scarring can become so severe that the liver no longer functions adequately (liver failure).

      In your history some of the many meds you have taken may also be the cause of fatty changes in the liver.

      Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, elevated insulin levels, excess body fat around the waist or abnormal cholesterol levels — that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Having just one of these conditions isn't diagnosed as metabolic syndrome, but it does contribute to your risk of serious disease. If more than one of these conditions occur in combination, your risk is even greater. If you have metabolic syndrome or any of the components of metabolic syndrome, aggressive lifestyle changes can delay or even prevent the development of serious health problems.

  27. QUESTION:
    Can fatty deposits on the Liver caused by being overweight and diabetes cause permanent damage?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a condition called NASH where a fatty liver will progress to cirrhosis which can destroy the liver. NASH is non alcoholic steatopathic (not sure of spelling?) hepatitis. No one really knows why this happens to some people. In some cases, the person will need a transplant. It depends on the severity of the damage. Cirrhosis or scarring of the liver is permanent liver damage that does not go away. Even though the liver has the ability to regenerate if you removed part or even half of it, scar tissue that comes with cirrhosis is not able to regenerate.

  28. QUESTION:
    What is the definition of fatty liver, and what are some cause and effects of having a fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Information from the Mayo Clinic on fatty liver. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) describes a range of conditions that affect people who drink little or no alcohol.

      The mildest type is simple fatty liver (steatosis), an accumulation of fat within the liver that usually causes no liver damage. A potentially more serious type, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), is associated with liver-damaging inflammation and, sometimes, the formation of fibrous tissue. In some cases, this can progress to either cirrhosis, which causes progressive, irreversible liver scarring, or to liver cancer.

      Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease affects more women than men and is found in all age groups, including children. Most often, it's diagnosed in middle-aged people who are overweight or obese, and who may also have diabetes and elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels (hyperlipidemia).

      With the increasing incidence of obesity and diabetes in Western countries, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease has become a growing problem. Although its true prevalence is unknown, some estimates suggest it may already affect as many as one-third of American adults.

      Because early-stage nonalcoholic fatty liver disease rarely causes any symptoms, it's usually detected because of abnormal results of liver tests done for unrelated issues. Preferred treatments include weight loss, exercise, improved diabetes control and the use of cholesterol-lowering medications. Research is under way to develop more specific treatments.

  29. QUESTION:
    can taking to much b12 cause a fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      How? Fatty liver is caused by accumulation of fat in the liver and B12 is a vitamin.

  30. QUESTION:
    What is fatty liver, what is the cause and the cure?

    • ANSWER:
      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.

      If a patient has elevations in serum aminotransferase activities for longer than six months, he/she should have a liver biopsy to make the diagnosis the fatty liver or steatohepatitis. Click to see a microscopic section of a NORMAL LIVER LOBULE and an example of FATTY LIVER (STEATOSIS).

      Steatohepatitis can progress to cirrhosis.
      Treatment (diet and exercise) may stop this progression. Steatosis and steatohepatitis will often improve with weight loss, preferably to near the patient's ideal body weight. Avoidance of alcohol and potentially hepatotoxic drugs may also be beneficial.

  31. QUESTION:
    what causes fatty liver in chronic alcoholism?
    i need it in detail like showing the biochemistry why it's the answer. hahaha

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    Is obesity really the leading cause of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease?

    • ANSWER:
      yes and no, hepatic steatosis ( or fatty liver ) without cirrhosis, is normally seen on fat people, but also on skinny people the problem is not the weight, the problem is the amount of triglycerides they have, and since normally overweight people do have high levels of triglycerides, they do get the fatty liver, but a skinny person with high levels of TRGs could have a fatty liver also

  33. QUESTION:
    Does fatty liver disease cause obesity and prevent weight loss? If not what does?

    • ANSWER:
      No, a fatty liver causes cirrhosis, hardening of the liver. As the liver harden it effects all your other organs, the main portion of metabolism takes place along with many hormones here. I could see that when your liver becomes unable to keep up with the current requirements of the body, metabolism would slow and weight loss could go either way. Not capable to store fat, not capable to use fat.

  34. QUESTION:
    Does fatty liver , grade 1, if untreated cause sever liver diseases and liver cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      geyamala గేయమాల गेय माला - The answer is NO. Grade 1 fatty liver change is very mild. The most common cause is drinking alcohol (wine, whiskey, beer). If this is your situation, then if you continue with excess alcohol, it could progress to life-threatening cirrhosis with all its other complications. Very poor nutrition, especially with starvation will produce severe fatty changes. Rarely some chemicals can have a similar effect. Grade 1 fatty change is always reversible until scarring results leading to cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is considered to increase your chance of developing liver cancer. Limit any alcohol intake to no more than 3 ounces or 100mL daily, best taken with food.

  35. QUESTION:
    what cause a fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes a human body has a not common place to put fat but as as all liver tests and cholesterol etc are in normal range - dont worry

  36. QUESTION:
    What causes a fatty liver if you have never dranked alcohol or smoked?

    • ANSWER:
      Having high cholesterol/triglyceride levels
      (this can be from foods or hereditary condition),
      a high fat diet, weight problems,
      insulin resistance, diabetes,
      certain drugs...such as taking steriods,
      metabolic problems, hereditary diseases,
      mal-nutrition.

      The Hepatologists are studying and researching more into this disease now. Not all of the causes are known...these are just some of them that have become evident. besides the
      alcohol, that you have mentioned.

  37. QUESTION:
    why does fatty liver disease cause bad breath?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. I don't know if it actually does cause bad breath. Certainly it hasn't had that effect on me (diagnosed a few months back). However that may be because I totally changed my diet when I was diagnosed. I immediately eliminated all dairy products and any foods containing gluten - and all alcohol except for a small glass of good red wine on VERY special occasions.

      My diet now consists of fish, good healthy crisp fruit and vegetables, snacks of pine nuts, walnuts, unsalted cashews, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, soya or rice milk, soya desserts (they're yummy!!), soya 'yoghurt', gluten and dairy free biscuits (not too many!), organic apple juice, plent of sipped water, NO carbonated drinks. Milk Thistle tablets.

      I miss my normal cups of tea, but I do still enjoy good black coffee (minimal!) and with raw cane sugar/molasses/demerara - totally cut out refined sugar.

      It can be a problem with meals out, but if you phone ahead and explain, they can usually accommodate you - I take my own food when staying with friends and family, it's just easier.

      As a result of this diet I seem to have a much sweeter breath and feel much more enegised! It could of course be because I no longer eat meat or dairy products - known to be contributors to bad breath.

      I am still waiting for further results of my fatty liver disease tests - but at least my diagnosis has made me eat more healthily!

      I do take steroids for another condition and have to take anti-reflux medication to counteract them - some anti-reflux tablets can cause bad breath as can other medication. It's worth investigating other reasons.

      Good luck.

      x

  38. QUESTION:
    Is fatty liver caused by Hepatatis?
    My SGPT level is >71. The normal is <41. in ultrasound test it is shown Fatty liver. What are the cause of Fatty liver. Fatty liver caused by Hepatatis A, B or C.?

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    what is the main cause of developing a fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Fat is normal to build around the liver.. but you don't want to have lots of excess fat. a fatty liver comes from simply having too much fat in ones diet and also having too many drinks cause a fatty liver and many other problems. MOST comes from unhealthy Butters, bad Oils and eating fried foods.

  40. QUESTION:
    Does Diabetes cause my Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver?
    I had blood test and ultrasound and was diagnosed with Fatty Liver. But the doctor said even though I had cholestoral level of 200 that I did not have diabetes.

    But I've read that fatty liver is linked to insulin resistence caused by Type 2 diabetes. I do have obesity as I am about 70 pounds overweight. I have lost 20 pounds in 1 month exercising everyday.

    So is it possible it is linked to diabetes or is it something entirely different?

    • ANSWER:

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

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

  42. QUESTION:
    can fatty liver disease cause hives?

    • ANSWER:
      No

      The symptoms of Steatohepatitis (Fatty liver) is persistent fatigue, malaise and discomfort in upper right portion of your stomach. If steatohepatitis has persisted over years symptoms of jaundice and leg swelling (lower extremity edema) can occur. Most people with fatty liver have no symptoms but can have abnormal liver enzymes on blood work.

  43. QUESTION:
    social security disabilty for high blood diabetes fatty liver?
    I cant work cause my fatty liver depersion antixey i take three shot a day of inslun formy blood sugar high blood had an stroke then an tia can i draw my social secuty disabailty

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver = disability?! Puh-lease.
      TIA - the T stands for transient, which means the symptoms go away.
      many diabetics can work fine - I know a surgeon who has been a type I diabetic since childhood.

      If you have had a stroke with permanent residual neurological deficits, then your internist or neurologist will have no problem documenting that for you.

      Surely, there must be SOME way you can support yourself without relying on already overburdened taxpayers.

  44. QUESTION:
    what causes a enlarged liver and fatty liver when your 26 years old?
    hi im a 26 year old male and i was diagnosed with an enlarged liver and a fatty liver i am not overweight and do not have hepatitis and i do not drink at all what could have done this?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many causes of fatty liver:
      alcohol consumption, obesity, diabetes,
      mal nutrition, certain medications (like steriods),
      insulin resistance, high cholesterol or
      triglycerides, metabolic conditions,
      hereditary disease, etc. These are the known
      causes but there may be others as they are
      doing more research on this.

      The liver is surrounded by a membrane capsule.
      The fat in the liver puts stress on the liver cells
      to the point that they may become damaged.
      When damaged, the immune system of the
      body will respond to this and cause inflammation
      to develop in the liver. This inflammation causes
      the liver to enlarge in size.

      This has now gone from "simple fatty liver"
      to NASH (non alcoholic steatohepatitis).
      Steato means fat, hepa means liver, and
      itis means inflammation. So all together
      this means non alcoholic causes of fatty
      liver inflammation.

      Here is a link, that you can go to...just click
      on it and it will take you there:
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm

      It is very hard finding out that you have a liver
      problem, especially when you know you did
      nothing to cause it. I hope this information
      has been a help to you.

  45. QUESTION:
    does anybody know what causes a fatty liver?
    I have been told I have a fatty liver..Im not overweight..work out....eat right.40 years old ..but i do eat hamburgers on occasion (fast food)..

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is an excessive accumulation of a type of fat (triglyceride) inside the liver cells.

      In the United States and other Western countries, the most common causes of fatty liver are alcoholism, obesity, diabetes, and elevated serum triglyceride levels. Other causes include malnutrition, hereditary disorders of metabolism (such as the glycogen storage diseases (see Muscular Dystrophy and Related Disorders: Introduction and Hereditary Metabolic Disorders: Glycogen Storage Diseases), and drugs (such as corticosteroids, tetracycline and asprin. The mechanism by which these diseases or factors cause fat to accumulate within liver cells is not known. Simply eating a high-fat diet, for example, does not produce a fatty liver. One possible explanation is that these diseases or factors slow the rate at which fat is processed (metabolized) and excreted by the body. The resulting buildup of fat within the body, according to this theory, is then stored inside the liver cells.

      Sometimes the cause of fatty liver is not clear, especially when it occurs in newborns; however, it is likely to be a defect in the mitochondria of the liver cells.

      In some people, a fatty liver not due to alcohol abuse or drugs and toxins but associated with obesity, diabetes mellitus, and raised serum triglycerides will progress to scarring (fibrosis) and cirrhosis, possibly because of underlying inflammation. This type of fatty liver is sometimes referred to as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.

      Known Causes of Fatty Liver

      Obesity
      Diabetes
      Chemicals and drugs (such as alcohol, corticosteroids, tetracyclines, valproate, methotrexate, carbon tetrachloride, and yellow phosphorus)
      Malnutrition and a low-protein diet
      Pregnancy
      Vitamin A toxicity
      Bypass surgery of the small intestine
      Cystic fibrosis (most likely accompanied by malnutrition)
      Hereditary defects in glycogen, galactose, tyrosine, or homocystine metabolism
      Medium-chain aryl dehydrogenase deficiency
      Cholesterol esterase deficiency
      Phytanic acid storage disease (Refsum's disease)
      Abetalipoproteinemia
      Reye's syndrome

      Symptoms and Diagnosis

      Fatty liver usually produces no symptoms. In rare cases, however, it results in jaundice (a yellowish discoloration of the skin and the whites of the eyes), nausea, vomiting, pain, and abdominal tenderness.

      A physical examination that reveals an enlarged liver without any other symptoms suggests fatty liver. Liver function tests are also performed to determine if there is a liver abnormality, such as inflammation (see Liver Function Tests), which sometimes accompanies the extra fat in the liver cells and can be associated with the development of cirrhosis in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Excess fat in the liver can be detected on abdominal ultrasound. The diagnosis may be confirmed by a liver biopsy, in which a doctor inserts a long hollow needle through the skin to obtain a small piece of liver tissue for examination under a microscope (see Diagnostic Tests for Liver and Gallbladder Disorders: Biopsy of the Liver).

      Prognosis and Treatment

      Although excessive fat in the liver may not in itself be a serious problem (the fat can disappear, for example, if the person stops drinking), its underlying cause might be. For example, repeated liver injury from toxic substances such as alcohol may eventually progress from fatty liver to cirrhosis (severe scarring of the liver). Therefore, treatment of fatty liver aims at minimizing or eliminating the underlying cause of the disorder.

  46. QUESTION:
    How do you heal fatty liver cells?
    An iridology test revealed that i have a fatty liver which is causing body odour and excessive tiredness.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all I would want a proper diagnosis.
      Blood tests of liver function may show some abnormalities. Other tests such as ultrasound scan or CT scan may suggest a fatty liver disease. I certainly would not trust a diagnosis made by iridology.
      Read the link.

      There is no specific treatment for NAFLD (non alcoholic fatty liver disease) that all doctors agree on.
      However, there is good evidence that gradual weight loss coupled with increased exercise can reduce the amount of fat in your liver.
      In mild cases of fatty liver, most doctors will concentrate on treating conditions such as obesity and diabetes that can cause fat to build up. They will also treat disorders such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol that often go along with fatty liver.
      Most people with simple fatty liver who do not drink excess alcohol are obese. The factors that determine who will develop fatty liver are not known. Some mildly overweight people develop fatty liver while some who are severely obese do not.
      Simple fatty liver usually causes no problems and rarely progresses. However, as mentioned, it can be a 'marker' for heavy alcohol drinking, which if continued, can cause more serious problems. Simple fatty liver may reverse and go away by stopping alcohol (if alcohol is the cause), with weight loss (if obese), or with good control of diabetes (if diabetes is the cause).

      Body odour
      Such problems as low blood sugar liver disease diabetes parasites metabolic dysfunction menopause or emotional stress may also trigger excessive sweating and body odor. Patients with liver disorders may smell of ammonia,
      Factors that can make body odour worse include:
      * Being obese. * Eating a diet that is high in spicy foods.
      * Having certain medical conditions, such as diabetes.

      Please note that overweight and anxiety can be the cause of body odour and fatigue.
      Being anaemic can cause fatigue, so can auto immune diseases.

      If you are really troubled you should consult a doctor, not believe someone who goes on the colour etc of your iris. That is most unreliable

  47. QUESTION:
    Can abdominal and liver bloating be caused by a fatty liver?
    My mother's stomach/abdomen gets very, very bloated, usually after she eats. She says that flatulence usually makes the swelling go down.

    Her liver also used to become enlarged and get swollen as well.

    The last time she went to the doctor, I believe she was diagnosed with a fatty liver.

    I know that a symptom of liver cancer is a swollen abdomen and a swollen liver, and of course, I'm hoping that she doesn't have that.

    However, her family does have a history of liver disease on it's side - her mother, my grandmother, died of liver cancer in fact.

    So I'm very, very worried.

    She hasn't been diagnosed with liver cancer - only with the fatty liver.

    She IS old, she IS obese, and she does have a family history of liver disease.

    As of right now, she's on medication. The medicine has stopped her liver from swelling up and hurting, but her stomach and abdomen still swell up and become very, very tight.

    Can a fatty liver cause this? Or is it automatically liver cancer from what I described?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver disease can advance to
      NASH which is Non alcoholic steatohepatitis
      Steato stands for fat, hepat stands for liver,
      and Itis stands for inflammation.

      Inflammation in the liver develops because
      the cells of the liver have become damaged.
      The immune system of the body responds
      to this and causes this inflammation.

      This inflammation, that causes the liver
      to enlarge in size, can lead to death of the
      liver cells and scar tissue formation inside
      the liver...this is known as Cirrhosis of the
      liver.

      People who develop Cirrhosis of the liver
      start to retain fluid in their abdomen because
      the liver can no longer make a protein known
      as Albumin. This fluid is known as Ascites.
      It can cause fast weight gain. There is a
      procedure to drain this fluid, known as
      paracentesis. I would check about this
      with her gastroenterologist or hepatologist
      that she is with. They can do an exam
      and determine if this is fluid build up or not.

      Fatty liver disease can start from a number
      of different reasons and they are still in
      research to discover others now.
      Diabetes, weight gain, alcohol, insulin resistance,
      medications like steriods, high cholesterol/
      triglyceride levels and more.

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

  48. QUESTION:
    can anybody tell me how to control Fatty Liver disease and what all should be the food intake to be on control?
    fatty Liver Cause and Effect

    • ANSWER:
      you can do this just eat healthy food & do excercise & for quick results see this one

  49. QUESTION:
    can you get social security pay cause you cant work on a job with fatty liver?
    i am out work i apply soccial security disabailty cause i had an stroke in sept 06 an oct 07 i had an tia high blood i take 4diabetic pill a day then novolin 70 30 innolet 45 units in t the morning 45 in the evening 60 units of levemir at bedtime and deperssion antinxitey norvac the units is shots more med tol

    • ANSWER:
      I've been on Disability with a genetic heart defect since 2002. APPLY!!! Only about 2% percent are accepted right away, but don't get discouraged. See a law firm that deals with Social Security. There are laws that regulate just how much the attorney can charge you, and if you are not accepted you owe them nothing. I used Binder and Binder.
      The good news is that if you are accepted you will recieve post dated benifits from the time you applied, nice chunk of changr to get cought up on bills, maybe take a much needed vacation!!!

  50. QUESTION:
    Can you heal a fatty liver?
    I don't mean cirrhosis but just a fatty liver caused by diet/cholesterol etc...or is this permanent damage?

    • ANSWER:
      If the cause is alcohol consumption, weight gain,
      cholesterol/triglyceride related...following the doctors
      instructions can cause this problem to be reversed.
      Medication from the doctor can be given to treat
      any inflammation that may have developed.
      The liver cells can heal. Up to this point...the answer
      is YES.

      However, if the damage of the cells get to the point
      where the liver cells start to die off...it is not
      reversible. The reason is, that when the cells die,
      scar tissue forms inside the liver that blocks the
      flow of blood to any healthy cells left and they die
      also (this includes the ones that try to regenerate).
      That is Cirrhosis.

      Simple fatty liver doesn't always cause a problem
      in the liver. However, if damage occurs to the
      cells (from the fat build up) that causes the immune system to respond to this and this causes inflammation in the liver..it is becoming quite serous then.

      NASH is Non Alcoholic Steatohepatitis
      Steato means fat, hepat means liver, itis means
      inflammation.

      You already know about Cirrhosis.

      Hope this information is of some help to you


Symptoms Liver Problems

Liver Diseases Symptoms, Causes of Liver Problems
The liver is a very important organ that performs a variety of functions in the human body. Being a large organ, the liver can cope with small damages. If the damage is left untreated, it can worsen the condition of the liver and prevent it from functioning. Severe damage to the liver can result in liver failure and death. Some of the conditions that can lead to death from liver disease are alcoholism, liver cancer, cirrhosis, and viral hepatitis.

Liver disease symptoms can be hard to detect initially. For instance, a loss of energy that often is the first sign of liver problems can be confused with a myriad of other problems, including things as simple as a reaction to a seasonal change or a lack of sleep.

There are dozens of diseases that affect the liver. The two most common causes of liver diseases are viral infections and drugs. Though there are different causes of liver diseases, the clinical signs and symptoms are divided in to two categories.

Keeping your liver in healthy condition is very necessary and that can be done by eating a varied nutritional and vegetarian diet. Junk food, alcohol intake, low quality oils, chemicals -in air and we breathe are the main roots for liver maladies.
About 90 percent of patients diagnosed with primary biliary cirrhosis are women over the age of 40. Women living in northern Europe tend to be more susceptible to this disease compared to women in other parts of the world. Women in Japan have the lowest rate of diagnosed cases of this disease.

The liver can get inflamed due to certain conditions, use of alcohol and certain chemicals. The conditions that can cause liver inflammation are Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Autoimmune Hepatitis, and Wilson's disease. Extensive alcohol use also causes inflammation of the liver. Some drugs and industrial pollutants may affect the liver. Inflammation is characterized by redness, swelling, heat and possible pain in the liver.

Alcoholic liver disease occurs due to an acute or chronic inflammation of the liver due to alcohol abuse. This disease usually occurs after a prolonged use of alcohol. In the United States 10% of men and 3% of women suffer from problems related to alcoholic consumption.

The symptoms of impending liver deterioration cross over into other medical problems as well making early and precise laboratory tests and narrative. The symptoms will likely include nausea, loss of appetite, abdominal pain and tenderness, vomiting, fever and jaundice. Further complicating the issue is that symptoms of cirrhosis are quite often almost identical to those of alcohol hepatitis.

If you only had one choice for picking a natural cure for liver disease it should be Milk Thistle Seed Extract (...fortunately you have more than one choice, so why not use all of them, it will only speed up your healing). There are a few reasons why Milk Thistle Seed Extract (also referred to as "Mte") is beneficial to the liver and liver regeneration. Firstly, it protects the liver from toxins.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Being tested for liver problems, do i really have the symptoms?
    i went to see my doctor again yesterday. i have a long list of symptoms but will not bore you with them. the most significant is abdominal pain that has been ongoing, intermittently for almost 6 weeks now. after telling my doctor that my appetite has decreased and i've lost a few pounds, he's sending me for blood tests to check on my liver.

    my question is: is it really logical? i thought it you had liver problems, you had pain in your upper right quadrant - not in the lower abdomen. am i wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      Your liver is a vital organ and it helps the body by feeding food, water etc through it. They are right to test it. The liver should not hurt you anyway in that area. I always thought that to but it actually does not, on the rare occassion it can and if it does to help soothe it put something warm against it, it likes heat....

      I would love to know what other symptoms you are having though. I have had 2 scans done on my liver area now and both have come back normal. Stree and anxiety can also be a BIG factor in your symptoms.

      I wish you well and hope you get it sorted.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms for liver problems?

    • ANSWER:
      The symptoms I am going to list are for the more advanced stage of liver failure. It's very common for anyone having liver disease which causes liver failure not to have any symptoms until the disease is pretty far advanced. Nothing showed up in me until my liver was already 90% destroyed. Until then, I had no idea anything was wrong except maybe feeling a little more tired than usual.

      The most common problems is fluid retention especially in the abdomen called ascites, jaundice which is yellow skin and whites of eyes, takes a long time for blood to clot, internal bleeding is always a risk for advanced liver disease, itching from high biliruben levels, confusion and behavior changes if the ammonia level gets too high, and extreme fatigue.

  3. QUESTION:
    What are symptoms of liver failure/disease/problems?
    I ask because I've been taking Tylenol almost daily for pain in my foot and then again nightly (sleep aid form) almost consistently for the last four years and I was just recently told that it could be damaging to the health of my liver.
    I'm 17, by the way.

    • ANSWER:

  4. QUESTION:
    What are symptoms of liver problems?

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    Liver problems/symptoms?
    I have been feeling very Ill for the past two weeks. In the beginning i was vomiting at least five times an hour and now i throw up probably five times a day. I have loose stool with blood in it and my body ( esp. joints) are killing me with aches. My fever has been up to 101.6 (not that high i know) and down to normal alot within the past two weeks. I went to the doctor and got blood work done yesterday and this morning they called and told me to schedule an appointment as soon as possible because my liver enzymes are very high, the internet isn't giving me any answers so i am hoping that someone on here has the knowledge to give me the peace of mind or at least what i can expect at my appointment, thank you in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      This could have something to do with your gallbladder or a bile duct problem such as blockage. No matter what it is, you need to get help ASAP with running a fever and bloody stools. It also could be a number of other things or even a combination of problems, but gallbladder and bile duct problems popped into my head when you said your enzymes were elevated. This typically happens in both these conditions and can also cause nausea, vomiting, and fevers. I think they should see you right away and not wait around.

  6. QUESTION:
    having liver problems with strange symptoms?
    (20 year old male) last summer i noticed a weird sensation on the tip of my penis after awhile the pain turned into tingling wich lasted for about 3 days then stopped but then the pain seemed to spread to my bladder area causing a lot of pulsating movement which lasted about a month i finally went to the doctor they tested my urine and blood, the urine came out ok but the blood test came back with elevated liver enzymes. they said it might be autoimmune hepatitus but not sure. I went back again and thay said the enzymes had increased I have no symptoms of jaudice. my only symptom i have are mucsle twitching or tics and weird movents in my abdomin, this whole thing has caused me develop extreme anxiety. if any one can help id appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      How can anyone on yahoo answers help?!

      Don't ask people of yahoo answers.

      The vast majority of these people aren't doctors and even if they were, they cannot tell what is wrong with you based on a few lines of text.

      GO AND SEE A DOCTOR. AGAIN.

  7. QUESTION:
    Having liver problems and strange symptoms?
    (20 year old male) last summer i noticed a weird sensation on the tip of my penis after awhile the pain turned into tingling wich lasted for about 3 days then stopped but then the pain seemed to spread to my bladder area causing a lot of pulsating movement which lasted about a month i finally went to the doctor they tested my urine and blood, the urine came out ok but the blood test came back with elevated liver enzymes. they said it might be autoimmune hepatitus but not sure. I went back again and thay said the enzymes had increased I have no symptoms of jaudice. my only symptom i have are mucsle twitching or tics and weird movents in my abdomin, this whole thing has caused me develop extreme anxiety. if any one can help id appreciate it.
    don't drink don't smoke

    • ANSWER:
      Hmmm....... yes, this does sound like some sort of parasitic infection. Eat as much fresh garlic as you can tolerate, take grapefruit seed oil and clove oil (as directed). Make sure you are drinking pure water. Also try drinking pau d'arco tea (at health food stores). Please google parasitic cleansers to get more info.

      I would also suggest posting this question again but file it under alternative medicine. There are a lot of wise and knowlegable people there that have gone through a lot of medical ailments and can share some light. Best of luck to you.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of liver disease?
    I have slight pains when I drink right under the right side of my rib cage, but when I'm alcohol free I'm perfectly fine... Could I have liver problems?
    And the pain isn't really that bad, probably a 2 out of 10 to rate it, like it doesn't hurt to the point I can't stand it, it is just annoying. But like I said I haven't drank in weeks and I've been fine since. I was just wondering if there might be something wrong.

    • ANSWER:
      You & alcohol may not mix well together then again it may just be indigestion. I doubt it's liver disease, it would hurt a heck of lot worse. I do know someone who died of liver disease & I do know that alcoholics die of it & that jaundice (yellowing of the eyes & skin) is a sign you have it. Hope you don't. Check out this site: www.ask.com/Signs+Of+Liver+Problems. Good Luck to You!

  9. QUESTION:
    How would i be able to tell if my boyfriend has Liver problems?
    My boyfriend is 27 years old and has a bad drinking habit, he doesn't drink to get drunk he just drinks. Recently he has been nauseous and a very sensitive stomach when touched...these are some symptoms of liver cancer are there any other tell tale signs?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm more inclined to think that your boyfriend has gastritis...very common among drinkers. This is an inflammation of the stomach causing pain, bloating, belching, nausea and vomiting. It still requires a visit to the doctor for diagnosis and treatment. I found this site which will give you more info and in non-medical terms:
      http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/gastritis/index.htm

      As for liver problems, the symptoms would be:
      yellowing of the skin/whites of eyes (jaundice)
      an enlarged liver
      backed up bile (cholestasis)
      fluid build up in abdomen (ascites)
      portal hypertension

      I suggest you get your boyfriend to see a doctor. If he continues to drink, and has gastritis, he could develop stomach bleeding. Untreated stomach bleeding can be fatal. He definitely needs to stop drinking as he is risking his health and his life.

  10. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms if you have a problem at your liver?
    What kind of sickness you will have or what are you going to feel or look like if you have a liver problem?

    If you have a problem, is there an immediate cure? I dont want to have a liver sickness but how can I prevent and what to avoid?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello...I'll try to give you the answer. First I would like to point out that the LIVER is one of the most important organs in the body, it is also called " The main laboratory ", has an incredible self-regenerating mechanisms, the main one is to purify the blood. The most worst diseases, which liver could develop are steatosis,liver cancer and .cirrhosis, most of them are caused by 1) Having Hepatitis C or B ( the first is not curable at all), 2) abusing with alcohol 3)the intake of too much medicines; 4) drinking too much coffee, fried food, etc.
      If you have a liver problem it can be said also by your appearance and other symptoms, as:
      - Losing appetite;
      - Exrtreme feeling of fatigue;
      - The skin usually has a yeallowish colour, as well the eyes
      - The patient is easily irritated and depressed;
      - The feeling of heaviness at the right side of the abdomina;
      - Constipation, dark urine etc.

      The general prophylactic and best approach is the balanced diet. Drink plenty of pure water and natural juices ( especially from carrots), enrich your diet with lots of raw fruits and vegetables. Stay away from everything fried, fat meat, coffee, chocolate, sprinkle soft drinks, white bread,sicy food, too much cheese and milk.

      Milk thistle extract is rich in Silimarin ( a substance that helps the self-detoxification and regeneration of liver tissue). The moderate intake of Lecithin and antioxidant Vitamins are of help too.

      Wish you luck.
      Have a great day!

  11. QUESTION:
    Liver problem symptoms?
    Does anyone know what the symptoms/signs are for a bad/failing liver or a liver problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Liver is main organ for removal of TOXIC material form body, and thus having varied and extensive effects but broadly, any affection leads to:
      1. jaundice
      2. loss of appetite.
      3. weight loss
      4. aversion to tobacco
      5. protein deficiency on prolonged duration
      6. bleeding diathesis
      7. involvemnet of kidneys later.

  12. QUESTION:
    Liver problems, any ideas?
    I will try to keep this short. For 6 weeks or more I have had pain in my legs that
    gets worse when walking. At night I cannot get comfortable and try laying various
    ways to get to sleep until finally I just fall to sleep. I went to the Dr. and she
    said maybe bursitis, gave me 100 mg of Ultram ER. Which isn't doing anything
    that I can see. I requested bloodwork as I was
    having symptoms of liver problems again (I had fatty liver a few years ago), They
    call the very next day and tell my husband that my liver function test was elevated
    again for some reason. I am scheduled for a liver/abdomanal scan this coming
    Friday. I have gained weight recently and am "swollen" "bloated" which started
    at christmas. I never found out why my liver was fatty back then they never
    diagnosed me and I am afraid that they never will. I hurt in the upper
    abdominal area after I eat and at times I can feel my "liver" which I think
    is enlarged again. It is difficult wearing my normal clothes. I am having
    night sweats waking up feeling like I am in an oven. I had a hysterectomy in the
    late 90's. Also I have had some tarry stools. Does anyone have any suggestions
    where I can go to get some advice or where a good hepatologist is in Virginia?

    Any help will be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      hmmm to be honest im a medical student and all your symptoms are those of a failing liver... as regards to why your liver was fatty well the most common cause is heavy drinking... are you a drinker?? the thing that caught my attention was that you said AT TIMES u feel ur liver... well a liver doesnt enlarge then shrink again in short periods... if it is enlarged it will stay that was until the cauative agent is removed... i dont believe your hysterectomy has anything to deal with your symptoms... tarry stools are a result of poor liver functions... Finally I dont live in Virginia so i cant really help u there...
      Hope you get well soon!!

  13. QUESTION:
    Am I at risk for any liver problems after taking Tylenol two days after drinking alcohol?
    Two nights ago I took multiple shots of alcohol and I haven't been feeling well ever since. Since that night I have had terrible headaches and I have just came down with a fever. If I just took Tylenol (a little bit less than 48 hours later) to try and heal my symptoms, am I at risk for anything (ie. liver problems, other side affects)?

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    How many years can you drink beer before you start having some serious health problems? Liver, etc. What?
    are the first symptoms of those problems?
    I'd say if you started in college and are a guy, and just mainted the weekend football beer parties and worked hard all week and had a drink or 2 every night, you should be good until your 65-70, then the liver might start to go

    • ANSWER:
      it doesnt matter how much. it starts taking effect immediately. when you get older youll probbaly die sonner because youll lose your memory get demetia and get a disease from brain damage and be forgetful. and its just bad for the body period. thats why i dont drink or smoke i wanna live long but i dont know of course how long ill live. i say quick now. drinking doesnt solve anything. like they say people drink to stop thinking about their problems but when youre sober your problems are still there they dont just disapear. just dont drink.

  15. QUESTION:
    Should I stop Medication? Possible Liver problems, cant get to doctor until Monday...?
    Okay, here's my problem.

    I've been on this medicine, Rocephin (IV medication) for a month exactly. I was supposed to stop medicine today according to my last doctors visit, but my doctor's office seems to have forgotten to tell the nurses and the care provider sending my medicine... they tell me they cannot have me stop until my doctor contacts them.

    My doctor's office closed at 1 today and is not open again until monday.. its friday. I tried to call just now because I've been nauseas for 2 days now, and today I've been throwing up. I just found that these are symptoms of liver problems, like liver cirrhosis. They had tested me before, 2 weeks in, and my liver was fine.

    I'm not sure if I should consider this an emergency (not showing advanced symptoms according to yahoo health's information on liver cirrhosis) and go to a hospital, or if i should just temporarily stop my medicine now like the doctor had planned, even though the nurse and people said no?? Any thoughts are great...
    Oh, I forgot to mention a couple of things... Nausea and vomiting are listed as possible reactions to my medicine, so it might not even be liver stuff really. I'm just wondering mostly if I should wait to see if i get the more tell tale symptoms like jaundice or if that would be pretty much screwing myself over...

    • ANSWER:
      Even if your doctor office is closed, they still are on call. Have the service page the doctor to call you or the visiting nurse service. The antibiotic that was ordered should have the Rx included on the meds. (example being 5mg in 100ml 2x day for 7days) if not, There is a doctors order written in your chart. The visiting nurse must have access to the order and should follow it. Maybe the doctor told you 1 week but wrote 2 weeks and thats why the nurse is still giving you the meds.
      As far as liver falure from the meds, I guess its possible, but if your lab work came back ok, then i would suspect the nausea is from the meds on an empty stomach (even though its IV) or from your infection. If the whites of your eyes start turning yellow, then you have liver failure
      Hope this helps, good luck

  16. QUESTION:
    Can upper back pain be a symptom of liver problems?
    I am quite a heavy drinker and I usually drink a bottle of wine a night. However, I work shifts which means I don't drink at all for 4 days in a row (so I drink a lot for 6 days, and then have 4 days alcohol free) In the last 2 months I have developed pain in my upper back between the shoulder blades. Its a bit like cramp or a stabbing pain and I mainly only get it in the morning (The pain tends to wake me up). I've been looking online at symptom checkers and it seems that the pain could be associated with liver problems. Has anyone any knowledge/experience of this? If I go to the Doctors is there some sort of easy test they can do to check your liver? (I don't want to waste their time)
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You definitely should be checked by the doctor,
      asap, and have blood testing taken.
      Alcohol can cause pain in the back where you
      stated if you have pancreatitis or pancreatic problems.
      But, it could be a heart problem or skeletal (spine) problem.

      If you take your right hand and place it on the
      lower part of your rib cage and your pickie finger
      is at the last rib in front...this is where your right
      liver lobe is. The left liver lobe extends over
      from that toward the middle of the abdomen, in front.
      Usually, the symptoms of a liver problems can
      be mistaken for other things, because the
      patient become extremely tired and may have
      flu like symptoms. It usually doesn't cause
      pain in between the shoulder blades.

      Hope this is of some help.

      Alcohol can cause a problem in the liver in different ways:
      If you understand that the liver takes toxins out of the
      body and converts them to non toxic substance that
      the body can easily dispose of...then you will understand
      this:
      Over consuming alcohol in a short time period, doesn't
      give the liver time to convert the alcohol to acetaldehyde,
      then to acetate, and then to carbon dioxide and water.
      It will then become toxic to the liver. Over consuming
      alcohol in a long time period can lead to the build up
      of fat inside the liver (fatty infiltation) which causes
      pressure in the liver and can damage the liver cells.
      Just like any other drug, some people are more
      sensitive to alcohol and some are even allergic to it
      and damage to the liver cells can occur faster in some
      than others. Taking medications with alcohol or close
      to the time alcohol is consumed can cause an
      interaction to take place and the liver cells can be
      instantly damaged.

      When the liver cells become damaged, the immune
      system of the body responds to this damage and
      cause inflammation inside the liver, which will cause
      the liver to enlarge in size...even though it is
      surrounded by a tight membrane capsule. IF the
      alcohol isn't stopped and the inflammation is not
      releaved inside the liver...the liver cells can die
      and form scar tissue inside the liver that can block
      the flow of blood. This is then an irreversible,
      progressive disease of Cirrhosis of the liver.
      The only cure is a liver transplant.
      Liver transplant cost in the range of
      0,000 and up. You have to have the best
      health insurance or find a way to raise money
      for one. You also have to be detoxed from
      alcohol for a period of six months prior to being
      able to be evaluated for placement on the
      transplant list. You can never return to alcohol
      after that.

      The blood tests that the doctor can do to check
      your liver are the liver enzymes (ALT,AST,ALP,
      and GGT), the liver functions tests (Bilirubin,
      INR, Albumin, Pt, PTT), the liver viral blood
      tests for Hepatitis A,B,C,etc.
      To look up these tests, you can either type
      in your search engine: "liver function tests"
      or look each one up on this site:
      http://www.labtestsonline.org

      IF the doctor believes your liver is enlarged,
      he may request to have either an ultrasound
      or Ct scan done. If you do have liver
      disease, ask to be referred to either a
      gastroenterologist or hepatologist.

      However, if this is a pancrease problem:
      he can check your amylase and lipase
      blood levels and have a CT scan done to look
      at this hard to see organ that is
      located behind the stomach and over
      toward the liver.

      Best wishes

  17. QUESTION:
    What is symptoms of liver problem?

    • ANSWER:
      There may be no signs or symptoms in some patients. However, if they do appear...it usually starts out as being very tired. In some cases the patient may have flu like symptoms.

      Let me explain what happens in the liver before I go on:
      The liver cells can become damaged by many different causes. When this happens, the immune system of the body will respond to this damage and cause inflammation to develop inside the liver.
      This will cause the liver to enlarge in size.
      This is the starting of liver problems.

      In this case, the patient may feel a fullness or even pain in the right hand side of the body, under the rib cage. They can develop itchiness and be very tired. An ultrasound can see if the liver has inflammation and has caused the liver to enlarge in this case.

      When the cells are damage and inflammation occurs...it can lead to the liver cells becoming quite stressed and starting to die off. The patient may start to see that the whites of the eyes and skin are turning yellow (best seen in outdoor lighting as indoor lighting can mask it.) Their urine may start to turn darker in color and, depending on the cause of the problem, the stools may be a grayish white color. As more cells die off, the more signs and symptoms will appear....confusion and disorientation (Encephalopathy), fluid build up in the abdomen (Ascites), vessels breaking open and bleeding caused by blood back up because it no longer flows well through the liver (Portal hypertension and varies).

      They may notice the palms of their hands and bottom of their feet being red, spider like veins appearing on their chest..neck.. back area, swelling of the legs and feet and other things.

      If you want to learn more about the death of the liver cells and the scar tissue formation inside the liver...known as Cirrhosis of the liver....here are some links to help you, just click on them:
      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373
      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/cirrhosis.html
      These will tell you more about the signs and symptoms.

      Hope this information has been of some help to you.
      v

  18. QUESTION:
    Could leg problems be a symptom of liver disease?
    My mom has hep C she was on chemo for a while and they took her off because she became anemic. Since she has been off the chemo her legs have gotten really bad. Her circulation is so bad that her legs are black as if she has one huge bruise all over both legs, from the knees down. Unfortunately my mother still smokes, and I feel that, that is a big reason why her legs are so bad. I don't know if I am paranoid but I also noticed a lot of veins on my legs are also getting darker and I don't smoke or drink. In fact I just got out the military so I am in pretty good shape. Whats the chance that this is hereditary and not a symptom. If it isn't hereditary then could I also have liver problems?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.ayurvediccure.com/liverdisease-symptoms.htm

      Liver cancer is sometimes called a "silent disease" because in an early stage it often does not cause symptoms. But, as the cancer grows, symptoms may include:
      Pain in the upper abdomen on the right side; the pain may extend to the back and shoulder
      Swollen abdomen (bloating)
      Weight loss
      Loss of appetite and feelings of fullness
      Weakness or feeling very tired
      Nausea and vomiting
      Yellow skin and eyes, and dark urine from jaundice
      Fever
      http://www.healthnewsflash.com/conditions/liver_cancer.htm

  19. QUESTION:
    is being diabetic related to liver problems?
    i have symptoms of a diabetic but haven't done anything about it/never been treated and for the past few years had a burning pain under my right shoulder blade (which i read might have to do with liver problems).

    do u think my 2 problems have to do with each other or are they 2 seperate issues?

    • ANSWER:
      There have been suggestions (small studies) that there may be a connection between liver disease and diabetes but there is no concrete evidence to prove or disprove that.

      However there are a number of oral diabetic medications (Metformin is one) along with other non-diabetic medications that are known to have an adverse effect on patients with known liver issues.

      By the way the liver is located under the right rib cage, not the shoulder blade so the pain your experiencing probably has nothing to do with the liver.

  20. QUESTION:
    How can you tell if you have diabetes or liver problems?
    Can eye change and haire loss be the symptoms?

    Can going to the bathroom 8 to 10 times a day be the symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Eye changes and frequent urination can be a sign of diabetes. Someone with high glucose are often thirsty and drink a lot, so therefore they also need to urinate often. You can purchase a low cost glucometer at any Walmart and check your levels daily to see if you have elevated glucose levels.

      None of the symptoms you listed indicate liver disease. I have never heard of hair loss being related to either diabetes or liver disease.

  21. QUESTION:
    Worried my cat has a liver problem based on a few inconsistent symptoms that could be unrelated.?
    Hello

    I tend to over think and become overly paranoid when something abnormal happens with my cat. I research a ton on the internet and always assume the worst. I was hoping to get some input from people who may have had some experience or may have knowledge on this subject.

    My most recent concern is because of some unusual drooling my cat is doing. Late Saturday night I noticed my year and a half old cat started drooling abnormally. She never usually drools even when pet so I knew this was odd. I would check on her while she was sleeping and there would be a small pool of drool on the bed or her fur. When she was awake and just sitting she would be drooling drops of drool on her fur and chin. I decided to wait a couple of days to see if it went away thinking she may have gotten in to something and her body didn't like it and was trying to get it out. It's Monday now and the drooling has seemed to of stopped for the most part. This morning I noticed her still swallowing more than usual but none was actually drooling from her mouth anymore and as of now I haven't noticed the swallowing more than usual anymore. Seems to have gone away.

    Now, the reason for this post is because I've read that drooling can be a sign of a liver problem. A couple of months ago she also had a bout of diarrhea. It was a sort of yellow color mixed with clear mucousy liquid. I took her to the vet and they said she seemed to have a small fever, gave her some antibiotics for a possible parasite or infection and the diarrhea went away a couple of days later. The vet said she wasn't dehydrated and her liver felt normal but that was just a physical exam. Just a few weeks ago she had another bout of diarrhea for about a day but this time it was a normal brown color. Just runny and messy.

    I'm paranoid that something may be wrong with her liver only because any time something such as diarrhea or now this odd drooling happens I research and find that both of those things can be a symptom of liver failure.

    During the first bout of diarrhea she didn't eat, barely drank and seemed uneasy and irritated. During the second bout she seemed fine other than the diarrhea. She ate, drank, urinated and produced regular bowel movements (the diarrhea). During this recent drooling incident she was completely fine other than the drooling. She ate, drank (but drank a lot more than usual. I'm assuming it's because she was dehydrated due to the excessive drooling?), urinated and produced normal bowel movements.

    She is strictly an indoor cat and always has been. She's full grown but fairly tiny.

    If her liver is failing or if she has something wrong with her liver are these inconsistent and scattered symptoms typical when it comes to a liver issue or would I notice more telling signs such as vomiting, lethargy, yellowing of the eyes (her eyes are yellow to begin with so this makes it hard) and skin, loss of appetite, an increase in water consumption (I'm not exactly sure how much she drinks but I do know she likes to drink from my glass of water beside my bed at least once or twice a night) etc... or do most of the symptoms I listed above only start to occur when a liver issue is reaching it's end stages?

    I'm concerned that the few bouts of diarrhea and the odd drooling over the last 2 days could be warning signs for something more serious but I'm also aware that these things could be a coincidence and completely unrelated. I understand I could simply take her to the vet and get some blood work done among other tests to check her liver and levels in her blood but I wanted to get some opinions from anyone with experience or knowledge on this subject first in case I may be worrying and over thinking like I tend to do.

    Also, I feed her Fancy Feast (the small cans) but am currently in the process of switching her to Wellness as I've read and heard that brands such as Fancy Feast or Friskies are basically junk food for your cat and can be fairly unhealthy. Since she is a small cat I worry that bad food will be harder for her body to handle. I'm not sure if the size of a cat matters when it comes to that though.

    Any help or input would be much appreciated.

    Thanks for taking the time to read all of that. :)

    • ANSWER:
      Some cats salivate profusely when scared. Others actually suffer from motion sickness (hence the drool-soaked cat carrier).

      Some cats smack their lips and foam at the mouth if they feel nauseated or are about to vomit a hairball. On the other hand, the occasional cat drools with pleasure while being petted.

      All of these causes of drooling are usually benign and short- lived. But if your cat is drooling or foaming at the mouth for no obvious reason, if drooling persists for more than a half hour, or if there are other symptoms - it’s time to call the vet.

      Abnormal drooling happens for two major reasons: problems occurring inside the mouth, and those occurring elsewhere in the body. Pain or nausea stimulates drooling. Oral problems or neurologic conditions can interfere with swallowing, causing saliva to overflow.

      Examples of problems in the mouth are:

      »Dental disease (broken, decayed, or abscessed teeth)

      »Gum disease (periodontal disease, stomatitis)

      »Oral foreign body (fish hook, fish bone, string wrapped around tongue, stick)

      »Oral mass (eosinophilic granuloma, tumor)

      »Oral ulcer or laceration

      »Salivary gland cyst

      »Bee stings

      Other signs of oral disease that may accompany drooling are foul breath, blood-tinged saliva, difficulty eating, or refusal to eat the usual foods. The cat may look uncomfortable and paw the mouth. Sometimes drooling is the first and only sign of a problem.

      Problems elsewhere in the body that can cause drooling include:

      Disorders of the esophagus, stomach, or intestines--blockage, nausea
      Portosystemic shunt (a rare liver disorder)
      Advanced kidney disease
      Exposure to toxins or caustic chemicals
      Rabies
      Exposure to toxins is an important consideration in a drooling cat. Some household cleaning products – ingested directly or licked off the fur – as well as some houseplants may burn the lining of the mouth and cause drooling. Certain flea dips and insecticides are very toxic to cats and may cause drooling. These may cause additional symptoms such as vomiting, muscle tremors, weakness, and lethargy. If your cat has these symptoms or you suspect a chemical exposure, seek veterinary care immediately. Bring labels or product information with you if possible.

      Dental disease is another “biggy”—more than 80% of adult cats will develop periodontal, tooth and other oral cavity diseases that cause pain, leading to drooling.

      The first thing some people think of when they see their cat foaming at the mouth is rabies. Happily, this is extremely unlikely unless a cat is unvaccinated. For drooling, foaming, or any worrisome symptom, it is always best to consult your veterinarian.

  22. QUESTION:
    What are some signs of liver problems?
    My sister was looking through a book of Asian medicines that said spots or empty patches on the tongue (missing the small hairs) is a sign of a liver problem. Then she said that I had it. It sounds stupid, but it really bothered me. I had a small physical for school and they took my blood sugar and stuff, but said I was slightly anemic & needed iron.

    I looked up symptoms and they all seemed like things anyone could have! I don't have jaundice, but I've been feeling weird lately. Please help :/

    • ANSWER:
      If you're really worried, you can have your liver enzymes checked. It's a simple blood test.

  23. QUESTION:
    Liver/kidney problems!!!!!!?
    What are the symptoms of liver and kidney problems??!!
    Please tell me all that you know!!!

    --Thanks--

    • ANSWER:
      Inability to pass motion properly;
      Blood in stools;
      Blood in urine;
      Inability to control bladder;
      Yellowness in your skin;
      Extreme fatigue;
      Unhealthy looking skin.

  24. QUESTION:
    has anyone else noticed any problems with their liver on implanon?
    HI,
    I have been using implanon for about 6 years and i have had the usually symptoms (weight gain, depression etc) However, i am curious about the liver. I have had really high liver counts over the last few years and i am wondering if there is anyone else who has been using implanon and experienced problems with their liver?

    • ANSWER:
      HI, i am on my third implanon now. I havent noticed anything wrong with my liver. I have had blood tests for random things & nothing has come with bad results so far. Is that listed as a symptom? I will keep an eye out now & get it tested next time i have a blood test.

  25. QUESTION:
    I was reading about liver problems and I found a page but i cant remember the disease or whatever..help?
    okay so it was talking about something hepatitis for the liver .. it started with an a i cant really remember, symptoms include, nausea, fatigue, appetite loss, etc
    so please help me..
    it's not 'hepatitis c' or something it has a____ _______ hepatitis i think.

    thank you for your help. i need it ASAP!

    • ANSWER:
      Alcoholic hepatitis
      Aneshetic induced (halothane) hepatitis
      Autoimmune (SLE) hepatitis.....

  26. QUESTION:
    does anyone know the symptoms of nash (Liver problem)?

    • ANSWER:
      Nash is Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis
      Steato means Fat and hepatitis means liver inflammation
      Nash is also known as Fatty liver disease.

      Here is a very good site that may explain the symptoms
      and also alot of other questions about NASH.
      There are many links to the right to cover a wide variety of
      questions.
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/page8.htm

      Here is another link that you might want to look at, it is
      very easy to understand:
      http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/nash/

      I hope this is of help to you in understanding more about
      this disease. There are many different things that can
      cause damage to the liver cells and inflammation.
      The liver is a very quiet organ that sometimes doesn't
      show any symptoms until the liver is no longer able to
      do the functions it once did to keep the body healthy.
      Inflammation can be treated and the liver can heal.
      It is only when this inflammation isn't controlled or the
      fat causes damage by the pressure on the cells that the
      liver cells may die. This is known as cirrhosis.
      Here is a link on cirrhosis:
      http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/cirrhosis/

  27. QUESTION:
    If you have liver problems is it easier to get sick and harder to get well?
    I Was diagnosed with epilepsy in January and my medication (Dilantin) is causing medication induced liver damage and also messing with my thyroid (hypothyroidism, but I have no symptoms yet). The liver damage isn't at a level that causes permanent damage but it's heading that way. It's a shock how high it is because it was fine before all of this.

    My housemate had the flu which I now have but worse than they did. I rarely go out because I am studying full-time from home so that's how I know I got it from them. I use to get the flu every year when i was a smoker (i quit over 5 years ago) and since i quit i have never got sick with the flu or colds.

    Is my liver and/or thyroid playing a part in this? Will they make it harder to get well?

    Also I am baffled about the hypothyroidism because my doctor said it could cause weight gain (and I'm the type that gains easily) but despite a fortnight if eating fairly badly (lots of celebrations, my birthday, plus very busy with school so just grabbed the quickest thing every time which is generally bad/not healthy good). I haven't gained at all, in fact I lost half a kilo. What the heck?

    Can anyone shed some light on either of these problems?

    • ANSWER:
      First, I recommend a good neurologist. Explain your symptoms. There have been a large number of drugs that treat epilepsy since the 70s. I too am on Dilantin. I also have hypothyroidism which I am dealing with. I am not a doctor, but if it was me, I would ask the neurologist if he could maybe add another drug and lower your dosage of Dilantin. Just a thought. Also ask to get bloodtests, if you haven't already. An endocrinologist may also be of help. I am actually seeing one soon, as they deal with hormones, Ask your neurologist if that is something you should pursue. Hypothyroidism can be controlled. As far as the sickness, it may be because your body is stressed. Talk to your doctors first and get your dosages settled. The rest should fall in place.

  28. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of liver/kidney failure? Itching in particular?
    I think I have a few signs of kidney and liver failure. One of them is itching. I was just wondering what the itching of kidney/liver failure is like so I can compare it to the way I am. I have had liver/kidney problems in the past, I'm not just a hypachondriac btw.

    • ANSWER:
      Itching from organ failure occurs indirectly though dried out skin. In winter, its not uncommon to have dried out skin, so there's not much diagnostic value - too many possible causes. To put your mind at ease go to the doc for a blood test panel.

  29. QUESTION:
    Liver problems any advice?
    For the last 7 weeks i have not been well. I have pains in my right side under rib cage also bloated and loss of appetite. I had a Ultra sound found nothing wrong with my gallbladder. Which the doctor was suggesting it could be. A small mass was found on my liver. I have to go for a MRI and Gastroscopy to discover what is going on. The pain is driving me mad as its more or less with me all the time either a dull ache or really bad. I have 3 weeks to wait for my 2 tests so i am getting quite anxious about what is wrong. has anyone ever had a problem with the liver with these symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Three weeks wait for further tests seems a little long, if they have found a lump.. Try and get your GP to get you moved up the lists.

      Your symptoms could be a range of things that cant really be diagnosed via this forum, Get back to your GP on monday morning.

  30. QUESTION:
    Before bloodwork showed with liver or kidney probs, what symptoms did you exhibit?
    For those people with liver or kidney problems...did you have your symptoms long before you were diagnosed with a problem?

    I seem to be exhibiting every serious symptoms of a kidney or liver disorder except bloodwork is showing nothing.
    Severe pruritus, itchy/buring skin, inflamed RUQ, swollen eyes, nausea and swollen joints, burning eyes. NO blood indicators.
    I have a lot of suspicion of have kidney problems, because it started when was holding 10lbs of water.

    Swollen kidney? Enflamed Nephrons? Without blood problems?

    Thanks very much for sharing your experiences.
    Also, this has gone on over year, without letting up... Im holding water in my gut too.

    • ANSWER:
      I have PBC - Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (Stage 3 liver disease) and am on medication for it. The only symptom I exhibited before being diagnosed is severely itchy skin, which I assumed was dry skin but never had professionally diagnosed. Apparently some liver diseases cause you to itch a lot. Luckily, I was diagnosed during a routine physical where my doctor ran a panel of blood screens and they found the liver enzymes were high. That led to more tests by a specialist, which eventually led to a biopsy to determine for sure what was going on. Anyway, have you gotten a second opinion or gone to a different lab for the blood work? Maybe the doctor isn't running the correct tests on the blood? Good luck, hope you feel better soon.

  31. QUESTION:
    What are the noticable symptoms of liver failure?
    My dad passed away in January. He drunk a lot of alcohol all his life, he did like a good drink but I believe he wasn't alcoholic.
    I was told by the doctors died of pneumonia, but he was in and out of hospital a while before that with problems (wasn't eating, weak, very very skinny, yellow eyes, seemed to be disorientated as if he had no idea where he was or what he was doing). It turned out he did indeed have liver problems, but they kind of...pushed it to one side, and told us to just buy things for our home to help him walk and get up, like zimmer frames and stuff.
    Just before he died, his liver had completely failed, as well as his kidneys, pancreas and spleen.
    I'm just wondering, what are noticeable signs of liver failure? Would I have known this would happen and could I have prevented it?
    Thanks x

    • ANSWER:
      You could not have prevented his organs from shutting down. There were signs. Early on brown spots on the back of his hands and forearms, the yellow eyes, and a (Jaundice) yellowing of the skin. He would have noticed the color of his urine being dark instead of clear, and would likely have had pain in the small of his back (kidney area). These things happen over time, and unless he mentioned them, you would be unaware.

  32. QUESTION:
    Could vaccinating cause liver problems in Dogs?
    I have a little shih tzu poodle mix who's a little over a year (15 months as of Jan 7th). At her first vet visit, she was proclaimed healthy and she had all of her first shots ... yet a couple of months later when she was in for her preop (spay) blood work, the doctor says that her alt levels were through the roof, consecuitive blood tests show no decrease. So i'm wondering, as she's on the go constantly, is a finicky eater (but so are our other dogs) and is showing no symptoms of liver disease (gum/skin color, no pain) is it possible that her vaccinations did something to her liver?
    No these are not the only shots she's had thank you Harry, I'm only confused that at her first visit.. very healthy girl and three months later, I'm told at her spay that she's got very high ALT levels and while she eats the same things her brothers eat and they're healthy as of their last visit to the vet, I'm wondering if it was her shots that caused the high readings.
    Her vet laughed when I asked about titering (I can't spell today sorry) He insisted that we biopsy and refused to look at other methods of trying to lower the levels (diet, medication).
    The vet didn't give me any alternative reasons as to why it was so high in a at the time six month old puppy. He proceeded to tell me that she had to have the biopsy and only after scaring me so bad that I started to cry, says "OR it could just be something that was a random occurance and has no cause. But we wont know until she has the biopsy."

    She's not on any meds (they gave me pain meds for her after the spay) and only recently started to take a brewers yeast and garlic tablet because I read that it helped with keeping the insects off of them.
    We've been going in every few months to do blood work, the last of which just before christmas was a joke. They let a new hire do her tests and she came out with all four feet taped up and a joke about how lucky it is that she isnt a biter. A normal 10 minute test took over an hour. Was not impressed with the service.

    • ANSWER:
      There are MANY mixed opinions about over-vaccination, I DO feel that it causes a lot of immune problems and organ problems.
      Try to find a vet that will do a titer test. Here is a good link for you to read:
      http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/health/articles/puppy-shots-and-dog-vaccinations.html

  33. QUESTION:
    What are the signs of liver damage/problems?
    A friend of mine is worried..what are the symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms Liver Damage Topics: Click and learn more.
      http://www.righthealth.com/Health/symptoms%20liver%20damage-s?lid=goog-ads-sb-9321717283&gclid=CPPpqPehlJECFQoZHgodNmPnIg

      Symptoms of Cirrhosis Click and learn more.
      http://www.flash-med.com/Cirrhosis.asp?gclid=COCD6ryilJECFQZvHgod60TpIg

      Liver, Pancreas & Biliary Center click and learn more
      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/liver-pancreas-biliary?ivNPA=1&sky=ggl|hco|dg|liverdisease|PPC5A96|s

  34. QUESTION:
    Is it true that itchy skin is a symptom of kidney problems?
    This is a general itchiness all over but no rash, spots or bites. I've heard that liver problems can cause an itchy skin, but kidneys too?
    I didn't really believe the person who told me, just checking and wondered if anyone else had heard of it.

    As I don't feel particularly ill and the only other symptoms are the usual hay fever ones I thought the itching was due to the pollen.

    • ANSWER:
      They can, but you would have other symptoms and be rather ill.

      Chances are you have an allergy to something.
      The body getting too hot can also give these symptoms.

      Keep checking for a rash or bites, sometimes they don't come up straight away.

      If you are very concerned please visit your doctor

  35. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have elevated liver enzyme levels with mononucleosis 8+ weeks after initial symptoms present?
    Long story short, I was diagnosed with mono on January 27. I have had almost every single symptom associated with this illness since then, even the weird ones like vertigo and eyelid puffiness. Both my spleen and liver were very swollen for the first month. My liver enzyme levels were elevated, though not severely, and showed some improvement in the second blood test I had, 2 weeks after diagnosis. After 4 weeks, my abdomen was no longer sensitive and everything felt fine except for the fatigue.

    In the last couple of days, I have been feeling that familiar ache and rumbling in my liver and low grade nausea without the urge to vomit. So my question is, is it normal for the virus to pass in and out of the liver? It's been about 8 weeks since my initial symptoms subsided, and about 4 weeks since my liver problems (as far as I knew) were resolved. Could it be something more serious?

    • ANSWER:
      Mono usually involve liver and spleen. So hepatitis is associated with mono. therefore enzyme level will also be raised. Unless a complication like cirrhosis is developed test levels should go to normal with recovery from the infection.

  36. QUESTION:
    My mom's skin turning yellow (liver problems)?
    My mom is worried because she and three of her friends have told her that her face and palms and feet are looking more yellow than usual. She also noted that she has to urinate more frequently. Her friend told her that is could be related to liver problems, so I'm asking you people if these are symptoms of anything common. She will probably go to a doctor if continues to progress this way, but I wanted to ask here first what - if there's anything - she can/should do right now.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Does she drink/ use drugs/ have hepatitis or anything else that may affect the liver? Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes is a sign of jaundice. It may also include darker than normal urine. This is because the liver is unable to break down bilirubin as well as it should. (Bilirubin is a breakdown product of red blood cells which is normally broken down by the liver and excreted as bile into the intestine). So if the liver is impaired, the bilirubin builds up and can cause problems if it's bad enough, not to mention the health problems that can occur from the actual dysfunction of the liver itself.

      Several things can cause jaundice, including those things mentioned above. If she is developing jaundice, there is an underlying cause that should be checked out by the doctor as soon as possible. Things like hepatitis or alcoholic cirrhosis can cause serious health problems and there are treatment options available.

  37. QUESTION:
    Liver problem?
    I was just wondering about the symptoms of liver problems? I feel thirsty frequently and the part of my lower back have got lots of outbreaks. Wads this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      do you have low back pains? is that what you mean....pain on that area may be a symptom of a kidney problem...as to that urgency to drink, you may be hypovolemic or in simple terms, losing a lot of water, do you pee alot? you may be having electrolyte imbalance due to your apparent kidney problem...so the best that you can do is have your urine tested to determine if you are indeed having renal problems...

      as to liver symptoms we have mostly the triad of jaundice, edema and ascites (fluid on your stomach)

      hope these can help you...:-)

  38. QUESTION:
    liver question?
    I have no symptoms of liver problems other than my right side hurts, this hurt about 3 months ago and they did 2 blood work ups and an ultrasound on my liver. They all came back good and found no problems. I have no light stools, dark urine, I'm not yellow, my side just hurts. I don't have a gallbladder it was removed around 5 years ago. So could this still be my liver, or where my gallbladder was or just muscles. It did go away for quite a while. I am just wondering because I am pregnant. Before I became pregnant I was a weekend drinker but that didn't make the pain worse, I am only 26 and don't think it could be my liver, who knows.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi WHitney

      Here is some info on doing a colon and liver cleanse. This will help with your overall health in general. Are you drinking a gallon of water a day? You must move out the toxins in the blood.

      Q. Why is a liver cleanse so important?
      A. Doing a colon cleanse and a liver/gallbladder cleanse are two very important things if you want to cure yourself of disease. It is important to know that the liver is the major fat burning organ in the body. The liver is the only organ that can pump fat out of the body, and the liver is the filter and cleanser of the bloodstream. Every single person, in my opinion, has a sluggish liver. If your liver is sluggish you cannot burn fat properly, you cannot get fat out of the body properly, and you cannot filter and clean your blood properly. Therefore, if you have a sluggish liver you are absolutely guaranteeing yourself illness and disease. Your liver is sluggish because of all the chemicals and toxins in the food that you eat, and all the nonprescription and prescription drugs. Most notably, if you are on cholesterol-reducing drugs, you absolutely have a sluggish liver. If you have ever taken an antibiotic in your life, the antibiotic has killed the friendly flora in your intestine, causing a Candida yeast overgrowth, which always goes and attacks the liver. When you do a liver cleanse, almost everyone feels so much better they can't believe the difference.

      Best of health to you

  39. QUESTION:
    If I had a problem with my liver, any kind of disease or whatever, what symptoms would I have how would I feel
    I had blood work done about 2 months ago. Doctor told me liver was normal & so was everything else he checked for too (thyroid etc.) but I still get frequent symptoms of headaches, feeling lethargic & nausea. I told him about the headaches and he suggested I try a night mouth gaurd to see if that helps get rid of them. I tried one of the store kinds that you heat in boiling water for a minute or 2 then mold it to fit one's mouth but it didn't work, I still get the frequent headaches, have a bad headache right now :( and I still get the fatigue and nausea too. I noticed these symptoms all started when my digestive issues started and at the same time I was having gallbladder issues. I didn't know it, but at the time I started to get all my symptoms my gallbladder had become blocked with gallstones & was causing severe sharp pains frequently esp after eating fried foods. My gb was removed but I still get the headaches, lethargy & nausea. Could these be due to having a liver problem?

    • ANSWER:
      I would not have thought so. People with Liver problems in most cases tend to loose a fair amount of weight/and their eye-balls/skin can turn a yellowy colour. I have Thyroid problems and will be on medication for the duration, but do not have your type of systems. My best advice is ask your doctor for a more thorough examination and perhaps a Bar-em Meal X Ray may show something. Best of Luck

  40. QUESTION:
    Does my fiance have liver problems?
    For a several months now (almost 8 or 9) my fiance has constantly been complaining that he feels ill and tired. I have been brushing it off as nothing until now, as today I noticed his skin looking slightly yellow.
    I am now quite concerned because I know that this can be a symptom of liver damage. Especially as he does have some bad habit when it comes to alcohol in that he doesn't drink often but when he does it is often a large bottle of whiskey. (And yes, I have tried to talk to him about how bad this is for him!)
    Could this be what it is? And if so what should we do from here?
    Thank You

    • ANSWER:
      You can’t build your conclusion about symptom of liver problem based only on color of one’s skin. You can have some assumptions of course, but in order to make proper diagnosis about liver damage a specific blood test needed to be done.

  41. QUESTION:
    Liver disease and Hepatitis C questions..?
    Recently, my dad has become jaundiced and his belly distended. This all happened within about.. 2 weeks maximum. He's an alcoholic and has been for years. However, he also recently got a really bad cut while he was "beach combing," trying to pull out a metal lobster trap that was stuck in the sand after washing up on a beach shore. The cut was really pretty bad and infected-looking and hasn't even fully healed yet. His symptoms started to show about.. 2 weeks after he got this cut.
    I immediately attributed his symptoms to liver problems due to his drinking problem. However, I was just doing some research and it seems as though Hepatitis C is characterized by liver disease and jaundice, among other things, and that alcohol consumption (not to mention excessive alcohol consumption) can cause a rapid deterioration of Hepatitis C.

    I know he needs to see a doctor, but for some reason he's having a hard time getting himself in to see a doctor. I think it may be because he doesn't want to face what's going on with himself. I'm going to try and convince him to go, but I just want to ask a few questions to help me out with my facts:

    1) Is it possible that he acquired Hep C after getting the cut, and that his jaundice and distended stomach is due to rapid Hep C deterioration because of his alcoholism?
    2) It's only been about 1 month since he got the cut. Is it too soon for Hep C to be showing symptoms, excessive alcohol consumption or not?
    3) Is liver disease curable? How?

    Thank you for any answers in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Most advanced liver disease is not curable and the jaundice that is now present gives this indication. Your father needs to go to the nearest ER so they can give him the correct medications to make him more comfortable. He could be dying right before your eyes. Forget about the Hep C, the jaundice and belly distension are serious symptoms that need immediate medical attention. It is a sign his liver is shutting down which can soon lead to death.

  42. QUESTION:
    HELP! Do I have liver cancer?
    I've asked something similar before, but it wasn't precise enough and some answers just tell me to go to the doctor's, which I appreciate but didn't find helpful enough.

    Anyway, my stomach (or whatever organ is causing my problems) has been acting weird lately.

    Last Sunday: I had diarrhea several times, mostly liquid diarrhea, like peeing from your behind. I took some sort of chinese medicine, ate nothing but porridge and some biscuits and drank lots of water.

    Monday to Wednesday: nothing out of the ordinary happened, no diarrhea but I didn't poop either. However, I don't poop that often, so it's nothing strange to me.

    Thursday: I felt really bloated, and it felt like I have this lump in my throat, which made me nauseous, though I didn't throw up. I mostly burped and farted (sorry if I sound crude).

    Friday: I had diarrhea again. The first time, the poop was yellowish and floats. For the second and third time, it was mostly yellowish liquid diarrhea, and if there was any solid poop, it couldn't be seen through the murky liquid.

    Saturday: I felt that lump in my throat again. I threw up this time, but still felt nauseous afterwards. I kept running to the toilet, even though most of the time it's just farts instead of diarrhea, but once when I thought I farted, there was a little bit of diarrhea, really little. Then I had diarrhea again, and it felt like normal poop but turned out looking like the yellow liquid diarrhea I had on Sunday again. I can also feel and hear my stomach churn.

    I am really worried because some of these seem like symptoms of liver problems or cancer.

    -Diarrhea
    -Nausea
    -Loss of appetite (though this is rather common since I don't eat that much during mealtimes)
    -Back and shoulder ache (could this be due to sitting in front of the computer for too long?)
    -Stomach upset (is this considered abdominal pain?)
    -Fatique (I am always tired, but could this be due to me sleeping way past midnight and waking up at 2pm?)

    -No jaundice so far, though.
    -Also, my period is late but I can't be pregnant since I'm a virgin.
    -I'm 16, btw.

    I really hope that you'll answer my questions and would really appreciate it.

    1. What is causing the yellow liquid diarrhea? Should I be worried and see a doctor?
    2. Are these symptoms of liver cancer or liver problems? Or another problem altogether?
    3. What should I do if the diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and lump in throat persists to curb it?

    Thank you so much.

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn't seem to be. Cancer is much worse; but yellow diarrhea isn't good either. What have you been eating?

  43. QUESTION:
    Liver damage?
    As a 30-year-old male who has done quite a fair share of drinking since age 21, I have developed a little interest in cirrhosis. General information says that on average, it takes five drinks a day, every day, for at least ten years, for a male to develop cirrhosis. All of this information also points to the liver's ability to heal itself when given a chance.

    Now, I haven't been drinking every day for ten years, but I've done a regular, consistent amount, mostly beer. I've had a few periods of weeks or months where I didn't drink, but I've kept it up pretty frequently. I don't have any symptoms of liver problems except for some off-and-on mild pain under my ribcage, which may actually be gallbladder problems.

    What I'm curious about is the liver's ability to heal itself. Is a young frequent drinker taking the exact same risk as a young person who drinks every day? Or does the liver benefit enough from frequent sober days to lessen the chance of serious liver damage?
    Also -- about six weeks ago, I had similar concerns, so I had a blood and urine test, with a note to the doctor that I was concerned about liver damage. The tests came out fine. However, I am still curious about the potential for problems.

    • ANSWER:
      Consistent usage of alcohol in excessive amount will cause liver issues. The body is indeed am amazing thing- we have organs that will work down to that last little percent and then fail completely. Don't count on the liver's ability to heal itself to protect you. Young drinkers who over indulge, whether binge or steady drinkers, will have the cumulative effects of liver damage.
      The right side of your body, under the ribcage is where both your liver and gallbladder live. They are connected, BTW. You may be young enough yet to be OK, but then again, maybe not. It's not always a linear correlation between drinking some and not having liver disease. Some livers fail earlier than others- it depends on how much abuse it can take.
      If you are concerned enough to ask about liver damage, then you probably have some.
      What happens in the liver, that damage occurs to part of the liver, and it gets filled with non working areas. A cirrhotic liver is enlarged, has lots of yellow streaks and is very bumpy in appearance, with a pale purplish color. Normal livers are brownish red, smooth and may have some little cysts(all our organs can have cysts without any problems). I work in an Operating Room and do transplants- and a sick liver is not a pretty sight at all. Google cirrhotic liver and you'll get to see some pics.
      You can drink yourself to death by killing your liver. That's the bottom line.

  44. QUESTION:
    am I dying of liver failure?
    Hey I am a 19 year old male. I was exposed to a high amount of naphtha fumes about 12 times in a short period of time. I am now showing scary signs/ I have not gone to a doctor because I have no money or insurence. My symptoms are portal hypertension ( I know from veins appearing in the back of my throat) prominent veins ( not to bad but more but can see my arteries in my arms more then usual) I think I have jaundice in the roof of my mouth, its a little yellowish. My urine was cloud for a bit but that has stopped. I have minor itching. Some adominal pain. My gums bleed randomly, Usualy towards night. It was bad before but then stopped for a bit then started again but is very light now. I did lose my apetite for a bit but now Im eating like normal again. I was depressed for a bit. Wasnt taking care of my self. Wasn't bathing, grew a beard. But now I am fine. I am up and out riding my bike and enjoying nature. I dont really have problems with sleepyness, a little tired but nothing that will keep me from being active. My kidneys hurt a little time to time. I was having light colored foul smelling stool but that ended to. Im confused and stressed a little because it seems Im getting better but at the same time getting worse. As most of the symptoms I stated have faded. The prominent veins are new symptom. they come and go through the day. Ive done very extensive research so I know all the symptoms of liver problems. Ive stated all the symptoms I have. Its just that there is so so so much mixed info on the net. What I have been doing to treat my self is taking milk thistle, cranberry extract, pomigranent extract, flax seed oil, and once the following come in the mail Ill be doing them, castor oil therapy with a heating pad, dandelion extract and artichoke extract. I told my work Im not going to be in for a bit because Im very sick. I figure avoiding as much stress as possible is vital to recovery. Please only answer from people who really know what they are talking about. I know I should be going to a doctor. But there is no way I could afford it

    • ANSWER:
      Ethan, the only way to know for sure is to have
      blood work taken for the liver enzymes and
      liver function tests levels. The liver is very
      quiet about any damage that may be done to it.
      It usually starts to show signs and symptoms if
      the liver cells are damaged to the point that
      they start to die off.
      For portal hypertension, the vessels that
      become enlarged are usually found in the
      lower part of the esophagus, in the rectum,
      and around the belly button area.
      Liver disease can cause a person to become
      really tired and the tiredness doesn't usually
      go away.
      When noticing jaundice, it is best down in
      outside lighting, as inside lighting can mask it.
      It does appear in the mucus membranes, but
      it is usually most noticed in the whites of the
      eyes and the skin area.
      The urine will become darker in yellow and
      even turn into a deep brown if a person is
      jaundice. This is caused by bilirubin rising
      in the blood. Bilirubin is a pigment (colors
      things)that is made from our dead red blood cells that flow with the bile from the liver through tube
      like structures, known as ducts, to the
      intestines to help emulsify and digest the
      fats we eat. If the liver cells become damaged
      where they are not able to convert this non
      soluble bilirubin into a soluble form...then it
      can go higher in the blood. Anything that
      blocks the ducts or if the ducts are malformed,
      can stop the flow of this bilirubin and it can
      back up into the liver and go into the blood, also.
      If the bilirubin doesn't reach the intestines,
      the stools will be light in color, almost a grayish
      white and they may float on top of the water.

      I know that no one here will be able to tell you
      for sure what your medication problem may
      be...I think you should locate a free clinic
      in your area and go to them...it is the only way
      you will know for sure.

      Best wishes

  45. QUESTION:
    signs of liver problems with hep c?
    if someone has hep c and they think that they have problems or signs due to the bodies reaction and symptoms, what would they be?

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    Liver problems maybe? Really worried? I know I already asked, but ihaven't gotten a good answerS?
    know I need to get checked out and i was supposed to take a blood test three years ago and my doctor keeps giving me prescriptions for it but i just haven't gotten around to it.I have to take them because I take lamictal and strattera, and apparently that can trigger them. But i've been having some weird symptoms lately(by hte way i'm 16) and my pediatrition can't figure out what in teh world it is. She's taking xrays, and blood tests for certain things( I had two done but i dont' think they did anything for liver) and i just remembered I was supposed to get blood taken( i am terrified of blood and it takes them quite a bit to take my blood and that's why we havne't gone lately). I've been really off lately, and I want to knwo if you would know if this sounded like anything. Hre are my symptoms:
    - weight loss: I only weighed 98 pounds to begin with. I've always been super super skinny, but i started to lose weight and now i'm only at 94. I lost tha tmuch weight in two months, and you can practically see my bones. And I haven't changed my diet or exercised(actually i never do that) or done anything major.
    - Appatite loss: Sometiems i'm not hungry at all and i have to force myself to eat. I dont' get that hunger feelign anymore, i just feel normal or I feel sick.
    - Always feeling sick: I feel sick a LOT during the day. A lot of the time I get really nauseous
    - stomach pains: I get a lot of stomach pain like when i get my period but when i'm on my period it's 10x worse. Lately though i've felt shooting sharp pain up in my chest. It's actually like my lower chest like right were my left boob is.
    - problems breathing: Sometimes I have liek a really shortness of breath. I could just be laying down watching tv for 10 minutes, and all of a sudden I am having trouble breathing. I can't get my bearings and i feel almost like i've been running for miles when i haven't even sat up. I'm a horseback rider and lately i've been feeling dizzy so i've been skipping lessons. Riding is the single most important activity to me and I love it, but I just can't ever get there anymore because sometiems i feel so sick. I have almost thrown up no a horse three times in the last month. And i only ride once a week.
    - headaches and dizziness
    - constipation
    - can see my veins really well especially when i get out of the shower(i never noticed that before but when i pu ton lotion now, I can see my veins and my entire skin apppears purpilish blue)
    - having to pee and always thirsty but never seeming to pee. Like i have to drink a lot and then i have to pee, but sometimes I still feel like I have to pee, but then I can't go.

    What are these symptoms of? does anyone have any ideas? Can it be cured? I'd jus tlike to feel normal and feel GOOD one day. I never feel good anymore and I always feel sick. :(
    35 minutes ago - 4 days left to answer.
    Additional Details
    they checked diabetes and high thyroid and a whole list of others but everythign came out fine.

    • ANSWER:
      i don't think you have a liver problem because i have this problem too and all the symptoms are caused by Gastritis. this is a condition that results from severe inflammation of the stomach lining or mucosa.
      it is caused by either ingesting chemicals, alcoholism or taking NSAIDS like (aspirin, ibprufen, advil among others.
      i discovered i had this after an endoscopy in march this year.
      tell your doctor about gastritis and see if this could be your problem.
      symptoms reduce greatly when on a healthy diet without processed foods and you should take lots of fruits too.
      wish you the best.

  47. QUESTION:
    Do I have liver problems or liver cancer?
    I know I need to get checked out and i was supposed to take a blood test three years ago and my doctor keeps giving me prescriptions for it but i just haven't gotten around to it.I have to take them because I take lamictal and strattera, and apparently that can trigger them. But i've been having some weird symptoms lately(by hte way i'm 16) and my pediatrition can't figure out what in teh world it is. She's taking xrays, and blood tests for certain things( I had two done but i dont' think they did anything for liver) and i just remembered I was supposed to get blood taken( i am terrified of blood and it takes them quite a bit to take my blood and that's why we havne't gone lately). I've been really off lately, and I want to knwo if you would know if this sounded like anything. Hre are my symptoms:
    - weight loss: I only weighed 98 pounds to begin with. I've always been super super skinny, but i started to lose weight and now i'm only at 94. I lost tha tmuch weight in two months, and you can practically see my bones. And I haven't changed my diet or exercised(actually i never do that) or done anything major.
    - Appatite loss: Sometiems i'm not hungry at all and i have to force myself to eat. I dont' get that hunger feelign anymore, i just feel normal or I feel sick.
    - Always feeling sick: I feel sick a LOT during the day. A lot of the time I get really nauseous
    - stomach pains: I get a lot of stomach pain like when i get my period but when i'm on my period it's 10x worse. Lately though i've felt shooting sharp pain up in my chest. It's actually like my lower chest like right were my left boob is.
    - problems breathing: Sometimes I have liek a really shortness of breath. I could just be laying down watching tv for 10 minutes, and all of a sudden I am having trouble breathing. I can't get my bearings and i feel almost like i've been running for miles when i haven't even sat up. I'm a horseback rider and lately i've been feeling dizzy so i've been skipping lessons. Riding is the single most important activity to me and I love it, but I just can't ever get there anymore because sometiems i feel so sick. I have almost thrown up no a horse three times in the last month. And i only ride once a week.
    - headaches and dizziness
    - constipation
    - can see my veins really well especially when i get out of the shower(i never noticed that before but when i pu ton lotion now, I can see my veins and my entire skin apppears purpilish blue)
    - having to pee and always thirsty but never seeming to pee. Like i have to drink a lot and then i have to pee, but sometimes I still feel like I have to pee, but then I can't go.

    What are these symptoms of? does anyone have any ideas? Can it be cured? I'd jus tlike to feel normal and feel GOOD one day. I never feel good anymore and I always feel sick. :(
    @Ally: I surely dont' have prostate cancer considering I'm female

    • ANSWER:
      This sounds very much like you are dehydrated and your electrolyte
      balance may be off.

      Dehydration can cause some or all of the symptoms you stated.
      You may be drinking the wrong things, like teas and coffee...
      they tend to act like diuretics because of the caffiene in them.
      You should be taking in water or juices to bring up your level of fluids.
      If your body is dehydrated, you may still pass some urine and then stop
      and not be able to go anymore. It also causes Constipation if not enough fluid is
      taken in. When the food hits the colon (the large intestines),
      the water is absorbed back into the body to form the stool inside the intestines.
      If there isn't much fluid in the intestines...the stools will get
      much firmer and can cause a blockage.

      You are very thin. Malnourishment can cause heart, liver, kidney, and many
      other problems in the body. Your body needs food. There are certain proteins
      that the body needs to function that are only obtained from the foods we take
      in (they cannot be made in the body). It is best to start out a little slow; eat
      smaller meals more often than one large one. Drink sips of water and juice
      throughout the day.

      The food you eat supplies the body with glucose. Glucose is the main
      source of energy that all your cells of the body need, in order to do the
      functions to keep your body well. If you are not eatting...the reserve
      of glucose in the liver (that it stores) will be used up. After that the fat
      will be broken down into fatty acid and it will provide energy for a
      short period of time. It then will lead to the body breaking down the
      protein (this affects the muscle of the body and the organs). The organs
      will not be able to perform the functions efficiently and you could die.

      Talk to your doctor and be open with them. She should explain to you
      exactly what is happening. If you are not having this blood testing done
      so she can see what is really taking place...then you might as well
      realize that she can be of no help to you.

      Try taking in more fluids and food, even if you feel slight nausea...it may
      be that you are feeling this way because of lack of it and you will start
      to feel better after awhile. Try to stay away from caffiene drinks.
      Don't over do anything at this time...take it in steps...increase when you
      can.

      When you have your periods, you can develop headache because you
      are losing blood and also fluid. Your levels of iron may also go down in
      your body.

      Many people get upset at the site of blood or having blood taken. You are
      not alone. Sometimes, it is best to turn your head and try to think of other
      things (like what the tech looks like, how she could do something different
      to look better, funny things that make you smile...act like you are telling
      a funny story, in your mind, to someone else. Take a slow deep breath
      and concentrated on your breathing.

      Some drugs are very hard on the liver and blood tests need to be done
      to be sure you do not obtain a liver problem that could become life threatening.
      Without those tests, you can develop inflammation inside the liver and
      not know you have it. It can lead to Cirrhosis of the liver if not caught
      early on. Doctors have to weigh the pros and cons of all drugs given
      to the patients. They rely on these tests when it is definitely necessary
      for the patient to be taking them. No medication should be stopped by
      the patient unless the doctor approves of it.

      Best wishes to you.

  48. QUESTION:
    pregnant? liver problems?
    I 2 blood tests last week as i haven't been well, one was just a full blood count to check everything which i have the results back for, the other was to test for pregnancy as i had 1 positive and 2 negative pregnancy tests, now if i am pregnant i might be 6 months gone already because the last time i had intercourse was in May, the results came back and they told me i had to make a doctors appointment because something came back in the blood test about my liver, iv heard there are liver problems that you can get in pregnancy but what are they?
    i don't know if they have symptoms but i will say a few things iv had
    Sickness(nausea)
    diarrhoea
    headaches
    very tired
    low energy.

    hope you can help, thanks :)
    i had 2 blood tests* i mean

    • ANSWER:
      First things first, Visit your G.P, and have a official Pregnancy test the result should be instant. Establish if you are pregnant.

      As far as when the child was concieved its not a exact science as some studies show that a child can be concieved a few months after intercourse although this is extremly rare.

      Once you have established if you are pregnant, then you need to make an appointment with the pre-natal Midwife who will run all the blood tests and relevant scans for you. He/She will also be able to , after looking at your results tell you what the complications are if any at all.

      Re-cap * See your G.P/Gynacologist immediately and confirm the pregnancy, so that you may take things from there.

  49. QUESTION:
    sighns of liver problems? what 2 look for please help.?
    I am 18 year old male, and im not sure what 2 look for but i think i may have liver problem or kidney problems and i really want 2 catch it early if i do.

    I am a recoving meth/cocaine addict as well and those 2 drugs happen to be very bad on that part.

    however my symptoms are very mild, mabye im just paraniod.

    i somtimes get a slight pain in my torso area, the right side of my body, right in the middle of my rib cage.

    its a very minor pain to the point i dunno if you should even call it a pain, more like discomfort.

    its not always, and seems to act up when i use a drug. the thing is cocaine and meth dont make it do much when i use these drugs, however on marijuana it hurts pretty bad witch gets me thinking its all in my head (mj makes me paraniod) you would think the more destructive drug would hurt more...

    so what signs to look for? my urine looks fine, its pretty much just the pain, however i get dirriha and neasea on random occasions but i serously think its unreaated.
    my moms been a meth addict for 20 years, and she has very slight kidney problems, and no liver problems, so i dunno if its that, if her 20 years of use didnt serously hurt her liver i dunno why my 3 years of abuse would. but i guess everyones different.

    my main fear is they were messed up before the drugs and the drugs made them worse

    • ANSWER:
      sweetie it sounds like just maybe u should get checked out for just maybe some form of hepatitis but like u said its early if thAT BE THE CASE GOD BLESS

  50. QUESTION:
    can i have liver problems, im 14! plz read i feel like dieng! :''''(?
    last month i was in terrrible pain on my lower abdomen and they thought i had appendicitis so they did a CT scan on me and everything was normal except my bowel walls were alittle thick, but since then its been hurting were my liver is and ive been canstantly tired and my poo has been flaky and yellow??? im only 14 and i searched it and now im afraid i have liver problems bcuz i just feel terrible pain everywhere in my belly and feel exhaustd and sleepy all the time. i did a cbc about 2 weeks ago and everything came out perfect but the symptoms are getting worse and im going to see a tummy doctor (GI) but its going to take weeks to get in eith them plz help i feel like im dieng and i even went today and they havent done anything so me and my parents are going crazy, my doc thinks its IBD but its also hurting up were my liver is and the lower part of my left ribcage but under it help me!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Extremely unlikely to be a liver condition. Bowel thickening can occur with inflammatory bowel disease or a gastroenterititis/colitis. Your pain is likely related to what is causing your bowel thickening. Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis) is certainly a possibility. Gastroenteritis or colitis would be a more likely explanation and is more commonly known as the stomach flu. You will have more answers once you see the Gastroenterologist, but this is certainly not a liver issue.


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Breast Cancer Metastasis To Liver Prognosis
The reality is that one woman out of nine will develop breast cancer some time in her life. Breast Cancer Metastasis To Liver PrognosisSo even if you manage to be one of the eight who doesn't get it, chances are you will know someone, perhaps someone quite close to you, who will develop breast cancer. Breast cancer doesn't care if you're in your teens or a mature woman. All women need to know the symptoms so they can get treatment as early as possible if breast cancer develops.

The good news is that even though breast cancer occurs so frequently, if it's treated in the early stages it's highly curable for about six out of seven cases. So one of the most important things you can do is keep watching for symptoms, so that even if breast cancer occurs, you have a good chance of beating it. If you don't discover breast cancer until an advanced stage, your chances of recovery are much lower - only about one in seven.

So what are the symptoms? They vary from woman to woman, and unfortunately many of them can occur for a multitude of reasons, but if you observe any of the following symptoms on an ongoing basis, do yourself a favor and get it checked out by your doctor. Many symptoms don't involve any noticeable discomfort or pain; so don't wait for that to happen before seeking advice. Symptoms include:

- Breast is warm to touch

- Itching in the breast region or armpit

- Ridges or thickened areas of the skin on the breast or nipple

- Pink, red or dark colored area that has a texture similar to orange skin

- Something that looks like a bruise that doesn't fade

- Nipple starts becoming inverted

- Pain in the breast, anything from stabbing pains through to a constant ach

- The aureole changes in color and/or texture

- The breast shape or size changes

- Lump or swelling in the armpit

- Discharge from the nipple

- Dimpled skin on the breast

Research has shown that certain groups of women are more at risk of developing breast cancer. So if you belong to a high-risk category, it's even more important that you regularly monitor your breasts, and either have your breasts checked for lumps by your doctor, or learn to do it yourself. Major risk factors include:

- Hormone replacement therapy

- Obesity

- High fat diet

- Taking the oral contraceptive pill

- Family history of breast cancer

- Alcohol use

Again, always remember that breast cancer is highly treatable if it's caught early. It's better to get something suspicious checked out by your doctor and be proven wrong, than let it go and find out later you could have reduced the chance of mastectomy or even death because of breast cancer. Most of the time any symptoms will prove to be unrelated to breast cancer, but don't take that risk. Always get suspicious symptoms checked by your doctor, so you can get an accurate diagnosis.

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The reality is that one woman out of nine will develop breast cancer some time in her life. So even if you manage to be one of the eight who doesn't get it, chances are you will know someone, perhaps someone quite close to you, who will develop breast cancer. Breast cancer doesn't care if you're in your teens or a mature woman. All women need to know the symptoms so they can get treatment as early as possible if breast cancer develops.

The good news is that even though breast cancer occurs so frequently, if it's treated in the early stages it's highly curable for about six out of seven cases. So one of the most important things you can do is keep watching for symptoms, so that even if breast cancer occurs, you have a good chance of beating it. If you don't discover breast cancer until an advanced stage, your chances of recovery are much lower - only about one in seven.

So what are the symptoms? They vary from woman to woman, and unfortunately many of them can occur for a multitude of reasons, but if you observe any of the following symptoms on an ongoing basis, do yourself a favor and get it checked out by your doctor. Many symptoms don't involve any noticeable discomfort or pain; so don't wait for that to happen before seeking advice. Symptoms include:

- Breast is warm to touch

- Itching in the breast region or armpit

- Ridges or thickened areas of the skin on the breast or nipple

- Pink, red or dark colored area that has a texture similar to orange skin

- Something that looks like a bruise that doesn't fade

- Nipple starts becoming inverted

- Pain in the breast, anything from stabbing pains through to a constant ach

- The aureole changes in color and/or texture

- The breast shape or size changes

- Lump or swelling in the armpit

- Discharge from the nipple

- Dimpled skin on the breast

Research has shown that certain groups of women are more at risk of developing breast cancer. So if you belong to a high-risk category, it's even more important that you regularly monitor your breasts, and either have your breasts checked for lumps by your doctor, or learn to do it yourself. Major risk factors include:

- Hormone replacement therapy

- Obesity

- High fat diet

- Taking the oral contraceptive pill

- Family history of breast cancer

- Alcohol use

Again, always remember that breast cancer is highly treatable if it's caught early. It's better to get something suspicious checked out by your doctor and be proven wrong, than let it go and find out later you could have reduced the chance of mastectomy or even death because of breast cancer. Most of the time any symptoms will prove to be unrelated to breast cancer, but don't take that risk. Always get suspicious symptoms checked by your doctor, so you can get an accurate diagnosis.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what do liver doctors do if your liver enzymes are high?
    When your liver enzymes are elevated, what does your liver doctor usually do about that?

    • ANSWER:
      The doctor should check them again at a later date (maybe a month or so) and see if they are still high. They will want to know if they are staying high all the time or if its just a one time thing that goes away. It also depends on high high the enzymes are because no doctor is going to freak about a level that is just a litttle bit above normal. If they are significantly higher, then they want to know what is causing it.

      If they do the liver function test several times and they remain high, they will want to do an ultrasound and/or CT scan to try to see what is going on with the liver. If the liver is enlarged and there is something more they want to know about it, the very best test is to get a biopsy done which will clearly show any problems with the liver. They only do a biopsy as a last resort to figure things out. They will do the less invasive testing first.

  2. QUESTION:
    What causes an enlarged liver? Doctors or RN's?
    My friend just came back from Iraq and while there he became extremly ill. He was airlifted to Germany where they found that his liver number were in the 1000's. They could not find out what was wrong with him and sent him back to Iraq to finish out his time. He has since returned to the states and is still trying to find out what is wrong. He recently went to the dr, confirming that he foes still have an enlarged liver. Any adivce on what this could be would be appreciated. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      He should see either a gastroenterologist or
      hepatologist.
      When the liver cells become damaged, the
      immune system of the body respond to this
      damage and cause inflammation to develop
      inside the liver...that would cause the liver
      to enlarge in size.

      There is many causes of liver cell damage:
      alcohol consumption, medication toxification,
      chemical exposure, Viral infections
      (like Hepatitis A,B,C,etc), parasite infection,
      mushroom poisoning, fatty liver disease,
      hereditary diseases where the body holds onto
      too much iron or copper, autoimmune disease
      (like biliary cirrhosis or sclerosing cholangitis),
      tumors/growth/cysts/cancer,
      biliary obstruction/malformation/infection,
      cardiac/vascular problems, and others.

      Mononucleosis may also be considered.

      The cause of this inflammation has to be
      found and stopped and the inflammation has
      to be treated...this is the only way the liver cells
      can heal. If this is not done, it can lead to where
      the liver cells start to die off and form scar
      tissue inside the liver that will block the flow
      of blood through the liver on its way back to
      the heart and also block the flow of blood
      to the other liver cells where they will, also,
      start to die off. This is then known as
      Cirrhosis of the liver and it is not reversible.
      The doctors can only try to slow this disease
      down...there is no known cure.

      I'm giving you links to learn more about this
      disease....I hope this information has been of
      help to you. You can click on these links:
      http://www.hcvets.com/data/hcv_liver/cirrhosis.htm
      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373
      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/cirrhosis.html

  3. QUESTION:
    Recommended doctors for liver cancer second opinions in Baltimore?
    I am looking to get a second opinion on spots found on my mothers liver. We are unhappy with our current oncologist and his bedside manner. We live in Towson but will drive into the city if necessary. Please give us some new options!!

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a link to a Great doctor at
      Johns Hopkins:
      http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/surgery/faculty/Schulick

  4. QUESTION:
    If Michelle had an ultrasound of her liver and her doctors told her that?
    They find some fluid in her right lung called pleural effusion. So they tell her they want to do a chest x-ray on her. This girl Michelle is 24 yrs old and she has Chronic Hepatitis C. So she has a chest x-ray done and they say it came out normal but howcome the doctors are not going to worry about her pleural effusion anymore. Do you think it is coming from her Hepatitis C?

    • ANSWER:
      Hepatitis C produces many other problems besides problems in the liver, however I doubt that the fluid is from Hep c (HCV). It may be coincidental that this occurred. Here is a link to a website that has lots of good information on HCV. Scroll down to the part that says "extrahepatic manifestations"- then click on those links. It will tell you about how HCV can create other medical problems besides those in the liver.
      http://hcvadvocate.org/hepatitis/factsheets.asp
      Best wishes.

  5. QUESTION:
    Can doctors/tests determine if liver damage is due to alcohol?
    My mother is a severe alcoholic whose eyes have recently turned (very) yellow and she's made an appointment with her doctor to find out why. I know for a fact she will tell her doctor that she doesn't drink. If she hides the fact that she drinks, will he still be able to determine if her liver damage is due to alcohol?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, they knew with my mother in law. She presented for a doctor's appointment with similar symptoms (and reeking of last night's booze too, I imagine). She denied drinking, but the doctor did a liver function test and called the next day to report that she had alcoholic hepatitis.

      BTW, she quit drinking that day. It's been 17 years now and she is still abstinent.

  6. QUESTION:
    What do most doctors recommend for liver deficiency?
    I have been researching for the past 2 days about liver deficiency, and most of my findings have recommended taking herbal supplements which supposedly help to heal and regenerate the liver. However, I am curious as to what a real medical practitioner would say on the matter.

    P.S. The herbs which supposedly help the liver for a liver deficiency condition are Milk Thistle, Oregon Grape Root, Barberry Root, Yellow Dock Root, Golden Seal Root, Chaparral

    • ANSWER:
      There's no such medical diagnosis as "liver deficiency".

      There is such a thing as liver damage, and liver damage can cause deficiency of the things that the liver produces, if that is what you mean. The recommendations would depend on what caused the damage. One thing that would usually not be a part of the treatment would be things that need to be processed by the liver, which would include a lot of both drugs and herbal substances. If the liver is damaged enough, nothing will help short of a transplant.

      The liver will regenerate itself to some extent, given time and discontinuation of anything being done to damage it. The most common cause of liver damage is alcohol. But there isn't anything that will 'heal and regenerate' the liver other than time and clean livin'. In general, herbal supplements should be approached with the same sort of caution as prescribed drugs. Many of them contain substances that can be dangerous, and just because they are "natural" does not mean that they are not toxic. Anthrax is all-natural too.

  7. QUESTION:
    What do doctors test for when you have elevated liver enzymes?
    And what does that mean? My doctor said that they were going to be running lots of tests on my blood to check for multiple things because my bile duct was inflamed and that I had a mild elevated liver enzymes or something. The test are going to take ahwhile to get back. Does anyone know what they are testing for and what they could find? -Serious Answers Only Please.-

    • ANSWER:
      Doctor might have certain things in his mind as hepatitis, abscess or cyst or some other lesion in liver.
      He will also consider bile duct obstruction by a stone or some pancreatic condition.
      For these he will recommend different tests.

  8. QUESTION:
    My friends father died due to a failing liver, friend wanted to donate but doctors did not let them?
    My friends father recently died because of a liver failure, he was going to live if he was given a piece of my friends liver (the fathers son) but the doctor said he needed to be 18, but my friend was 17. Is this really true? If it is I fucking hate humanity.

    • ANSWER:
      that sucks im soo sorry..yes he has to be 18 or with a parent consiltation

  9. QUESTION:
    My friend had breast cancer it has spread to the liver, the doctors say it is at stage 4.?
    My friend is in and out of consciousness in the hospital. The doctors are actually working on fluids on her lungs. However, the cancer is not being treated. Why is that? What are the survival chances? Is there hope for them to leave the hospital,go home and get home care? Will they walk around normaly again. The mass is huge....what does this all mean?

    • ANSWER:
      Stage 4 breast cancer is not curable, but it is often managed well and women can survive with it for 10 years or more. You are not giving any information needed to assess the situation, but if she is in and out of consciousness with liver and possible lung mets it is very possible additional treatment will not help and it has been decided to treat her palliatively.

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

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

  11. QUESTION:
    Can the first dose Depakote (anti-seizure meds) make my liver enzymes rise? Or are my doctors retarded?
    I took my first dose of Depakote (2000 mg) and nothing else besides two aspirin for a headache. The very next day I had a doctors appointment where they took blood work, and my liver enzymes were high. The doctor says this is due to the Depakote, but I only took it that one day! Is my doctor retarded or can one dose of Depakote really raise liver enzymes that quickly?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, this is probably due to the depakote. Yes, the enzymes can rise quickly even after one dose. The biggest concern with depakote is liver failure.

  12. QUESTION:
    What are the names of specialty Dr for liver and kidney Doctors?

    • ANSWER:
      Liver is Hepatology or hepatologist
      Kidney is Nephrologist.

  13. QUESTION:
    what is used by doctors to cleanse your liver ?
    i have reoccuring boils, one right after another. i'm getting worried! someone told me to cleanse my liver. can someone give me some addvise, please?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no such thing as "cleansing your liver." Any product that claims to do that is a fraud and should be avoided. The "someone" who told you that does not know anything about human physiology.

      As another answer pointed out, boils have absolutely nothing to do with your liver.

  14. QUESTION:
    My friend was injured by his seatbelt in a motor accident. Doctors said he suffered liver sclerosis.What is it
    Is it permanent or irreverible? Can he drink alcohol? Does it lead to impotence?

    • ANSWER:
      Tell your friend not to drink any alcohol if he has liver problem it will only make it worse .It should not lead to impotence but you should get your friend have the Doctor answer any questions you both have .Take care and I hope it is not to serious.

  15. QUESTION:
    If someone was dieing of liver failure, would the doctors ever induce a comma ?
    so that he/she could go out with less pain? I ask this because I am curious about the idream story going around yahoo answers, and just in in general is this a medical practice

    • ANSWER:
      I have seen doctors order drugs for someone that is dying that will make them sleep where they don't know anything until they die if they are quite uncomfortable and need something to make it easier on them. This is done at the very end when they will die within a few hours to maybe a day or so. That girl said she was dying of liver failure. When a liver is failing, a person gets high ammonia levels that cause confusion and hallucinations. They are extremely weak and tired. It's not unusual to sleep at least 16 hours/day or more at the end. I doubt anyone dying of liver failure would be able to operate a computer or put cohesive thoughts together at the end. She just wanted to stir up some stuff and wanted some attention which is exactly what she got. I think she underestimated the reaction of people and never expected so much attention.

      I saw the question from that girl you are talking about. I went to her profile and after she posted the question about dying, another question was posted a few hours later asking something stupid that I cannot remember now. It had nothing to do with being sick or dying. So when she was supposed to be in this induced coma that would lead to her death, someone was posting another question on the same account. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out it was just a bunch of nonsense.

  16. QUESTION:
    will the doctors put me on the liver transplant list if the drug overdose was an accident?
    It's a long story, but I accidentally overdosed on tylenol (I thought I was taking a different pill). Please don't give me crap about it, I already feel awful and am contemplating suicide. The doctor said I would need one if I wanted to live, but would they put me on the list if it was an accidental overdose? Or am I pretty much screwed? :'(

    I'm 15 btw, and my parents aren't telling me anything.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, probably you can be put on the list. . An accidental overdose is not the same as drug abuse.

      The first poster is correct, however; there will be a psychological review as part of your transplant evaluation, and if you are contemplating suicide, they may think you are not mentally healthy enough to receive a transplant. So, see if you can get some counseling. It's very important for now and later.

      I received a kidney/pancreas in 2005. See the links below for more transplant info. I hope it all goes well for you. You deserve a chance at a healthy life; plus you may not even have to wait on a list. Living liver donations are common, and one of your parents or another relative could be a match. (They remove part of the donor's liver, and your transplanted liver will "grow" as will the donor's).

  17. QUESTION:
    Doctors, How painful is it to die from liver failure?
    Is it also painful right before liver starts to go bad?

    Just curious!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not a doctor, nor have I ever had my liver completely fail. I did have my liver start to go bad because my gallbladder had ceased functioning and it took a long time for the doctors to catch it. Then they took my gallbladder out and my liver continued to get worse because I had a blockage somewhere. It is the most painful thing I've ever felt. Every inch of my body hurt and I needed morphine consistently every 4 hours. I hope that helps.

  18. QUESTION:
    Doctors, How do you recover from acute liver, kidneys and bone marrow failure?
    A doctor prescribed by phone bactrim for a cold. I had a past strong reaction to sulfa.

    • ANSWER:
      If is very important that doctors and
      pharmacists know anything you are allergic
      to or had side effects from.

      It would be good, if you have not taken the
      drug, to call the doctor office and ask
      why you were prescribed this...mistakes
      can happen.

      If you have taken the drug...have side effects,
      go to the emergency room immediately.
      Depending on your side effects, like
      difficulty breathing, etc....they can treat and
      maybe counteract this drug with another one.
      They should do blood testing then to check
      your organs. They can see from blood testing
      if the liver/kidney cells are damaged or functioning well and if your bone marrow is
      producing enough of each of the cells:
      RBC,WBC,platelets.

      Hope this is of some help.

  19. QUESTION:
    Why doctors don't operate on the breast in case of breast cancer if there are already metastases in liver?
    My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer very late. So late that she already has metastases in her liver. Doctors refuse to make a surgery on her breast and do chemotherapy instead, saying they have to kill the metastases in the liver first.The results are not inspiring- the breast "bomb" is growing and the metastases in the liver also increase. Is this a malpractice of a free medicine and should we search another country where doctors do it differently? Or shall they really cut ASAP the original tumor and then deal with the metastases, Who has similar experience and can give an advise- please do so !
    Thanks for any help, Anya

    • ANSWER:
      Ι think it is better seeing a doctor in person to answer this kind of questions.

  20. QUESTION:
    how can i find out if i have any liver damage? with out doctors?
    i over dosed badly last month... no one knew. i was stupid i no.. big regret .. i think i am better now?!. but anyways i am really scared and upset for my liver im only 17 female and i also had whisky when i OD, how can i check my liver without doctor?
    note: i overdosed on painkillers not alcohol..

    • ANSWER:
      Well if it wasn't accidental, then you really should talk to someone, not necessarily your own GP, but maybe a helpline or a counsellor.
      There is a herbal tablet called "Milk Thistle" available in all health food stores which is very good for your liver and is given to people with cirrhosis of the liver to help the liver regenerate. Maybe you could take that for a while and see if it helps.

  21. QUESTION:
    How long do doctors give someone to live who has been diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer ?
    Thank God this is not me, don't freak out Robin. It is someone I work with and hate to see go through this. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Normally my answer would depend on the type, and aggressiveness of the cancer. Stage four liver cancer is very serious, and usually fatal, within a few months at the most. Stage four means that the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, such as the stomach, intestines, lungs, bones etc.
      Here are some useful links for you.
      In the weeks ahead just be a caring and supportive friend and co-worker.It's more important than you know.

  22. QUESTION:
    Why Do Doctors Look At Cholesterol FIRST INSTEAD Of IMPORTANT Things Liek LIVER And KIDNEY Function?
    They always seem to focus on the cholesterol CRAP and the expense fo alot of other things that are FAR MORE important?

    UNLESS you cholesterol DROPPED alot. THIS is reason for concern

    • ANSWER:
      High cholesterol level puts you at an increased risk of heart problems. It's very easily managed by either diet or medications. High cholesterol can cause clogging of the arteries of the heart and can cause a heart attack and sudden death.

      Routine bloodwork, which I'm sure would be done if cholesterol levels are obtained, can show abnormalities in liver and kidney function. If there are abnormalities in these routine blood tests, that's the time more tests will be done to investigate possible liver and kidney problems.

  23. QUESTION:
    what should i do for a healthy liver, only expert and doctors suggestion?
    i don t drink or smoke, i don t eat junk food, i eat very healthy and light food bt still facing digestion and weight loss problem i m 22 yrs old and hav been dealing it after jaundice disease .....from last 3 yrs
    my all tests r normal

    • ANSWER:
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  24. QUESTION:
    What are some treatments and procedures that doctors use to treat jaundice of the liver?

    • ANSWER:
      What causes Jaundice when you have liver disease?
      Bilirubin is a substance that is made from our dead
      red blood cells by the spleen and the liver.
      Bilirubin is a pigment, meaning it colors other things..
      it is a greenish/yellowish substance.
      If the cells of the liver become damaged, the liver
      cells may not be able to convert this non soluble
      substance into a soluble form, so that it can flow
      with the bile through tube like structures, known
      as ducts, to the intestines to emulsify and digest the fats
      we eat. This is one of the causes of the coloring
      of the whites of the eyes and skin being yellow in
      appearance. Another cause can be because the
      biliary ducts are obstructed by a stone moving into
      them, an infection inside the ducts, or there is a
      growth in the bile ducts, or the bile ducts are mal-
      formed. This can cause the bilirubin/bile to back
      up into the liver and stay in the blood.
      A rise in bilirubin in the blood will cause the
      Jaundice, but may also cause itching. The doctor
      has to determine for certain why it is higher, before
      treatment can be started.
      There are other causes outside of the liver for
      higher bilirubin,also. Since the bilirubin is made
      from our dead red blood cells...if a person has
      a higher level of red blood cells being made...
      then this can cause a rise when the conversion
      to bilirubin is made. Some people have a disease
      known a Gilberts disease, where they naturally have
      had high levels all their life.

      If this is definitely a liver/biliary problem...the doctor
      may start a patient on a drug, known as Ursodiol
      which will help the bile flow better and relieve the
      itching. Sometimes, the patient being in sunlight
      will help lessen it...but this has to be determined if
      it is okay...since cancer in liver patients is a higher
      risk.

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

  25. QUESTION:
    When did doctors change their minds about pregnant ladies eating liver?
    When I was pregnant eleven years ago, the doctor said I SHOULD eat liver once a week. Now I see comments on here saying that pregnant ladies should not eat liver? When did they change their minds and why?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think that they've actually changed their minds. They're just cautioning women to minimize their consumption of liver because liver is the only food that provides VERY high levels of Vitamin A. Yes, Vit A is needed for normal fetal growth and development, but not more than the RDA for pregnant women (2,565 IU).

      Some studies suggest that high doses of Vitamin A causes birth defects. There was in study (in 1995) that found that women who took more than 10,000 IU (international units) of Vitamin A, which is nearly four time the Institute of Medicine's Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA), daily in the first two months of pregnancy had more than double the risk of having a baby with birth defects.

      The body also makes its own Vitamin A by consuming yellow and green vegetables (contains beta carotene).

  26. QUESTION:
    My Dad has stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver, how serious is this?
    My Dad has stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver. Doctors have told him he only has a 40% chance of successfully curring his hep C with treatment. I need to know how serious this is or what this means in general. HELP?

    • ANSWER:
      Stage IV is very serious. He may cure his Hep C, but the cirrhosis will last forever. Not only that, but it predisposes him to bleeding, ruptured vessels in the stomach and esophagus, life-threatening infections in the belly, and hepatocellular carcinoma (cancer). If he can lead a good, clean life for a year, there is a good chance he can get a liver transplant. Please be sure he has a good hepatologist (a specially trained gastroenterologist). He needs to have a small camera passed into his stomach to look for vessels that can rupture, and he needs a scan to make sure there isn't a mass in his liver.

      I just diagnosed someone with this, and he wound up having cancer at diagnosis because he didn't see his doc often enough early on.

      I don't want to scare you, but be sure he gets good care. Be there for him, because he is scared whether he shows it or not.

      Best of luck.

  27. QUESTION:
    does a regular blood test at the doctors show liver problems?
    Or do u have to ask

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    My doctors have just informed me that I am suffering from Hepatitis C and it is causing my liver to fail.?
    This is after the same doctors gave me a completely clean billing a month ago. They are coming across as complete nincompoops to me and I intend to sue them. But more importantly are there some people from whom I can get a quick consult before I worry about legalities.

    • ANSWER:
      Alternative treatment like Homeopathy medicines may helps you

  29. QUESTION:
    I don't have the typical habits that cause one to have a bad liver-what can I do to improve my liver condition
    I never drink, smoke, do drugs, I've never been promiscuous & when in relationship practice safe sex, I eat properly but for some reason I have a poor liver. Doctors are having me undergo tests but just wanted some feedback while I wait.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you overweight? A high fat diet can cause liver damage. Reducing your fat intake and losing weight might help.

  30. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of surviving untreated liver cancer?
    My uncle has just been diagnosed with cancer in his liver. The doctors said that it's too late to operate, and he doesn't want chemotherapy because it would only let him live an extra couple of months. The doctors said he probably has a year to live. Will my uncle die for sure, or is there a slight chance that he will survive?

    • ANSWER:
      You know it is a tough question... Nobody can be 100% sure when you will die or not die. We have cases where doctors say 'you can't live more than 6 months", but the patients end up living much longer. The doctor, however, knows better according to your uncle's condition and precedented cases, what your uncle's chances will be.
      It may be ... say, 85% accurate? but there are miracles. About cancer, so far we don't have any effective medicines to treat the disease, what we can do is to try to live normally, and don't think about the illness.

  31. QUESTION:
    doctors said that they cannot heal my father from liver cancer?
    so do you know other natural ways to heal from this disease? cuz GOD CAN HEAL MY FATHERS AND NOT THE DOCTORS.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, there is no cure for any cancer...yet. I don't know in what stage of cancer your father is in, but does he qualify for a liver transplant?

      Yes, God heals...but keep in mind that God also uses and sends doctors/medical professionals to heal people.

  32. QUESTION:
    what does it mean when the doctor says the liver is in critical stage?
    my dad has been diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. we were told there was nothing more the doctors can do. they didn't really explain everything to us. they just said his liver was in critical stage. do we need to talk to a specialist or what?

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    can not the doctors give me another liver if i am having liver damage?

    i do not have cancer i just have over dose tylenol
    i take 6 tylenol cuz iwas having so strong headache

    • ANSWER:
      You are just being silly. Six tylenol is not going to hurt any liver unless they were given to a baby. Can you imagine how many people would need a transplant if everyone that took a few extra tylenol would need one? Very silly. The liver is a lot tougher than that and it takes more than that to hurt it.

  34. QUESTION:
    Pains in the liver area.... Doctors say it's a pulled muscle. Your thoughts/experiences?
    6 years ago I was feeding my rabbit, then when I stood up I got a terrible pain across my stomach. I could hardly walk, and had to lie doubled up in bed for about 10 minutes while it subsided.

    5 years ago the pain came back, but it was more bearable. After that, an on/off pain developed. I have pin-pointed it to be around my liver area. I went to see a doctor who said IBS, the tablets given didn't help. The pains continued. When they came I noticed something seemed to swell up underneath where my last rib is on the right.

    At college in around May last year the pain came back and I had to walk for the bus almost doubled over. At home it made me cry, yet my mum didn't seem to think I was being serious. I did skive school like many kids did, but I wouldn't fake that! Every doctor visit has still been in vain. They just say pulled muscle.

    The most common pain is a kind of "griping" pain around the liver area. It comes when I drink alcohol, when I am tired, and it happened today when I was working in the garden. I am 19 years old and female. Like I said, my parents don't seem to take me seriously and I am not confident enough to stroll into A&E. They've got me thinking it isn't worth it at all.

    Where do I go from here?

    If you have a similar thing please let me know!

    Some other symptoms I have noticed:
    -Rarely able to sleep
    -Random bouts of dizziness
    -Exhaustion during day even after good nights sleep
    I have noticed that I am also more thirsty than usual today for some reason.
    Huh... You're telling ME to get a life? Here's the deal, as soon as you find a life I'll get one too.

    • ANSWER:
      The vast majority of people with gallbladder disease also have gallstones, according to Merck Manual Medical Library. When a stone blocks the bile duct leading out of the gallbladder, bile flow is slowed or stopped. During a gallbladder attack people experience severe, persistent pain on the right side of the abdomen just under the rib cage. The pain may radiate to the upper back and right shoulder blade. These episodes of pain tend to come and go, and may last for hours or days depending on the type and extent of gallbladder disease.

      The biliary tract consists of small tubes (ducts) that carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder and then to the small intestine. The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped sac located beneath the liver. It stores bile. When bile is needed as when people eat, the gallbladder contracts, pushing bile through the bile ducts into the small intestine. This is called liver and gallbladder disorders.
      I hope this helps you. And good luck.

  35. QUESTION:
    can any 1 suggest the good doctors or clinics in liver and stomach related diseases in kolkata?

    • ANSWER:
      The good doctor is Gasteroentrologist

  36. QUESTION:
    Why do doctors not recommend Cod Liver Oil instead of Ant-Depressants?
    Cod Liver Oil is rich in Moega 3 which help produce Serotonin and Dopamine naturally without some of the side effects of SSRI and Bupropion?
    Omega 3*

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    DOCTORS PLEASE: Liver Enzymes?
    my liver enzymes have been high (and i mean high!) for the last year, doctors are all worried and keep asking more blood tests, x-rays, urine tests, doppler's, etc.
    the thing is: i feel allright, theres notjing wrong with me, except for the enzymes, do i have to be worried?
    and if it is autoimmune hepatitis (tests said its not viral) is steroid therapy the only way to treat it, im an ex-acne pacient (i still have a high tendency to it) and im scared to death about steroids

    • ANSWER:
      There are many things that can cause high
      liver enzymes:
      Alcohol consumption
      Medication toxification
      Chemical exposure
      Hereditary conditions...like the body holding
      onto iron or copper
      Biliary blockage or mal formation of the
      ...bile ducts or stricture
      Auto immune disease
      Hepatitis A,B,C, etc.
      Fatty liver disease whether caused by
      ...weight or alcohol

      Usually, when it is a problem with the
      liver, the liver will start to have inflammation
      inside of it. This will cause the liver to
      enlarge in size. These enzymes can
      be elevated if you exercise alot before
      having the testing done. The liver enzymes
      are not alway specific just to the liver...it
      can be some other organ that may have
      a problem. The ALT level is more specific
      to the liver itself, The AST level isn't...
      there are other organs that have this enzyme, The Alkaline Phosphates are
      specific to the biliary area and also the
      bones.

      Inflammation of the liver, caused by
      any of the things I mentioned above, are
      treated according to what the problem is.
      The main thing is to help the inflammation
      in the liver to decrease before it advances
      where the cells of the liver die. If caught
      early on, it can be reversed and the liver
      can heal.

      They do use steroids to help take the
      inflammation away, but they adjust them
      so only the very least amount needed is
      used.

      I hope this is of some help to you.
      You should be with either a gastroenterologist or a hepatologist now.
      The very best test for the liver is a liver
      biopsy, but they will not do this unless
      absolutely necessary because it is
      an expensive and invasive procedure.

      Best wishes to you and I hope that they
      find out what is wrong.
      The liver is very quiet organ and doesn't
      show signs or symptoms of being in
      distress until the cells of the liver can
      no longer function well to do the job they
      do to keep the body healthy. Some
      people just feel tired or may have flu
      like symptoms to begin with before having
      anything else.

  38. QUESTION:
    What doctor treatment is recommened for a torn liver? urgent?
    Alright my cousin she's 8 years old and she fell from a playground. She hit a bar in her mid section and started throwing up. After we took her to the hospital. She was transfered to UCLA and the doctors say the liver was torn and is inside the sack hanging. She lost half her blood from internal bleeding and had several blood transfusions done. Is this life treating and if it is what needs to be done to save her life? Any doctor suggestions on operations and stuff like. Money is not a problem.

    • ANSWER:
      wow i feel really bad for you...but u should really just ask a doctor...good luck!!!!

  39. QUESTION:
    are there other options in treating liver cancer when the doctors cant do anything?

    • ANSWER:
      i suppose that when you say doctors can't do anything, it means they've tried surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, chemoembolization... or transplantation?

      have you tried looking for stage 1 or 2 clinical trials?

  40. QUESTION:
    any doctors out there what is normal liver count is 181 to high?

    • ANSWER:
      I think it 25 and 50 . check out the link.

      www.clevelandclinicmeded,com

  41. QUESTION:
    Doctors are saying I have a low liver enzymes?
    What do they mean ? Is it a bad thing what am I to expect with this? Would you know what they do or give to help it

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Liver enzymes can be low due to various causes. Since there are multiple liver enzymes, it is not necessary that all the enzymes are low. It is important to know which particular liver enzyme is low to pin point the cause and subsequent treatment. Low BUN or blood urea nitrogen can be due to poor diet, malabsorption syndrome, and liver damage. Low creatinine level indicates kidney damage, protein deficiency or liver disease. Other causes include diarrhea, infections and reduced iron intake.
      It is important to identify the underlying cause of low liver enzymes to decide upon the treatment. Please discuss this with your treating doctor.

      Thanks,
      Noopur

  42. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever had or known someone who had a blood clot in their artery going to the liver?
    My husband was diagnosed yesterday as having a blood clot in the artery that leads to the liver. The doctors don't know why this happened much less how. I have this feeling they are avoiding telling me something. I know its worse than what they are saying because they want to call in a liver surgeon.

    • ANSWER:
      I haven't heard of it going to the liver but I have heard of a blood clot traveling from a leg to the lungs.

  43. QUESTION:
    Cod liver oil query - doctors pls?
    Hi,
    I have ulcerative colitis and have done since 2006. In August 2007 i had a very colitis attack which left me really ill. I searched the website for various remedies etc which other people may have used. I found a website where people like myself had suffered from bad UC and had taken 6 - 10 cold liver oil tablets a day and advised the pain and symptoms disappeared.
    In shear desperation I tried 6 a day 2 in the morning, 2 in the afternoon and 2 at dinner - my colitis has virtually gone and i look generally healthy.
    I told my doc i have been doing this and she told me to stop immediately which i did so two weeks ago as this is dangerous.
    I am now worried I have done some serious damamge!
    if any doctors read this can you please help me!

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      How many doctors do you really think spend their 3 hours of free time per week perusing Yahoo! Answers?

      Honestly?

  44. QUESTION:
    Worried about his Liver/Kidneys - any Doctors Please???
    Hi there,

    My partner is 27 years old and for the past year or so has been getting an increasing number of boils and really large, painful lumps (like spots with no head) underneath his skin. He gets them on his face, his chest and his back, sometimes on his stomach too. They cause him alot of pain and he hates it.

    I am no doctor, but his urine is also very dark brown and this is what has made me wonder whether or not it could be his kidneys or liver? A few years ago he used to take illegal steroids to build his muscles in the gym - he hasn't done this for over a year though (mainly because of the amount of grief I gave him about it, he came to his senses!)

    Do you think that the spots could be linked to the steroids? Or is there some other reason why he could have these deep boils? I'm worried that he could have some build up of toxins in his blood.

    Does anyone else have experience of this, or are there any doctors who could help advise me? Thanks for any replies.

    • ANSWER:
      I think the fair and simple answer to this is to get him into a doctor's office.

      Dark urine could be a sign of MANY things, including dehydration, and yes, liver disease. Blood and urine analysis will show that.

      As for the boils popping up constantly...could very likely be MRSA (super-bug). A culture and sensitivity test will show this.

      Best of luck.

  45. QUESTION:
    Worried about kidney/liver function - any doctors please?
    My partner is 27 and for the past year or so has been getting an increasing number of boils and really large, painful lumps (like spots with no head) underneath his skin. He gets them on his face, his chest and his back, sometimes on his stomach too. They cause him alot of pain and he hates it.

    I am no doctor, but his urine is also very dark brown and this is what has made me wonder whether or not it could be his kidneys or liver? A few years ago he used to take illegal steroids (tablets not injections) to build his muscles in the gym - he hasn't done this for over a year though (mainly because of the amount of grief I gave him about it, he came to his senses!)

    Do you think that the spots could be linked to the steroids? Or is there some other reason why he could have these deep boils? I'm worried that he could have some build up of toxins in his blood.

    Does anyone else have experience of this, or are there any doctors who could help advise me? Thanks for any replies

    • ANSWER:
      He needs to see a doctor. The boils could be everything from something serious like a systemic staph infection to nothing serious at all. The dark colored urine again can be indicative of something serious to again nothing at all. The relationship to taking steroids is probably unknown but definitely needs to be checked out.

  46. QUESTION:
    Any Doctors out there knowledgeable about the Liver?
    My friend suffers from Liver damage. One of the side effects is "itching". I have read that when the itching "slows down" that the liver is in worse condition.
    Any inputs?

    • ANSWER:
      Pruritis (itching) is a symptom often from elevated bilirubin (which is regulated in part by the liver). Monitoring liver disease requires far more than carefully watching one symptom. Your friend should be followed by a Hepatologist ideally. An excellent way to monitor for complications of liver disease, especially end stage disease, is by an imaging test called an MRI. It avoid radiation exposure and is ideal for assessing liver disease.

  47. QUESTION:
    liver test at doctors?
    have finally realised that i have a problem with drink and want to stop if i went to my doctor would they do a liver test to see if its ok? and how would they do it?

    • ANSWER:
      They take blood from you, I had it done and the test results were that my liver was 7 times the size it should of been. the answer is to stop boozing and the liver will repair itself. It it the only organ in the body that can!
      Good luck!

  48. QUESTION:
    What do you call a doctor who studies the liver?
    I am doing a project on a patient and I need to find out what doctors he could be referred to. So if you know what the name for a doctor is who studies the liver is can you tell me?

    • ANSWER:
      A hepatologist is the most experienced and qualified type of doctor to treat people with liver disease.

  49. QUESTION:
    The doctors founda tumour in my Mom's liver, what can I expect to happen now with regard to treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      This could be a cyst, a benign growth, or cancer.
      They would first have to decide which it is. Cysts are
      usually fluid filled and it rare that they are cancerous.
      However, if they grow in size, then can damage liver
      cells around them. They will usually then, go in and
      take a portion of the cyst out so that any fluid inside
      it can be absorbed by the body.

      If this is a growth, they will watch it closely to be sure
      it doesn't change size. A rapid change in size means
      that it may be cancerous. Cancer starting in the liver,
      and staying in the liver, maybe able to have treatment
      that is successful ...I will list some of them below.
      However, cancer in the liver that breaks off and goes to
      other areas...or if the cancer is in another organ
      and then develops in the liver...it is a poor prognosis
      since it has the tendency to go anywhere in the body.

      You mentioned one tumor...some patient have more
      than one. There are a number of new treatments on
      the market that they can use for this...if it happens to
      be cancerous:
      Here are what they are and a link you can click on for
      each one...

      GAMMA KNIFE
      http://www.irsa.org/gamma_knife.html

      NANO KNIFE
      http://www.nanotechbuzz.com/50226711/nanoknife_nanoshells_kill_cancer_tumors.php

      CYBERKNIFE
      http://www.cyberknife.com

      RADIOWAVE THERAPY
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-invasive_RF_cancer_treatment#Cancer_therapy

      SITE THAT EXPLAINS NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN TREATING LIVER CANCER:
      http://www.liver-products.com/liver-therapy/microspheres-hepatology.html

      TELEMORASE IN CURING CANCER
      http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bal-md.hs.telomere06oct06,0,5278594.story?track=rss

      MICROWAVE Microwave destroy cancer tumors
      of the liver
      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090204173038.htm
      SIR-SPHERES: Selective Internal Radiation Therapy: http://www.umgcc.org/sir-spheres/about_sirt.htm
      A non surgical therapy that uses radioactive microspheres
      to deliver radiation directly to the site of the liver tumors.
      It gives up to 40 times more radiation to the liver tumors than conventional radiotherapy.
      Theraspheres which uses microscopic glass beads
      to deliver radiation to the liver tumors. It shrinks the
      cancer but is not a cure...it is usually used combined with chemotherapy. Another name: radioembolization: 6 million radioactive microspheres or glass beads into the tumor.
      Each bead, which is smaller than the width of a strand of
      hair, emits radiation to kill the cancer. It is alot of radiation concentrated in a very small area.

      ULTRASONIC WAVE (CUSA)excel ultrasonic
      Aspiration System
      http://www.ivanhoe.com/channels/p_channelstory.cfm?storyid=17589
      Patient loses very little blood. It is a surgical tool
      called a Cusa that sucks out liver cells. If you remove
      the liver cells you are left with the blood vessels.
      Another tool called a TissueLink uses hot, sterile water
      that flows through the tip of this probe and seals the
      blood vessels upon contact. This is the method to remove
      diseased portions of the liver.

      It would be good if your Mom would assign someone
      in the family to be able to speak directly with her doctors.
      These are forms like an advance directive or power of
      attorney. If she is in surgery or under the influence of alot of medications, then someone needs to be able to answer
      questions and care decisions for her.
      http://www.caringinfo.org/stateaddownload
      Privacy laws can become a nightmares, even for those
      who are related to the patient. Having this form...
      enables you to have access directly to the important
      information the doctor may otherwise withhold.

  50. QUESTION:
    I went to the doctors on Friday and found out I might have liver cancer?
    Should I tell my wife or should I just leave it because she is leaving me any way. I don’t want here to feel sorry for me and stay. What should I do?
    go on monday for a liver biopsy

    • ANSWER:
      You might have liver cancer? Did they biopsy? Do a PET Scan? Or did they just find a mass???? That is weird. I work in the oncology field and they don't say you "Might have liver cancer" we say we found a mass that warrants more testing to rule if it is cancer or not. I wouldn't say anything until you have had a PET/CT scan and a biopsy. Seriously doubt it's liver cancer because it's usually secondary to other forms of cancer.

      EDIT: Out of curiosity, what kind of facility is doing the biopsy and what kind of doctor?


Liver Conditions

Fasting Rules And Bowel Prep For A Colonoscopy
Colonoscopy fasting is one of two related and important steps you must take the day before a colonoscopy procedure. The other is commonly known as bowel prep.

In this article, we hope to provide you with some basic information and facts about these two important steps that precede your colon exam.

Colonoscopy fasting and bowel prep are important factors in making sure your colon is completely clean and your doctor can see the walls of your colon clearly.

Your actual colonoscopy procedure is relatively short. It's usually over in less than an hour, and sometimes it could be as little as fifteen minutes. But you start preparing 24 hours or more before you enter the operating room.

Colonoscopy fasting starts the morning of the day before your procedure is scheduled to take place. Your doctor may choose to ask you to fast for a slightly longer period. This depends on your situation. But during the fast, there are only certain foods you'll be allowed to eat.

Gelatin and Popsicles are permitted during the colonoscopy fasting period. However, your choice of flavors is restricted. You can't have anything red or blue because these can influence the color of the walls of your colon, making it more difficult for your doctor to spot potential problems. You'll also be allowed to eat or drink

* diet soda.

* fat-free bouillon or broth

* hard candy such as Life Savers or lemon drops

* plain coffee

* plain tea without sweeteners or milk

* strained fruit juice specifically apple, white grape, or cranberry

* plain water

Food and drinks you should definitely avoid include cream soup, milk, ice cream and other dairy products.

Many times, you'll be permitted to drink clear liquids until about four hours before your colonoscopy. But be sure to ask your doctor if it's okay.

Besides observing the limitations on food and drink, you'll be required to follow the other major part of your colonoscopy preparation, which is commonly known as "bowel prep."

Your doctor will recommend one of several types of laxatives to take the night before. The following brand names are prescribed most often: Golytely, Fleets Phospho-Soda and Movi-Prep.

In most cases, you'll take a series of doses starting in late afternoon or early evening. Be sure to follow the instructions on the package, along with any recommendations given to you by your doctor.

Between doses, drink 3-6 glasses of clear liquid or water. Your doctor may suggest even more than that.

After you take several doses of the laxatives, you'll feel them beginning to work. You'll feel like you have diarrhea, and you should be prepared to take repeated trips to the bathroom during the rest of the evening.

Some individuals who have had one or more colonoscopies say hardest part of the whole process is the colonoscopy fasting and bowel prep. You're sedated during the procedure, so it's over before you even know it.

The biggest benefit of having a colonoscopy is in making sure your colon is free of any signs of colon cancer. But a colonoscopy has other benefits to offer also. Your doctor will be able to see if there are any other possibles developing. These could include diverticulosis or pre-cancerous colon polyps.

Advances in colonoscopy procedure technology, along with better public awareness through multiple media campaigns, are among the major reasons the number of colon cancer cases has been decreasing in the last few decades.

Liver Cysts Treatment

Foods To Avoid If You Have Ovarian Cysts
One of the leading causes of ovary pain are ovarian cysts. This condition can not only be the cause of extreme pain but also excessive menstrual bleeding and even infertility. For the most part cysts are usually benign and go away on their own. However, there are times when they do cause some problems and it is important to have them checked out. Thus, a great way to avoid and prevent suffering from ovarian cysts altogether is to be careful of the foods you eat. There are a number of foods that should definitely be avoided and would also be beneficial for your overall health.

If you are currently suffering from ovarian cyst symptoms especially if they are painful, the food that should be eliminated from your diet as soon as possible is caffeine. Foods such as coffee, chocolate, cola and other caffeinated carbonated soft drinks tend to irritate and exasperate this condition. Trying to live a caffeine free diet all at once can be difficult. But, while the symptoms are present consider avoiding caffeine as much as possible then once the cysts have shrunk and/or are eliminated then you can return to including some caffeine.

Also, alcoholic beverages should be taken in moderation and if at all possible be completely eliminated. This is because the combination of the alcohol and the amount of sugar involved makes it very difficult for the body to process thus causing more aggravation.

Other foods to keep away from that will help to ease symptoms are red meats, eggs, fats and processed foods. These foods will not only be beneficial easing the cyst symptoms but also in overall health.

All of these negatives foods should be replaced by the more wholesome or positive foods like raw fruits and vegetables, the dark green leafy vegetables would be best. Other great foods to add to your diet are whole grains, legumes, garlic and beets. Adapting to a more natural diet will not only help to ease the symptoms but also in the recurrence of cysts.

In addition to changing to a more healthy diet is that of adding natural herbs and supplements. A couple of recommended herbs are Echinacea to help boost the immune system and milk thistle to aid the liver in detoxification. A few suggested supplements are Zinc, Vitamin C, B Vitamins and Antioxidants.

In conclusion, following a more natural diet would be the best alternative to surgery or other conventional treatments. Today more natural treatments are becoming available and are showing to be very positive and extremely effective. Visit www.Ovary-Pain.com today!

What To Do For Fatty Liver

Do Fat People Tend To Snore More Than Others?
Snoring is a habit that can be considered as one of the many sleep disorders. It happens when the airway is obstructed and the soft tissues at the back of your throat vibrate. The muscles of the throat vibrate when you breathe but when your airway is obstructed, these vibrations stop, and this results a snore. One of the reasons for this habit is one's obesity. To answer the question, "do fat people snore more?" -is yes they tend to snore more than the others. Quite a number of snoring cure have been developed and founded too, though.

Snoring can affect one's daily life. This is because this habit can result in lower energy levels and disturb the people around the snorer. Snoring also tells you that there is a narrowing of the air passages during sleep.

Most fat people have double chins and these can press down on their throats, causing the snores. When this is the cause, losing weight will effectively stop the snoring problem. The total expenditure of calories by a person includes the energy spend during rest. According to a study, people who snore use up more calories than people who dont snore. That is probably the only good thing about snoring. Snoring and disrupt the sleep patterns of the snorer and severe cases may also have sleep apnea which is a condition where the person doesnt just snore but also stops breathing for up to ten seconds.

Snoring is a very common complaint among the families with overweight people. A lot of snoring devices are out in the market which will help you stop snoring. The most effective and long lasting one for a fat person would still be losing weight. If these devices which can be bought off the shelf dont work, one should see a specialist. Snoring comes under one of the curable sleep disorders but if it includes sleep apnea which is more serious, a doctors study and treatment will be required.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to treat or cure a fatty liver?
    In the past I drank a little too much and now have completely given it up because I am afraid for my health. I recently was told that I have a fatty liver. I wonder what kinds of things I can do in addition to abstaining from alchohol and excercising more in order to make myself more healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      The liver is the organ of the human body with the best regenerative capacity.

      If you stop injuring it (with alcohol and other drugs) it is likely to fix itself.

      The rest of your health should be all encompassing, if possible.

      Stop smoking.

      Stay in the healthy weight range

      Lower cholesterol and control other risk factors for your heart - blood pressure, diabetes ...

      Choose an exercise and diet strategy that you can stick to long term, rather than one that gives you your result and then you give it up straight away.

  3. QUESTION:
    recently found out i have a mild case of fatty liver?
    I have recently found out I have a mild case of fatty liver infiltration. My AST and ALT levels are very high. I have also had an ultrasound for this. I have not taken any Tylenol, ibuprofen, or Motrin in 10 days and I am not obese or nor do I drink. I am very confused as to what is going on and what could have brought his on. This is very frustrating. Any advise would be great!

    • ANSWER:

  4. QUESTION:
    can a 22 year old female with a fatty liver and depression be approved for the gastric bypass?
    Im 22 years old i have anthem blue cross blue shield ins. i know it varies by insurance company's ive submitted my forms and waiting to hear back but i was just wondering what everyone thought the odds would be my bmi is high enough its at 42.5 and i have fatty liver,depression, and anxiety, i also have lower back issues associated with my weight issue? so what do you think please only serious answers

    • ANSWER:
      I have Federal Blue Cross and they paid for all but the deductible on my program and surgery.

      My program had a general requirement of 50+ BMI or 100 pounds overweight, with other factors like medical conditions affected/caused by obesity and the doctor's recommendation being considered. So you may be qualified because of the fatty liver and the joint issues. Ask your primary care doc for a referral, and then go to a program for an informational meeting and see if weight loss surgery is right for you, and, if so, which type you think will suit you.

      I'm a year post gastric bypass and it was very successful. I had it done entirely laproscopically, and my recovery and weight loss was rapid and dramatic. Best thing I could have done for myself. A diet that worked is all I wanted, and I got one!

      If you have a Center for Excellence certified program, that's where you should go. They will have a support program and education/behavior modification prior to the surgery, which will help you transition more easily and to succeed in the behavioral changes that will make your continued diet and new healthy lifestyle a success.

  5. 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.

  6. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a good cleansing diet for a fatty liver?
    My daughter was diagnosed with a fatty liver. She is overweight and we are working on that with diet and exercise but I have read that cleansing diets are very helpful but would like to find one that doesn't require me forking out lots of money for supplements that I have no idea what they actually contain.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a fatty liver too
      well all of me is fatty actually

  7. QUESTION:
    Can you tell if you have any type of liver problem through a blood test? Like fatty liver?
    I went to my physician and for my blood results and they all came back normal except high cholesterol 196. My stomach tends to get a bloated after eating and I am afraid i might have ascites. My physician did what she had to do like tap on stomach and other things but did not say anything. Do you think it could be ascites or liver prob?

    • ANSWER:
      No lab test is 100% accurate. If the doctor
      believes there is a problem, he would do
      the blood testing again just to be sure.
      Depending on what he see, he may do another one right away or wait a few months.

      Blood tests can show if there is a problem
      with the liver, also a medical examination
      would also give a clue as well as your
      medical history. The blood test shows the
      results of the ALT, AST, and Alk Phos
      levels...which would indicate if there was
      damage to the liver cells. The Bilirubin,
      INR, and Albumin results would show how
      the liver is functioning.
      You said the doctor was checking the abdomen. When there is a problem with
      the liver, it usually starts out as inflammation
      of the liver cells and this would enlarge the
      liver. The doctor can feel, sometimes, when
      the liver is enlarged.
      Since Ascites occurs when a patient is in
      the end stages of liver cirrhosis and failure...
      it isn't likely that that is what you have unless you have other medical problems also. Ascites comes from the albumin level
      going too low in the body...it is a protein that
      the liver makes and when the liver isn't
      functioning well because of the cells have
      died...then this is when it occurs. If the
      doctor suspected a problem with the liver
      or the building up of this fluid...he probably
      would have requested an ultrasound or Ct
      scan to be sure. Albumin is the protein
      that holds the fluid in our vasculature
      system...when it goes low because the
      liver isn't able to make enough because
      of death of the cells, it leaks out and
      collects in the abdominal area.
      The doctor can tell if you have a fatty liver
      by testing also. Just having high cholesterol
      alone may not indicate your liver is fatty.
      High cholesterol can occur because of
      what you eat and even hereditary conditions.
      Only the doctor can diagnose what may be
      wrong....you could be referred to a
      gastroenterologist or a hepatologist if
      there is a liver problem. People that do
      have fatty liver can sometimes reverse
      it by losing weight and taking medications
      the doctor prescribes. It is best to be
      sure what is causing your problem first...
      which the doctor will decide and then
      be treated accordingly...as there are many
      causes of liver disease and each one
      type is handled in a different manner.

      I hope this is of some help to you.

  8. 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

  9. QUESTION:
    How is a cat tested for fatty liver disease/hepatic lipidosis at the vet's?'?
    She's been losing weight fairly rapidly, mostly cause I've changed her diet. And upon recommendation from some other "answers", I'm going to take her to the vet to get it checked out. But specifically how do they test for this? Is it a blood test, and what do they test for? I'd appreciate knowing in advance some of this stuff so that I'll be better prepared to ask questions when the vet sees the cat.

    Any vets out there??

    • ANSWER:
      They would do a blood chemistry panel. There are several values on there related to the liver that they can see if something is going wrong. The liver enzyme SAP is usually up as are. ALT and AST. Bilirubin may also be above normal. There are some other things that it is common to be out of whack in a cat with HL.
      They could also do a bile acid test.
      And they will physically examine her for signs of jaundice. (which you can do yourself) and will palpate her abdomen (liver may be enlarged)
      And taking the history is very important so the vet will talk to you about what has been going on , just how much has she been eating and how does that compare to the amount she ate before, and if you know how much weight she has lost in what time. and will ask if she has been vomiting.

      The definitive diagnostic test is a liver biopsy via fine needle aspirate. That would be taken guided by Ultrasound. The U/s itself would show typical signs of the disease in the liver and could also be helpful to see if there is anything else going on with nearby organs. You can discuss whether that is something that would give enough additional information to be worthwhile. or ask them to go ahead and treat based on a dx from the history, physical exam and blood values.

      If your cat is eating you are way ahead. The biggest difficulty is the cats who have totally stopped eating. then the only way to save them is to put in a feeding tube. (not as drastic as it sounds, but it is a minor surgery.. and you then have to feed them through it. it's a lot better than trying to force feed with an oral syringe though.

      There are a lot of things they can do depending on what is going on with your cat , whether she is anorexic, vomiting, dehydrated etc

      And they might give you a liver support medicine - - For my cat Denamarin was very helpful and his liver was able to heal itself. (He did not quite have HL . I guess it was not quite to that point, but did have liver damage related to pancreatitis and not eating enough. )

      When changing a cat's diet one has to be very careful and not try to starve them into it if they are refusing the new diet . cats WILL refuse to eat to the point of making themselves ill.
      in the main article at http://catinfo.org, Dr. Lisa Pierson, DVM, discusses this in the part about transitioning diet. She mentions among other things how to estimate how many calories a cat needs per day to safely avoid HL when trying to switch diets or lose weight.

      Good luck, I hope things will go well.

  10. QUESTION:
    What is it like to have fatty liver?
    I think I might have fatty liver as I have most of the symptoms.I have a been a heavy drinker for many years so it doesnt surprise me.
    If you have fatty liver or know someone that does please answer:
    1.How has it affected your health
    2.Did you stop drinking completely or can you cut back
    3.What can you take for it
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Your liver is a unique organ that has numerous functions, a fatty liver is basically a natural occurrence that comes with age. It doesn't mean the functions of your liver are diminishing since we only use a small portion of our liver to provide those functions. Excessive drinking over the years may result in scar tissue forming which could result in your liver enzymes being elevated or what is more commonly called cirrhosis of the liver.

      If your concerned about this you should have a heptic panel performed (a simple blood test) to determine what if any damage is occurring to your liver, the good news is that the liver can repair itself if proper care and diet is exercised.

  11. 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

  12. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a fatty liver (non alcohlic) to start to develope liver?
    failure in a short time? I do not drink and I do not have hep.so I am just woundering if a non alcoholic liver disease what I have can to to liver failuer in a short time? expecially if you keep eating fats in your diet? any advice?
    thomas thank you for your answer but that is not what I asked. I asked if you can develope liver failure if you have a fatty liver with continuing to eat fats. I believe you do

    • ANSWER:
      Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) describes a range of conditions involving the liver that affect people who drink little or no alcohol.

      The mildest type is simple fatty liver (steatosis), an accumulation of fat within your liver that usually causes no liver damage. A potentially more serious type, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), is associated with liver-damaging inflammation and, sometimes, the formation of fibrous tissue. In some cases, this can progress either to cirrhosis, which can produce progressive, irreversible liver scarring, or to liver cancer.

      Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease affects all age groups, including children. Most often, it's diagnosed in middle-aged people who are overweight or obese, and who may also have diabetes and elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

      With the increasing incidence of obesity and diabetes in Western countries, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease has become a growing problem. Although its true prevalence is unknown, some estimates suggest it may affect as many as one-third of American adults.

      Because early-stage nonalcoholic fatty liver disease rarely causes any symptoms, it's often detected because of abnormal results of liver tests done for unrelated issues. Treatments for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease include weight loss, exercise, improved diabetes control and the use of cholesterol-lowering medications.

  13. QUESTION:
    Re cutting down drinking and fatty liver?
    I am overweight probably cos I drink too much. I know I should stop but dont seem able to for now. If I at least cut down on my drinking and watch what fatty stuff I eat, would my liver still improve substantially, if I worked on it substantially? I know I should give up altogether but dont think I want to do this. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Good news is that the liver is a remarkable organ and can repair itself quite quickly once you stop drinking (assuming you're not so far gone that it's beyond repair but let's assume not!)

      So short answer, probably yes. Cutting down on drinking will help in lots of ways, not just your liver. You might consider giving up for a while though to give your body and liver a chance to have a break and recover, and when you start again, go gently.

      Good luck.

  14. QUESTION:
    asking about fatty liver what to do, on pills for cholestral and now getting fevers and the sweats?
    in alot of pain and is not going away?

    • ANSWER:

  15. QUESTION:
    what causes an enlarged and fatty liver?
    I have severe diabetes, had 2 heart attacks last yr, I'm 40. my liver is "fatty" and enlarged. I am overweight, but was under or at normal weight level clear up until the dr removed the gallbladder, then i quit smoking and gained about 45 lbs since. the gallbladder i found out later did not need to be removed. i can eat a salad or drink a glass of tea or even coffee and all of a sudden my stomach is so bloated and hard as concrete. i was doing cardio and wt training as well as pilates and water aerobics...5 days a wk usually 4-5 hrs a day, and still could not lose an ounce of wt. what gives? i had blood work done last wk and was told today that my chol is 470 and trigyceride level is 790. she said everything is wayyy tooooo high. but im sure it is all related to the diabetes, heart condition (r coronary artery is clogged and too small for a stint) and fatty/enlarged liver. this scares me. thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      Excluding any serious diseases your presentation of diabetes is probably causing gastroparesis which is the slow down of stomach emptying. Therefore after eating your stomach remains distended longer due to the slow down of stomach contraction. You also have to make sure that you don't have vascular disease that is involving your stomach and intestines. As for your liver enlargement is most likely due to your weight gain which may be the results of your meds or diet which caused your increase of chol. & trig. Since your liver clears or filters your blood like an air filter the fats in your blood are traped in your liver causing the enlargment. Weight loss will help reduce your problem and a review of your meds. will be your initial focus.

  16. QUESTION:
    Have a fatty liver what can i do is there a cleasing for this?
    cholesterol my be a factor I have digestive disease I am 60 years old am I too old to get rid of these problems.

    • ANSWER:

  17. 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.

  18. QUESTION:
    what causes a "fatty liver"?
    my friend shes in her fiftys she drinks a lot of alcohol manly strong spirits,shes just had a biopsy she said she had too many red blood cells and the results have shown she has a "fatty liver"shes told me the doctors have told her this is nothing to do with her drinking!im not to sure tho?any one had simular?thanks for answers

    • ANSWER:
      Alcoholics frequently have fatty livers, but she is going to kill her liver if she continues to drink. No doctor in his/her right mind would ever ignore the drinking aspect when it comes to liver disease. Apparently, she is having some symptoms of a problem since they ordered a biopsy of the liver for her. They don't do that unless they suspect a serious problem. Believe me, it has everything to do with drinking. She just doesn't want to admit that to you because she wants to continue to drink without anyone bugging her about it. I will add that it is an extremely difficult process to get a liver transplant for an alcoholic. In the U.S. they require at least 6 months of proven sobriety before they will even consider giving you an evaluation for one.

      If an alcoholic stops drinking in the early stages of disease, then they can actually stop the progression of the disease (cirrhosis) and live out their life like a normal person. But if they ignore any warning signs and continue to drink, they will get past the point of no return which means they will need a liver transplant if they want to stay alive. Continued alcohol use just makes the disease progress much faster. Those red blood cells your friend is talking about is a sign of liver damage, so we know she already has a damaged liver. Many alcoholics are in denial and do not want others to know about their condition. They won't even face it themselves.

      The graveyards have many people in them that were alcoholics that refused to stop drinking and would never admit they had a problem until it was too late. Your friend will join that group if she has liver damage and continues to drink. Sorry to be so blunt, but this is the way it is. I might add that in the U.S. an alocholic must have at least 6 months of proven sobriety before they will even consider giving you an evaluation for a liver transplant. It's a very difficult process for any alcoholic to receive a transplant.

      If for some reason I have missed the mark here, and your friend is telling you the absolute truth, my answer would still be the same for her prognosis. Any fatty liver that leads to liver damage is called NASH (non alcoholic steatheopathic hepatitis) and it leads to cirrhosis also. You would never want to drink with this condition. No matter what causes cirrhosis, it is still cirrhosis and acts the same for everyone. Mine was caused by a biliary autoimmune disease, but it's all the same thing happening to the liver. Drinking will only make it much worse and progress it much faster to total failure. So that means your friend has every reason to NOT ever drink again. Also, tell your friend that cirrhosis is not an easy way to die. You just don't lie down and sleep away. It is quite miserable to say the least.

  19. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like fatty liver disease?
    I've been having symptoms similar to those a person with gallstones for about 4 years now. I did have gallstones and my gallbladder removed. Since then, I've had 2 ultrasounds done. The first was normal. The second one showed that I had a fatty liver. My doc never followed up with me......nobody called me or anything. I had to harrass them just to find out my test results. I have not made a follow-up appointment because we are a military family and the current base which we are at just, well, sucks. I'm hoping to get this looked into this summer when we move.

    But the problem is that I have these attacks....these horrible excruciating attacks where my liver is located and they last for about 5-20 minutes.

    I haven't quite figured out what triggers them, if anything at all. They seem to happen after taking medication, like my liver can't process it...even simple things, like cold medicine. Does anyone have any experience with anything like this? PS-I'm not overweight, nor do I drink

    • ANSWER:
      Try using an herbal supplement of Chickweed, it helps cleanse the fatty deposits on the liver. This does sound like fatty liver disease. My mom has it. Steer clear of meat and dairy products, and stick to Salmon and hormone and antibiotic free chicken. The meds make my mom sick too. Try not to use ANY over the counter remedy's, as this will further burden you liver. Please get checked by a specialist as soon as possible. I would also look into detox cleanses. Only eat pesticide free veggies and drink a lot of distilled water with NO FLUORIDE! As this will help cleanse your body naturally. Good luck and take care.

  20. QUESTION:
    Gall bladder polyp with fatty liver?
    Following a bout of pain and vomiting six months ago an ultrasound scan found a 1.8cm polyp and fatty liver. I have some low grade left sided pain and bouts of slight nausia. I have been on a low fat diet for six months and have lost 2stone but am still overweight. I do fee extremely tired a lot of the time and sometimes get extreme indigestion. I have suffered for some time from acid reflux causing difficulty swallowing. One consultant tells me that 1.8cm is very small and wanted to discharge me the other wants to remove the gallbladder as he says that 1.8cm is very large. I have been given no dietry advise both consultants inform me that this polyps is definately not a stone. Any advise should I have surgury what kind of things can I do to help myself. It worries me that this scan was done six months ago and the polyp may now be bigger and possibley cancerous.

    • ANSWER:
      If a polyp is less than 1cm then usually if not causing any problems it is just scanned every six months. If it is larger than 1cm then it is considered large and the gall bladder will have to be removed. All the symptoms you describe are attributed to gall bladder and not the liver. Please try not to worry and ensure that you get the information you require from the medical team before you make any decisions.

  21. QUESTION:
    What are some things that are harmful to your liver?
    I'm doing a project on the liver (organ) and I need to know about 2 other things that you can do to harm it. For example, The abuse of alcohol shuts down your liver, causing a chronic liver disease called cirrhosis (which is caused by alcoholism, hepatitis b, hepatitis c and fatty liver disease).

    What are 2 other things you can to do harm your liver and what can that lead to?

    • ANSWER:
      There are a number of causes of a liver problem
      that can lead to cirrhosis of the liver:

      Alcohol consumption: some people are
      more sensitive to alcohol than others are.
      When the liver cannot handle the amount
      of alcohol taken into the body, then it
      stays in the blood and goes into the
      brain and causes a reaction there.
      The liver converts all toxic substances
      to a non toxic form so the body can
      dispose of them...however, this may not
      happen if the patient consumes too much
      alcohol and the liver cannot convert it
      fast enough...the alcohol itself, and its
      by product, can produce damage to the
      liver cells.

      Medication toxifications: it has been shown that acetaminophen taken with alcohol can cause permanent liver cell damage almost immediately. There are a lot of drugs on the market, including over the counter, herbs, and even prescription drugs that are very hard on the liver. Most all medications go through the liver first, to be broken down, before going to the rest of the body.
      Liver patients are told to only takes drugs
      prescribed by their doctors...if the liver
      cells become damaged...then this medication has to be adjusted according
      to how much damage there is.

      Chemical exposure: such as Carbon
      Tetrachloride..

      Mushroom poisoning: some people try to pick their own mushrooms...not knowing that some are very dangerous. This
      also can cause immediate damage to
      the cells of the liver and a very early death.

      Autoimmune disease: this is where the body's immune system, turns on itself and causes destruction of its own cells. This can be a disease like Biliary cirrhosis or Sclerosing Cholangitis. In Sclerosing
      cholangitis...the bile ducts that the bile
      flows through from the liver to the
      gallbladder to be stored or to the intestines,
      become twisted or malformed.

      Hereditary Conditions: like Hemochromatosis where the body tend to retain iron too much. Or a disease where it retains copper.

      Gallbladder stones development where the
      stones move out of the gallbladder and into the biliary ducts and blocks them causing the bile to back up into the liver and harming the cells.

      Virus infections such as Hepatitis A,B,C,etc.

      Fatty liver disease which is caused by alcohol or non alcoholic reasons like hereditary conditions, weight, or metabolism problems.

      (There is even having a traffic accident where the liver may be lacerated or injured.
      Being gun shot or even stabbed with a knife.
      Sometimes sports accidents can also
      damage the liver.)

      Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver cells caused by any of those things I mentioned above. Any damage to the liver cells can cause the immune system of the body to respond to it and cause this inflammation.

      A liver is usually very smooth and soft...anyone that has cooked liver knows what it looks like. When inflammation develops, then it enlarges in size and takes on a spongy appearance. This inflammation cause more pressure inside the liver cause the liver is surrounded by a capsule membrane.

      If the inflammation is treated and the cause can be removed (as you can see, some cannot be removed)..then the liver cells
      may heal, if it is not done then it will progress to death of the liver cells and scar tissue forming inside the liver. This scar tissue blocks the flow of blood through the liver and also to the liver cells and even more
      cells will die off...it is a progressive disease that the doctors can only try to slow down, Known as cirrhosis then. Cirrhosis is the death of the liver cells that lead to fibrosis and scar tissue formation.
      When cirrhosis takes place, the liver will start to shrink in size and become hard in texture.

      I hope this information has been of some
      help to you.
      Here are a couple links to explain more about this disease and causes:
      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373

  22. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver and High Ferritin?
    I have fatty liver. My ALT was slightly elevated recently. 64 scale of 10-60. I had an ultrasound and a CT with contrast that confirmed fatty liver. I had a ton of blood work done and dr. said it was all normal. no Hep A B or C no sign of liver disease besides fatty. The only thing abnormal was my ferritin level. it was like 500 he said. He said over 1000 means Hemochromatosis but he also said he tested me for the gene for this and I do not have it so there is like under a 5% chance of having it. Just wondering if anyone knows what could cause high ferritin. He said it could be any infection. They did mention seeing a lymph node on the CT that was nothing to worry about so he said I could i had an infection. Just curious. he says we can retest in 3-6 months.

    • ANSWER:
      The most common causes of fatty liver are: Alcohol abuse, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, and also as a side effect of some medications esp. steroids.
      The best advice is, if you have any of above problems, start working on them, keep follow ups with your DOC.Don't worry Docs, they know how to handel fatty liver. Good luck.

  23. QUESTION:
    Fatty liver?
    My healthy 23 year old son recently just went for a physical. He was having no problems. The doctor said his liver appeared enlarged and sent him for some blood work and an ultrasound. The doctor has now said that the ultrasound appeared normal and found nothing in the blood work, but want my son to have more blood work drawn to check his iron and saying may be a "fatty liver." My son does not drink and is not on any medications that might cause a fatty liver. He is about 6'tall and weighs about 220 so is slightly overweight. Does anyone have any ideas of what the doctor might be looking for and what could have cause the fatty liver? he used to take supplements like creatin several years ago when he was buff and went to the gym. Could that be related?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is caused because too much fat is being kept in the liver. It is not related to alcohol use, but to overweight and high cholesterol. Your son you say, is overweight.

      A sonography of a fatty liver looks only "shinier" than the one of a normal liver, and usually is not bigger than a normal liver. It has no masses or irregularities. Radiologists and Gastroenterologists usually know how shiny a liver should look on a sonography and can suspect of that problem.

  24. QUESTION:
    Fatty liver BEFORE pregnancy?
    I have had some blood tests that show that my ALP is elevated. I've taken and retaken it. Now my doctor is sending me for a liver CT. I think that I probably have a fatty liver because I have high cholesterol and high triglycerides and take Lipitor. I will find out for sure on Thursday when I have the CT done, but I'm bored and was just wanting to know what you guys think. I have 2 kids and would like to get pregnant again sometime in the next year or so. So, my question is, what are the risks with getting pregnant when you have fatty liver? I know it's really dangerous when you develop fatty liver DURING pregnancy, but is it the same if you have fatty liver BEFORE pregnancy?

    I'm just bored. I will ask my doctor. I just want to know your personal experiences.

    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      high ALP in first is not due to fatty liver some important problems that can be treated very simply is first diagnosis thus do your CT and do not hesitate.

  25. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver / Hepatites B?
    I have been going to a liver specialist cause my liver blood test are high and everytime he does blood tests on me it gets higher every time. I havent been feeling well for the past couple of months sick to my stomach and very tired. I had an ultrasound done and I had a fatty liver and then when he did one a couple of months later my liver was much bigger and he said it actually had sproutes on it and my liver was a bright color and it's not suppost to be that color. He said he thinks I have hepatites B / fatty liver Im just not sure what it is? And he said he wants to watch me closely cause I guess it can damage my liver? Im just worried
    My liver tests are ast 172 and alt 181 i'm positive for hematology and esr was high 24 and my ggt was high 72

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    Fatty liver disease question?
    My husband was diagnosed with a fatty liver a few months ago. He has been struggling with alcoholism as well. He doesn't really drink on the week days anymore but pretty much drinks a ton on the weekend. He is giving AA a try! So hopefully it can help. Not only does he have a fatty liver he also has high cholesterol and his doc is treating him with Zocor. I have read that people who have liver probs should not take Zocor. The doc said he has to treat him for the high cholesterol no matter what. I'm wondering if this is going to make his liver even worse. Although he has the desire to quit drinking for his health and his family is this med going to make his liver worse and should I get a second opinion? Not to mention he is only 27. Thank you!!!
    Far from obese! He is 5'6 185. He may be a tad over weight but not obese.

    • ANSWER:
      The fat developing inside the liver causes more pressure
      in the liver because the liver is surrounded by a membrane
      capsule. The fat can even push the nucleus of the cells
      out of position. If the cells become damaged by this,
      the immune system of the body will respond to this
      and cause inflammation to develop in the liver and
      the liver will enlarge in size. More added pressure.

      This should be taken very seriously. All liver patients
      are told "no alcohol"...if a patient needs help coming
      off the alcohol, he can be put into a detox program
      at the hospital or he can ask the doctor for medication
      to help with the side effects of coming off the alcohol.
      Alcohol is the number one reason for a liver problem,
      especially a fatty liver problem. The doctor should
      know he is drinking....even though he can find this
      out through testing he takes.

      Alcohol isn't the only thing that causes fatty liver disease:
      hereditary conditions, high cholesterol and triglycerides,
      diabetes, insulin resistance, weight gain and other
      things can, also.

      Cholesterol is a lipid that is made by the body and is
      needed to help make the cell membranes...it is important
      in the body. Too much, though, and it can cause damage
      to the vessels and also become a cause of fat build
      up in the liver. The doctor can try and place a patient
      on a low cholesterol diet. This works for some patients
      if< and only if, it isn't this way because of an inherited
      family history.

      Doctors have to weigh the pros and cons of all
      medications they give the patient. The doctor might
      not want to use the Zocor on your husband...but,
      this is sort of a situation of deciding if it would help
      more than it would injure the liver. He probably is
      having blood testing done often to see if his
      enzymes and function tests rise from taking it...if
      it does and it concerns the doctor, he may take
      him back off of it. This is a situation of trying to
      do the best you can to help and see what might happen.

      Your husband should be with a gastroenterologist or
      hepatologist now. He should try to quit drinking alcohol...
      all liver patients are told NO ALCOHOL. If he needs
      to be placed on the transplant list in the future, he will
      not be placed on that list until he has been off alcohol for
      a period of six months.

      If there is damage to the liver cells and the inflammation
      is not treated and the cause cannot be removed,
      then it can lead to a more serious condition where the
      liver cells start to die off and form scar tissue in
      the liver that blocks the flow of blood to other liver cells
      and also blocks the flow of blood through the liver
      on its way back to the heart. This is then known
      as Cirrhosis of the liver and the only cure is a liver
      transplant.

      The very best test to find out how the liver is doing, is
      a liver biopsy. Blood tests only give a hint that
      something is wrong. Film testing can show certain
      things, but seeing the actual liver cells can tell them
      so much more such as how far advanced he is in
      this disease, how much damage has been done, etc.

      I'm providing links to understanding cirrhosis of the
      liver caused by alcohol or fatty liver and other things; and also a couple on fatty liver disease.

      Nash is Non alcoholic cause of SteatoHepatitis
      Steato means fat, Hepat or Hepato means liver,
      and Itis means inflamation.
      There is also Alcoholic SteatoHepatitis.

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

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373

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

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

      You can go to these sites just by clicking on the links.

      Hope this information has been of help to you.

  27. 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.

  28. QUESTION:
    fatty liver.I' am concerned?
    Do any one have this fatty liver?I got the impression as fatty Infiltration of liver..My ALT is 41 and AST is 52...My bilrubin is normal and cholesterol and triglycerides are also normal and all other blood test and sonography were normal except for this ALT & AST level..Is this a cause of concern ??But all of the gastroenrtologist doctors whom i met are not concerned about my problem and they are asking me to forget about fatty liver..My doctors ruled out cirrhosis by making a physical examination..But I'm fearing whether I could have cirrhosis...Can any one tell me what this could be with my AST/ALT levels??

    • ANSWER:
      How is fatty liver treated?

      There are no medical or surgical treatments for fatty liver, but there are some steps you can take that may help prevent or reverse some of the damage. In general, if you have fatty liver, and in particular if you have NASH, you should:

      * 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

      If I’ve been diagnosed with fatty liver, what questions should I ask my doctor?

      * “What is the likely cause of my fatty liver?”
      * “Do I have NASH? If not, how likely am I to develop NASH?”
      * “Do I have cirrhosis? If not, how likely am I to develop cirrhosis?”
      * “Do I need to lose weight? How can I do so safely?”
      * “Should I be taking any medication to control my triglyceride levels?”
      * “What medications or other substances should I avoid to protect my liver?”

  29. QUESTION:
    I have a fatty liver and it hurts!?
    Im 16 almost 17 and im female I weigh 112 pound and im 5'7.

    Ok so I have a fatty liver for some strange reason. I don't drink, smoke, eat a lot of fatty foods or even do drugs and yet my liver is fatty. Ok so last year in October I got horrible chest pains for 2 weeks that left me in tears everyday. I went to the hospital and they said my liver was fatty and it was rubbing up against my chest plate causing abrasions which was causing the pain. They gave me pills the pain subsided but now it's back and the pain is increasing really fast. Whats worse is I hurt the top part of my spine and my right shoulder plate when I fell down the stairs a week ago so im also in pain from that.

    What can I do to stop the chest pains. It hurts so much and is really discomforting. Also how can I get rid of the fat from my liver with out going to the doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to go back to the doctor, you may have even hurt something when you fell, you maybe young but you can still get hurt sometimes, Go see the doc..

  30. 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.

  31. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver... not obese and do not drink alcohal at all!? please answer?
    I was told by the doctor my liver has more fat then normal on it. Im 20 years old and am for the most part very healthy. I don't drink at all and im just confused how i could have a fatty liver also did a blood test to see if my liver functioned normally. Everything was perfect. So the doctor just recommend I run 5 days a week and eat right.. then see a doc 6 months later. . My questions are can it be hereditary? Can it be cured? what can cause it? Can my medications?

    Please help im really sick of worrying!

    • ANSWER:
      Based on the info you provided, my first instinct is that it is being caused by your medications, especially if all the other parts were normal.

      I was prescribed effexor xr and the same doctor who was prescribing it started worrying about my cholestrol and triglycerides (which were 230 and like 199 respectively). Well, I changed my diet, got my triglycerides into the normal range, and my cholestrol had increased! The doctor was considering putting me on cholestrol lowering medications at the age of 19.

      A few years later, I stopped effexor xr for various reasons. Within a couple months, my cholestrol had dropped to 189 from a high of 269 (I am onl 24 now!). Well clearly, when one of the side effects is the potential to raise cholestrol and I believe I ate healthier then than now, I am confident it was caused by medication.

      So while you may try to make healthier changes, if you do and the numbers don't change much if at all, it is likely the meds.

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

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

  33. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver... not obese and do not drink alcohal at all!?
    I was told by the doctor my liver has more fat then normal on it. Im 20 years old and am for the most part very healthy. I don't drink at all and im just confused how i could have a fatty liver also did a blood test to see if my liver functioned normally. Everything was perfect. So the doctor just recommend I run 5 days a week and eat right.. then see a doc 6 months later. . My questions are can it be hereditary? Can it be cured? what can cause it? Can my medications?

    Please help im really sick of worrying!

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    How to deal with Fatty Liver Infiltrate, What's cause it and support group?
    I am a former Alcoholic and I quited back in January of this year. But I am overweight (according to the doctor). At the ER When I heard that I have Fatty Liver Infiltrate. I had look up Fatty Liver and it scared me. I will be heading for some testing on Wednesday and Thursday. I am suffering some lower back pain and really bad cramping like I thought I was pregnant. but I was not. Everything seems to be ok but CAT Scan showed Fatty liver infiltrate. I do not have hepatitis (SP) or anything like that. I asked my aunt if she had it. She told me yes and I asked her how did she deal with it. She told me to go to the doctor and follow his/her advice. I want to ask you about the same questions above. Are there any support group that deal with liver problems? Thanks
    Thanks Morri. I started drinking I was 25 but not heavily until 2007. I was drinking pretty heavily in 2007 and slowing down some until I quited 2 days after new year's day. I will check into it.. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The fatty liver is the result of long term alcohol abuse. You could have cirrhosis of the liver. You need to talk to the doctor about this.
      Here is an excellent site to look at which explains much of what you are concerned about.
      http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec10/ch136/ch136b.html

  35. QUESTION:
    Can fatty liver cause pain? what can be the cure for it?
    For almost four weeks already ive taken my mom 70 yrs. old with diabetes to the doctor weekly for lab tests for her nagging abdominal pain. Her ultrasound showed no stones anywhere but fatty liver. Last weekend she's been given essentiale, nexium and euglodin. Today her FBS result is 6.6. Tom her amylase level result will come out. What do you think is the best cure for fatty liver and if ever to pancreatitis? Moreover, she has nerve pains along the back of her legs and also cramps, too.
    I will surely appreciate your advice. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    fatty liver syndrome/upper respiratory infection?
    One of my 3 cats was recently diagnosed with fatty liver syndrome. After 3 days at the vet's with a feeding tube and antibiotics, she was allowed to come home. While she was there, the vet also diagnosed her with an upper respiratory infection. She is now on 2 types of medications, one for her liver and one for the infection, and she's starting to eat on her own again. She does still seem to have some trouble breathing (not exactly trouble, its just very raspy, mainly just when she gets excited), and she's still very inactive, mostly just lying in the same spot since she came home. The vet said this was normal, but I was wondering if anyone else had any experience with either of these illnesses, and how long it would take for a full recovery, as well as how much time it would take to put some of the weight back on?

    Second part of the question, when my cat was still at the vet's yesterday, one of my other 2 cats starting making a weird sound, it almost sounded like she was coughing up a hairball but she didn't look like she was trying too. I mentioned this to the vet, and she said that its possible that she may have caught the URI, and to watch for watery eyes or a runny nose. Today she is still making the same sound, but on a very regular basis (at least once every hour, and multiple times in a row), but still no other symptoms. Should I do what the vet says and wait for other symptoms, or take her in tomorrow to be looked at?
    She is currently only eating canned food, she hasn't quite got her appetite back for dry food yet. The vet said she'll only need about 1 can of food each day for the first little while, spread out through the day.

    • ANSWER:
      I have no experience with fatty liver disease, but I know it can be tricky so I'm super happy to see you caught it early and your cat is improving. The URI can take 10-14 days to go away. Somewhere in there you'll probably see improvement though. I know they look like they're on death's doorstep sometimes with the URIs but don't worry too much, as long as she's still eating. My cat would spend all day on the bed and didn't want his lap time, etc. If she doesn't normally get canned food you may want to consider supplementing with it. It has more moisture, which is good for a sick kitty. It smells better which sometimes helps get them to eat when they're all congested like that. Plus it has more protein and is more easily digested than dry food. As for how long to gain the weight back, depends a lot on your kitty. It's not wise to put on too much weight too quickly so don't let her go nuts at the food bowl right off the bat. Good luck!

      Oh, as for the others, yes it is very contagious. Some cats readily beat it on their own so that may be what your vet is waiting for. If you see the cats not eating, you may want to put some pressure on your vet. I'm not sure if your vet explained but they can get fatty liver disease when they stop eating.. And they stop eating when they get too congested to smell their food. In the meantime you may want to treat them to some smelly fishy canned cat food to make sure they are all eating. If you see snotty sneezes, yellow/green eye discharge, those are usually signs that there's a secondary bacterial infection happening and antibiotics would be helpful.

  37. 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.

  38. QUESTION:
    questions about ALT/AST levels and fatty liver (non-alcoholic)?
    I had a blood test recently which showed elevated levels of ALT (132) I also have high cholesterol and triglycerides. I had an ultrasound done and some further blood tests (for hepatitis and auto-immune diseases) and came out negative. The ultrasound however does show a fatty liver. My gastroenterologist says that fatty liver DOES raise ALT / AST levels but my primary physician (cardiologist) says a fatty liver does NOT raise ALT/AST since there is fat on the liver to begin with. He just says my liver has a high turn-over rate with an inconclusive cause. I don't want to end up getting Cirrhosis. Who should I believe? What is the right answer?
    fatty liver CAUSES cirrhosis over time

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry hun, you must be worried. I am a little confused you say your primary physician (cardiologist) ? Do you mean your gp or cardiologist? Anyway neither of them are a specialist in this area. A gastroenterologist specializes in this area, so he knows best, and
      I would listen to him concerning my liver. The first thing that crosses their mind is always alcohol, the same as when you have lung problems, they assume that you smoke. I don't know that you can get cirrhosis from a fatty liver?? But definetly listen to your gastroenterologist and do not blame yourself for your body make up. To say inconclusive cause is negligence, do not settle for that. Perhaps it is because of fatty liver, also alcohol and some meds can also do it, but DO NOT settle for the inconclusive cause.

  39. QUESTION:
    Husband just diagnosed with fatty liver disease...but he doesn't want to stop drinking!?
    So...my husband and I just returned from an appointment with a liver specialist. They say he has fatty liver disease...but not sure if it is alcoholic nor non. They want him to stop drinking totally for one month and then be rechecked. I suspect (and they do as well) that it is alcoholic fatty liver disease because my husband drinks several beers a day and usually two or three strong mixed drinks. He told me today that he will "cut back" even though doc says he should 100 percent stop.

    What if he did simply cut back considerably? Could the disease progress even with much smaller alcohol amounts?

    I want him to totally stop but I know he won't at this point..so I'd like to get more educated on what to expect possibly if he won't totally stop drinking. If someone goes from large amounts of alcohol to very small, I would think that would make a big difference..but perhaps I'm just hopeful.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      The problem is that your husband is most likely an alcoholic and they cannot lighten up when it comes to drinking. They might do it for a short time, but it's always temporary. An alcoholic simply cannot drink at all because they cannot control their drinking and will always abuse it. That is the number one thing you must understand when you are dealing with an alcoholic.

      It seems as though he is headed towards liver problems from his drinking. It starts out as a fatty liver but if the drinking doesn't stop, it can progress to cirrhosis and liver failure. I doubt very much he will "lighten up" for very long, but if a person has a fatty liver, they should not be drinking alcohol at all, not even smaller amounts. The doctor is right that he must stop drinking all alcohol.

      Cirrhosis is a really bad disease. It's a slow and miserable way to die. Look it up in Wikipedia and you can read all about it. I know because I had it from an autoimmune disease and had to get a transplant. No matter what causes cirrhosis, the disease pretty much acts the same with everyone. This is a wake up call for your husband. If he lets this fatty liver progress to more serious disease and enough damage is done to his liver, nothing is going to save him except a transplant. An active alcoholic would never qualify for one.

  40. QUESTION:
    Metformin and fatty liver and kidney stones?
    My hubby, who is 37, is recently diagnosed with Diabetes and has been prescribed to take Metformin 500mg tds. But he has been diagnosed with fatty liver 2 years before and 7 years before he had kidney stone and went through surgery for that. Now my query is, does metformin has anything to do with these two illnesses as I read in the patient information leaftlet to inform the physician about liver and kidney diseases before starting metformin.

    I would appreciate very much if somebody could eloborate what we should do and is there any other alternative for metformin?

    • ANSWER:
      Metformin may have a number of side effects. One also should not exceed the prescribed dosage, however, there is no clear evidence regarding a fatty liver. It may have some detrimental effect on your husbands kidneys, when dosage too high. Regular blood tests need to be made.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:

  43. 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.

  44. QUESTION:
    Cat with fatty liver was doing great and today was at deaths door.?
    My 3 year old female cat stopped eating and developed fatty liver. I have been force feeding her, she has gained weight, was in great spirits and loosing her jaundice. The vet even commented on how great she was doing 2 days ago. Then this morning I went to take her out of her room and she was crouching all stiff on the floor. The room was a mess. And she was wheezing and in obvious pain and drooling. She was cold and stiff to the touch and her eyes changed color from blue to green and she had a head tremor. I put her in a kennel and she slept almost 12 hours. Whenever I touched her, she wouldn't respond. It was as if she was in a coma. It was so bad that we were going to take her to get euthanized but decided to wait till monday morning.

    And the last time I checked on her, she opened her eyes and started purring and when I opened the door to her kennel she got out and is almost like her normal self (except for a barely noticeable tremor and off balance walk) purring and cuddling and talking. Her eyes are turning blue again.
    What is going on with my cat!!??? I am taking her to the vet first thing tomorrow but I would like other opinions. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      If your cat does have fatty liver disease, this can throw off the delicate balances within the body. You should probably have a blood test run regularly.

  45. QUESTION:
    can a 23 year old get cirrhosis of the liver if they have fatty liver disease and drink alcohol?
    I was diagnosed with a fatty liver as a result of a blood test a few years back and was prescribed Deforming and Lovaza what are these medicines used for? from that day on I have been taking only Lovaza and I refused to take Metformin since it says on the bottle "DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES WHILE TAKING THIS MEDICATION" since I like to drink I ditched the Metformin and drank instead now my Triglycereds are 939 and I am not exactly sure if I still have fatty liver but I have been drinking these two years ever since that test. before I had fatty liver I used to eat greasy foods and junk food I would eat a bunch of Mayonniase with every meal but I didn't really drink that much so I was thinking that my fatty liver was due to my food choices not the drinking.
    I know I wont be able to give up drinking completely since I like the taste of alcohol plus my grandfather drinks alot of beer and vodka and he is 74 years old and he has been drinking for a very long time and has no health problems and also my birthday is in 9 more days and I know I wont be able to handle a birthday party without celebrating which includes drinking
    I'm sorry I made a mistake I was prescribed Metformin not deforming
    yes I am on supplements I take them about 2 times a day are they helping?
    yes I am kind of overweight I weight about 254 pounds but this was a while ago I think I lost some weight but I am not exactly sure how much I weight now since I don't weigh myself except when I go to the doctor and now I have decreased my drinking I only drink friday through sunday and during the week I might have 1 or 2 beers but nothing else am I improving my drinking habits?
    I am taking supplements not drugs
    and they are not prescribed my grandfather ordered them from me from a store

    • ANSWER:
      A fatty liver is cirrhosis and is due to "intrahepatic gallstones" that are hardened bile that are clogging your bile ducts. Your logic regarding your grandfather that drinks beer and vodka may seem like a logical reason for you to think it's not a problem for you to drink because you are obviously saying, "Well if he can drink at be 74 years old and not have health problems, it must be O.K. for me to do the same." 74 is very young, but in America you are right, he is reaching the average life span.

      Being functional is NOT the definition of health that anyone should settle on. In your case, it sounds like you have a major liver problem and that will greatly affect your overall health.

      The liver cleans 3 pints of blood per MINUTE in a healthy person and produces 1-1/2 quarts of bile, but only if it is working well. The liver is resilient, but ignoring it and abusing it will lead to lots of problems for you. A person can have as many as 20,000 intrahepatic gallstones in their liver before it quit working and that is about 60% of it's functionality gone. A major function of bile is to SANITIZE the colon. The SEX HORMONES are made from cholesterol that is made in the liver. In fact, ALL the steroid hormones are made from cholesterol that is made in the liver.

      When triglycerides are at 939, you are in trouble. What is happening is the fats you are eating are not being digested and broken down properly. Bile is made in the liver and then stored in the gallbladder. When you eat fat, the bile is sent from the gallbladder to the small intestine where it mixes with the fats and emulsifies them into a watery mixture. Then the LIPASE enzyme comes from the pancreas and breaks down the watery substance into fatty acids where it is sent to the blood stream by way of lymphatic ducts.

      ALL FATS you eat are triglycerides. A triglyceride are the three categories of fatty acids, Saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fatty acids. These are held together by a glycerol molecule and this forms the 3 fatty acids & glycerol to make a Triglyceride. All fats have different ratios of each of the fatty acids making them be classified as a particular fatty acid, like a "saturated fat," but no fat in nature has just one fatty acid category, so to say saturated fat is bad for you is ridiculous, bad science and being promoted by drug companies with an agenda. What does make a difference is when the food industry takes a fat and changes it creating saturated fats that are harmful, like trans fats. If you take a fat that is primarily saturated, you cannot make a trans fat from that fat, unlike soybean, canola, cottonseed, and corn oils where they can and are being made into trans fats.

      If you eat bad fats, like soybean, canola, cottonseed, & corn oils, trans fats, fried foods, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, your liver will not make good bile. Drinking alcohol causes the same problem. So what happens is that your Triglycerides are not getting broken down as a result of bad bile or the lack of bile, leaving the fats to not be digested properly.

      You have the information of what the drinking is doing to you, but because you like what it makes you feel like, you are looking for anything that will tell you it's "Just not that bad." You use your grandfather as a way to say, "See, he's O.K., so I can be like him."

      Taking drugs will only give you "MAKE BELIEVE HEALTH" and a way for you to further justify your drinking. You are playing with FIRE my friend and all you have to do is look at the many famous people that have and are dying as a result of taking prescription drugs and alcohol as to what you are risking.

      You have two choices here. The first one is to just admit that you are trying to commit suicide and drinking is the easiest way to do that for you and live with the consequences that will happen to you. The second choice is to realize that the excuses you are looking for to say "It's O.K. to drink" is your way of hiding and running away from reality. Reality in your case is DEATH and the only way you are going to stop the deterioration is to face reality and make the decision to become healthy.

      If you set a goal to become healthy and pursue that aggressively, you will find that the desire for alcohol will go away, but you need to set yourself on a course of becoming educated.

      good luck to you

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    What do you think?

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

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

  48. QUESTION:
    what causes enlarged fatty liver and enlarged spleen?
    I'm 25 with type 1 diabetes, about a month ago my feet started swelling (like if you are in your last trimester in pregnancy and you went on a road trip) a couple days later it moved up to my legs as well so I went to the doctor,all they found was my white blood cell count was a little high and protein in my urine. I didn't have an infection my sugar was high, however it is fine now and I'm still swollen. Three days after that my abdomen was swollen (I looked and still do like I'm 6 to 7 months pregnant). I went from 130 to 160 from the swelling in two weeks!! I went back to my doctors and he felt around then sent me to get an ultrasound of my abdomen. They found a fatty enlarged liver and spleen. I have a gastro. appointment next week, but for the past couple of days the pain has increased.

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is linked to varies conditions including diabetes. A fatty liver is one of the causes of an enlarged spleen. Your fatty liver is causing your oedema (swelling due to excess fluid).

      Good link about a fatty liver and how to reverse it >>>
      http://www.liverdoctor.com/index.php?page=fatty-liver

      Enlarged spleen >>>
      http://www.emedicinehealth.com/enlarged_spleen_splenomegaly/article_em.htm#causes

  49. QUESTION:
    Please help urinary tract infection vs. fatty liver?
    Please help urinary tract infection vs. fatty liver?
    Please help I went to the doctor I m having pains on my right side of my belly right under the rib cage… the doctor took blood tests and sent me to go get a sonogram…when I was at the sonogram I ask the lady that was doing the sonogram if everything was ok she said very look ok but that it look like I had fat in my liver two days later the doctors nurse called me and told that all the blood work came back fine she said liver is working fine kidney are working fine but you do have a urinary tract infection and she gave me some meds. My problem is that the pain is still there I just started the meds this Tuesday and I m real worry has any one else had the same pain the pian has been there for like three months my weghit was 275 and I have lost 23 pounds in last three months what do ya think? Am just bit freaked out or should I go get a second opion
    started a real simple diet eating oatmeal in the mornings and grilled chicken for lunch and I skip dinner sometimes I would eat dinner

    And I work out six days a week for one to two hours

    • ANSWER:
      My Dear Friend,
      I am prone to U.T.I.'s. Yes it can cause wait gain.What I do is I take over the counter avo pills it stops the pressure or pain as you call it. #2 you then need to go to Dr's. and get a antibiotic. After this is cleared up. #3 start taking two capsules of lysine plus 2 capsules of cranberry pills or start drinking cranberry juice.#4 You can receive this infection through another person,or some get it if there is a cold draft or if you sit on a damp ground and if you where tight pants. Feel better.

  50. 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.