So, your doctor has just told you that you have fatty liver disease. Sounds like a pretty bad diagnosis, right? Well, there is good news and bad news when it comes to fatty liver.
First the bad news.
If you do not take action to reverse your fatty liver condition immediately, it could lead to inflamed liver, which may begin to do permanent damage. On top of that, liver function will begin to degrade, affecting all areas of your body, from digestion to mood and body fat control.
If you keep along the same path, this inflammation may lead to scarring of the liver and eventually irreversible cirrhosis. Liver Cirrhosis could lead to total liver failure, a death sentence if a transplant cannot be found!
Now, the good news.
Fatty liver itself is a benign condition. This means that the disease itself does not directly cause you any harm. In fact, all it means is that your liver is made up of an abnormal amount of fat; 5-10% by weight to be exact.
The second piece of good news is that you’ve caught a potentially harmful condition early. You see, a liver containing this much fat could be a sign of another harmful medical condition. Inflamed liver could be caused by HIV, Hepatitis C, or one of many other serious health problems.
On a side note, it is critical to always have a doctor diagnose your symptoms before trying to reverse fatty liver on your own. There are some problems that you cannot solve with diet and exercise. Only doctor intervention can help you with these more serious medical conditions.
But let’s assume for a second that you’re doctor has diagnosed you with fatty liver disease or it’s later stage, Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH). They’ve done all the necessary tests to rule out a more serious condition. What next?At this point, the rest is up to you. The following are some steps you can take to reverse fatty liver disease:
1. Lose Weight (slowly) – Statistics show that up to 75% of obese people are candidates for liver problems. Losing weight and returning to a healthy body fat level can go a long way to solving this problem. One caveat though. The weight must be lost at a rate of less than one or two pounds per week. Losing weight at a faster rate is actually more taxing on your body and could lead to other liver problems.
2. Control Your Blood Sugar – Uncontrolled Diabetes and Blood Sugar problems can destroy your liver. If you have not yet been diagnosed with Type II (“Adult Onset”) diabetes, you’re lucky. Get your butt in gear and start reversing your insulin resistance with exercise.
3. Begin Taking Supplements – Despite a healthy diet and varied food intake, your body could still be craving a certain vitamin or mineral. While the jury is still out on Liver Support Supplements, a multi-vitamin once a day is the generally accepted practice for getting any missing vitamins and minerals. B-Vitamins and certain amino acids have also been noted in reversing fatty liver.
4. Stop Drinking Alcohol – Alcohol is a toxin. Technically, you are putting ethanol into your bloodstream to be filtered out by, you guessed it, your liver! Alcohol in moderation is normally alright for your health, but in this case you need to put down the booze immediately.
There is so much more to reversing fatty liver than I could expect to discuss in one article. If you are serious about stopping fatty liver, you have to take very specific steps to change your habits.
These steps are not difficult or complex, but they certainly make a difference in your quality of life.
More Importantly, improving your liver health will simultaneously help remove that ugly gut and drastically improve your mood! Trust me, I’ve been through the changes and I got rid of a lot of problems that I forgot I was carrying around…