Who can get affected by fatty liver?
Excessive alcohol consumption can cause fatty liver. Those who are obese or have diabetes mellitus are also susceptible to fatty liver disease.
Children with Reye’s syndrome are also known to develop fatty liver disease.
Sometimes people develop steatosis even if they do not abuse alcohol or are not very obese. This may be due to hereditary conditions or use of prescription medications
that interfere with liver functions. Pregnant women can also develop fatty liver.
What are the symptoms of fatty liver?
Usually fatty liver does not produce symptoms until the disease causes liver inflammation or hepatitis and cirrhosis.
In some rare cases fatty liver symptoms include
- pain on the right side of the abdomen
- swelling in the abdomen
Pregnant women with fatty liver can experience
- Lack of hunger
- pain in the abdomen
- Pre-eclampsia and Eclampsia that causes high blood pressure, swelling and seizures.
What causes fatty liver?
Fatty liver disease can be caused by
- Diabetes mellitus
- Poisons (carbon tetrachloride and yellow phosphorus)
- Cushing's syndrome
In addition to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) which are considered primary fatty liver diseases,
there are also secondary fatty liver diseases. These include alcohol liver disease or ALD, chronic viral hepatitis C (HCV), chronic viral hepatitis B (HBV), chronic autoimmune hepatitis (AIH), and Wilson's disease
Microvesicular fatty liver may be caused by valproic acid toxicity and high-dose tetracycline or during pregnancy.
How is fatty liver diagnosed?
Fatty liver may be diagnosed during a routine blood screening as it cause minor elevation of liver enzymes.
The patient can have enlarged liver or minor elevation of liver enzyme tests. Clinical and/or biochemical signs of insulin resistance also indicate fatty liver.
Images of the liver can be obtained by an ultrasound test, CT (computed tomography) scan, or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).
A liver biopsy may be needed to be certain of fatty liver disease and ascertain its severity.
What are some natural ways to prevent and treat fatty liver?
- Go for regular health check-ups and blood screenings
- Avoid alcohol abuse
- Try to reduce weight
- Liv.52 from Himalaya Herbals is perhaps the best known herbal ayurvedic formulation that prevents fat accumulation and protects and supports the liver.
Liv.52 detoxifies the liver and enables liver enzymes to return to normal levels.
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