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Fatty Liver

What is a fatty liver?  How does it effect your health and how do you correct it?
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Fatty liver, or steatosis, is a term that describes the buildup of fat in the liver. While it’s normal to have some fat in your liver, more than 5 to 10 percent of your liver weight is fat in the case of fatty liver.

Fatty liver is a reversible condition that can be resolved with changed behaviors. It

often has no symptoms and typically does not cause permanent damage.

The liver is the second largest organ in the body. The liver’s function is to process everything we eat or drink and filter any harmful substances from the blood. This process is interrupted if too much fat is in the liver. The liver commonly repairs itself by rebuilding new liver cells when the old ones are damaged. When there’s repeated damage to the liver, permanent scarring takes place. This is called cirrhosis.

Fatty liver is common. Around 10 to 20 percent of Americans have too much fat in their liver, but no inflammation or damage is present. Most cases of fatty liver are detected in people between ages 40 and 60. When fatty liver is caused by an underlying condition, it can become harmful to the liver if the cause is not recognized and treated.
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The most common cause of fatty liver is alcoholism and heavy drinking. In many cases, doctors don’t know what causes fatty liver in people who are not alcoholics.

Fatty liver develops when the body creates too much fat or cannot metabolize fat fast enough. The excess fat is stored in liver cells where it accumulates to form fatty liver disease. Eating a high-fat diet may not directly result in fatty liver.

Besides alcoholism, other common causes of fatty liver include:

obesity
hyperlipidemia, or high levels of fats in the blood
diabetes
genetic inheritance
rapid weight loss
side effect of certain medications, including aspirin, steroids, tamoxifen, and tetracycline
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There isn’t a medication or surgery to treat fatty liver. Instead, your doctor will offer recommendations to reduce your risk factors. These recommendations include:

limiting or avoiding alcoholic beverages
managing your cholesterol
losing weight
controlling your blood sugar
If you have fatty liver because of obesity or unhealthy eating habits, your doctor may also suggest that you increase physical activity and eliminate certain types of food from your diet. Reducing the number of calories you eat each day can help you lose weight and heal your liver.

You can also reverse fatty liver disease by reducing or eliminating fatty foods and foods high in sugar from your diet. Choose healthier foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Replace red meats with lean animal proteins like chicken and fish.
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i need your advice urgently one week before my blood test done, test showing ALT 55.4 (testing level 9-50), and ultra sound report showing: fatty Infiltration of LIver. & BP 151/99. Is this going big problem for me. i m very worry and not sleep well after i see my test report results. Whats should i do now. anyone please advice
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i need your advice urgently one week before my blood test done, test showing ALT 55.4 (testing level 9-50), and ultra sound report showing: fatty Infiltration of LIver. & BP 151/99. Is this going big problem for me. i m very worry and not sleep well after i see my test report results. Whats should i do now. anyone please advice
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