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Do I Have Fatty Liver Disease?
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Do I Have Fatty Liver Disease?

Some medical professionals have stated that fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a “silent killer”. I would take this to mean that people can die from FLD.

The fact that the liver is the largest internal organ must mean that it has a large amount of relatively important functions to carry out to keep your body running smoothly. The most important of these functions is the cleaning of your blood.

Inside the liver there are a number of specialised filters which on a daily basis filter the blood for all kinds of impurities that we tend to throw at it.

Some of these filters take care of any excess fat that is found in the blood, redistributing it around the body. One of the main reasons for fatty liver disease is that the liver is filtering to much fat within the blood and will start to store the fat in the liver which replaces healthy liver tissue with fat.

It’s not uncommon for the liver to store some fat but when the stored fat is around 10% of the livers overall weight is becomes known as Steatosis. While this is reversible through diet, if left unchecked in can lead on to further complications.

The top reason for this condition is being overweight but not in the way you would think. You don’t need me to tell you how many overweight people there are but it is estimated that over 50% of people in America alone have what is called NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis). This is when the liver starts to swell up and if not treated quickly can turn into Cirrhosis which is scaring of the liver.

Not all of these people have this condition from just being overweight on its own as just eating fatty foods won’t give you FLD. What is known is that being overweight can cause a whole host of other problems and of all the various causes of fatty liver disease, insulin resistance is probably the most important trigger of steatosis.

Thus, diabetes and high cholesterol levels which stem from being overweight are believed to be contributing factors to steatohepatitis.

Poor eating habits and any number of these rapid weight loss diets can also be contributing factors to NAFLD.

So why is it called a silent killer?

The symptoms or lack of could have something to do with it.

With any condition such as a fatty liver you would think that there would be symptoms. Unfortunately, a large number of people who have the early stages of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease experience no symptoms.

It’s only when the liver becomes inflamed that you may experience a dull pain in the upper right part of your stomach. This could be an inflamed liver or a few other things.

You could also experience some fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, nausea, and easy bruising to name a few. If you look at these symptoms of fatty liver disease you could quite easily attribute them to something else. Take fatigue we all get tired for various reasons, doesn’t mean we have a fatty liver so it could well be overlooked as a symptom of FLD.

What you may not know is next to going onto a specific fatty liver diet researchers have found that drinking green tea in a lot of cases can prevent liver inflammation.


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