The appropriate treatment for fatty liver disease depends on what is causing it. It is a condition that is reversible if treated at an early stage.
People who have this condition have fat in their liver cells. It can be seen in people who ingest a lot of alcohol or people who are obese.
There is not one routine treatment for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Doctors work to treat the cause. If the cause is obesity, doctors work with the patient to lose weight through changes in diet, exercise, weight loss surgery or medications. It is also important to refrain from alcohol.
Alcoholic fatty liver disease is the second type. Symptoms may include: weight loss, fatigue, or pain in the upper right stomach. There may be no symptoms at all.
The majority of people in the United States who abuse alcohol end up with this condition. The liver ends up enlarged which causes discomfort. Quitting drinking is the first step of treating the alcoholic version of this disease.
Continued alcohol use can lead to advanced diseases. Advanced diseases include alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis.
Treatments that are appropriate for this disease caused by obesity are also appropriate for the disease that is induced by alcohol use.
Eating healthy, losing weight, and exercising are good for both forms of fatty liver disease as well as for overall health. It is important to get routine checkups with a medical doctor because that is the most common way this disease is found.
A fatty liver may show up on x-rays or ultrasounds and may be confirmed with a biopsy. After anesthesia, a doctor removes a tiny part of the liver which is looked at under a microscope. The doctor looks for inflammation, signs of fat, and damage. The diagnosis is fatty liver if inflammation and damage are not present.
Treating fatty liver disease is important because not treating it can cause liver problems to get worse. The liver has many functions that are very important to the body. Here is a list of some of the things the liver does: it produces substances that break down fat, produces cholesterol, filters harmful things from the blood, and makes certain amino acids. That is why it is very important to make sure the liver remains healthy.