Liver is a vital organ. It’s the body’s detoxifying station. But we often hear about enlarged or fatty liver. A fatty liver is a liver with accumulated fat. Unlike healthy normal liver, a fatty liver has excess fat build-up. This could either happen because of excessive alcohol consumption known as alcoholic fatty liver disease or extra fat accumulation on the liver called the Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD).
NAFLD is a rather common liver disorder affecting around 20 to 40% of the total population of the US. NAFLD is found mostly in people with obesity. A sedentary lifestyle and eating processed and high-fat foods are the major causes of NAFLD.
When it comes to detecting a fatty liver, it usually occurs by accident. NAFLD remains unknown in most patients because it doesn’t cause any pain. It is only diagnosed during other blood or liver-related tests where an unusual count comes up and the patient is then asked to go for a full abdomen ultrasound. A fatty liver can only be diagnosed via ultrasound or a scan.
What Happens In Fatty Liver Disease?
The liver is a detoxifying organ of the body. It also aids in digestion with the help of bile production. However, when excess fat is accumulated on the liver, it disrupts the liver’s normal functions, thereby causing alarming diseases such as heart diseases, obesity, diabetes, and several other diseases.
The first and foremost treatment of NAFLD involves getting rid of that accumulated fat or in other words, losing excess weight.
The next step is diet. A protein-rich, low-fat diet is advised to patients with fatty liver disease. Fruits and vegetables enriched with fiber and antioxidants are highly beneficial for such patients. Moreover, foods or superfoods rich in Omega3 fatty acids such as walnuts, salmon, flaxseeds, olive oil, green tea, and whole grains are also recommended as a part of the diet plan.
Highly processed foods, sugary items, red meat, and deep-fried food are all strictly prohibited.
Then there is exercise. Exercise helps in weight loss and boosts metabolism. It also helps you burn more calories helping in losing weight quickly. By making all these changes, fatty liver patients can lose weight and subsequently reverse the damage on the liver.
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