About one in four of us has “Fatty Liver.”
It’s often a silent problem and people have no idea their liver is being damaged.
I was glad to see this excellent article from Authority Nutrition about it, and will be sharing this with my patients.
Fatty liver is a growing problem and goes hand in hand with obesity and diabetes. It’s often discovered when we’re checking for something else with liver function tests or imaging. Liver enzymes might be slightly elevated, and the liver might look enlarged with fatty deposits.
If treated early enough it can be reversed. Untreated, it can cause major problems including liver failure and liver cancer.
If you have or suspect fatty liver, here are some things you can do (in addition to talking with your doctor):
- Follow a low-carb diet — those extra carbs (particularly fructose) turn into fat in the liver
- Do not put sugary drinks into your body — no sodas, no juices, no sports drinks
- Eat more monounsaturated fats: nuts, avocados, olive oil
- Eat more fiber (over 10g/day)
- Eat and/or take omega-3 fatty acids
- Exercise at least 30 minutes/day
- Avoid alcohol
- Strengthen your gut health with prebiotics and probiotics: Interestingly, your gut health and microbiome may play a role in fatty liver