Reverse Fatty Liver Disease Now

 

If you have been diagnosed with fatty liver disease, you might be feeling afraid and somewhat bewildered and would appreciate more information about all aspects of this condition. What causes it? What are the treatments available? What are the possible diet and lifestyle changes you should make? What advice for a holistic approach to managing – and even reversing it?

It is normal if you have a small amount of fat in your liver. But, if you have in excess of 5-10% of fat in the entire weight of the organ – you may have liver disease. Some cases may lead to serious health problems from complications of this condition.

Fortunately, there are treatments, both medical (lots of drugs) and homeopathic (natural diet), where you can reverse and eliminate fatty liver disease. First, a quick primer on what it is.

Alcoholic or Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

fast food for a fatty liver

Mmmm, so good, but so bad for your liver!

90-100% of the estimated 15 million people in the United States alone develop this health condition that begins with an enlarged liver. Heredity may play a part in it by predisposing a person to alcoholism. In addition, other factors that may cause an enlarged liver are:

  • Hepatitis C
  • Too much iron in your blood
  • Being overweight
  • Diet

Nonalcoholic liver disease is by far the number one cause of this condition. There are people who have a fatty liver that will never cause them any problems or lead to something more serious, even though it isn’t normal.

There are also people who have what is called nonalcoholic steatohepatisis which, while similar to alcoholic liver disease, occurs in people who don’t drink often, or even teetotalers who don’t drink at all.

This type can lead to serious problems as it may cause scar tissue in the liver, called cirrhosis. Over time, it can lead to liver cancer, liver damage and failure, or liver related death.

Both types of the nonalcoholic forms of this disease are becoming more and more common. An estimated 20% of all adults have some form of this the condition, and approximately 6 million children. Studies have shown that Asian and Hispanic children are more at risk.

Symptoms of Nonalcoholic Liver Disease

fatty liver disease painWhat are the symptoms of NAFLD, or Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease? Well, there usually aren’t any. If you do have symptoms, they might be:

  • Pain in your upper right abdominal area
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss

What are the Effects on Your Liver?

If you have this condition, also called steatosis, you might develop diabetes which, over a period of time, can cause cardiovascular complications. You might also have a significant risk of end stage liver failure.

There are several diagnostic tests that are used to diagnose this disease:

  • Blood tests, including liver profiles that test enzymes
  • Imaging, either a CT scan or an MRI
  • Liver biopsy, a tissue sample done by inserting a very long needle into your liver and obtaining a bit of the organ for lab examination

When Should You See a Doctor?

Since there aren’t normally any symptoms for this health problem, you should simply go to the doctor if you are experiencing unexplained weight loss, unusual fatigue or pain in your upper right quadrant.

Needless to say, if you are showing any yellowing of the whites of your eyes or skin—which is jaundice—you should see a doctor immediately as this can be a sign of serious liver failure.

liver foodsWhat are the Treatments for NALFD?

Fortunately, there are several treatments, both conventional and homeopathic, for this disease. Currently, treatment strategies for NALFD consist of:

  • Identifying and treating associated conditions such as diabetes and/or hyperlipidemia
  • Improving insulin resistance either by means of weight loss, exercise or medications
  • Using antioxidants to protect further damage to the liver

In recent years, there has been much progress in a holistic approach to treating fatty liver disease with such things as a cleansing diet, liver detox diet and flush, as well as a diet of cleansing foods.

Homeopathic Treatments

While diet and lifestyle changes is currently the best way to reverse NALFD (see below), your liver can also benefit from homeopathic treatments, such as this detox spray.

Milk thistle extract (silybin) and chelidonium majus are some traditional herbs used to help the liver. Scientific studies of these herbs (see here and here) show promising results in helping the liver.

This is an attractive prospect to a lot of people who don’t like the modern tendency of the medical profession to try and treat everything with often toxic drugs that often do more harm than good.

If you stop and really pay attention to the long list of potential side effects for many prescriptions medicines, it’s a classic case of throwing out the baby with the bath water. You may get rid of some symptoms of your original complaint, only to get whammied with more that are far worse than what you had to begin with.

If you choose homeopathic supplements, note that this will help your liver, but not reverse fatty liver disease. For that, you need to change your life around with diet and exercise, as I detail below:

Diet and Lifestyle Changes

Making simple diet and lifestyle changes can help to halt the effects of this condition, and in most cases can turn it around completely.

Here are some suggestions for home treatment of fatty liver disease, or steatosis hepatitis:

  • If you drink alcohol – stop.
  • If you smoke – stop.
  • If you are overweight, lose weight slowly until you reach your ideal weight. (DON’T go on a crash diet, it will make it worse!)
  • Get plenty of exercise.
  • Keep your cholesterol levels at or below normal.
  • If you are diabetic, keep it under control with normal glucose levels.
  • Avoid harmful substances such as drugs, fast food and junk foods.

There is a guide written by an RN with years of experience seeing patients who have this condition—both the alcoholic type and the nonalcoholic type. It has been recommended by top US hepatologists and dieticians. There are no toxic drugs to take, no doctor bills, no invasive procedures or surgeries.

This extremely helpful guide, called the “Fatty Liver Diet Guide” is an ebook that deals with every aspect and ramification of being diagnosed with fatty liver disease and offers a holistic, natural approach to treating it, or actually reversing it.

A proven winner, this guide has been seen on Yahoo Health, Web MD and CNN.com Health. Chock full of knowledge and information, this is the guide you need to become healthy. It could literally be a lifesaver for you.

If you have this condition, it can cause damage to other organs and contribute to serious health problems. Get proactive now and do your health a favor by getting the help you need.

 

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  129 Responses to “Reverse Fatty Liver Disease Now”

  1. Having digestion problems and experiencing bloated stomach after meals

    • That is exactly how I feel EVERY day! I was just diganosed still waiting for more info from the DR.

    • I’ve been having the same issue as well. What has helped me avoid those symptoms most was changing my diet. I started by cutting out all dairy from my diet, I reduced meat portions, and added a lot more vegetables to my plate. Oh and when it comes to meat, I try to stick with chicken or fish and avoid (not eliminate) red meat as much as possible. Avoiding dairy has been difficult (especially cheese), but not having a gut ache, feeling bloated after a meal, and not having to stay close to a bathroom has been well worth the sacrifice. An added benefit I got from doing this to was I am starting to lower my cholesterol/triglycerides and have begun a slow and gradual weight loss. Good luck to you my friend!

  2. It could be worsening acid reflux. If you feel that way after eating pasta or bread, you may be getting an intolerance to gluten … my wife’s friend has that.

  3. I have FATTY Liver what should I do?

    • The ebook guide I mention above has a detailed plan on diet and lifestyle changes you can implement immediately. I am also currently writing steps you can take once you receive a prognosis of this disease. If caught in its early or even mid stages, it is reversible!

  4. I have a fatty lever, I always fast on monday.I eat only 1 time on monday, please advice should I continue or stop ?

    • I would stop, because fasting one day doesn’t help – it only puts more stress on your body, as you starve yourself one day a week. Instead, take a good look at what you eat, and substitute for healthier foods and smaller portion sizes. I’d talk to a dietician, who can help customize a meal plan for you.

      • I am suffering from fatty liver grade 2. Can you explain me its consequences and how much time will it take to recover.

        • Grade 2 is moderate, and you’re still able to get it under control with lifestyle changes – start at “Steps to Take” to begin recovering. If you follow proper diet and exercise as per your doctor’s instructions, you’ll see an improvement in a few weeks to months – it all depends on your condition and body type. You’ll begin to see improvement once you begin losing weight, but don’t go on a crash diet – that will make your condition worse. Also, one study showed that those patients who lost 9% of their body weight after 36 weeks saw signs of reversal and improved liver health (http://www.med.upenn.edu/gastro/documents/DDSNAFLD.pdf).

          If your condition worsens (if you don’t lose weight, change your diet or exercise), you will continue to feel more and more tired and nauseous. In the end stages, you’ll get jaundice, itchy skin, painful fluid buildup in your legs and arms, skin bruises, and your liver will eventually shut down. You definitely don’t want it to progress to that!

          • Good day to you Greg well i have also been diagnosed with fatty liver but dont know what stage it how can i know what stage it is and lately have been feeling some kinda discomfort around my right top of my stomach..i need help please.

          • The discomfort is likely the enlargement of your liver pressing into nearby tissue, though it can be other things like biliary pain from your gall bladder. Fortunately, no matter the stage, it is still reversible. You have to avoid alcohol and fatty foods so the liver doesn’t have to work as hard, and you need to exercise – target losing about 1 pound a week. There’s more info on this site and the Liver Diet Guide I myself used and recommend.

          • Hi Greg..
            I am currently suffering now..

            1. Liver Mildly enlarge & fatty changes.
            Is that any difference between enlarge liver & fatty liver ?

            2. Pancreas fatty changes.
            How can I recover in these two thing at a time ?

            Plz suggest need help..

            Thanks

          • Fatty liver can cause an enlarged liver, but an enlarged liver could also be caused by other problems such as hepatitis. Usually, some fat in your pancreas isn’t any cause for concern, but it could also be caused by drinking too much alcohol or gallstones, so I would get it checked out. If your lifestyle includes being overweight and drinking too much, your body is liking telling you that it’s time to lose weight, eat better and no more alcohol.

  5. Hello there , i have a fatty liver and im in lots of pain. Yes im sensitive to pain , but ts a year and im struggling with trying to lose weight. I have no thyroid either so double whammy. Is it normal to have pain and discomfort 24/7 ??

  6. Hello Laura,

    Definitely check with your doctor. I assume you are on medication – one of the side effects of hypothyroidism is muscle pain.

  7. I have fatty liver and i want to know if i can fast during the month of Ramadhan.

    • That is a very good question! I am not a doctor, but I am handy on Google ;), so I did some research in medical journals. I didn’t find one for fatty liver, but I did find one for fasting if you have diabetes. You can read it here. The only problem I see is the issue of losing too much weight too fast, as this can actually make things worse. When breaking your fast, try to avoid greasy food and saturated fats, and go for lots of vegetables and water. Definitely talk to your doctor about this.

  8. Dear Sir,

    I have a fatty Liver type one since last one year. I am 5′.3″ with a weight of 77kg, Age 42. I am Alcoholic & consume around 3-4 Large Pegs of Whiskey everyday & also Red Meat atleast once a week. I am reducing Drinking Alcohols to once a week. Pl suggest me treatment & natural herbs, fruits (Walnuts ?) which can be consumed to get rid of Fatty Liver.

    • I’m sorry to have to say this, Sameer, but you have to completely cut out all alcohol. Read my Step 2 on what foods to eat – basically, avoid processed foods, most sugars and fatty, greasy foods. Replace with lean meats, vegetables, fruits (which have natural sugars), fish oil, nuts and beans.

    • Hii Greg

      Thank you very much for your advice. I am grateful to you. Do I need to take any Liver tonics (Ayurvedic or Allopathic) side by side alongwith exercise & diet ?

  9. I have been recently diagnosed with fatty liver. I do not drink or smoke.Normal diet. No weight loss or loss of apetite. With 5’8″ – 75KG weight, I do not do much exercise. I am expericing mild fever for over 1 month – 99-100 degrees of and on. Ocassionally there is internal swelling on arm, leg, foot that goes of its own. Your advice shall be of great help.

    • Neeraj, it sounds like you have a more advanced form of fatty liver – one of the symptoms is swelling due to retained fluid. You can still reverse it – talk to your doctor about your diet, and mention herbs such as milk thistle.

      • Thanks Greg. I always thought that the swelling and hives were due to allergy. I shall always be thankful to you for the advice.

  10. Is taking medicine for fatty leaver treatment good?

    • There really isn’t any medicine to treat fatty liver, though there are some drugs in research trials. Your best bet is to follow a special diet to slowly lose weight, cut out sugar, and exercise.

  11. Hi Greg,Thanks for your valuable comments.
    Is this disease heritatory? Which exercise will help me?

  12. Hi dear
    I have fatty liver problem.my sgpt test is 146 level.weight is 75.5kg.5’4″,i am smoking.but not too much.take alc 3 times per month normally .what should i do

    • First, you have to figure out if it’s caused by alcohol or not (if it is, you have to cut it out completely.) 3 x a month is definitely moderate, unless your liver was damaged in the past.

      Then, follow the diet guide on this site, which starts here

  13. Hi I have a hepatitis c but my all test become normal like PCR but yesterday I done my liver ultrasound so my liver fatty so please advise me thanks

    • I finished writing a “Steps to Take” guide (see the right hand side of this website) – I hope this helps you out!

  14. Thanks for the guidance but you give answer to everyone and you push me to website but thank you very much

  15. Hi… Yesterday, I have a ultrasound, though I only requested for KUB, the technician had a quick scan on my liver and he said I have a fatty liver… Can ultrasound detect or differentiate fatty liver from cirrhosis? What test do I have to undergo to know the grade of my fatty liver? I always feel tired and I feel lots of pain (back, arms, legs ) and lately I feel cold on feet and hands at night… Does this indicate a worse case than that of a fatty liver? thanks

    • Nope, the only way to definitely prove fatty liver is through a liver biopsy. Since that’s painful and invasive (a needle actually takes a chunk of your liver out), doctors and technicians only say a “possibility” of fatty liver.

      I’d hate to be the one to say it, but yes, your symptoms could indicate a worse level – one symptom is painful fluid buildup in the skin. Definitely start treatment now! Stop drinking all alcohol (if you have been), and begin diet and exercise. If you have diabetes, make sure it’s well under control, as there’s more and more evidence of a link between that and liver problems. Get in to see a doctor right away for options. There is an experimental drug, but shedding excess pounds and eating well is still the best remedy.

  16. I have recently been diagnosed with a fatty liver. My oncology specialist says that it is a complication of the chemo drugs that I have been given for breast cancer. During treatment I also gained 16kilos over six months. I have managed to loose 3kilo since ceasing treatment three months ago. I have also resumed regular exercise and healthy diet. My dr told me to become a health fanatic. My weight loss is very slow and a recent biopsy has shown that my liver is still very fatty. How long will it take for my liver to recover so that I can loose weight as my dr says my slow weight loss is due to my fatty liver?

    • I haven’t actually heard that a fatty liver prevents you from losing weight faster, so I can’t give you a time frame – but you do have to eat a certain diet. Cut way back on the carbs, and increase your vegetables – lots of leafy greens, beets and carrots – try juicing them as your morning breakfast (I have an Omega 8006 – it juices slow, so it doesn’t destroy the nutrients that fast juicers often do).

      Also increase your intake of omega 3′s (flax seed and cold water fish is really good.) Try herbs as a tea such as milk thistle or dandelion root – these are all really good for the liver. You can find a list of liver-healing herbs and foods here. Good luck. You sound like a survivor!

      • I am a patient of diabetes, kid deny stones, gallbladder stones and fatty liver. In one month I loses 9 kg What shall better. What kind of diets you recommends

        • I would slow down on the weight loss, it could actually worsen your condition. The diet I recommend on this site is the best … it is high in fiber, vegetables and fruits, and low in fat and grease. Lose weight gradually. No crash diets. Cut down on all alcohol, most coffee and replace with water and tea. There’s now lots of evidence of a link between diabetes and a fatty liver, so you have to get diabetes under control first. Good luck!

  17. Thank you very very much I pray for you

  18. for my mom, age 52 weights 100, she started experiencing pain right upper part of the abdomen and swelling on her legso we consulted a homeopathic doctor. . doctor asked to take a scan.. in the scaning report it is said that my mom is having fatty liver grade 1.. so homeopathic doctor has given some medicines and to take control on fried food…

    I want to know is that. . which medication is good or better.. homeopathy or allopathy?

    • There isn’t (yet) medication to help fatty liver disease – it’s usually caused by lifestyle factors, hepatitis or adverse drug reactions. Since your Mom isn’t overweight, you have to look at other reasons. Diabetes is increasingly being seen as a major factor, so find out about this … especially if your Mom is on a gluten-free diet, as gluten is often replaced with sugar in foods. Otherwise, definitely avoid fried foods, alcohol, simple carbs (ie white bread and pasta) and fatty foods. Look for homeopathic herbs that I discuss here. Good luck!

  19. thank u sir.. may god bless you

  20. Hello Greg

    I also have a fatty liver. I have a fairly normal diet, with lots of fresh fruit & veg and drink about 2 litres of water a day. My alcohol intake is almost non existent and I am a non smoker. I am 157cm. and weigh 116kg (which has been quite rapid) – I have a moderate exercise regime. My Dr. tells me that I am high end stage of the disease. Since being treated for Breast Cancer in 2001, I now have a non functional thyroid gland, for which I am on medication and also on Cholesterol medication as well. Except for the weight gain I am keeping well. I am 55 yrs of age. My question is would I benefit from following the fatty liver diet/liver cleansing program? What other foods should I add/delete from my diet?.

    • Hi Julie,

      It sounds like you’re living as healthy a life as you can, so the disease is likely caused by other complications, such as hypothyroidism. I would definitely seek out more medical attention, perhaps even a hepatologist (usually referred by your doctor) who can figure out what can be done. Good luck!

  21. Just recently I felt fain in my kidney after complete abdominal scan doctor told me that beside small stones in your kidney nominal fatty changes have also been observed ,further he advised me to increase my physical activities to cover this problem.
    Before that due to Sprain injury and kidney stones I was taking pain killer regularly with antibiotic ,Now I don,t know that what type of liver problem I have I did my liver function test with 65 ALT ,220 Alkaline phosphate and 0.8 Bilobroben .
    I have stopped eating baked and junk food also I am taking multi vitamins .
    Kindly tell me what else treatment should I take and how I will know that what type of problem I have ,Before this diagnose I felt now problem at all

    • What you are doing is right, so keep it up. Certain medications also harm the liver, so make sure your doctor knows what you have been taking. A fatty liver is reversible with special diet and exercise to lose excess pounds. I would also look into some liver-friendly herbs that will help things out, such as milk thistle and dandelion root. Keep monitoring your health and diet with your doctor, who will know exactly the condition of your health.

  22. I have gastroparesis, fatty liver and diabetes.what should i do?

    • Gastroparesis is incurable can be caused by diabetes (I did some research and it says this on the Mayo Clinic website), and fatty liver and diabetes are increasingly being seen as interlinked. The best thing to do is talk to your doctor or a dietician to manage all three – smaller meals, cooked fruits and vegetables, low-fat foods, soups and pureed food, lots of water, and gentle exercise after a meal. Fortunately, this diet is also great to help control fatty liver. Good luck and best of health!

  23. Dear Greg,

    My USG report says ‘moderate diffuse of hepatic streatosis.no focal lesion’. Doctor says its Fatty Liver. But how do I know if it is Alcoholic or non alcoholic?

    • Alcoholic and non alcoholic are the same disease – the only difference is that the non-alcholic version has been caused by other factors (up until the 1980′s, doctors thought all fatty liver disease was caused by alcohol). Treatment is the same. To be on the safe side, stop drinking all alcohol now while following a liver-friendly diet.

      • Dear Greg,

        I never understood I have faty liver unless USG report said so. Still now I never felt any pain or discomfort other than loose motion.

        Is it normal in liver problem? I am taking food suppliments and couple of medicines.

  24. In the beginning of 2007 I had first experience of upper right abdominal pain. I went to many doctors but couldn’t get concrete solution. Past one year now I am having this pain again with pain at right upper shoulder blade. I am a moderate drinker. Last month I went to doctor.I had CECT, which says liver is enlarged in size with reduced density, Intra-hepatic biliary redicals are not dilated with patent confluence. My Liver function Test results are within range and OK. I am taking medicine for Hypothyroid. The pain is unbearable. Still doctors are unable to diagnose root cause & give concrete advise. Kindly advise what to do?

    • I am not a doctor, but a lot of the root causes of liver problems does have to do with diet, so I would start there. Stop drinking as well, as it only makes your liver work harder to filter the alcohol. Research the side effects of your thyroid medication too, just to rule that out. Also see about a liver biopsy to determine a prognosis (such as hepatitis). Good luck!

  25. I have been recently diagnosed with mild diffuse fatty liver changes, what is this, what should I do? And they seen at least two cholecystolithiases measuring 0.4 and 0.5 cm.

    • It sounds like you’re at the beginning of some potential problems. Small gallstones and the start of a fatty liver. Fortunately (if there are no other problems) you can reverse the damage. Read through this site and the book for dietary suggestions (both for your gallbladder and to reduce the fat in your liver), and lead a more active lifestyle. Don’t go on any crash diets, which could hurt your liver more. A liver-friendly diet is also good for your gallbladder, since you’re trying to minimize fats and grease that are part of the typical fast-food diet.

  26. I have recently been diagnosed with fatty liver through an ultrasound test. I had the ultrasound because in my last checkup my bilirubin level was elevated to 3.2. I am 67 and in otherwise perfect health. I am not overweight, I do not drink or smoke and I run 20 miles a week. Should I be concerned?

    • That’s not horribly high, so I wouldn’t be too concerned. I would go for further tests however – fatty liver is also caused by various diseases like hepatitis (which can lie dormant for years or even decades). Try milk thistle supplements in the meantime – it’s a traditional herb for liver health, though studies are mixed. Good luck and best of health!

  27. Hi Greg.I have read your advises here and those are use full.I was diagnosed with fatty liver 6- 7 months ago .But I didn’t start any exercise since then I suddenly realized importance of exercise and diet after reading few online forums/websites .so,Last month ,I have started exercise and diet with raw food and fruits all at same time .So ,for 2 weeks I have done gym everyday around 40 minutes with out fail n raw food /fruits .It is amazing I lost 6 to 7 kilos .my tummy felt really good but I had some constipation though.Any way ,apart from that I felt the pain in the back increased .I am not sure why .Did sudden exercise caused any issue to liver .?I played badminton on those 2 weeks (twice in 2weeks).I am bit worried whether lot of movement in body will cause more stress on liver as I read some readings online and they advised to start small exercise . But I came to notice this advise after 2weeks I started exercise.other thing is ,my vitamin was very low .it showed up negative when I was diagnosed .doctor told me I got d vitamin diffeciency and gave me supplements …so ,I am not sure back pain is result of badminton n low d vitamin or liver …This pain started after I started playing badminton .It is paining when I stand like cooking in kitchen .it pains at right side near the side shoulder blade .But it goes away as soon I sit or lie on the bed .I feel like it is muscle strain n pain than liver but please advise me ..

    • It sounds like you just stretched a muscle, as fatty liver (if moderate) doesn’t cause many symptoms – mainly lethargy and dull pains in the abdomen (that’s what I had). If you haven’t used certain muscles in a few years, sports such as badminton can definitely cause some aches and pains. One thing I noticed, though, was that vitamin D levels can be low if your liver is quite damaged and can’t process it properly. But if that was the case, you’d have a lot worse symptoms, so the deficiency is likely caused by other factors – if you don’t go outdoors a lot, if you live in the far north, you have dark skin or you don’t eat much fish … a raw food diet is extremely healthy, but it doesn’t provide for much iron, vitamin B12 and vitamin D.

      It sounds like you’re definitely on the right path, so keep it up, but take vitamin supplements and do check in with your doctor and dietician to make sure everything is healing well. Take care!

  28. Hi Greg,

    My weight is 91 kilos iam suffering with fatty liver.Iam Non alcoholic and non smoker.

    But iam suffering with fatty liver problem for past 8 months my doctor gave me few meds .

    Every thing is fine with my blood samples .So what are the different types of foods i need to take in my

    daily life to avoid furthur more damage to my liver.

  29. my husband seen a pill on dr oz… Garcia Cambodia idk
    If I spelled it right. But its supposed to help with sugar and liver and all kinds of other things in your body would you recommend it

    • If you have liver problems, I wouldn’t recommend it. The liver has to process everything you ingest, and garcinia cambodia hasn’t been studied enough to see what the long-term effects are. Though losing weight is a key to reversing fatty liver disease, I recommend moderate exercise and a change in your diet over supplements.

  30. Hi Greg,

    I am a 35 years old Male, I have been recently diagnosed with Fatty Liver during an Ultrasound for back pain around lower back as I thought it was due to a kidney stone. They found out that there was no kidney stone and it was realised that it was the fatty liver, they also saw a cyst like lesion on my liver.

    Then I was referred for CT scan and the reports came back with saying that I have got Liver Hemangioma and doctors are saying that I don’t need treatment, but I have been having a stabbing pain every now and then which is making me very uncomfortable, when I asked the Doctor about what I can do about the fatty liver he said as there is no medicine for it that can only be reversed by changing my life style.

    I am 173cm and weighing 85.5 Kgs, BMI is slightly over 25, I don’t smoke, I used to drink moderately but I have stopped drinking altogether after learning about my liver.

    Even without knowing about my liver I was a bit health conscious and had control on what I was drinking and eating but so far I have been unable to reduce any weight, its been there for last 3-4 years.

    After reading some of the questions, I learnt that there is a grade the fatty liver is diagnosed with, I haven’t been told about it though, but I don’t have any other sysmptoms apart from the ocassional pain, also I have problem with Acid Reflux, only sometimes I feel very full after meal, I don’t vomit at all ( no nausea at all), I don’t have any swellings in any part of the body, I dont feel tired, my whites in the body are not yellowish.

    Can you please let me know if my liver is too damaged from the above symptoms?

    I will surely refer to your book and will folllow it to reverse the fatty liver condition. Please let me know if I should be too concerned as I think the pain has increased only after they let me know about it, could anxiety lead to more pain?

    Many Thanks in Advance,
    Regards,
    Sid,

    and a Liver Hemangioma. Initially I I have had Ultrasound

    • Here in the US, there really isn’t a grade to fatty liver (or at least I wasn’t told it), but a worsening condition turn it to NASH (dangerous inflammation) to cirrhosis (permanent scaring of the liver). Even if you have cirrhosis, your liver can still function well, though you definitely have to live a more strict lifestyle of proper diet, moderate exercise and no alcohol. Your symptoms are likely caused by your hemangioma – for some, there’s symptoms, for others, there’s none. And yes, anxiety leads to more pain, since you’re focusing on it too much!

      If your doctor says you don’t need treatment, then you are still in the early stage (and you say you have no swelling or jaundice). Your BMI is borderline, so I would suggest keeping up with daily exercise, avoid fatty and greasy foods, and no alcohol. If you can’t lose weight, it’s because you are eating exactly what you burn in a day. Don’t try a crash diet (it will harm your liver and it doesn’t work in the long run anyway) but just try to gradually cut down your portion sizes. Eat less carbohydrates, more lean protein, and more whole grains so you feel more full. I have sample foods you can research on this site, and the liver diet guide has sample meal plans.

  31. Hi, Greg, I was diagnosed with fatty liver 1 month ago. Can I use herbal diet pills EZ Slimdia while I’m having a fatty liver to loose some weights?

    • I’m not familiar with these, but taking a quick look at the ingredients, all looks okay … but I would mention it to your doctor first, just in case.

  32. Hi Greg. I have a fatty liver though, at this time, am unsure as to what stage (my doctor’s visit was just 5 days ago). My doctor has put me on a regimen of folic acid and a multi-vitamin to see if my condition improves within a month’s time. I know full-well that this was brought on by my poor diet and way too much alcohol. Upon learning of my condition, I immediately stopped drinking and changed my diet in order to do what I must to correct this condition (fruit, veggies, whole grain, lean protein and plenty of water). I have also begun to exercise more. I am hopeful that I’ll see improvement since I am 100% committed to the plan, particularly since my energy level has already improved. Do you have any addtional advice or should I just stay the course with my recent changes? Thank you in advance!

    • Hello Adam,

      That definitely sounds like you’re on the right path. All I would suggest is to lose weight slowly and consistently – no crash dieting, which could make things worse.

  33. Dear Greg, my husband have high SGPT/SGOT/Gamna GT and I’m suggesting he got some liver problem, which we going to find out with Doctor. I was doing research on fatty liver and it brings me to this site. I read all your answers and i just want to say Thank you! It’s amazing there is people like you who doing so much of research and trying to help others!

  34. A phone call from the Dr told me that the results from a blood test were as follows,
    No diabetes.
    Normal cholesterol levels.
    Normal Albumin levels
    Bilirubin levels high at 23.
    I’m concerned about this level and wonder whether the Dr is right to wait two months to take another blood test? I have blood carried the Hep B antigens for 30 yrs and know this poses some risks. I have made large changes to my diet in the last four months and eat largely as you describe, have stopped smoking and have reduced my weight by 16Kilos. However my BMI is still high.
    Do you think I should push my Dr for more tests or am I overly worried?
    Thankyou for any advice.

    • Nope, I wouldn’t worry the level is not dangerously high. Just keep up the new and lifelong routine, and slowly and reasonably reduce your weight.

  35. If I have a fatty liver can I cook&bake with wine

  36. Hi Greg,

    Im 36 years old (male) and had an ultra sound done on my lower abdomen and they noticed that I had moderate to severe fatty cells in my liver. I drink 1-2 times a week but mostly beer and maybe 3 to 4 beers at a time. I’m 5-11″ and weight 210 pounds. I exersice 1 to 2 times a week but my diet is questionable at times (Fast Food est ect.). with lack of fruits and vegtables. I eat lots of pasta, rice and potatoes. Just wanted to know what I can do to reverse the fatty cells and is this something I should be worried about, as Im still fairly young guy? Thanks.

    • Hello Chris,

      You’re going to have to eat better (everybody says that!), but you do have the beginnings of a health problem. You will have to cut down on the beer … try light or non-alcoholic. Until the 1980′s, doctors thought fatty liver was exclusively caused by alcohol, not what you eat.

      Exercising is definitely good, but shed at least 10% of your body weight. Pasta, rice and potatoes are converted to sugars in your body, which may heighten your risk of diabetes – and there’s evidence that fatty liver and diabetes are linked. So, the first thing I would do is limit the beer, and only drink one at a time – I was a beer drinker, and I found that pouring it into a glass with a meal actually make me drink a lot more slowly, so I could cut it down without craving more. Begin to balance your meals with vegetables. Perhaps halve the pasta and substitute with veggies. Drink more water as well. It’s still early, so you certainly have time to turn things around.

      • Thanks for your reply Greg. I’ve cut out all the beer now and I’m starting to watch/change what I eat. Im increasing my cardio workouts too. I have just a few questions though. Is olive oil still ok to use when I cook? What about Canola oil? I read that Milk Thistle can really help out with strengthening liver cells. Will it help to get rid of a fatty liver too (is it safe to use)? I also seen that there is an over the counter pill called Livatone and Livatone Plus that is meant to help strengthen and aid in the recovery of a damaged liver. Can you comment on how useful this product is and whether it’s something that I could or should consider taking?
        Thanks.

  37. i have been diagnosed with a fatty liver 2 months ago.my liver is abit painful aswell
    i did my back in while i over exercised 2 years ago so i find it difficult to exercise now. can i get rid of the fat on my liver by fasting constantly for 2 months, the fast will start at about 6.30am and finish at 4.00pm. or is there any other way i can lose the fat

    • I don’t recommend fasting, as it could make your condition worse. Instead, eat a balanced meal as I recommend on this site, and lose weight gradually. For exercise, even just walking a couple times a week helps.

  38. Hello i had my first baby in 2009, in 2010 i was rushed into hospital & had my gall bladder removed due to stones, then the liver bile duct was blocked so they rushed me back in and cleared it… move on to dec 2013 and I have bad pain in my right side, blood test & liver enzymes came back ok, ultrasound showed fatty liver. I used to have a glass of wine a night, but stopped that a week ago and started running again (and that is when the pain showed up) I will take on dietry changes & exercise… is this a fatal condition? how fast does it progress? and is it reversable? should i be worried about the pain? many many thanks

    • It’s certainly reversible, especially if your liver enzymes came back okay. It’s only fatal if it progresses to late-stage cirrhosis (scaring), and this could take years (though it’s different in every person). The liver has an amazing ability to heal itself if there is no scaring … and even if there is, you can still halt the damage. In yours case, it sounds like it’s completely curable.

      Instead of running, just go for walks – you lose the same amount of calories if you go the same distance … it just takes longer. Yes, cut all alcohol, and cut down on coffee and greasy, fatty foods. Go for vegetables, fruits and lean meat. Lose weight slowly. Proper diet is more important than exercise, so focus on that, especially with your bile duct history.

      Do you have continuous pain? If it comes and goes, it might not be due to your liver, but digestive problems. Make sure you keep seeing your doctor to monitor it, your baby needs you! (I have a granddaughter born in 2009.)

      • Hi Greg, after just a week on the diet my pain is almost totally subsided!!! wow!!!! i am still very tired but the pain is gone, thanks for the wonderful help & advice (I have now lost nearly 4kg and that is great too) my second baby born 2011 – this seems to put a lot of stress on my liver?? I did buy some lovely grain wholemeal bread and it made me sick… I am thinking i now have a gluten intolerance – for the first few days i just ate salad – no meat no wheat no bread… when i introduced bread i felt nauseas. Once again thanks a bunch for your wonderful help & I now not as worred about damage (no scarring etc) just keen to keep on this healthy diet. MANY MANY THANKS from Down Under :D

  39. My son was diagnosed with fatty liver a year ago, he is now 15. For about a year before that they thought it was his gallbladder, but now it is working properly. He was about 40 lbs overweight and not very active. Now he works out regularly, plays basketball and is very thin. He can’t afford to loose anymore weight and it’s been that way for a year. He watches his diet especially the sugar intake and drinks only water. But he has recently started eating some baked chips occassionally and has not completely cut out pasta and breads. We do try to buy wheat when possible and as low of fat as possible & he eats apples and a lot of nuts. He has also become lactose intolerant throughtout this so he takes lactose pills before meals. He also takes Milk Thistle, levisin and also Miralax daily otherwise his bowels don’t work properly. The problem is his liver counts aren’t dropping anymore. His AST is 38 & ALT 72. His potassium has been running a little high and now his GGT is little elevated too. In addition his white blood cell counts are low for the first time. He has been seeing a GI doctor at a Children’s Hospital but other than an endoscopy a year ago to determine the fatty liver, nothing has been done. Should we do a liver biopsy or do you think there could be another problem? Or should we just keep doing what he’s doing and see what happens? I was also considering a second GI opinion or maybe a Hepaologist. I’m just worried and confused, he tries so hard.

    • I would definitely try a hematologist or another specialist. The diet he is on is quiet restrictive, but nothing seems to be improving. Check for IBS and other digestive disorders too. You may also review his diet to see if he’s lacking in some vital nutrients as well. Good luck, he’s so young!

  40. my father is fatty liver acid type 2 patient. what are the best food?

    • I talk a lot about diet on this site – start with my Step 2 article. The Liver Diet guide I recommend goes even more in depth about foods and sample meal plans.

  41. I have a fairly unique situation. I suffered a volvulus in 2007 and through surgery, lost 1/3 of my colon and 84% of my small intestine. At the time, the hospital dietician said I should eat as much as possible and the higher calorie content, the better! I found that fried foods and sugar irritates my bowels with the result being diarrhea up to several times per day (no loss to me as I was never one to crave fried foods or too much sugar). However, I do need to take in massive amounts of food just to maintain my current weight. Female, height 5 ft 11″; weight prior to volvulus 150 lbs; current weight about 130 lbs. I currently take B-12 injections every 10 days, cholestyramine 9 grams at bedtime, Immodium (usually 2 per day), and two blood pressure medications. I was recently diagnosed with fatty liver by ultrasound which was done because of elevated Alkaline Phosphatase levels. My GP thinks my liver is fatty because of the number of calories I have to eat; with most of them in the evening once I get home from work, just so I minimize the risk of bowel problems at work. I don’t need to lose any weight! How can I improve on the fatty liver? I’ve (in the past 5 days since I was told of the fatty liver) increased proteins by eating beans and nuts, fish, added an apple a day, veggies every day (which has never been an issue), and limited amounts of lean meat; and reduced my fat intake by mostly eliminating oil, butter, cheeses, sugars, etc. My go-to snack now is low fat cottage cheese or hummus. I’m also trying to spread my meals/snacks more throughout the day. Am I on the right track? I’ve seen an improvement as the diahrrea is minimal – the best it’s been since my volvulus, of course still taking the Imodium, which I plan to continue forever.

  42. hi i am 29 years old 180 cm and 78 kgs and lately i discovered that i have a fructose intolerance (malabsorption) and after cutting all sugars, fruits and some of vegetables, i feel much better. I am very athletic practice basketball everyday but have always suffered from weird symptoms especially after eating fruits or sugary foods such as having yellow face skin and bad nails and skin and fatigue in addition to digestive troubles gerd and fat in stools and much much more. Could it be that the fructose intolerance has caused a fatty liver and damaged other organs. Now i feel better but i find it difficult to replace the lack of vitamins and nutrients found in fruits so i am taking a multivitamin and any time i try to go for a small cheat symptoms get back.. Any advice from your side would be much appreciated and thx in advance.

    • Fructose shouldn’t cause any organ damage, it would cause digestive troubles. Definitely see your doctor, as it sounds like you do have some liver problems.

  43. Hi I Have come across your website before and noticed you are recommending the above product ,I bought a similar guide called the Ezra protcol by Debra Elkin, Still not quite sure if this is just good Marketing as getting conflicting views?

    I also have been diagnosed with fatty liver approx 5 years now I am 50 years Old Male and have been to see a specialist Hepatologist consulton in the Uk, at the early stage and told that 3 quarters of my liver is covered in fat but have no scaring and I need to change my diet , which I have done , ie eat fish three times a week , use flaxseeds, Walnuts, Activia Yogurts, plenty of Veg fruit and exercise, But this seems to have reacted and been getting Acid reflux so it seems, acording to my doctor.

    I have never really been over weight ,and have lost 14 pounds in 4 months, weigh 10 stone but still get a pain on the right side. so seems it could go either way for me ?
    My question is why do you promote this fatty live guide are you using this and does it work !

    Thanks for your time.

    • Hi Joe, I bought both, but liked the simplicity of the Liver Diet guide. Originally, my doctor told me “lose weight and get some exercise” which every doctor tells you, but which most of us either ignore or go “Yeah, I’ll start the day after tomorrow.”

      I thought “Well, should I join a gym? What foods do I cut out? Is there anything else I can do to protect my liver? Why is my liver like this, anyway?” I was basically looking for a guide that showed me why I was unhealthy, and the simple steps to get back to health. Yes, it did work, it gives weekly diet plans and sample menus to follow. Like anything, it’s not a magic pill. All the information in the book you can find out online, in chat forums, and pamphlets from your doctor … it’s just all conveniently collected into a book you can print out and follow. It also inspired me to publish my “Steps to Take” guide on this website so I can help others.

      Find out too what is causing your acid reflux, as it may

  44. Hi Greg.

    This is great work you are doing to help people.

    I was diagnosed with fatty liver 2 years ago.
    I am taking moderate alcohol twice a month (2-4 brown beers per sitting)

    Iam 40 years old. My weight is 79kgs. 5.6 feet. My BMI is slightly high at 25. My total Cholesteral is way high at 8.8 but the LDL/HDL is Ok. The high cholesteral runs in my family but non has ever had stroke or heart related problems ever and we are a big family of 9 children.

    I am the last born at 40 years of age today.
    My mum 81 years and my sister 51years all have this high choresterol of 8.

    My doctor put me on statins and they gave me terrible side effects like trembling, nerve issues and low bp and feeling like passing out. It was tragic.

    I had to see a heart specialist who did specialized echo cardiogram and traedmill test and said my heart and arteries is 101% good and said my LDL/HDL ratio is OK and put me off statins completely. After stopping statins and all the Side effects stopped immediately.

    Been exercising on and off (its not easy to keep the discipline) Changed my diet too to a fibre rich natural foods and oats in the morning. When I exercise and observe diet I feel good.

    My choresteral never seems to come down significantly though.

    I suffer IBS, acid reflux and bloating and nausea but when I control diet and I do regular exercise I feel better and relieved from all these.

    When I cheat on diet and stop exercise I add a few kgs on my waist line the symptoms of reflux bloating indigestion come back and pains in the liver area.

    I was recommended Liv52 Ayurvedic supplements which doctor said protects the liver

    Am also taking omega 3 supplements and B12.

    My question is
    1) Is liv52 good for liver.?. I dont see you mention it anywhere yet I was made to believe its a popular age old tonic for protecting liver.
    2) How can I bring down my chorestoral levels?
    3) What’s the long term formulae to reverse BMT fatty liver given the high Choresterol Levels

    Kind Regards

    • Somebody told me great things about it after I got healthy again, so I haven’t tried it myself. I did some research, and it sounds quite good. There has also been a clinical study confirming its efficacy (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16194047) – the only warnings I got is to make sure you get it from a good source, as there’s some American companies that get it from India, repackage stale ingredients and sell it for three times the price.

      Long term formula to keep your liver healthy is to, of course, keep up with your new lifestyle! Daily exercise (even if it’s just a half hour walk), a balanced diet of lean meats, lots of fruits and vegetables and fish. No more processed food, fast food, alcohol, or foods high in sugar and salt. Trust me, if you eat well, you will feel a million times better after a few months.

  45. I have been getting atopic skin rashes for several years. This past year has been expecially diffacult. The rashes seem to be triggered when I exercise. My dematologist said my body over heats and can not cool itself down. I’ve been on prednisone 5 times and really don’t want to go that route any longer. recentlly I had a kidney stone, on the ct scan it showed I have a fatty live. I’m wondering if that could be the cause of my rashes? It also showed that I have gallbladder stones, but have not had any symptoms.

    • Yes, I would get your liver checked out, and blood tests for other complications, such as diabetes. A malfunctioning liver causes a host of problems, including rashes and gallbladder problems. Good luck!

  46. Recent research on NAFLD has been done at the University of Malaysia in which subjects with fatty liver disease were given 200 mg tocotrienols twice a day for a year. (Tocotrienols are a type of Vitamin E from palm oil and should not be taken at the same time of day as regular Vitamin E or tocopherols.) 50% of the subjects who took the tocotrienols had a complete remission after a year, while the control group had a much lower percentage of remission — the article I read did not say what the lower percentage was. In another study of 64 subjects, two-thirds of the subjects given tocotrienols (20 out of 30) showed improvement, with 15 of the 30 showing complete remission. Tocotrienols have also been shown to reduce the oxidation of LDL and to lower total cholesterol. Unfortunately, tocotrienols are not found in most foods in quantities abundant enough to make much difference for NAFLD sufferers. Supplements would have to be taken. You can google “tocotrienols” to get more information.

  47. Hey I’m 18 and have mild fatty liver and finding it not hard to stay away from bad foods just having an issue emotionally it’s so hard to come to terms with with out much help..
    need help please?!?!?

    • 18 is so young, Courtney. Luckily, it is reversible. The liver is a very hardy organ. Stay active, join a community sports team, do what it takes to stay fit.

  48. I have liver enlarged in size 17cm with grade 2-3 echotexure -non alcoholic fatty liver, dull pain in upper right quadrant, gas, nausea and at times pain in shoulder blade. My liver profile test was normal. I am bordering obese. I would like to ask:
    1. How serious is the stage and is it reversible with life style changes.
    2. Now i avoid eating out and try eating healthy but being super busy i hardly exercise and do end up eating once a week or twice.apart from climbing 10-12 flight of stairs. I have been advised to take udiliv tablet. Are these helpful in reversing. Also should i start with tonics like livosin or liv 52? Would they be helpful at this stage.

    • Hello Amit – yes, it is reversible with proper diet and lifestyle changes. I like how you are climbing flights of stairs, so I applaud you on thinking of creative ways to get your exercise. It’s often difficult to find time to exercise with a busy schedule. What I still do is park at the farthest part of the parkinglot to the store, so I am forced to do more walking to get there.

      I was never given any medication for my condition, as the best cure is no alcohol, proper diet and exercise to get your weight down and take stress off of your liver. For extra supplements, I have an article here. Take care of yourself!

  49. These symtomps started recently a week back. I was diagonsed with grade 2 fatty liver 2yrs ago. Bit couldnt make changes due to my busy schedule

  50. Hello.
    Hope you are doing great. I just went through this page, found its very helpful and usable.
    Hence, let me thank you first for your all replies.

    Since last couple of years I am having some small pain or uneasiness on the right upper side of abdomen.
    But that haven’t made/effected any problem on my daily life. I visited many Dr. but no one gave me any concrete advice on this problem, and all had a same reply after doing some USG and Blood Test, that ” NOTHING IS THERE TO BE WORRIED, JUST SIMPLE TRY TO AVOID RED MEAT AND FAT” .

    Last week during a Medical Checkup for a Immigration purpose I am said that, my Liver is enlarged. Although after giving a medicine for two days again they did my test and certified me as FIT. Also they adviced me for a LFT ( Lever Functional Test) and have a visit to a Specialist Medicine Dr.

    Edit: report removed for privacy before being published

    After getting this report I consulted with an MD, and he too prescribed me nothing except doing control on my food intake and advise me to do regular exercise.

    My kind request you, having a look at the the above said parameters, what should I do?? I am in a profession , which needs an extensive travel through out the world.

    With Kind regards
    Aman

    • Hello Aman,

      Your results (which I deleted before publishing) are in the upper level but still normal, so you’re still quite healthy … better than mine was! Since your occupation involves lots of traveling, I would make sure to find some time to use your hotel’s gym facilities when on the road. Make sure you also vary your diet, as most restaurant foods are very high in fat, sugar and salt.

      • Hello Mr. Greg.
        Thanx a lot for the reply.

        However I would also like you to request, please guide me about the daily diet, what should I take daily. Or which will be helpful diet for me to reduce the fat?

        Please note, I am a non – drinker and had an occasional smoke. Since last couple of months I have left it completely.

        Regards
        Aman

  51. I had gone to the doctors and had a blood test on January 2014 a month after having my baby and everything came back good except that i was just a bit low on iron. Now for 2 weeks i had just a slight mild pain in upper right quadrant i have been exercising everyday so i thought it was due to pains of exercising bit decided to still get checked at the doctors. Now 6 weeks after my first blood test my test last week came back with Ast 44 and alt 78. So my doctor sent me for an ultrasound which came back that i had a fatty liver. Not sure what stage this would be but im scared and have been panicking not sure how this could happen i have been losing weight and changed my entire diet. My doctor isa sending me for another test to follow up in a month. Can this really be reversed? Also my doctor is sending me for a GGT not sure that that is for. Please help me understand whats going on.

    • Yes, fatty liver is reversible, so you’re okay :-) I have heard of fatty liver during pregnancy, so I did some research for you and found out it’s common – check out this baby message board here where some new moms have had the same condition as you. One Mom said to eat lots of fruit and veggies, and drink lots of water. A GGT is just another test to rule out any other diseases of the liver. Hope all is well, and give your baby lots of cuddles! (Our grandkids are too old for that now.)

      • Hi just wanted to update on my fatty liver. My doctor sent me for another test and I went to see her yesterday for a follow up all my tests and GGT test came back normal. I am so happy lifestyle changes really do work. I lost 28 lbs and I feel as if I have so much more energy everyday. The pains in my upper right quadrant are gone and the nausea feelings are gone. Thank you so much. Changing what you eat and exercising really does help and reverse things.

        • Fantastic, Sabrina, thanks for the update! I love hearing these stories, and it really encourages my readers as well.

  52. I have read in most articles the importance of losing weight slowly for fatty liver disease, most state losing weight too fast can make it worse. Could you please explain the reason it could make it worse? Thank you!

    • Yes, if you lose weight too quickly, your liver will think you are starving, and actually produce MORE fatty acids to make up for this, worsening your condition.

  53. hello sir,
    I am 23 years old and have fatty liver grade 2 & my weight is 42 kg. which still same from last several years. i didnt loss my weight. sometimes i feel pain at right & middle side of upper abdomen & fever bt my body temperature remains normal when i take temperature. doctor told me to avoid junk food & oily food. will you please tell me how much time it will take to diagnose completely & can i take milk & fruits in my diet? please help! i am worried.

    • Yes, avoid junk food, excess salt and sugar, and especially soft drinks. Yes, you can have milk and fruit – the sugar in fruit is a natural kind that isn’t harmful to you. Most sugar in junk food is high fructose corn syrup, which is very bad, so avoid those. The time it takes to recover depends on the state of your condition – your doctor should be able to tell you that.

  54. Greg,
    I have NASH, Diabetic Type 2, Hypothyroidism, Hashimito’s and High Blood Pressure. I am having a lot of pain in the upper right quadrant going around to the back and upper shoulder blade. I’ve had all gall bladder test(ultrasound, Hida, ct scan and EGD) all showing normal but I am in pain 24/7. Do you think NASH could be the problem? What do you suggest for pain? My liver enzymes were good on my cbc!

    • Bridget, so sorry to hear. I would concentrate on lifestyle improvements to reduce symptoms. So, in your case, liver problems and diabetes could be interlinked, and a special diet, moderate exercise and gradual weight loss (about 10% of your body weight over a few months) would really help. High blood pressure has been linked to thyroid disorders, so work closely with your doctor on a correct dosage. Ask your doctor about pain relief, as acetaminophen is slightly toxic to the liver.

  55. Ive just had test due to blood in my urine, I had blood tests ultra sound and xrays. When I went back my doctor said you have a fatty liver. ( did say how bad it was) just said to me diet and exercise. But my question is ive just got a sinus infection and my urine has gone dark again do I need to go back to the doctors or is this normal.
    Many thanks

    • Yes, dark urine is a symptom of liver problems. I haven’t heard of sinus infections being a factor, though, so that is probably unrelated. It’ll take a few months to recover, so moderate exercise, a special diet (basically nothing greasy, low fat and low sugar) and gradual weight loss. Good luck, it sounds like an early stage that can be reversed.

  56. Hi I just had blood tests and my liver function came back flagged. The doctor said usually people have 35 of a certain enzyme but I have 50. I am 22 and weigh just over 67kg and I’m 5ft3. I have alot if weight around my stomach area. I’m quite worried about not being able to reverse fatty liver. My diet can be quite poor at times but since being told I have fatty liver I have started drinking only water and trying to get my 5 fruit and veg a day. I am also trying to limit myself to the amount of junk I eat. What can I do to help myself? Many thanks :)

    • You’re doing everything right! You have to lose weight gradually, over a few months. Don’t go on a crash diet (which isn’t sustainable anyway). Your condition is definitely reversible, but once you’re healthy, you have to stay healthy, or you could damage your liver again. So, you’ll need to completely change your mindset and lifestyle. Make exercise part of your normal routine – even if it’s just a daily walk. Find an active hobby like joining a sports team, cut out fast food restaurants, and find time to make your own meals. I myself had to do all this too – I used to eat processed food, tv dinners, and McDonalds all the time. I now completely avoid the prepackaged food section and snack aisle, and I learned how to cook properly. Everything for me is low sodium, low processed sugar, and lots of veggies and fruit. I replaced soda pop with soda water topped with a bit of juice.

      It will definitely be difficult, and you’ll backslide a bit, but trust me, your body will start to get used to your new, healthy diet. Just like smoking, your body gets addicted to junk food and greasy fat. Make sure when you go shopping you are full, and it’ll be less tempting to grab that chocolate bar or bag of chips. This will be the rest of your life, so enjoy it!

  57. Hi there about 2 months ago I got blood took and my doc said my iron was too high,my cholesterol is high and I had to take folic acid cause that was low, she said she thinks I’ve got fatty liver disease.I go for my scan next week I’ve been getting a lot of pain in the bottom right hand corner of my back, but today the pains in the front bottom right of my stomach I don’t smoke don’t drink but I am overweight. Can u give me some advice please.

    • High iron in your blood can damage your liver, so make sure you pay attention to this with your doctor. On your next checkup, talk about your diet. Weight is definitely an issue. A general rule of thumb is to gradually lose around 10% of your body weight to take pressure off your liver. Good luck!

  58. I have fatty liver problem. And i am getting pain on the right upper side of abdomen. When i met few doctors they said no problem and take a proper diet….But i am 5.4 feet hight with 54 KGs of wait…though i am under wait but i am still getting pain. also I started excercizes and the triner told me to take eggs.

    can i eat eggs with yello ?.
    Can i take Chiken once in a month ?

    What should i do to completely resolve my issue..i am bit scaring as i am getting pain.

    Can any one please respond to my comment please..i am feeling really sad now on what to do as i have many responsibilities i have to feed my family..pls help me friends

    • Yes, you can eat eggs and chicken. Both are also sources of choline, which the liver needs. Avoid greasy foods, fast food, processed junk food, soda pop and alcohol. I’m assuming you also had tests done to rule out hepatitis?

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