Jun 252013

Initial Prognosis: What Now?

cure-fatty-liver-1So, you have been diagnosed with Fatty Liver Disease, and now you’re full of questions and wondering where to go from here.

Perhaps the very first thing you should do, before anything else, is to gain a clear understanding of exactly what this disease is.

In a nutshell, Fatty Liver Disease refers to a chronic, ongoing condition in which your liver simply has too much fat (lipids) in or between your liver cells. A build up of excess fat in your liver compromises its ability to do the jobs it was designed for in keeping you healthy.

You are considered to have this disease if the lipid content in your liver is more than 5% by weight. Complications can start to occur if it’s higher than 10%.

Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and the Nonalcoholic version are the same – as the names imply, one is caused by drinking too much alcohol, and the other is due to other reasons.

The liver has many very important tasks that are absolutely essential to good health and wellness. When it is unable to do these things efficiently, your health suffers.

Knowing what the disease is and its repercussions on your health and well being will be helpful in taking the first step toward reversing it.

Yes, it can be reversed.

The liver is the only organ in the human body that has the capabilities of regenerating and repairing itself. But, you should realize that it cannot do this by itself. It needs help to restore itself back to an optimal state of health. In short, it needs YOUR help.

How to Reverse Fatty Liver Disease

There are things you can do that will assist your liver in becoming healthy again after a diagnosis of Fatty Liver Disease. Here are some of the ways you can start to improve your prognosis:

  • Eat a healthy, well balanced and nutritious diet. Your liver needs good food from the basic food pyramid, including dairy, vegetables, “good” fats, fruits and proteins. Limit cholesterol and fatty or sugar laden foods. Add more cold-water fish to your diet for omega 3 fatty acids, which help repair cell structure.
  • Avoid high glycemic carbohydrates and sugar. This includes anything “white” – white rice, white bread, sugar, and most breakfast cereals. Substitute with brown rice and whole-grain bread.
  • Avoid alcohol. If you have the alcoholic form of the disease, you MUST stop drinking altogether … forever. Sorry, but it’s either continue drinking or staying alive. For the non-alcoholic version, limit your intake to a glass of wine once a day, which actually helps your liver. (Beer and spirits had no effect.)
  • Lose Weight … Slowly. If you are obese or overweight, begin a healthy diet and exercise to shed those excess pounds. Remember, if you are carrying too much fat, chances are your liver is, too. However, don’t go into “starvation mode” – this will actually worsen your condition.
  • Exercise. Getting enough healthy exercise can help you and your liver become healthier. Besides being good for you in so many ways, exercise can also help you lose weight, which will help get rid of the extra fat in your liver.
  • Avoid certain medications, such as Tylenol and Aspirin. Talk to your doctor about any medications you are currently taking, as many prescription meds are hard on your liver.

Stages of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Basically, there are two types of this condition:

  1. Benign Fatty Liver Disease
  2. NASH, or Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis

The first type has fatty infiltration of the liver without inflammation. The second type has inflammation that can progress to cirrhosis.

There are three stages of Fatty Liver Disease:

  1. Fatty Infiltration
  2. Inflammation
  3. Cirrhosis

In the first stage, your liver has too much fat but no inflammation.

The second stage develops when the excess fat in your liver leads to its inflammation.

The third and final stage is cirrhosis, which causes scarring and hardening of the liver and can progress to liver failure and death.

Regardless of which stage your Fatty Liver Disease may be in, it is still possible to improve or reverse it. The lifestyle and diet changes needed to deal with this health condition are the same for each stage. Even if you are in the third stage of the disease, you can make the changes that will improve the health of your liver, or at the very least halt progression of further damage.

Before embarking on any of the steps required to reverse the disease, you must work on your mindset and prepare yourself mentally and emotionally to cure it.

Get in the Groove to Improve

Getting in the groove to reverse Fatty Liver Disease will be an enormous help to you, psychologically speaking, in making the necessary changes to your habits and lifestyle. You might say that where your mind goes, your body will follow.

Rest assured, there is a lot you can do – many simple changes – to reverse it. Diabetics will need to adjust their diets according to the recommended ADA requirements.

The Fatty Liver Diet Guide goes into this in much more detail. It is a fantastic resource to help you reverse Fatty Liver Disease, with diet plans, recipes and a lifestyle plan going forward.

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  29 Responses to “How to Cure Fatty Liver Disease: Initial Prognosis”

  1. Suffering from Thyroid disease from year 1988,but it was detected in1999.There after I was taking eltroxin 3 tablets of 100mg per day.From 2009 onwards it is reduced to one and half tablets of 100mg.Apart from this I was suffering of gas.A gastroenterologist prescribed cap omez-20mg one OD 30 minuets before meals
    and one ITO PRIDE -150mg.Now still on some of the day my stomach remains full even without taking any thing and gas formation also occurs tremendous.

  2. i am health profesional&studing MPH in nutrition.i was diagnosed to have fatty liver one years ago.but i was confused with what to do.even one of my family member pass away by the same problem recently.i hope i will reverse the condition with help of this guide.

  3. Any suggestions on Hep C cures other than prescription drugs ? I live in Kelowna, B.C.
    At the start of stage 4 Cirrhosis and not looking forward to 48 weeks of needle injections with the side effects and unknown long-term possibilities as my time is running out ! I have a difficult time trusting Pharma companies, but haven’t found any other options…asked Naturalpath’s etc. here, but they don’t seem to know or aren’t trained in this area.
    I do have read a fair amount on the subject as you might well imagine…perhaps there are some other web-sites to check out overseas ? ?
    Thanks !

  4. Will this book available on amazon or at least for an inside book brief review? Thanks!

    • Nope, it’s not available on Amazon. However, a lot of this website is my own experiences and what I learned through the book. There’s also a money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied.

  5. I need help, I need a diet and recipes for severe fatty liver disease I am desperate and really not sure what to eat and not to eat any advise and help is greatly appreciate ! Thanks

    • The book I recommend is full of great recipes, Jeri. Follow my steps on this website, and avoid processed foods, colas, sodium, sugar, fast food and alcohol … basically anything in the modern American diet. Substitute with extra virgin olive oil, organic coconut oil for cooling, lots of fruits and vegetables, chicken and turkey, eggs and whole grains. My rule of thumb is to not go down any aisles in a supermarket (where all the processed food is located), but to stay on the sides.

      Also try supplements like milk thistle, and spices like turmeric and cumin in your dishes. Good luck!

  6. God bless you. This is very good information for peoples like me who have this illness.
    good luck

  7. I found out 2 weeks ago I have a liver disease I was very emotional when I was told because I had no clue I had a liver problem until I had blood work done then a ultrasound. She told me to eat a proper diet and exercise , not to stress over it, look at it as a wake up call. She told me to go back on my Metformin I’m a borderline diabetic, and I have high blood pressure which I take my meds. Everyday for that and it’s under control. I had recently in the last 6 months been on anti inflamatorys for my neck and knees where I have wearing in my bones but I quit taking them when the swelling went away I have been on hydrocondone for probably the last year or so for leg pain, I took plavix for probably 4 years before a doctor took me off of it this was for the pain I was having in both calk muscles the dr. Said I had p.a.d . I cannot help but to stress over this because there’s so many contradicting articles on what you can have and cannot. Some say no eggs, red meat, dairy, cheese, bread, for the first 2 weeks I have eaten mostly raw veg cooked veg. Salad to where I feel I ll be sick if I eat one more salad and I eat fruit. Can I have sliced squash sprayed with olive oil and seasoning n some sliced potatoes sliced n cooked in the oven sometimes ? What is a substitute for milk ? Can we have whole grain foods or no ? Please help !

    • Yikes, sounds like information overload, Lori! The problem is that the medical community still doesn’t quite know what is truly good and what is bad. Doctors are now saying that butter is actually good for you!

      Anyway, from my own experience and helping others (note that I am not a doctor, just a former suffer of fatty liver), this is what I recommend for your diet – eggs are VERY GOOD (the yolks have choline, a vital ingredient for a healthy liver), limit red meat (lean skinless chicken and fish is better), limit dairy and cheese (low-fat cottage cheese is fine), and substitute white bread with whole grain bread. The reason to avoid white breads and pasta is that your body converts it to sugar too quickly, stressing out your liver too much. Whole grains are converted more slowly, so are much better for you.

  8. I have fatty liver and just want to know a step by step diet I can use to reverse it. I am in stage 2
    of PBC of liver. Where can I get help without paying lots of money as I don’t have it.

    • I have a step by step guide here on the site where you can start. PBC is a different condition, and there is medication to help slow the progress. Also, make sure your diet is low in sodium, take calcium and vitamin D, and drink lots of water.

  9. hi greg i just found on ultra sound that i have a slight fatty lever,am just 26 now.an my weight is 69,i do not any other diseases (no BP,no Suagar), do i need to go under medication ?can you let me know what all things should be done for normal condition.

    Thank you for your time :)

  10. Are gluten free breads and cereal okay to eat or should all breads and cereals be avoided?

    • Whole grain breads are the best, because they are more nutritious and pack in more fiber – plus, they make you more full, so you don’t eat as much. Make sure it says “whole grain”, not “whole wheat”, which is still close to white bread. Careful with gluten free, because they add a lot of sugar to keep the consistency of the bread!

  11. Hello,
    I was dx with fatty liver about 14 months ago. At the time I was vegan for the previous 10 months. I have always eaten well (fruits, veggies, low fat) and exercised. I drank wine only at night (2-3 small glasses a few times a week). I had one episode of elevated liver enzymes, followed by a ultrasound which showed fatty liver.
    Local doctor seem to dismiss the fatty liver when I try to determine ways to help this. However, because I have always eaten extremely well, I am not sure what else to do. I quit drinking all together, but the fatty liver is still there (confirmed on ultrasound one year later). The local Hematologist does not think it is NASH. But, also states I just may have a fatty liver my whole life?
    If the liver is so forgiving and can heal, what can I do to heal it? because my diet is already what is recommended and I still go fatty liver.?

    • Unfortunately, that could be the case, because there are hereditary factors involved that make people more susceptible to fatty liver. It wouldn’t be NASH, because that’s a worse form and you would definitely feel symptoms and pain. You are definitely doing all the right things by cutting out alcohol and eating well. The only other thing I can think of is to also watch your sugar, as that is a contributing factor as well (ie soda pop, white bread and other carbs). Also, try herbs and supplements such as milk thistle to do what you can to keep your liver healthy. I’d see a nutritionist (along with your doctor) to customize your diet to stay healthy.

      • Thank you for your reply. Yes, I have been taking Milk Thistle for the last 14 months.
        In your experience/exposure to different people.

        Have you ever seen someone who had a “fatty liver” on ultrasound and it heal or resolve? On ultrasound and not just a normalization of labs? So, a completely normal ultrasound after a period of time?

        I just struggle because there isn’t much I can change or do differently so I worry that my liver wont heal because I got that way when I was living a “healthy” lifestyle. (except for some alcohol)..

        Thank you for your replies

  12. Hello, I was diagnosed with fatty liver about one year ago when I started feeling upper right quadrant pain and one of my liver enzymes were elevated. I was advised to shed off some weight which I did and loss 35 lbs. I don’t drink and I try to eat healthy( whole grain oatmeals, lots of fruits and vegetables, just a little of carbs). Recently did blood work and both liver enzymes are elevated and I feel so much pain now. My hepatologist with over 25years experience seem not to know what to do. He just did an EGD on me and is planning on starting me on antibiotics for H.pylori which I believe is just so that he feels like he is doing something. Wherease he is just shooting in the dark or maybe confused. What do you advise because the pain is debilitating now.

    • Yes, in this case, an EGD and liver biopsy should let your doctor diagnose what is wrong with your liver. Fatty liver disease can actually only be detected through a liver biopsy, and since that’s a very invasive procedure (they actually take a chunk of liver from your body), doctors normally just “guess” that you have fatty liver disease first … which is good, because the treatment (lose weight and exercise) is the best thing you can do for your body anyway. I would keep up the healthy living.

      I hope the EGD helps diagnose what is wrong, and I hope you get back to health!

  13. Hi Greg,

    Thanks alot for sharing the information about fatty liver.

    I am age 27 male. I have fatty liver grade 2. 6 months back it was grade 1. My height is 180cm and weight 82kg. I dont smoke and drink beer once in 2 months. I eat meat chicken thrice a week. I put on 5 kg of weight almost in this 6 months. Just started walking for 30 minutes every day.

    Kindly suggest me necessary action plan.

    • Walking is definitely a good start. Especially if you sit at a job all day, it’s great to go for a walk at lunch. Take a look at what you eat, because that’s the main culprit – avoid greasy, fatty food and food with lots of sugar, such as soft drinks, white breads and pasta. For some reason, your liver is storing fat rather than disposing of it. Check to make sure you don’t have another condition that is making it worse, such as hepatitis or diabetes.

      • Hi Greg,

        Thanks for your advice.

        I did my LFT and its perfect. Started walking every morning for 1 hour. I lost 2 kgs in these 10 days. Am also walking after dinner.

        Is LFT fine to check my Liver other causes or else i need to undergo any other tests.

  14. Can you offer any advice for someone with cystic fibrosis and a fatty/ sclerotic liver?

    • Hello Nickie. I wish I could help more (I’m not a doctor, just a former fatty liver disease patient), but I did some research and found this website – it sounds like there is medication to help bile flow. Work closely with your doctor for options.

  15. Hi,
    I ve been diagnosed of Fatty liver (Alcoholic) with only SGOT & SGPT elevated and all other liver functions normal,I am also Type II Diabetic and I am 180Cm / 160 lbs, Doctors say i am Diabetic because of affected liver functions, just wanted to know how can there be a connection Between fatty liver (Alcoholic ) and symptom of it (Diabetic)

    • Yes, there is definitely a connection between the two. The liver plays a huge role in regulating sugar, so if you get fatty liver, you will likely also get diabetes.

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