What You Can Do to Prevent Fatty Liver Disease
Since 1980, there has been a prevalent increase in the number of individuals in the United States diagnosed with fatty liver disease. Fatty liver disease, also known to the public as “non-alcoholic fatty liver disease,” is a condition that affects the liver. It is the result of fat buildup in the liver that can lead to symptoms such as unknown weight loss, abdominal pain and discomfort, and fatigue. Some patients do not show any symptoms at all or experience symptoms later on. While considered a benign condition for most, it can still progress to more severe problems such as liver failure or cirrhosis. This is why an evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment program are recommended for those diagnosed. Dr. Alexander Shapsis and his team at Atlantic Gastroenterology of Brooklyn, New York, educate patients on this condition and what can be done to prevent fatty liver disease.
What Can Cause Fatty Liver Disease?
Dr. Blaylock, the author of “The Liver Cure: Natural Solutions for Liver Health to Target Symptoms of Fatty Liver Disease, Autoimmune Diseases, Diabetes, Inflammation, Stress and Fatigue, Skin Conditions, and Many More,” suggests that one of the contributing factors causing the increase in fatty liver disease in individuals in the United States is the Western diet, which often includes lots of high fructose corn syrup as an ingredient in many processed foods. High fructose corn syrup has been found to not only increase fat in the liver but also contribute to inflammation. Additionally, patients with conditions such as type 2 diabetes and obesity are often at a higher risk of developing fatty liver disease. This liver destruction may require patients to have parts of the liver removed or even a complete liver transplant.
What Can Be Done if Fatty Liver Disease is Diagnosed?
Those who have gotten a definitive diagnosis of fatty liver disease from a medical professional will often ask their doctor what can be done to address the problem. Dr. Alexander Shapsis encourages patients to consider their risk factors and decide what changes to one’s lifestyle can improve their liver and overall health. In most situations, patients may be advised to live a more active lifestyle with an improved diet and increased exercise. Additionally, avoiding certain substances such as alcohol, illicit drugs, certain over-the-counter medications, and managing diabetes can help.
Prevention of Fatty Liver Disease
The best way to protect yourself against fatty liver disease is to lead a healthy lifestyle. This means eating healthy, avoiding excessive amounts of alcohol, consuming more natural foods and less processed foods, and participating in daily exercise to manage a healthy weight. Patients who are overweight and diagnosed with fatty liver disease will often see an improvement by making changes and living a more active and healthier lifestyle to lose weight and better manage conditions such as diabetes.
Want to Learn More About What Can Be Done to Protect Yourself from Fatty Liver Disease?
Contact our board-certified gastroenterologist, Dr. Alexander Shapsis, of Atlantic Gastroenterology today to discuss your needs and find out what you can change in your daily life to protect your liver from harm. Atlantic Gastroenterology has two convenient locations in Brooklyn, New York, and can be reached to book an appointment at either office by calling 718 521-2840. We are open to new and established patients.
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