What are the symptoms of fatty liver?
Fatty liver disease rarely causes symptoms until the liver disease is far advanced. Fatty liver usually is found or suspected when:
- Abnormal liver tests are found on routine blood testing
- Fat is seen ultrasonographically when ultrasonography of the abdomen is performed for other reasons, for example, the diagnosis of gallstones
- Infrequently when the liver is enlarged on physical examination of a patient
However, excess fat in the liver can cause inflammation. If your liver becomes inflamed, you may have symptoms such as:
- a poor appetite
- weight loss
- abdominal pain
- physical weakness
If fatty liver progresses to cirrhosis and liver failure, symptoms can include:
- Excessive bleeding due to the inability of the liver to make blood-clotting proteins
- Jaundice due to the inability of the liver to eliminate bilirubin from the blood
- Gastrointestinal bleeding due to portal hypertension that increases the pressure in intestinal blood vessels
- Fluid accumulation due to portal hypertension that causes fluid to leak from blood vessels and the inability of the liver to make the major blood protein, albumin
- Mental changes (encephalopathy) due to the liver’s inability to eliminate chemicals from the body that are toxic to the brain. Coma may occur.
- Liver cancer
What are the causes of fatty liver?
The most common cause of fatty liver is alcoholism and heavy drinking. In many cases, doctors don’t know what causes fatty liver in people who don’t drink much alcohol.
Besides alcoholism, other common causes of fatty liver include:
- hyperlipidemia, or high levels of fats in the blood
- genetic inheritance
- rapid weight loss
- side effect of certain medications, including aspirin, steroids and tetracycline (Panmycin)
Treatment and management
There is no medical treatment for fatty liver, but lifestyle choices, can reduce the risk and possibly reverse the damage, in the early stages.
To reduce the risk of NAFLD, it is best to:
- follow a balanced diet with moderate portions
- eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
- consume both proteins and carbohydrates, but limit fats and sugars
- reduce salt intake
- replace saturated and trans fats with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats
A healthy diet and regular exercise will reduce the risk of a wide range of conditions, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Health supplements for the treatment of fatty liver
Viva Pharmaceuticals Company has developed a product for treatment of fatty liver. The name of this product is Liveria. The Liveria Herbal Formulation contains Silymarin. Also, the presence of vitamin B and other carefully selected compounds has the following results:
- Preventing the appearance of fatty liver
- Treat fatty liver
- Lower levels of liver enzymes
- Liver regeneration
- Maintain healthy and normal liver function