You may have fatty liver disease and not know it. Some who have the disease experience symptoms such as fatigue, unexplained weight loss, and pain in the upper right abdominal region (where your liver is located).
Others experience no symptoms.
Fortunately, a fatty liver diet is only a matter of creating better eating habits.
What is fatty liver disease?
According to WebMD, fatty liver disease is a “kind of inflammation” in the liver. The inflammation can lead to scarring which, in turn, can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure.
Note that two types of fatty liver disease are recognized: alcoholic–in which excessive consumption of alcohol is the primary cause–and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
Each is reversible prior to a diagnosis of cirrhosis or before liver failure occurs.
Contrary to popular belief, fatty liver disease is not necessarily caused by too much dietary fat. The most likely cause is high sugar consumption, or over 25 Mg a day, according to the American Heart Association.
Why? The liver changes sugar into fat in a process called lipogenesis. When someone eats too much sugar, or fructose except actual fruit, lipogenesis kicks in. In time, tiny drops of fat form in the liver.
Researchers at Harvard Medical School explain that with the uptick in soft drink consumption since the 1980s, fatty liver disease, which had not been an issue before that, now afflicts 30% of the adult population in developed countries.
A fatty liver diet
Note: Please consult your doctor before following advice you find online, particularly if you think you have a serious illness.
If sugar consumption is the culprit in causing fatty liver disease, the obvious answer is to either stop using sugar or radically cut down on how much you eat.
While cutting down on sugar is a simple way to regain your health, it’s slightly more difficult than it sounds because sugar is hidden in nearly every boxed, canned, or jarred food you buy.
The American Heart Association advises to check food labels not just for the word “sugar,” but for words “ending in ‘ose,’ such as maltose or sucrose, other names for sugar include high fructose corn syrup, molasses, cane sugar, corn sweetener, raw sugar, syrup, honey or fruit juice concentrates.”
Do you drink a lot of soda, sweet tea, sweet coffee beverages, or juice? Those should be the first to go.
Check the nutrition labels on all the products in your house. You’ll be surprised to find that some kind of sugar is an ingredient in your bread, spaghetti sauce, macaroni and cheese, cereals, and more.
Lose weight and drink more coffee
Of course, if you’ve ever been to a doctor about anything, you’ve been told that diet and exercise will dramatically improve your life. Same thing goes here.
The Mayo Clinic suggests that if you are overweight and worried about fatty liver disease, your best bet is to lose 10% of your body weight.
Interestingly, the Mayo Clinic also suggests that coffee might aid you in your liver battle. The clinic isn’t sure how much coffee is beneficial, or exactly what the benefits are, but coffee drinkers statistically have less liver damage than non-coffee drinkers.
See your doctor
Again, before embarking on a fatty liver diet, do speak with your doctor and discuss a course of treatment that’s best for you.
Originally posted 2019-04-13 00:53:24.