Do you have a fatty liver?

June 20, 2016 0 Comments

Do you have a fatty liver?

Ever wondered about your liver? Do you understand it is one of the most important parts of your body? 

The liver, located on the upper-right side of the abdomen, is the largest internal organ of the human body. The main functions of the liver are to remove toxins and process food nutrients. Blood from the digestive system filters through the liver before travelling anywhere else in the body. 

Fatty liver disease (steatosis) is the build-up of excess fat in the liver cells, and is a common liver complaint in Western countries. It affects about one in every 10 people. It is normal for the liver to contain some fat, but if fat accounts for more than 10 per cent of the liver’s weight, then you have fatty liver and you may develop more serious complications.

So, let's go through what can cause a fatty liver and what we can do to look after our liver.

Things that can cause fatty liver:

  • Being overweight 
  • Diabetes
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Alcohol consumption 
  • High blood pressure
  • Resistance to insulin

Ways to improve the condition of fatty liver:

  • lose weight – safely. This usually means losing no more than half to one kilogram (one to two pounds) a week
  • lower your triglycerides through diet, medication or both
  • avoid alcohol
  • control your diabetes, if you have it
  • eat a balanced, healthy diet
  • increase your physical activity
  • get regular check-ups from a doctor who specialises in liver care.
  • Drink Liver Elixir tea to help flush out the toxins

Things to remember

  • Fatty liver disease is a build-up of fats in the liver that can damage the organ and lead to serious complications.
  • Risk factors include obesity, a high-fat diet, high alcohol intake and diabetes mellitus.
  • In most cases, people with fatty liver disease are encouraged to modify their diets, take regular exercise and lose weight.

If you feel you have issues with your liver, please contact your GP Doctor.





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