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living with non alcoholic fatty liver disease

Updated on March 23, 2011

Stages of Fatty Liver Disease


Sugar connection to fatty liver disease

If you have been diagnosed with Fatty Liver Disease you may be in a state of shock of how to handle this disease that has has no cure. Depending on the severity of the condition of your liver there are different treatment options available. The first step in treating the disease is understanding what is happening in your body. You have to make a commitment to change your lifestyle if you want to battle liver disease. It will not be easy but steps can be taken to help your liver and in certain conditions you can reverse fatty deposits.

Your liver makes fat and acts as a filter for your entire body. When your liver is diseased it stops functioning properly and starts storing fat. The fat accumulates in the liver and over time the stored fat can cause serious damage to your liver and body. A connection has been discovered that relates sugar to fatty liver disease. Sugar turns into fat if the body does not use it and is stored in the liver. This is called insulin resistance. The same insulin resistance that is found to effect diabetes.

One of the first steps in discovering you have fatty liver disease is to look at your diet. If you drink alcohol you need to stop consuming it immediately. Alcohol is sugar, just in another form and is deadly to the liver. Cirrhosis of the liver is where the sugar or fat has killed sections of the liver and left behind scar tissue. It can not be reversed and can lead to liver transplant and even death.

The diet is one of the most important steps in treating fatty liver disease. You must cut out all sugars as your liver will not be able to process the sugar and it will turn into stored fat in your liver. Dairy products are also hard on the liver and should be cut out or severely limited. Proteins should be eaten in moderation and red meats and eggs should be avoided. A diet of fish, chicken and turkey is preferred. Fresh vegetables and fruits should be eaten raw preferably with the skins on so your body absorbs the nutrients. You should also stay away from foods that are processed, frozen or packaged because of hidden sugars, starches and salts along with preservatives added that could be hard on the liver and digestive system.

Fatty liver disease can also affect your weight. In some cases you may need to lose weight. It is important to keep control of your weight and implementing an exercise plan into your daily routine would be a good start. Exercising doesn't mean you have to buy expensive equipment or join a gym either. Walk, bicycle, swim, yoga and even working out at home are all options to add exercise to your routine.

The most important steps in fighting fatty liver disease are cutting sugar from your diet, exercising and do not drink alcohol. Keep your body hydrated and stay in step with your doctor on your blood levels and your iron levels. Fatty liver disease can effect your iron levels to. Make sure you inform your doctor of any symptom changes such as fatigue, thirst, mood swings etc.


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      Melissa Lawson 20 months ago from Cottonwood, AZ

      I've been fighting this battle, too. The only sugars I'm allowed are organic, raw sugar and honey, in small amounts. I have to avoid all HFCS and artificial sweeteners. Only pure stevia is allowed for baking sweet foods. All white and processed foods are out. I'm trying to find a balance between what's allowed for my low-sodium/high potassium diet and my fatty-liver diet.

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      Jean DAndrea 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Since I'm waiting for a liver ultrasound, to find out if I have a problem liver, this was interesting. Thanks.

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      anon 5 years ago

      Thank you for writing this.