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Fatty liver disease; 10 tips to reverse it.

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What is Fatty Liver:

Fatty liver also known as hepatic steatosis, is a condition where there is an excessive accumulation of fat in the liver cells. Most of the time it doesn’t cause symptoms, but over a period of time, buildup of fat makes it harder for your liver to work. According to the one research review, NAFLD affects up to 30 to 35% of people in United States and Europe and in India 50% of people affects NAFLD. There are two main types of fatty liver.

  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD); – This condition occurs in people who do not consume alcohol. It is often associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and triglycerides, high BP, and metabolic syndrome. Insulin resistance is the main cause of developing NAFLD.
  • Alcoholic fatty liver disease (AFLD); – This is caused by excessive alcohol consumption, leading to fat accumulation in the liver.

Other contributing factors to fatal liver include.

Too much fat in your liver can cause liver inflammation, which can damage your liver and create scarring. In severe cases, this scarring can lead to liver failure. Inflammation is the main root cause of Diabetes, PCOD, PCOS and fatty liver. To know more about inflammation, how to deal with chronic inflammation, then read this article

  • Rapid weight loss; – A sudden and significant production in body weight can lead to the accumulation of fat in the liver.
  • Medications; – Some medications, such as corticosteroids, tamoxifen and certain antiviral drugs may increase the risk of developing fatty liver.
  • Genetic factors; – Family history and genetics can play a role in development of fatty liver.
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Symptoms of Fatty liver:

  • Fatigue.
  • Weakness.
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort and enlarged liver.

However, in many cases, it might not cause noticeable symptoms. So, it is essential to get proper medical evaluation if you suspect you might have it.

Lifestyle modifications to reverse fatty liver:

  • Drop body fat percentage; – For example, include more resistance training and smarter cardio to build lean muscle.
  • Stop consuming ultra- processed foods; – Because anything with trans-fat and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are poison to your liver.
  • Drink good quality real brewed black coffee (according to bio individuality).
  • Stop using refined oils and include olive oil for salad dressing as it contains Mono unsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and good quality pure butter, ghee, and coconut oil as they contain saturated fats.
  • Quit smoking tobacco chewing and limit or stop alcohol.
  • Adopt Smart- Low Cabs approach (balance with higher protein and quality fat) so, you do not feel hungry and consume more vegetables. If following a carnivore diet meat and veggies are enough.
  • Massively decrease fructose intake. Avoid fruit platters, fruit juices (cold-pressed, homemade, or packaged) and dry fruits like dates, figs etc.
  • Do not be afraid of raw honey in small quantities, as it is therapeutic beyond imagination. Be aware of processed cheap money.
  • If you are menopausal or on drugs or post- chemo drugs that lower estrogen like tamoxifen, speak to your experts to balance this, as estrogen is protective to a liver against the accumulation of fat.
  • Ensure you get deep sleep and manage chronic stress, as it impacts every cell and organ in your body. Do what you need to do to alleviate stress.


In conclusion many medical professionals will encourage you to make lifestyle changes, and some will not. but know that you do not have to live with the fatty liver. You have the right to know that lifestyle changes can change it and prevent you from experiencing liver damage, scaring and failure. In summary, it is important to note that while alcohol consumption is the main cause of alcoholic fatty liver disease. But not everyone who consume alcohol excessively will develop this condition. Similarly, not everyone with risk factors for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease will develop the condition. Lastly, lifestyle modifications, proper medical evaluation and management are essential to prevent or manage fatty liver effectively. To know more about PCOD, PCOS, hormonal imbalances, fatty liver, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, then follow my Instagram page.

Dr.Hetal Patel


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