Fatty Liver Treatment Specialist Q&A
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Table of Contents:
What are the most commonly diagnosed liver diseases?
What factors put me at a higher risk of developing liver disease?
What is fatty liver disease?
What are the forms of fatty liver disease?
What are the symptoms of fatty liver disease?
When should I see a doctor for liver problems?
Your liver is an important part of your body responsible for helping to remove waste, regulate blood sugar, and synthesize fat. It is essential to your body’s healthy function and when you develop liver disease, it is important for you to find a certified gastroenterologist who can provide the care and support you need to live a healthy life. If you have been experiencing symptoms that you think could be related to liver disease, our liver specialists can provide you with access to the diagnostic tools and personal attention you need to heal.
There are many different diseases that can impair liver function. Hepatitis A, B, and C are all inflammatory diseases that can damage your liver. Cirrhosis is permanent scarring of the liver that can result from many different causes, though alcohol dependence is often a leading factor. Cirrhosis can also cause ascites to leak into other parts of the body, often resulting in a distended stomach. Patients who do not drink excessively may still develop nonalcoholic fatty liver disease when an excess of fat is stored in the cells of the liver. There are several different types of liver cancer, though the most common type is hepatocellular carcinoma, which typically occurs after cirrhosis has already been diagnosed. Liver failure can be the result of genetic disease, infection, or excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages.
There are many different factors that can increase a person’s chances of developing any one of the diseases of the liver. One of the most obvious risk factors is alcohol use, which can lead to cirrhosis and other conditions when used in excessive amounts. Genetic predisposition may also increase a person’s likelihood of liver disease, as can certain viruses. Obesity is also a leading cause associated with liver damage. If you want to decrease your chances of developing liver disease, restricting or ceasing alcohol use and living an active life that supports a healthy weight can be very beneficial. Vaccinations are also available for hepatitis A and B, so you can keep yourself and your family protected from these serious diseases.
Fatty liver disease (steatosis) is a common condition caused by the accumulation of too much fat in the liver. A healthy liver contains a small amount of fat. This becomes a problem when fat reaches 5-10% of your liver weight.
There are two main forms of fatty liver disease:
• Alcoholic fatty liver disease:
Alcoholic fatty liver disease is caused by regular alcohol consumption. About 5% of people in the United States have this form of liver disease.
• Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease:
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is not associated with alcohol consumption. This condition affects one in three adults and one in ten children in the United States. Researchers have not found the exact cause of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Certain factors, such as obesity and diabetes, can increase your risk.
People with fatty liver often have no symptoms until the disease progresses to cirrhosis. If you have symptoms, they may include:
• Abdominal pain or a feeling of fullness in the upper right part of the abdomen.
• Nausea, loss of appetite, or weight loss.
• The skin and whites of the eyes are slightly yellow (jaundice).
• Swelling of the abdomen and legs (edema).
• Extreme fatigue or mental confusion.
It can be difficult to recognize symptoms of liver dysfunction, but there are many signs that may indicate you should speak with a liver specialist. If you have developed chronic fatigue, find that your appetite has decreased significantly, or you are vomiting more often than usual, these could indicate issues with your liver function. Similarly, you may notice that your urine has become dark in color or your stool is bloody, pale, or tar-colored. People with the liver disease tend to bruise more easily, experience swelling in their lower extremities as well as their abdomen and may have skin or eyes that appear more yellow than normal. This yellowing, caused by jaundice, is a medical condition that results when there is an excess of bilirubin in the body, caused by obstruction of the bile duct in the liver.
At Digestive Disease Care, we believe in supporting the total-body health of our patients in every way that we can. We are proud to offer people in the New York area convenient access to liver specialists when they require specialized treatment for a wide range of liver conditions. We can provide diagnostic and treatment services that will ensure the health of your liver now and throughout your life. We have convenient locations to serve you in Jamaica NY, Melville NY, New Hyde Park NY, Forest Hills NY, Jericho NY, Mineola NY, Lake Success NY, Babylon NY, East Setauket NY, Massapequa NY and BEYOND.
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