The prevalence of fatty liver condition is rising exponentially in India. A recent survey shows that nearly 40% of the population is affected by this condition. So, what is fatty liver? Our liver has a fat concentration of 5% and fat build-up above this point is considered as fatty liver. As the percentage increases, the severity of the condition also increases. Liver specialists in Faridabad detect this condition through a Liver Function Test (LFT) and Ultrasound scans. The primary sign of this condition is abdominal pain or swelling. Along with treatment, few lifestyle changes help in preventing the progress of this condition and help you go through a smooth recovery.
Food that helps!
A diet mix of healthy fats, antioxidants, and complex carbohydrates helps in reducing the fat in liver. Include omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, which can be easily found in food items like vegetable oils, nuts, green leafy vegetables, flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, fish and fish oil. Also include monounsaturated fats found in plant sources like nuts, olives and avocados to avoid fatty liver problem.
Your regular diet must include:
- Whole grains
- Olive oil
- Fish and seafood
People with fatty liver condition often develop insulin resistance where their liver turns the glucose prepared in the blood into fat. Certain diet foods such as omega-3 can help your body to utilise this insulin better.
Say no to alcohol
Alcohol is detrimental to a fatty liver and also for your overall health. Total abstinence from alcohol is recommended while undergoing liver problem treatment. Enzymes in your liver transform alcohol into acetaldehyde, which may cause nausea, headaches, flushes, and other discomforts. Apart from all these, acetaldehyde can lead to other serious problems such as liver inflammation or cirrhosis.
Maintain a healthy bodyweight
Lowering your bodyweight can be significantly helpful in liver problem treatment. Loosing bodyweight can help in lowering your inflammation and other symptoms too. Maintaining your bodyweight as per your BMI also reduces the fat in your liver. But rapid weight loss or going under-weight is never recommended. You must work to maintain a healthy bodyweight as per your doctor’s recommendation.
Exercise regularly to keep liver healthy
Aerobic exercise or yoga can help in significantly reducing the amount of fat in your liver. A daily routine of 30 to 60 minutes of mid-to-high level aerobic exercises or practicing yoga everyday can help a lot to improve fatty liver disease.
Keep your diabetes under control
People with type-2 diabetes are more susceptible to developing fatty liver. Having diabetes means the insulin produced by your body is not working properly and accumulating glucose in the body. Research indicates that Diabetes is the prime cause of fatty liver in women. So, liver specialists in Faridabad recommend patients to have regular follow-up check-ups and work to control diabetes. Diabetic patients must maintain HBA1C under safer limits and also keep a check on body weight to reduce the risks of fatty liver.
Keep your Cholesterol level low
Like sugar level, cholesterol and triglycerides (fats in your blood) are also not favourable for liver health. Eating a plant-based healthy diet, regular exercise, and taking doctor recommended medications helps to keep cholesterol and triglycerides in check.
Say no to over-the-counter medications
Medicines are metabolised in our liver and hence taking unprescribed medications can worsen the fatty liver condition. There are some medications that can aggravate the condition and make your liver health go downhill. Always take medicines under the supervision of a liver specialist, especially if you are diagnosed with fatty liver.
Avoid chances of infections
Viral infections such as Hepatitis B and C are increasing the chances of causing fatty liver. A recent study showed that among that 50 percent of the total hepatitis C population developed fatty liver. Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent these diseases. Also be careful of other infection and its recommended not to share shaving kits, needles, or blades with others.
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