Ways to cure Fatty liver

ways to cure fatty liver

A query from a faithful subscriber.

I am a male of 33 years of age,recently diagnosed with Grade 1 fatty liver. How can I get rid of this problem? Besides I am gaining weight around the mid section. Kindly advise me the treatment and food I should follow.

My reply:

Fatty liver is a common problem seen in many urban parts of India. Most of the time it goes untreated or doctors fail to advise on this condition. This does not produce any visible symptoms , but can put you at the risk of liver inflammation which ultimately can lead to jaundice( hepatitis), liver failure and liver cancer. Initially it stays as a benign condition and is really harmless. But it can progress to a potential slow killer.

Fatty liver Commonly seen in overweight persons and mostly above the ages of 30 and any liver problems are associated with alcohol. But Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease(NAFLD) is commonly seen rather than the Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. So non alcohol drinkers too can get afflicted.

In this condition, the liver consists of excess of fat and the healthy tissues are replaced by unhealthy fats. This makes the liver larger and heavier. This can possibly lead to gall stones.

What can be the various causes for a person to have fatty liver?

  • Being Overweight or obese especially in the abdominal area
  • Poor diet- high sugar intake, high fat intake
  • Elevated cholesterol levels and triglycerides in the blood
  • If suffering from metabolic syndrome
  • Diabetic for over a long period of time and taking medications for the same

Now the question arises whether is it possible to fatty liver?

Yes, it is definitely possible to reverse the condition of fatty liver if the following tips are followed.

Diet modifications

  • Reduce the intake of refined carbohydrates in your diet such as white bread, white rice, pasta, noodles, cakes, biscuits, desserts, soft drinks, sweetened fruit juices and also that of table sugar. Avoid breakfast cereals too.
  • Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables in the diet.
  • Eat whole grains such as brown rice, whole wheat products, oats, ragi, bajra, jowar etc and Pulses and legumes.
  • Avoid all kinds of fried food, processed food, high fat foods in general all junk food.
  • Avoid red meats such as mutton, beef, pork and opt for fat trimmed meats and white meats such as fish, chicken, turkey. Avoid processed meat or cured meats.
  • Switch over to low fat milk products from full cream or full fat milk products.
  • Avoid margarine, mayonnaise as much as possible.
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners as well. They do not help in the long term.
  • Use oils which provided monounsaturated fatty acids.

Other influences

  • Control diabetes with diet, medications and exercise.
  • Keep your cholesterol levels in check and reduce triglycerides in the blood.
  • Avoid alcohol as much as possible.

Exercise daily to reduce weight and to keep weight in check. Reduce the abdominal fat content by eating smaller meals and by exercising daily by walking, jogging and also bu incorporating yoga in your diet.

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Sanjana Shenoy

About Sanjana Shenoy

A dietitian from Mangalore, India. A post graduate diploma holder in “Dietetics” and a university topper from Welcomgroup School of Hotel Administration from the prestigious Manipal University. At present working as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. Consultant for corporates like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.

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115 Responses to Ways to cure Fatty liver

  1. MsCGA April 21, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    Hi, I’m 41,please help me understand my liver ultrasound result… The Liver measures 13.34cm in vertical lenght with diffusely increased parenchymal echopattern. The outer border is smooth. No evidence of intrinsic mass noted. The intrahepatic ducts are not dilated. The inferior vena cava and hepatic veins are not dilated. The common duct measures 0.25cm in size. The portal vein is normal in size and caliber.

    The Gallbladder is distended measuring 4.52cm in lenght with 2.26cm in width with a fixed poorly shadowing echogenic focus attached to the anterior wall measuring 0.40cm. Comet tail artifact seen at the fundus. Its walls are not thickened… i cant sleep please help me…

  2. mansi agrawal May 2, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    i want the cure of my mother’s fatty liver..name-urmila agrawal..female..age-42..sonography report-liver fatty(right side)..else everything normal

  3. rohan May 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    i am told to have fatty lever grade 2. how ti cure ?

  4. Michael May 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    stop eating fried food , no junk food , no piza , no alchohol , eat 3 apples a day the pectin in the apple will get rid of chalestoral , take high doses of vitamin C ..3 grams a day and drink plenty of filtered water (no chlorine)

  5. Michael May 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    take alpha liopic acid 900 mg? a day best supplement for the liver ;;;and 3000 mg. of vitamin C every day ..high doses of vitamin C helps to get rid of fatty liver . after 1 year get a liver enzyme count test by your doctor , no soft drinks , no juck food and your diet must be close to vegeterian ,,, eat only 20% meet … no salt , no? chinese food..protein is very hard on your kidneys ….. kidneys control your high blood pressure …love your kidneys …drink 3 litres of filter water and water with fresh lime or? lemon a day also ginger tea is good for kidneys . and no sugar or artificial sweetner they are hard on your liver . eat 3 apples and red beets every day . Make sure you dont have sleep apnea ……get checked for sleep apnea so you can lose weight ….a very good amino acid for people with bad liver is L-Orthinine …l-Ornithine-l-aspartate google it !!! may God bless you ..dont give up !! mikke5happy@yahoo.com

  6. Bharti Goyal May 25, 2012 at 12:05 am #

    Hi, my husband is suffering from fatty liver disease for 4-5 months.He is 34 yrs old, he is taking homeopathic medicines, but I found no improvement. His right abdominal pain and fatigue is continuous. I am worried that it might not get worsen. please advice what to do ?

  7. Tony June 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    i have been a sufferer of fatty liver for over 6yrs now and after reading your article, i want to adopt the information here. . Thanks for sharing this useful hints

  8. John Joseph June 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    Is just two days ago i have been told by a doctor that i have fatt liver – Thank you for your elaboration.

  9. shuvankar bhowmick August 17, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    I am a male of 32 years of age,recently diagnosed with Grade 2 fatty liver. How can I get rid of this problem? Besides I am gaining weight around the mid section. Kindly advise me the treatment and food I should follow.

  10. beacon August 21, 2012 at 5:44 am #

    This is what im doing. I was diagnosed with a fatty liver and Gallstones about 2 months ago After having elevated liver enzymes. I’ve had my gallbladder removed and a liver biopsy done about 2 weeks ago. My Doc advised that i only have 20 percent of fat in my liver and no fibrosis , Doc made it sound like I was free and clear. Was happy i had no scarring. Was told by my doc to take 800 IU of Vitamin E, but for 2 months I have been taking milk thistle with Dandelion In supplement form. I also juice and take fennel, celery, spinach, Apples, berries. I exercise 30 minutes to 1 hour every day doing either walking jogging or calisthenics.I also take omega 3 capsule form. I went down from 225 to 195lbs (surgery help some). If I want to reverse this condition its paramount to lose weight. I Chew my food like a cow because that starts the digestive track. I haven’t checked my enzymes just yet i go back in three months. My Doc stated that my fatty liver is not the reason why my enzymes were so high. I have to do lab work for Hemachromatosis Genetics. I do high fiber Low carb low fat diets. No refined carbs low to no sugar or salt. I DRINK LOTS OF WATER!! A gallon a day if I can. Clear urine is good urine. I feel fantastic!! I’m well on my way to curing the fat in my liver.

  11. sange September 30, 2012 at 12:03 am #

    hey my best frnd is havin a grade 1fatty liver in the age of 24… He drinks vry occasionally but he takes hotel food every time tel hw to cure him frm it

  12. Arun October 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    Happy to read the answer , i am also a suffering from 2 nd grade Fatty lever .
    And under ayurvedic treatment Pls suggest me further.

  13. bhavana November 13, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    My grandmotherof age 64 is knwn diabeticfor8 yrs nd nw she is diagnosed as having grand1 fattyliver she wel built nd nourishd not obese md her sugar is under control.. Is there any prblm wth this cndition. Doctors didnt mention abt this bt as im a medico while gng through reports i noticed.. Iwant to knw abt this.. Plzz reply me

  14. Pushpa November 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    I was diagnosed with End stage of Renal disease and under going 3 times dialysis at Home CAPD. blood transfusion was done a year ago, uinfortunately later it was found I am with Hepatis C virus. after year now they say from Positive it has been diagnised as \negative. Is it possible to reverse from Poitive to Negative.
    Secondly, whenever I take food, bitterness is felt in my tounge. any cure for this please.

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