Once the condition begins to show outward signs of fatty liver disease, it means the disease has already progressed from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). What’s the difference? NAFD means that there is fat stored in the liver that isn’t causing any organ damage. However, if the fat continues to build up and NASH develops, then the liver will begin sending out distress signals.
A routine blood test can determine if you have a fatty liver, which can be verified by an ultrasound or MRI scan.
What can be done about it?
If you’re in the earlier stages of NAFLD, then lifestyle adjustments are recommended.
This includes losing weight, lowering cholesterol and triglycerides, which can be done by exercising everyday, even if it’s an half hour brisk walk.
It’s also advisable to control any other health conditions you may have, such as diabetes.
Furthermore, John Hopkins Medicine also recommend that anyone with NAFLD should avoid drinking alcohol.
For those who have developed NASH, the same lifestyle guidance applies to help reverse the condition.
In addition, people with NASH are advised to limit over-the-counter drugs, and to use medication to:
- Reduce cholesterol
- Reduce blood pressure
- Control diabetes
Without making these necessary changes, progression of the condition might lead to liver failure.
The NHS stated that the waiting time for a liver transplant is 135 day from recently deceased donors.
People with NASH are highly advised to adopt a healthy lifestyle so that they have a stronger chance of survival.
This includes exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, losing weight, and not smoking
“NAFLD is not caused by alcohol, but drinking may make it worse. It’s therefore advisable to cut down or stop drinking alcohol,” said the NHS.