What Foods Help Cure A Fatty Liver?
Fatty liver is also called non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFL) in which there is accumulation of fat in the liver. This does not cause any inflammation or damage of any cells of the liver or lead to any complications (1, 2). Ideally a healthy liver contains very little fat. But when there is a build-up of fat in the liver it may not cause problems in the early stages but it may lead to issues later. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is one of the most common chronic diseases affecting people in developed countries because of rising number of people who are obese (3).
CausesAccording to a clinical update (3) it was observed that insulin resistance which is associated with metabolic syndrome acts as a trigger for NAFLD. The other factors which precipitate NAFLD along with insulin resistance being adverse genetic, humoral, hormonal and lifestyle factors. There are certain risk factors which if present may lead to fatty liver (1, 2)
- Being obese or overweight
- Having abdominal obesity
- Being diabetic, having insulin resistance
- Having high cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- Being hypertensive that is high blood pressure
- Being above the age of 50
Final wordThere is no cure as such for fatty liver but it can be managed. Lifestyle modifications such as consuming a healthy balanced diet, achieving ideal weight, incorporating suitable exercise into daily routine will all help manage fatty liver and stop it from progressing into a serious health disorder.
- National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (2016). Definition & Facts of NAFLD & NASH
- National Health Service (2018). Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
- Pappachan, J. M., Babu, S., Krishnan, B. and Ravindran, N. C. (2017) Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: A Clinical Update, Journal of clinical and translational hepatology. Vol. 5(4).