It’s called fatty liver disease (specifically – non alcoholic fatty liver disease) and approximately 25% of the world’s population has it.
That’s 1 in every 4 have a disease that is killing more than 35,000 people yearly in the United States alone.
And, most people have no idea they have it!
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a condition in which fat builds up in your liver.
Nonalcoholic steato-hepatitis (NASH) is a type of NAFLD.
If you have NASH, you have inflammation and liver cell damage, along with fat in your liver.
The problem has reached an epidemic level along with obesity, and both are major causes of death worldwide.
What makes fatty liver disease so deadly is the fact that there are little to no symptoms apparent to those affected.
Who is at risk for fatty liver disease?
The cause of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is unknown. Researchers do know that it is more common in people who:
- Have type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes
- Are obese
- Are middle aged or older (although children can also get it)
- Are Hispanic, followed by non-Hispanic whites. It is less common in African Americans.
- Have high levels of fats in the blood, such as cholesterol and triglycerides
- Have high blood pressure
- Take certain drugs, such as corticosteroids and some cancer drugs
- Have certain metabolic disorders
- Experience rapid weight loss
- Have certain infections, such as hepatitis C.
- Have been exposed to toxins
Finding out you have it can be distressing enough.
Finding out that it’s progressive and will eventually lead to liver failure or death is sobering for sure.
But, the real shocker is that there isn’t any medical treatment; no procedure, no medication, no medical cure.
The best the doctor can do is to tell you avoid alcohol, eat healthy and exercise more.
Want to Get Rid of Fatty Liver Disease for Good?
Your liver is one of the body’s unsung heroes. The work it does is essential to our very existence. It transforms food into usable nutrients, stores these nutrients, and provides them to cells as and when they’re needed.
It also neutralizes toxins – ‘toxins’ is a medical term for ‘poisons’ – either by converting them into harmless substances, or by making sure they are eliminated directly from the body.
24 hours a day our liver takes in unclean blood, filters it, refreshes it and then releases clean blood back into your body. We never think about our liver. Thankfully, our liver is always working on our behalf.
But, if it suddenly can’t clean your blood properly… then what?
If you have fatty liver disease, this is important for you to understand.
There are four recognized stages that your fatty liver can move through:
Simple fatty liver
A build-up of excess fat in the liver that, initially, can be relatively harmless – but only if it stays like this. If you don’t address the cause… it rarely stays harmless.
Nonalcoholic Steato-Hepatitis (NASH)
A more serious form of fatty liver where there is inflammation in the liver. This is caused by not properly addressing your fatty liver when it first started accumulating fat.
The persistent inflammation at the NASH stage leads to scarring of the liver tissue.
Ongoing scarring of the liver has caused it to shrink and become lumpy. The damage is permanent, irreversible and usually leads to liver failure and liver cancer.
What’s really happening is that as a sufferer of fatty liver you’re moving through this disease, slowly transitioning from one stage… to a worse one.
In other words, the disease in it’s current form is only today’s snapshot of a process that’s underway in our bodies. It’s how the disease progresses that’s the real cause for alarm.
And this isn’t an exaggeration. Liver disease is taking an increasingly worsening toll on our society. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of deaths caused by liver disease and cirrhosis has risen every year since 2007.
Worse, fatty liver is associated with an increased risk of other serious health problems – including kidney disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
This little talked about disease is now among the top causes of deaths for Americans.
Again – There is no treatment for NAFLD!
And, if you don’t address it quickly it can lead to far worse – and potentially deadly – conditions.
Fatty liver doesn’t just get better on its own. Much more worryingly, if we don’t address it there’s every chance that it just carries on getting worse.
Our lifestyle, and eating choices caused this disease – it’s going to take lifestyle and eating changes to get rid of it.
And that’s really the first lesson to this whole fatty liver thing.
It’s not a virus. It’s not an injury. It wasn’t caused by some external event.
It is us who did it.
What to do beginning today!
Protect the liver right now by detoxing it.
Now detoxing conjures up lots of strange images – weird foods, odd potions, strange diets…
Actually, done properly, you barely notice you’re doing it.
We detox for one important reason: modern living puts into our bodies more chemicals than our bodies can sometimes handle.
It’s not our fault.
There’s all sorts of nasty additives hidden in foods, toiletries and common household products that are just plain toxic.
Because our liver can’t get rid of that mess at the rate we consume or are exposed to it we have to store some of these poisons in our bodies instead.
If we don’t detox then those stored toxins build up and create potentially serious health problems. Only a healthy liver can get rid of them, and can’t if it isn’t healthy.
So detoxing simply means giving your body – especially your liver – the time and space it needs to start getting rid of all that nasty stuff.
Correct our diet.
The solution needs to be one that quickly becomes habit, based on the kinds of lives that normal people live.
In truth, there are many, many foods we can eat to support our livers. There’s lots of choice – and it’s all available at your local supermarket.
However, there are some foods – called trigger foods – that actively work against our health. These include foods we might think of as being healthy but which we should either limit or stay well away from.
Get your diet right and you can enjoy wholesome, easily prepared food that melts liver fat, melts body fat and helps ensure optimum health for life.
Move a little, burn that fat.
It’s time to begin exercising in a such a way that anyone can incorporate into what they’re already doing in life. Exercises that accelerate fat burning yet take minutes to perform. Some routines can be as little as 7 minutes, the longest being 24 minutes. In order to melt fat and improve our heath, we have to move our bodies and stop sitting around on our backside.
Fatty liver disease is a disease that is in motion. As a sufferer, we’re moving through stages of the disease, each stage being significantly more dangerous than the previous one.
The mix of genetics, lifestyle, environment are such that fat is slowly but consistently being added to your liver then we’re surely on a path that takes us through the four stages.
The final stage – cirrhosis – is there, a little way down the line, just waiting. That’s where things can go horribly and irreversibly wrong. That, more than anything else, is what should make us decide to take this matter into our own hands.
It’s imperative to catch liver disease in time to prevent it from developing into something life threatening and irreversible.
What we do to our bodies determines what our bodies do back to us. We can heal ourselves if we 1. Know How, and 2. Take Action.
Getting Rid of Fatty Liver Disease – Step by Step Guide