The Basics of Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
- Posted on: Mar 30 2019
Finding out that you have a condition like non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) may make you feel like you just got hit by a bus. Not only may you have a lot of questions about what it is, but you may also want to know how you can treat it. Just remember that you are not alone and that we are here to help answer any of your questions at every step of the way.
Now that you have the diagnosis, let’s take a closer look at what NAFLD is and what lifestyle changes you can make to prevent it from getting worse.
What is NAFDL?
There are two main types of NAFDL. The first type usually doesn’t have any symptoms and is detected when another test is being performed. For instance you may go into the doctor to have your gallbladder looked at and your doctor may notice a lot of fat build up on your liver. The other type of NAFDL is a bit more serious and is called NASH. Typically, we see patients with NASH who are overweight, have diabetes, high blood sugar, or high cholesterol.
How Is NAFDL Treated?
Typically, we will encourage our patients with NAFDL to make lifestyle changes to help prevent this from getting worse and to lose excess fat and weight. Treatments that we recommend include:
- Exercise: Create a consistent exercise plan that gets your heart rate up and your blood circulating. Whether you prefer cardio like running, cycling, aerobics, walking, or anythign else just make sure that it’s high cardio while still being easy on your joints. If you have joint issues,then make sure to talk to your doctor beforehand and we can help you choose an exercise plan that will be good for your body all around.
- Watch What You Eat: Dieting is another great way for you to get rid of NAFDL or at least manage it. When choosing foods to eat, look for foods that are low in fat and high in protein like chicken, egg whites, turkey, brown rice, fruits, and vegetables
- Manage Your Diabetes: Another thing that we encourage our diabetic patients to do is really manage their diabetes. Whether you have an insulin pump or you give yourself insulin, staying on top of yoru blood sugar is another great way for you to help with NAFDL.
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