How Weight Loss Can Help Your Liver

A structured daily exercise routine coupled with nutritional education could do most people a world of good. Regular exercise and a healthy diet have been proven to reduce the risk of countless health problems and diseases, and new research has shown that we can add another benefit to that ever-growing list of why it’s important to place value on your health. A recent study conducted at the University of Michigan shows that a highly structured nutrition and exercise program helped reduce the appearance of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

What Is Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease?

Many people believe that liver disease only affects people who consume a lot of alcohol, but there is also a form of liver disease that can be a result of having too much fat stored in the liver cells. Although its exact cause isn’t clear, it usually appears in patients who are obese, have high blood sugar or blood pressure, sleep apnea, high levels of fat in the blood, high cholesterol, PCOS, underactive thyroid, or an underactive pituitary gland. Effects of the disease can range from fluid buildup in the abdomen to liver cancer or liver failure.

How Do I Know If I Have Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease?

Many people with NAFLD do not show clear symptoms, with the disease often showing up only after being detected in tests conducted for an unrelated reason. However, there are certain symptoms that you should discuss with your doctor if you experience them. These symptoms include an enlarged liver or spleen, pain and swelling in the abdomen, enlarged blood vessels just under the skin’s surface, enlarged breasts in men, and jaundice. If you are experiencing these symptoms and also have the related risk factors, contact Vanguard Gastroenterology for a diagnosis.

How Can I Treat My Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease?

Unfortunately, there’s no medical cure for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. As indicated in the study conducted at the University of Michigan, losing weight and getting in shape is your best bet at combating the disease. If you aren’t currently physically active and want to start, it’s important to discuss your plan with your doctor. At Vanguard Gastroenterology, we offer an integrative weight management program, and we will work with you to find a diagnosis and help monitor your weight loss and nutritional goals. We have several convenient locations – find the one near you and book an appointment online.