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Details about fatty liver

Details about fatty liver
To know the possible treatments that work against fatty liver, you must first know what it is and what causes it.

When we talk about fatty liver we refer to the condition where the organ fills with fat, of this disease there are two types that are divided into non-alcoholic fatty liver and fatty liver caused by alcohol, which is also called alcoholic hepatic steatosis. 

What must be taken into account is that in both cases it tends not to present any symptoms. However, there are treatments for both conditions and to counteract a possible complication. 

What is alcoholic hepatic steatosis?

In this case, the reason for this disease is due to the constant consumption of alcohol. In addition, it can also generate alcoholic hepatopathy, alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis. In addition, there are also other factors that negatively affect the progress of this condition, such as those who are obese or women. 

Although it is a silent disease, it can present some symptoms such as: loss of weight and energy, decreased appetite, nausea, stomach pain, and even small red blood vessels in the skin. (Via Fundahígado America). As the days go by, it is possible to have fluid retention in the abdomen and legs, as well as bruising and bleeding. 

Now, as for its possible treatments, in the case of alcoholic hepatic steatosis, alcohol consumption should be stopped as soon as possible. Reason why attendance to rehabilitation is recommended. 

Treatments

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, is divided into two understood as simple fatty liver and non-alcoholic hepatic steatosis. In all cases, weight loss will be recommended. If the cause of the condition is a medication, the intake of the same should be suspended, but to determine this, a visit to the doctor should be made first. However, there are no specific drugs for this condition. 

Both types of fatty liver disease can develop into cirrhosis, which will require medication, an operation is possible and if it does not regress, a liver transplant may have to be performed. 

The main recommendation is to prevent these diseases, avoiding the consumption of alcohol, exercising, and eating in a balanced way, which involves reducing the amount of salt and sugars ingested. Medical accompaniment will be fundamental for recovery.

Ana Henríquez, Editor
Content intern Fundahígado America

Eugenia Jiménez Alvaréz, proofreading
Assistant to the coordination of Fundahígado América
Bachelor in Biomedical Sciences

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