Fatty Liver Complications – Important Facts to Remember

AFLD or alcoholic FLD is primarily due to heavy consumption of alcoholic drinks

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The liver is one the most vital organs that support almost all other organs in the body. Primarily functioning for metabolism, other significant roles of the liver include detoxification, protein synthesis, and biochemical production that especially aids during digestion through generating bile.

At the moment, there is no artificial organ yet or any artificial devices that could be used to mimic all the functions of the liver, thus, a simple malfunction due to disorders or diseases should be given immediate attention. One of these is fatty liver complications.

There are two types of FLD depending on its cause:

1. AFLD or alcoholic FLD is primarily due to heavy consumption of alcoholic drinks. Alcohol hinders the oxidation of fatty acids in the liver and the release of fatty acids from the liver as it slows down the discharge of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) in the bloodstream. Thus, controlling the amount of alcohol intake is the first step to partake.

2. NAFLD or non-alcoholic FLD, on the other hand, is caused by several factors. These include a high-fat diet, obesity, diabetes, hyperinsulinemia, and metabolic disorder. Weight and sugar level are the main keywords for such disease, thus, changing of eating habits and getting involve with daily physical exercises in order to lose weight are essential to prevent or control it.

These two could lead to complications such as hepatitis and cirrhosis by more than 30 percent possibility.

1. Hepatitis is an acute infectious disease that damages the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). There is no specific cure for hepatitis, however, it is best advised to have enough rest, refrain from indulging in fatty foods and alcohol, and instead have a well-balanced diet and fluids.

2. On the other hand, cirrhosis could kill liver cells and could lead to a liver failure. It is characterized by replacement of liver tissue by fibrosis, scar tissue and regenerative nodules. Likewise, a healthy lifestyle, especially in diet, should be given importance.

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3. Other complications include cancer and drug damage. Worst, it could lead to inflammation of the liver called steatohepatitis that. This is a fatal fatty liver complication that could happen to anyone.

Reduction in weight, alcohol consumption and controlled diet for fatty liver coupled with constant exercise are the main fatty liver cures – do these before it is too late!

Source by Alvin Hopkinson

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