NAFLD – The 12 Most Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ Diaries (Part 16): Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease – The 12 Most Frequently Asked Questions

NAFLD
Contributed by: Rachana Arya

 

Introduction

NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease) is becoming more widespread in the world. More than 10 million cases are reported each year in India, majorly impacting the age group of 30 to 60 years. It refers to a collection of disorders in which persons who drink little or no alcohol develop an accumulation of liver fat. Treatment can help, but there is no cure for this ailment.

Let’s look at some of the most often asked questions about this illness. 

 

FAQ #1: What are the common causes of NAFLD?

The major causes contributing to this condition include:

 

 

Even if none of these symptoms exist, some people still acquire fatty liver.

 

FAQ #2: What are the symptoms of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease?

NAFLD is a condition that generally goes unnoticed since it has few or no symptoms. You may feel weary or have a feeling of discomfort in the upper right side of your abdomen if you have symptoms. Some of the symptoms that may manifest in the case of NAFLD include:

 

    • Sudden weight loss
    • Jaundices eyes and skin
    • Legs and abdominal swelling with fluid accumulation
    • Weakness and fatigue

 

FAQ #3: Can you repair a non-alcoholic fatty liver?

You don’t require any particular therapy if you have NAFLD and no other medical issues accompanying the condition. However, by altering your lifestyle, you can reduce or even reverse the fat build-up in your liver.

 

FAQ #4: How can I reduce non-alcoholic liver fat?

To reduce your risk of NAFLD: 

 

    • Opt for a healthier diet. Choose a plant-based diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats.
    • Limit intake of salt and sugar.
    • Maintain a healthy weight to reduce fat in the liver, inflammation, and fibrosis.
    • If you are overweight or obese, reduce the number of calories you consume each day. 
    • Aim for a minimum of 30 minutes of aerobic exercise each day.
    • To keep your cholesterol and triglyceride levels in check, limit your diet of saturated fat and sugar.

 

FAQ #5: How serious is a fatty liver?

Although fatty liver disease is a common condition caused by the storage of extra fat in the liver, nevertheless it is a “silent killer” that does not produce any prominent symptoms in people until it doesn’t cause a major disorder for them.

 

FAQ #6: What are the hidden health dangers of fatty liver?

It can lead to serious complicated conditions including cirrhosis (liver scarring) and liver failure.

 

FAQ #7: Can stress cause fatty liver?

According to a study, there is a high relationship between high levels of psychological distress and fatalities caused by a range of liver illnesses. Stress can lead to unhealthy behaviours contributing to liver damage, including:

 

 

FAQ #8: Is vitamin D supplement bad for the liver?

Based on experimental evidence and epidemiological data, vitamin D has been proposed as a potential therapeutic approach for NAFLD liver damage. However, some studies also suggest that a higher daily intake could lead to Vitamin D overdose that can be hazardous, causing a slew of signs and symptoms but no liver damage or jaundice.

 

FAQ #9: Which foods should be taken if I have a fatty liver?

NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease) may be linked to low levels of potassium. Cod, salmon, and sardines are excellent sources. It is also found in veggies including broccoli, peas, and sweet potatoes. Fruits such as bananas, kiwi, apricots, pomegranates, berries, mangoes, melons, and pears are which are cooling and non-acidic should be consumed.

 

FAQ #10: Is there any treatment for NAFLD?

There are no medicines or treatments that have been approved to treat NAFLD.

 

FAQ #11: How is a fatty liver disease diagnosed?

Fatty liver disease is difficult to diagnose because it typically has no symptoms. If your doctor suspects you have it, he will conduct blood testing and liver function tests, among other procedures. Imaging tests to check for fat in the liver and stiffness of the liver may be required in rare circumstances.

 

FAQ #12: Is there any Ayurvedic treatment for NAFLD?

The ancient Indian practice of Ayurveda offers effective treatment of fatty liver. However, it is important to remember that any Ayurvedic drug should only be taken under the supervision of an Ayurvedic physician.

Ayurvedic dietary recommendations to prevent fatty liver are:

 

    • Aloe Vera juice can help the liver work more efficiently.
    • Amla helps with digestion and detoxification.
    • The water from boiled rice is good for your liver.
    • The consumption of papaya on a regular basis aids in the treatment of liver problems.
    • Alcohol, caffeine, smoke, hot spicy meals, and packaged foods should all be avoided.

 

Final thoughts

Remember, the liver performs over 500 activities in your body, including turning food into energy, protein synthesis, cholesterol formation, toxins excretion, and iron storage. So remember to eat a healthy diet and get regular exercise. Your liver will thank you for keeping it in good shape.

 

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