Steatosis, also known as fatty liver, is one of the most common diseases of the liver. The liver can fail to perform correctly if there is an increase in fat deposits.
The liver’s job is to clean the blood supply, help maintain the glucose levels, create enzymes, dissolves fats, and keeps vitamins, minerals and glycogen. If we do not have a liver, then our body will not function correctly.
The liver is not working correctly if any one of the following signs is seen: fatigue, high cholesterol levels, increased blood pressure and bloating. It could mean that the liver is either overloaded or that fat has disturbed the metabolism.
Keep in mind that minimal levels of fat will not harm the liver, but when there is an increase of 5 to 10% of the liver’s weight, this signals a fatty liver. This disease is often linked with alcoholism, but not all the time.
Fatty liver is a silent disease. Symptoms are often not noticed. Several years will need to pass for it to evolve to the next phase. Weakness, loss of appetite, concentration issues, confusion, and nausea are often seen with it. There may also be pains in the central part of the stomach area, or dark spots on the skin, as well as liver enlargement. In those that drink the symptoms will be worse as the alcohol is continuing to flow through the body.
While there is not a cure for fatty liver, treatment can help. If the reason for fatty liver is due to alcohol, the alcohol consumption needs to stop. The diet will need to be changed, as certain diets can make the disease worse. Obese individuals will need to limit the amount of fat in their diet, and lose weight.
Regular exercise, as well as sensible eating will also help to improve the entire health of a person. The calories a person eats should be reduced, and processed foods should be eliminated. Carbohydrates should also be reduced.