Re: Fatty liver?
Hi MicheleReneeV, thanks for posting.
I can probably advise you a little because I've gone through the same thing as you're going through now.
I had my gall bladder removed nearly 2 years ago after contracting gall bladder disease and a little under 6 months ago, I was also diagnosed with a fatty liver. I was not obese, but I was overweight.
The two most common causes of fatty liver are being overweight and drinking alcohol, although you can get it other ways too. It is most likely you have gotten it through being overweight, which only requires you to be as little as 10% overweight for it to hit you.
The good news is, you're already doing the right things in order to recover from this disease. A low fat diet, combined with weight loss and regular exercise are key to getting your liver recovered.
I actually just received my bloodywork back yesterday to find out my liver levels are back within normal ranges after nearly 5 months of diet, exercise and weight loss (ALT of 34).
cirrohsis is possible in later stages of liver disease, but unlikely if you attack the problem when you're still young. I'm 32 years old and my liver is now returning to normal.
Just stick with it and keep going as you are, because you sound like you're doing a good job. Fatty liver takes a long time to recover from, but you can definitely get over it and the end result is definitely worth the effort. I feel completely different now that I've lost the weight and have a lot more energy than before, so there's definitely a silver lining.
Just be sure to come back and let everyone know how you're doing. I went through hell getting over this bloody disease and have complete sympathy for anyone else going through it too. Talk a lot and be sure to let people know how you feel, because I've been through quite a few nasty little illnesses in my lifetime, but nothing could prepare me for what I went through with the near liver failure associated with fatty liver disease. You're not alone in this!
Last edited by danielm; 11-09-2006 at 04:23 PM.