I had bloodwork done a couple months ago that showed GGT levels at about 105. The Dr. was not concerned and wanted to do another test. He also did a Hepatitis test which came back negative. I just did another blood test and my GGT increased to 205 and this time ALT was also higher than normal at 62.
I just went in for an ultrasound. All organs appeared okay but the comment on my liver was, "Liver parenchyman echogenicity is mildly increased compared with the kidney, consistent with fatty infiltration. This does not have a significantly coarse or nodular appearance to be more suggestive of cirrhosis or hepatocellular disease."
Here is the weird thing... I am 35 and I don't drink at all (maybe one sip of wine in the past 15 years). I am also pretty thin 145 lbs 6' 0" and have no belly fat. I also have excellent cholesterol and great blood pressure and no sign of diabetes. My blood work was fine a year ago and three years ago. I also take no medications. An occassional advil for a headache and sporatic daily multi-vitamin (forget most days).
The only things I can think of may be that I don't get enough exercise or eat too much junk food. I never thought this was a problem since my weight, blood pressure and cholesterol were all in check.
My questions are:
1. Does anyone know what might have caused my fatty liver?
2. Any suggestions for treatment? Most things I read say to stop drinking and lose weight which don't really apply to me. Even exercise suggestions seemed more for the purpose of losing weight.
3. Can mild fatty liver really be cured? (I've read it can if I can figure out the root cause for why I have fatty liver)
I have made an appointment with a gastro specialist next week. I'll let people know what he says but I was hoping to get some real world advice as well.
Hi there! My liver is so fatty that it is beyond repair! Fatty liver turns to scar tissue (cirrhosis) which can not be reversed. But it sounds like you have a very mild case and the liver can rejuvenate itself. It sounds like you are in great health and don't drink so you are ahead of the game. I would try not to worry too much (easier said then done..I know) and see what your GI doc has to say. By the way, I take Milk Thistle for liver function and it can't hurt to take it.
Best of luck. Let us now what the doc says.
Hi there. I recently read an article (sorry if I don't remember what publication it was) that basically said to the effect that skinny individuals can have liver problems/bad cholesterol. The article stated that skinny individuals "think" that because they are skinny, they are less active than overweight individuals. Because of the inactivity, their cholesterol levels get out of whack and they develop fatty liver because of this. I'm not saying this is your exact case though. Just know that not being active and being out of shape can have big implications on our health.
I, myself, WAS an active person (gym/sports/etc.) but for the past year, stopped all of it because of my new job. Well, because of that, my body basically turned on me and now I have a fatty liver...on top of having high triglycerides, low HDL, high uric acid...basically metobolic syndrome or Syndrome X. So...now I'm back to eating really REALLY healthy...I'm active again (walkin/jogging 2-3 miles a day/5 times a week)...taking supplements (milk thistle for liver, omega-3 for liver and cholesterol levels, pantethine for cholesterol levels)...and am slowly beginning to feel better. From what I've read and been told, it's a slow process to heal.
You don't have any pains do you? What is your triglyceride level?