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Old 12-15-2009, 10:37 AM   #1
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fatty liver

ultrasound shows fatty liver, what does that mean?

 
Old 12-16-2009, 02:34 PM   #2
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Re: fatty liver

I had an ultrasound that also showed fat in the liver and I had to have a liver biopsy to find out the extent of the damage. For some reason the liver starts to store fat and can cause scarring of the liver. Do you know if its due to obesity, alcoholism, or something else?

 
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Old 12-17-2009, 06:43 AM   #3
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Re: fatty liver

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I had an ultrasound that also showed fat in the liver and I had to have a liver biopsy to find out the extent of the damage. For some reason the liver starts to store fat and can cause scarring of the liver. Do you know if its due to obesity, alcoholism, or something else?
Thank you for your reply.
I did read that it mainly occurs in obese people and alcoholics. I am not obese and never touch alcohol. On my way to the doctor to get answers.
Thanks

 
Old 12-27-2009, 04:01 AM   #4
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Re: fatty liver

Could be an autoimmune disease. Have you seen a rheumatologist?

 
Old 12-27-2009, 11:32 AM   #5
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Re: fatty liver

I can tell you from experience no matter what you will have to change your diet.
No sugar. Basicly a plant based diet. Its best to start now and control it. For what ever reason your liver is storing fat you need to take control with lots of fruits, salads, greens, low starch and skip the white bread. I even starting making my own bread with a bread machine so I know its whole wheat with no preservatives. No processed food. Its hard at first but then its your life. So how important is a cracker or a cheese it......you need to change your thinking. Save your life.....you even get a thrill after not having chocolate when you get a piece of sugar free chocolate...its delicious when you haven't had sugar in a month....good luck.
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Old 01-07-2010, 06:52 PM   #6
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Re: fatty liver

SCmom of 2 , were you able to lose the weight. Can u explain how you were feeling when you were first dx'd w/ fatty liver?

I search and it said no symptoms, but I know I can sleep more then before, scanty periods, feel sluggish, mine is definately because of getting fat really fast. I know that sounds a lil kiddish but is the truth, gained abt 40 lbs in 6 months.

hope to hear from you, Denise in NY

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Old 01-07-2010, 09:20 PM   #7
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Re: fatty liver

Plant based diet....no processed food.....fruits, vegetables, salads, whole grains, no processed means no crackers, that a hard one, no pretzels, chips etc....its hard but if you go on line and google it under liver and diet you will come up with quite a few guidelines. Low protein, its not good for you, low carbs, so its basically what they ate before all the processed junk food came into our lives. No sugar....try sugar free cookies...no pickles, they have salt and if you have liver problems, salt is bad...lots of salad...blueberries...etc.....good luck...you will feel better....t

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Old 01-08-2010, 03:06 AM   #8
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Re: fatty liver

Denise~
I didn't have any symptoms when I 1st got diagnosed, but I started to develop tightening in my center upper abdomen (they did not say this was from my liver, but did not find out the cause). Other than that I did not have any other symptoms. I have always been tired, but just assume that is from being overweight.

I had a liver biopsy and it came back mild fatty liver, so now I'm just trying to get the weight off. I have been going to the gym for a year with no results, and its very frustrating. I started taking classes at the gym recently so I am hoping that helps. I have to lose about 40 lbs. There is not a whole lot of information out there on this, and even though I see a specialist, I don't feel like he even knows much about fatty liver.

 
Old 01-08-2010, 05:22 PM   #9
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Re: fatty liver

Thanks to both- gcbpgh and SCmomof2

GCBPGH, anything I can call you for short, you r so on the money, cant believe you mentioned pretzels, thats my downfall the rold gold cigar kind,
I rationalized that it was better then smoking ciggs when I quit. However before that I really hardly EVER ate white carbs, really not even on purpose just ate lean meats and vege's sometimes fried vege'e like eggplant or zuchini
Then I just went overboard and really fast !!

SC mom, I also get like a feeling that I'm wearing a bra but I'm not??
And I'm sure its a lil of both fatty liver and being unconditioned from
being fat. That whole insulin resistant, dont really understand it, but I think it means your whole metabplism slows- the way you burn food and also meds??

Thanks, ladies


With the best of intentions,
Denise

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Old 01-14-2010, 02:33 PM   #10
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Liver enzymes have been mildly elevated in past, but in September, my diabetes which I was NOT treating-not even with diet or exercise--got so out of control that I was put in hospital with gastroenteritis and my GGT was 667 or something like that. So I began doing the "diabetic diet" for real which meant finally stopping the TWO 2-liters of regular Pepsi a day (yes I drank TWO by myself every day!). The weight just melted off me--down from 300 to 240 as of now--of course I eat a salad with fat-free dressing EVERY day, but I have bipolar disorder and am EXTREMELY depressed right now and have lots of stressors in my life, so food is not on the top of my list now anyway. But I got put in a psychiatric hospital (took too many benzos like a dumba**) and my lab results showed my GGT went down to 360 something and alk. phosphatase is still elevated as well, so I gotta have a liver biopsy. I have sciatica and chronic pain, so I still don't exercise except for trying to walk 2 blocks a day. I take pain pills, but was changed last summer from Vicodin with tylenol product in it to oxycodone. I guess they probably aren't good for the liver either. But I believe if a person just cuts out one of their biggest guilty pleasures (mine was Pepsi), I think you will see some weight come off without even trying that hard. I have been overweight all my life and have lost hundreds of pounds and gained them right back again--which is awful for the body, too, I've heard, so I don't blame you--seems pretzels wouldn't be that bad for you, huh? My gynecologist told me when I was pregnant to cut out all the "P" words--potato chips, pretzels, pizza, Pepsi, peanuts. Of course, I didn't do it because my baby craved all of those (blame in on the baby, lol)
Good luck and if anyone else has experience with such a highly elevated GGT, I would love to hear from you
Rhonda

 
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Could be an autoimmune disease. Have you seen a rheumatologist?
Oh, I also have an autoimmune disorder--lupus (systemic lupus erythematous) which has caused numerous disorders, diseases and symptoms. Like, I have the antophospholipid syndrome, so I develop blood clots very easily--had one in my index finger and almost lost the top half of my finger if not for early medical intervention--also had TWO heart attacks due to clots in my heart. I have glomerulonephritis-a fancy word for kidney disease and I have the facial rash and cannot be out in the sun for any length of time (I use to be a sun-worshipping tan-aholic, too) Swimming was my only form of exercise, but now there is NO indoor pool in my area and because of my disabilities (yes, I get SSI because the blood-clotting is considered a life-threatening disease), I do not drive and can't walk very far. Anyway, I think my liver problems (besides being caused by being overweight) very likely have something to do with lupus because the word "systemic" means it can affect any system in my body including the hepatic. I consider myself lucky (even with heart, kidney, liver and skin disease) that lupus has not affected my lungs (Cross fingers) YET. Not being able to breathe has got to be worse than clots and heart attacks in my opinion.

Back to the point--check to see if it's autoimmune and Good Luck!
Rhonda

 
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