Re: Just diagnosed...
Hi neochiq, & sorry you've had this disturbing diagnosis.
Fatty liver, and fatty liver disease are epidemic now days... I'm not a doctor, but I have a couple of thoughts you might ponder and ask your doctor about.
Two major dietary differences that have occurred since fatty liver has become such a problem are the big increase in the use of high fructose corn syrup, and the switch from saturated fat to vegetable oil in processed and fast foods.
The difference between "benign" fatty liver and fatty liver disease is when the fat in your fatty liver starts oxidizing. Vegetable oil is heart healthy, but oxidizes much more easily than saturated (animal) fat. Deep fried fast food used to be cooked in beef tallow, but the entire industry switched to vegetable oil around 10 years ago and this adds a lot of easily oxidized fat to your diet if you eat fried food. Margarine too is made from easily oxidized vegetable oil... Your liver most likely would prefer real butter.
Iron acts as a catalyst for oxidation of polyunsaturated oils, and prenatal vitamins contain oceans of iron. Now that you're not pregnant any more, you shouldn't be taking iron unless you've had a positive diagnosis of iron deficiency anemia. Pregnancy in general is hard on the liver, and it's possible your liver hasn't completely recovered from this yet. If you were taking prenatals (with iron) with meals containing vegetable oil, the iron will oxidize the oil before you even absorb it. A bad mix!
Environmental toxins can oxidize polyunsaturated fat in the liver too... If you've got a closet full of dry cleaned clothes, these will "out-gas" dry cleaning fluid for a couple of weeks after you bring them home and hang them in your closet. You'll breath this all night as you sleep. Better to keep dry cleaned clothes in a spare bedroom (but NOT the babies room!) or at least keep a window cracked at all times.
Antibacterial soaps and fragrances (especially dryer sheets/fabric softeners) can be toxic too. Wash your hands in antibacterial soap if you must, but don't rub it all over your body! People with liver issues need to go as non-toxic as possible.
Many supplements, especially fish oil (which is often rancid) can stress a liver too, but vitamin-E has shown promise in studies on steatohepatitis. Check with your doctor before you start popping any pills though.
Best of Luck to you, with your liver issues, and your new baby!
Last edited by BillinSD; 03-01-2013 at 08:48 PM.