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Dr. Axel Martinez-Irizarry
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Ive been diagnosed with fatty liver. What can I do to reverse this and get my liver back into a healthy liver? I DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL!!!

Dr. Axel Martinez-Irizarry
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Ive been diagnosed with fatty liver. What can I do to reverse this and get my liver back into a healthy liver?  I DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL!!!

Diet and Exercise.: Reduce your total cholesterol level. (with PCP) Reach a healthy weight. If you need to lose weight, be sure to do so slowly (no more than 1 to 2 pounds a week).Quick weight loss from crash diets, surgery, or medicine increases inflammation and scarring in your liver. Exercise regularly. Check with your doctor, metabolic syndrome also puts you at risk and should be treated if you have it. ...Read more

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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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I consistently have a lft, gamma GT of 115 u/l, with no evidence of a fatty liver, and i rarely drink alcohol, what could be the cause of this?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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I consistently have a lft, gamma GT of 115 u/l, with no evidence of a fatty liver, and i rarely drink alcohol, what could be the cause of this?

Probably just you: About 1 person in 1000 has an autosomal dominant trait producing a high GGT without drinking or anything else. From time to time, I have to reassure these people's employers, probation officers or whoever that they are not secretly abusing alcohol. ...Read more

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Dr. Philip Kern
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I have been diagnosed with a fatty liver can I drink tonic water ? just 1 can per day I DONT DRINK ALCOHOL!!!!! NOT GIN & TONIC ONLY TONIC WATER

Dr. Philip Kern
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I have been diagnosed with a fatty liver can I drink tonic water ? just 1 can per day I DONT DRINK ALCOHOL!!!!!   NOT GIN & TONIC ONLY TONIC WATER

In moderation: Tonic water contains a little quinine. Quinine is a drug, used to treat malaria, and has some potential liver toxicity. However, the amount of quinine in most tonic water is usually quite low, although watch out for off-label tonic water. Weight loss is the best treatment for fatty liver. If tonic water in moderation is your worst "vice", you are probably ok. ...Read more

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Dr. Clarence Wimberly
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I have had my gallbladder removed a year ago and im still getting a feeling of fullness/pain there I do drink alcohol a lot could this be fatty liver?

Dr. Clarence Wimberly
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I have had my gallbladder removed a year ago and im still getting a feeling of fullness/pain there I do drink alcohol a lot could this be fatty liver?

Gall bladder removal: Your fullness in your stomach may not have anything to do with your gall bladder removal and everything with your heavy drinking. You may have a gastritis of your stomach from the irritation from drinking. Stop the drinking to see if you will get better. Your stomach may take one or two weeks to heal. Add over the counter Prilosec which will help the healing process. ...Read more

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Dr. Frank Lane
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Taking 15mg mirtazapine for 16 months. Abd us shows fatty liver. Can mirtaz be the cause? I rarely drink alcohol

Dr. Frank Lane
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Taking 15mg mirtazapine for 16 months. Abd us shows fatty liver. Can mirtaz be the cause? I rarely drink alcohol

Not likely...: Fatty metamorphosis of the liver does not necessarily result only from alcohol consumption. If you study up on it, i think you'll find it is most often a condition more determined by your genetics and diet. I'd consult with a hepatologist (liver specialist from internal medicine) and maybe get a genetic analysis to see what your best strategy might be. ...Read more

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Hi dr, my GGT 220. Also ALT high =140&alk phosphatase 140, i checked hep markers a, b&c it was negative also i don't drink alcohol, can this be frm fatty liver aline, im slight obese my BMI 30.5, what is possible cauuse(s)?

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Hi dr, my GGT 220. Also ALT high =140&alk phosphatase 140, i checked hep markers a, b&c it was negative also i don't drink alcohol, can this be frm fatty liver aline, im slight obese my BMI 30.5, what is possible cauuse(s)?

Many things: If you have a fatty liver, then liver enzymes may be slightly elevated. If there is no acute hepatic infection, it may be chronic, or related to a virus you didn't test for, such as ebv. A common cause of elevation of lft is drug reaction. If you take any medications or fat soluble vitamins, they could be the cause. Please see you doctor for proper assessment, evaluation & treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Brian Lynch
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How come chronic alcohol consumption promote fatty liver and vitamin deficiency?

Dr. Brian Lynch
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How come chronic alcohol consumption promote fatty liver and vitamin deficiency?

Alcoholism: Hello , that's a very technical question. If you want the full story on fatty liver see link. Basically, alcohol is toxic to the liver and many other organs. Alcoholics tend to have a high-fat diet and a diet low in nutrients /vitamins. Vitamins will not be well absorbed due to damage to intestines and other factors. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/15670660/. ...Read more

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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I have fatty liver probly due to alcohol, i stoped drinking & eat healthy will my liver go back 2.Normal?

Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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I have fatty liver probly due to alcohol, i stoped drinking & eat healthy will my liver go back 2.Normal?

It might / might not: You can help it by eating foods that contain choline and take a well rounded multivitamin. Look up choline containing foods on the computer. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Alves
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Have fatty liver due 2 alcohol doctor said enzymes wernt that high .Eating healthy stoped drinking, how long be4 it goes back 2 normal? 26 male

Dr. Donald Alves
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Have fatty liver due 2 alcohol doctor said enzymes wernt that high .Eating healthy stoped drinking, how long be4 it goes back 2 normal? 26 male

Few months: Fortunately, our livers heal well, but do require time to do so. If no other medical issues / meds / drugs, it should be able to improve your liver enzymes within the next 3-6 months. ...Read more

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