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Doctor insights on: Healthy Liver Vs Alcoholic Liver

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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Can someone with healthy weight and non alcoholic have a fatty liver, doctor?

Can someone with healthy weight and non alcoholic have a fatty liver, doctor?

NASH: Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (nash) is liver inflammation caused by a buildup of fat in the liver.Things that put people at risk for nash and for liver damage include: obesity. Type 2 diabetes. High cholesterol and high triglycerides. Metabolic syndrome. Most people who have nash are 40 to 50 years old and have one or more of the problems listed above. But nash can happen in people who have none. ...Read more

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How long on average does it usually take a liver to repair itself from something like alcoholic hepatitis, given healthy diet and cessation of alcohol?

How long on average does it usually take a liver to repair itself from something like alcoholic hepatitis, given healthy diet and cessation of alcohol?

Depends on length of: time and extent of hepatitis present, and if cirrhosis may also be present?The liver is a remarkable in terms of regenerating itself provided there's not a lot of fatty infiltration present (scarring). If you have mild hepatitis, that is better than having severe alcoholic liver disease too. So, it's great that you are restoring your overall health to your liver & body that will accelerate this. ...Read more

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biopsy results shown non alcoholic fatty liver disease. im not obese and other main causes dont apply to me, how's this possible? I am active/healthy

 biopsy results shown non alcoholic fatty liver disease. im not obese and other main causes dont apply to me, how's this possible? I am active/healthy

Need more info: How tall are you and how much do you weigh? What medications, if any, are you taking? Do you exercise? If yes, how and how much? What did the results of blood lipid studies show? As you can see, the issue may be too complicated for this forum and it would be prudent to consult a liver specialist. Wish you good health! For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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Diagnosed with non alcoholic fatty liver ,cirrhosis& its enlarged. A dr. told me bein vegan would help is this true? Or can l eat healthier meats?

Diagnosed with non alcoholic fatty liver ,cirrhosis& its enlarged. A dr. told me bein vegan would help is this true? Or can l eat healthier meats?

Get 2nd opinion: Cirrhosis is an extremely serious situation. Non-alcoholic fatty liver -- if this is truly the cause of your cirrhosis (assuming you have cirrhosis) -- is also very serious. If the best recommendation your physician could give is "Go be a vegan", truth be told is you need another physician. Get with a competent gastroenterologist, perhaps at a university. Peace and health. ...Read more

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I am an alcoholic and my liver count is 586 is this bad ?

I am an alcoholic and my liver count is 586 is this bad ?

WHICH COUNT??: Sorry lots of liver enzymes in the liver so which one is this. If you are concerned about your liver try to get help for the alcoholism and try to avoid tylenol (acetaminophen) products too. ...Read more

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Could you think alcoholics should be allowed to have liver or heart transplants?

Could you think alcoholics should be allowed to have liver or heart transplants?

Transplants: This is in the realm of what's called medical ethics; "what should we do?" that said this is probably one of the most honorable and ethical systems in place . As far as i know . People get the organs that they deserve given their place on the list. This is to my knowledge, there have been exceptions such as mickey mantle who got a liver transplant and that was very controversial. ...Read more

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Is there any medicine for non alcoholic fatty liver ?

Is there any medicine for non alcoholic fatty liver ?

Liver Damage: Nope. The only option is to remove the excess fat cells with a strict diet and weight loss program. The herb: milk thistle is used world wide for this but removing the very thing causing the liver damage is the only best option. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about effect of alcoholic on end stage liver disease?

Can you tell me more about effect of alcoholic on end stage liver disease?

Very bad: Alcohol is a very potent toxin to the liver. Although the liver has amazing healing abilities , when it is end-stage, it cannot tolerate such issult for long ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (nash) or fatty liver?

NASH symptoms: None. There are the same symptoms of liver failure such as jaundice, itching , fluid retention, confusion, bleeding. Fatigue. This disease is very silent, only gives symptoms as the liver progressively fails. ...Read more

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Recently I have been diagnosed with non alcoholic fatty liver. What should I do?

Fatty liver: Keep your weight under control, excercise, low fat diet.Follow up with your doctor every few months to check liver function tests.Usually fatty liver is a benign condition. ...Read more

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Why do I have fat around my liver? This is news to me that I have this. And I am not an alcoholic or regular drinker (i hear there's a link).

Why do I have fat around my liver? This is news to me that I have this. And I am not an alcoholic or regular drinker (i hear there's a link).

Fatty liver risks: Fatty liver is incredibly common, predominantly due to: high alcohol intake, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity. The more of these risks you have, the greater the chance of fatty liver. Addressing these risks is an important step to correcting fatty liver. Distinguish hepatosteatosis (fatty liver) from NASH/steatohepatitis (fatty liver + abnormal liver tests that risks cirrhosis & liver cancer). ...Read more

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What is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (or nafld)?

What is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (or nafld)?

See below: This is a disease where fat is abnormally deposited in the liver. It can lead to inflammation and ultimately cirrhosis. It is the most common liver disease in the US and is related to obesity, diabetes, elevated triglycerides and genetics. ...Read more

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What are the signs of liver failure because your an alcoholic?

Alcohol liver dz.: Sxs of liver disease due to alcoholism may include: nausea, vomiting, drop in appetite, weight loss, abdominal pain & bloating, yellowing of skin & eyes, itching, numbness of legs/ feet, memory problems, cognitive difficulties, depression, fatigue & thirst. If you have these sxs - please get immediate medical help. You can work with an addiction medicine specialist & alcoholics anonymous. ...Read more

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Why arent all alcoholics usually disqualified for a liver transplant?

Why arent all alcoholics usually disqualified for a liver transplant?

Ethics: Active alcoholics are excluded for transplant. Each center has individual time demands and ways to confirm sobriety but 6 months sober documentation of a treatment program is pretty standard. Excluding them from treatment would be wrong just as wrong as excluding anyone who's actions brought their illness on. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are alcoholics usually disqualified for a liver transplant?

I'm wondering why are alcoholics usually disqualified for a liver transplant?

Depends on disease: Actually, 20% of all liver transplant recipients have alcoholism as the primary cause of their liver failure. We treat alcoholism as any other disease. If the person can control their drinking, then they can be a candidate. At most centers, this requires at least 6 months of complete abstinence and completion of intensive outpatient substance abuse therapy. Patients then screened for alcohol use. ...Read more

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Is non alcoholic fatty liver disease reversible?

NAFLD: Yes. Usually with weight loss through exercise and diet. Certainly should avoid other insults to the liver with this (ie alcohol). ...Read more

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How does someone get non-alcoholic fatty liver disease?

How does someone get non-alcoholic fatty liver disease?

NAFLD: Fatty liver is found in patients who suffer from obesity, diabetes, and other disease processes associated with metabolic syndrome. Some drugs can cause fatty liver. ...Read more

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