What does Enlarged or Fatty Liver mean? What is fatty/enlarged Liver? Fatty liver is the accumulation of fat in the liver. Simple fatty liver is not a disease,since it does not damage the liver, but is a condition that can be identified by taking a sampleof liver tissue (liver biopsy) and examining it under a microscope. Another term often used todescribe this condition is fatty infiltration of the liver. What causes fatty/enlarged Liver? Fat accumulates in the liver usually in connection with heavy use of alcohol, weightgain or diabetes. Fatty liver can also occur with poor diet and certain illnesses, such astuberculosis, intestinal bypass surgery for obesity, and certain drugs such as corticosteroids. How is fatty/enlarged Liver identified? Fatty liver is usually suspected in a patient with the diseases or conditions describedabove. The patient may have an enlarged liver or minor elevation of liver enzyme tests.Several studies show that fatty liver is one of the most common causes of mild elevation ofliver blood tests found in routine blood screening. To find out for certain whether a patient has fatty liver requires that a sample of livertissue be obtained (biopsy). Images of the liver obtained by an ultrasound test or by acomputed tomography (CT) scan can suggest the presence of a fatty liver. In the ultrasoundtest, a fatty liver will produce a bright image in a ripple pattern. A CT scan will show a liverthat is less dense than normal. How does fat get into the Liver? It is not certain how fatty liver occurs. A patient has fatty liver when the fat increasesthe weight of the liver by 5%. Possible explanations for fatty liver include the transfer of fatfrom other parts of the body, or an increase in the extraction of fat presented to the liver fromthe intestine. Other explanations are that the liver reduces the rate it breaks down and removesfat. Eating fatty food by itself does not produce a fatty liver. Can fatty/enlarged liver lead to other liver diseases? Simple fatty liver is not associated with any other liver abnormalities such as scarringor inflammation. It is a common finding in patients who are very overweight or have diabetesmellitus. Patients who drink too much alcohol for many years may develop alcoholic liverdamage that includes fatty liver. Alcoholism could also result in inflammation of the liver(alcoholic hepatitis) and/or scarring (alcoholic cirrhosis). Evidence suggests that while fattyliver is usually present in patients with excessive intake of alcohol, fatty liver does not byitself lead up to the development of alcoholic hepatitis or alcoholic cirrhosis. An inflammation of the liver associated with an increase of fat deposits may occur inmiddle-aged, overweight, and often diabetic patients who do not drink alcohol. This disease,
which resembles alcoholic hepatitis, is called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). This fattytissue in the liver may break up and the patient may develop cirrhosis (scarring of the liver).Some studies have shown that 20% to 40% of people who are grossly overweight willdevelop NASH. However, just because a patient is grossly overweight does not mean theywill develop NASH. Some researchers have connected the development of NASH with poorcontrol of diabetes mellitus, rapid weight loss, or in women, the taking of hormones(estrogen). How can fatty/enlarged liver be treated? The treatment of fatty liver is related to the cause. It is important to remember thatsimple fatty liver does not require treatment, since it does not result in damage to liver cells orclinical disease. However, on some occasions it can be a sign that other more harmfulconditions are at work. Fatty liver may be associated with or may lead to inflammation of theliver. Obese patients with fatty liver will have reduction or loss of excess fat in liver cells, aswell as in other cells in the body, if substantial weight loss can be achieved. Patients whodrink alcohol to excess will also have a loss of fat in the liver when alcohol is discontinued.Good control of diabetes with diet, drugs, or insulin also decreases the fat content in the liver. Two products that are highly effective and recommended for enlarged (fatty) livercondition are the worlds #1 selling liver formula Liv-52 and Milk Thistle (Silymarin). Thetop-selling liver support formula, Liv-52, can be ordered on this page. Top-selling product for enlarged/fatty liver: Liv-52 was introduced in 1955. Since then, it has been sold worldwide and isrecognized by over 200,000 health professionals as one of the most effective liver formulas,with beneficial effects reported in over 276 research studies on a variety of cases. Liv-52 is clinically proven to result in definite improvement in Fatty Liver disease anda change in the architecture of the liver. Hepatic function tests and needle biopsy specimensdemonstrate a definite improvement in hepatocellular function and structure. Liv-52 treatmentensures an increase in the number of the total mass of functioning hepatocytes. The liverenzymes return to normal levels with an increase in total proteins, albumin and hemoglobinafter treatment with Liv-52. Liv-52 ensures optimum liver function through the protection of the hepaticparenchyma, and by way of its potent antioxidant properties, it acts as a powerfuldetoxification agent. Liv-52 neutralizes all kind of toxins and poisons from food, water, airand medications, all sources of detrimental effects on the liver. Alcohol users in partucularfind Liv-52 helpful in maintaining a healthier liver. It also helps those taking pharmaceuticaldrugs to protect themselves against the damaging side effects on the liver. In fatty liverdisease, beneficial effects have been demonstrated in several clinical trials. Research on Liv-52 • Validated by 276 clinical trials and research studies. • Endorsed by over 200,000 healthcare professionals. • Approximately 2 billion tablets and 13 million syrup bottles of Liv-52 are soldevery year worldwide. See photos
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