Do you have a fatty liver?
by Herbalist Wendy Wilson
Some of us could have a fatty liver and not know it. There are 15 million Americans living the American lifestyle and approximately 90% to 100% of them already have or will soon have a fatty liver. Modern medicine has two categories for fatty liver; the non-alcohol type and the other category associated with obesity and alcohol consumption. There really is a third category which science ignores and that is liver problems caused by prescription drugs.
WHAT IS IT?
A fatty liver is a liver that has accumulated fat cells. Interestingly, medical science does not call a liver with some fat cells a disease. Why? Because it is very likely that if there is no permanent damage (no scar tissue or cancer) the condition can be reversed with some inexpensive and simple methods. Also, science is not precisely sure how the liver gets clogged with fat cells. It could be a digestive and metabolism problem as well as diet. You officially have a fatty liver if the weight of the liver increases by 5% to 10%. A healthy adult liver weighs about 3 pounds and a fatty liver will weigh 4-5 pounds. This is why medical examiners will weigh vital organs during an autopsy to help determine cause of death. If the liver gets fatty, it slows the normal function of this organ and inflammation can result (hepatitis). If the condition is not reversed, fibrosis and cirrhosis (scar tissue) can develop within 10-15 years. It is estimated that 20% to 40% of individuals who are grossly overweight run the risk of this happening (steatohepatitis). An indication of being overweight is excess fat around the waist; for women if your waist is 35 inches or greater and for men if your waist is 40 inches or greater.
If you go to your medical doctor they will want to take a blood sample to check for elevated liver enzymes. If the enzymes are elevated it is an indication that damage has already affected the liver. Then your doctor may want a sample of your liver tissue (biopsy) to check. If you object to cutting into your liver (that is what a biopsy is) then an ultrasound or CT scan may indicate that the liver is enlarged. For overweight individuals with a fatty liver they are treated for obesity and diabetes to try to correct this problem.
NON-DRINKER LIVER PROBLEMS
If you do not drink alcohol and have a fatty liver, you may have inherited weak liver genes or your lifestyle has contributed and caused obesity and diabetes. Over time the liver will enlarge and liver cells can be replaced with scar tissue (called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis and cirrhosis). It is very likely that the liver will fail or develop cancer. According to health experts, sick livers are on the rise; a 20% increase in adults causing 6 million Americans to seek treatment. Rates are up in Asian and Hispanic children as well by 3% and some blame the high fructose corn syrup children are consuming. In America more than half of the children (53%) are obese and fatty livers are found in children as young as four-years-of-age.
RISKS FOR NON-DRINKER LIVER PROBLEMS
There are several factors that can contribute to this illness. As mentioned, heredity can play a part. This illness also likes to rear its ugly head in middle-aged individuals, especially those who are overweight or obese. If you suffer from high cholesterol or triglycerides your risk is higher for developing a fatty liver. If you are pre-diabetic or diabetic your risk increases as well. If you have digestive diseases of the small intestine (i.e. Cohn’s Disease) your risk is greater. If you have viral hepatitis or an autoimmune disease your risk is greater. People suffering from malnutrition or an overload of iron are also at risk. If you suffered from tuberculosis you are at risk.
LIVER PROBLEMS BY ALCOHOL
The other category for major fatty liver disease according to science is if you consume a fair amount of alcohol on a regular basis. We are talking about drinking two or more alcoholic beverages per day and perhaps a binge or two per week. If you are a moderate drinker for 10-15 years, your liver will have problems. If you are a heavy drinker for a short period of time, your liver will have problems.
There are prescription drugs that can make the liver ill and cause it to become fatty.
Amiodarone – drug for heart arrhythmia
Calcium Channel Blockers – such as Diltiazem
Anti-inflammatory drugs – such as Glucocorticoids (cortisone & prednisone, corticosteroids)
Cancer drugs – such as Methotrexate
Estrogen drugs – such as Tamoxifen
Antiepileptic drugs – such as Valproic Acid
Carbon tetrachloride – cleaning agent & refrigerant (absorb or breathe it)
Mixing a bunch of prescription drugs is very dangerous. Doctors and pharmacists don’t know what will happen to you after the first prescription causing 100 chemical changes in your body. Every time you add a drug to the first drug you are play chemical Russian roulette. You risk hurting your liver when you take any prescription. To be more specific on deadly liver combos you should avoid using Rifampin (antibiotic), Saquinavir (HIV drug) and Simvastatin (anti-cholesterol drug).
If your liver decides to signal you to a problem you may experience a few symptoms such as; a dull or nagging pain in the abdomen, weakness or nausea, bloating and flatulence (gas), high cholesterol and blood pressure, weight gain and yellow pigment to the skin. Many of these symptoms develop slowly and are often ignored by the individual.
LIVER HEALTH IN CANADA
According to health authorities approximately 50% of Canadians are overweight and 75% of them will develop fatty livers unless they make some lifestyle changes. Therefore, fatty livers are up 23% in Canada and correlates with obesity rates.
There seems to be several ways to make the liver fatty. We mentioned malnutrition as a way and the elderly tend not to eat too healthy. On the flip side of that, the elderly in nursing homes may be given parenteral nutrition (intravenously) and long-term use of nutrition delivery this way will produce a fatty liver.
If your liver is fatty and inflamed it is vulnerable to disease. Currently, there are no drugs for fatty livers but that doesn’t mean there won’t be in the future. The effective method of reversing a fatty liver is through permanent diet changes and regular exercise. Your liver is an important organ and you should take care of it. Your liver is responsible for:
- filtering the blood
- removing toxic substances
- storing vitamins
- synthesizing cholesterol
- metabolizing and storing sugar
- assembling amino acids into proteins
- controlling blood fluidity and regulating blood-clotting
- removing excess protein through the kidneys
- burning fat and mixing bile for the digestive system to metabolize fats
When the liver is healthy it is not hard to lose weight. If the liver is fatty, the process is reversed; the liver stores fat and you gain weight. Then other symptoms will follow; high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. Hepatitis and cirrhosis are just a stones throw away. Other complications could arise such as an inflamed gall bladder (cholecystitis), appendicitis and pancreatitis. If you are an alcoholic you can count on these complications, the likelihood of surgery and a high death rate from surgery.
GETTING A GRIP
You can reverse a fatty liver with discipline and control. There is no quick fix and you will need to avoid all alcohol and sugar and eat a healthy diet (more fiber, fruit and vegetables, very lean meats) along with regular exercise. You can layer is some liver cleansing using Milk Thistle and Barberry herb to help the liver replace sick liver cells with healthy ones and to clean out the gall bladder. Folks with fatty livers are usually low on energy and exercising is a challenge. Let the new diet kick in and your energy will come back. You can layer with some energy herbs such as ginseng and spirulina and chlorella to give you extra energy. Call the folks at Apothecary Herbs for products and instructions to help keep your liver fat-free and functioning. Look for their Milk Thistle and Barberry Bark for the liver and gall bladder cleanse. American and Siberian ginseng, Body Foundation Food Mix (contains spirulina and chlorella) as well as heart formulas for more energy and to avoid the toxicity of drugs. Call Apothecary Herbs toll free 866-229-3663, International 704-885-0277, online http://www.thepowerherbs.com, where your healthcare options just became endless.
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