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Overview

What is Fatty Liver?

Fatty liver disease, also known as hepatic steatosis, is a condition where there is excessive accumulation of fat around the liver cells.

The liver is the largest organ in human body. It detoxifies various metabolites, synthesizes proteins, and produces biochemicals necessary for digestion.In fatty liver, due to accumulation of fat in liver cells it causes liver to enlarge. Alcohol and obesity are two leading causes of fatty liver worldwide.

There is two types of fatty liver disease (steatohepatitis)

  • Alcoholic steatohepatitis
  • Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)

When these fat cells cause inflammation of the liver tissues, it’s called steatotic hepatitis and it is of notable concern. Both alcohol, as well as other conditions causing major biochemical changes in our bodies, can cause steatotic hepatitis. When this condition is due to reasons other than alcohol, it’s denoted by the term Non-Alcoholic Steatotic Hepatitis or more commonly as NASH.

Fatty liver when inflamed, can over a period of time cause scarring and fibrosis of the liver. This condition called cirrhosis is serious and has serious side-effects if left unchecked.

What are the stages (Grades) of Fatty Liver?

Fatty liver as is not a critical condition, its stages of development are divided into grades

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3

Grade 1 and grade 2 of fatty liver can be controlled with proper medication and lifestyle management

Causes

For steatohepatitis, the cause is too much alcohol. You may be even more likely to get it if you drink a lot and

  • Are obese
  • Are malnourished
  • Have chronic viral hepatitis, especially hepatitis C

for NASH, it is more likely if:

  • You’re overweight or obese
  • Your body doesn’t respond to insulin as it should (called insulin resistance)
  • You have high levels of triglycerides or “bad” (LDL) cholesterol, or low levels of “good” (HDL) cholesterol

You have type 2 diabetes

You have metabolic syndrome. This is a mix of conditions that make you more likely to get type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

With metabolic syndrome, you may have any three of these conditions:

  • Large waist size
  • High triglycerides
  • Low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood sugar levels
  • NASH may also be due to certain genes that make the condition more likely

Symptoms

With Steatohepatitis and NASH, there are usually no symptoms. Some people may develop signs such as tiredness or pain in the upper right side of the abdomen where your liver is located.

If you have NASH or develop cirrhosis, you may have symptoms such as:

  • Swollen belly
  • Enlarged blood vessels underneath your skin’s surface
  • Larger than normal breasts in men
  • Red palms
  • Skin and eyes that appear yellowish, due to a condition called jaundice

How homeopathy helps ?

  • it treats the underlying cause of fatty liver
  • helps in improving liver functions
  • reduces the symptoms of fatty liver
  • helps in stopping the disease progress