Fatty liver disease has different causes that may
require different types of treatment:
alcohol consumption (removing the alcohol),
weight gain (lose weight), fast weight loss
(lose weight slowly, diabetes (keep your
sugar/glucose levels under control),
insulin resistance (should you be placed on
a pill or shots), high cholesterol or triglycerides
(diet or statin drugs), certain kinds of medications
like steriods (follow doctor advice on whether to
take any kind of medications) some develop it in the
third trimester of pregnancy (this should be under
doctors constant care), having a viral infection like
Hep C makes a person more likely to develop it.
The liver normally has about 5% fat. As the fat
continues to build up inside the liver, it causes
pressure. The liver is surrounded by a tight
membrane capsule. The pressure can damage the
liver cells. When the cells become damaged, the
immune system of the patients body will respond to
this and cause inflammation to develop inside the
liver...this will cause the liver to enlarge in size
and takes on a spongy texture. Since this is
caused by fat, it is then known as
You should follow all instructions that the doctor may
give you as far as medications, diet, etc.
All liver patients are usually told, NO alcohol and
not to take any medications that hasn't been approved
by or prescribed by their doctors.
If you need to start a diet...it would be good to ask him
to refer you to a dietitian or nutrionist that will take
into account all your medical history; especially if you
However, for the time being...this diet may be of help:
Use only olive or canola oil sparingly
Eat lean cuts of meat
Eat fish but avoid shellfish
Take the skin off of all poultry you eat.
Fresh fruits and vegetables (wash good as they are handled
in the stores)...next best is frozen...avoid canned.
Avoid open salad/food bars (access to other peoples germs).
Avoid prepackage, preservative foods, fast foods (usually high in sodium)
Cereal that does not contain alot of sugar: good ones could be
shredded wheat biscuits, Honey bunches of oats, oatmeal,
grits, farina, cream of wheat, whole grain cheerios.
Talk to your doctor about anything you may be lacking in your
diet. Whether it be proteins, vitamins, minerals, fiber, etc.
I hope this may be of some help to you.
caregiver to a liver transplant patient