The liver has about 5% fat inside of it.
However, some things can cause an increase in fat:
alcohol consumption, certain kinds of medications
(like steroids), weight gain, fast weight loss,
malnourishment, high cholesterol/triglyceride levels,
diabetes, insulin resistance, metabolic disorders,
If the fat increases inside the liver, it can damage
the liver cells. When the liver cells become damage,
the immune system of the body will respond and
cause inflammation to develop inside the liver, also.
This may cause the liver to enlarge in size and
takes on a spongy texture.
It is then known as Steatohepatitis.
It is best to go to your regular gastroenterologist and
they will tell you how to reverse the problem, depending
on the cause.
Some things, as far as diet is concerned is:
1) use good oils sparingly for cooking: canola or olive oil
2) fresh fruits and vegetables or frozen...try to eliminate
canned with high sodium levels. Be sure to wash all
3) lean cuts of meat, remove skin from poultry,
fish is good.
4) bake, broil, or boil your foods
5) Cereals that are low in sugar are Oatmeal,
honey bunches of oats, shredded wheat biscuits,
cream of wheat.
6) Use 1 or 2% milk instead of whole..
Avoid eatting "alot" of cheese or milk products.
this is just a basic listing. Many times the problem
can be reversed, if the cause is found and stopped or
changed to something better.
if there is just one gallstone in the ducts, this may be
able to be removed by a procedure known as ERCP.
However, if the gallbladder contains more stones,
it is best to have it removed...to prevent further moving
of these stones into the ducts. Any blockage of the
bile ducts can cause the bile to back up into the liver
and possibly cause damage to the liver cells.
This blockage could be stones, growths, twisting
of the ducts, malformation of the ducts, infection,
Fatty liver disease doesn't become really "serious" unless
it damages the liver cells to the point that they
start to die off and form scar tissue in the liver...
this is then Cirrhosis of the liver. It is a progressive
I hope this has been of some help to you. Best wishes
caregiver to a liver transplant patient