Fatty Liver Disease & Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis With GastroMed Connect

What is fatty liver disease?

There are two main types of hepatic steatosis (fatty liver disease): NAFLD or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and alcoholic fatty liver disease. Fatty liver disease (FLD) is a disease where fat builds up in the liver cells. This can create liver inflammation, otherwise known as hepatitis, which may, in turn, lead to scarring and irreversible damage. If the severity of the disease gets worse, or if it is left untreated, fatty liver disease (FLD) can progress to liver cirrhosis and ultimately liver failure.

It is important to pay attention to the signals your body is sending you and contact a GI provider at GastroMed Connect. Our highly trained specialists offer individualized care for fatty liver disease in Kyle, TX.

What are the signs of fatty liver disease?

Fatty liver disease can often manifest in the body with no symptoms. A few of the symptoms that may emerge, however, could include:

  • Dizziness
  • Discomfort in the upper right abdomen
  • Enlarged liver
  • Weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Enlarged breasts in males
  • Tiredness
  • Abdominal enlargement and puffiness in the legs
  • Expanded blood vessels just below the skin’s surface
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
  • Red palms
  • Feeling full in the middle or top right side of the abdomen

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, contact a GastroMed Connect specialist near you to discuss your concerns and seek a possible diagnosis.

What are the causes of FLD?

There are a few types of fatty liver disease among Kyle, TX patients, with non-alcoholic hepatic steatosis (fatty liver disease) and alcoholic FLD being the primary two. The causes of the non-alcoholic conditions are not known, but they are linked to obesity, metabolic syndrome, hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), and increasing levels of triglycerides in the blood. Alcoholic fatty liver disease (AFLD) is caused by consuming an extreme amount of alcohol.

How is fatty liver disease addressed?

Treatments will depend on the type of FLD and how damaged the liver is. Often, the liver isn’t at a crucial state and will proceed to work as normal. However, if treatment is warranted, your GI specialist at GastroMed Connect could propose the following:

  • Liver transplant
  • Minimizing alcohol use (if alcoholic fatty liver disease is present)
  • Hepatitis A and B vaccinations
  • Weight loss

 

The best way to determine the right treatment option for you is to request a consultation with a GI specialist in Kyle, TX so they can create a personalized treatment plan customized for your individualized needs.