Nonalcoholic fatty liver diseases and obesity: Body fats the silent killer
Globally nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is one of the most common liver diseases encountered by many people. Like for instance, in the U.S. for example, it is estimated that this condition is affecting one half of overweight adult population with another quarter being obese. What does this communicates? It means that up to 29 million Americans have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, with another 6.4 million of these persons having nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). But even more frustrating besides these statistics is that nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is affecting even the young children in this part of the world.
Nonalcoholic fatty liver diseases and obesity: Its symptoms are not known
Ordinarily nonalcoholic fatty liver disease does not have known symptoms. However in most cases it can be identified during the routine blood tests particularly when there is an element of slightly elevated levels of liver enzymes (ALT and AST) in the blood. Besides, it can also be seen when an ultrasound examination of the abdomen is done when investigating for gallstones and in the process fat is found in the liver. Why the need to move with speed is that in the late stages of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, the development of cirrhosis can lead to:
- Failure of the liver
- Swelling of the legs (edema)
- Accumulation of fluid in the abdomen (ascites)
- Bleeding from veins in the esophagus (varices) and
- Mental confusion (hepatic encephalopathy)
- Patients with cirrhosis caused by Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease also may be at risk of developing liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma, HCC).
From the various studies it has been established that one of the major cause of liver failure which really explains reasons for transplantation of the liver is cryptogenic cirrhosis. Cryptogenic simply means that the cause of the cirrhosis is not known. In this regard experts have confidence that a good population of patients with cryptogenic cirrhosis is those suffering from nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in the late stages. The projection is therefore that obesity related liver diseases (cryptogenic cirrhosis and liver cancer) are likely to become the leading cause of liver failure and liver transplantation in the near future.
Finally being overweight is not a crime and therefore if you are struggling with weight related problems, you must not take offence with yourself. For all these problems to be put behind you, you must take the first step of accepting that you have a problem which needs to be fixed. This acknowledgement is the beginning of your weight loss recovery. Now having made that decision, the next step is to get the right professionals for help and that is where experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under Doctor Akoury’s care comes in. To be honest this is the place where you will get all the answers to your weight loss concerns. Up on scheduling for that appointment with doctor Akoury, she will evaluate your individual condition and with great confidentiality and dignity offer you the best natural treatment that will live you full of life once again.