What is Fatty Liver or Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
NAFLD occurs when there is a build up of extra fat in liver cells, not caused by alcohol use. It is normal for the liver to contain some fat. However, if more than 5% to 10% of the liver total weight is fat, then it is called a fatty liver (steatosis).
NAFLD tends to develop in people who are overweight or obese or have diabetes, high cholesterol or high triglycerides. Rapid weight loss and poor eating habits also may lead to NAFLD.
NAFLD affects up to 25% of people in the United States.
Symptoms of NAFLD
NAFLD often has no symptoms. When symptoms occur, they may include fatigue, weakness, weight loss, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, spider-like blood vessels, yellowing of skin and eyes (jaundice), itching, fluid build up and swelling of the legs (edema) and abdomen (ascites), and mental confusion.
NAFLD is initially suspected if blood tests show high levels of liver enzymes. However, other liver diseases are first ruled out through additional tests.
At TruCare, we provide state-of-art diagnosis with Fibroscan. It is a consistent and painless approach to liver management:
- Fast-10 minutes or less
- Accurate and repeatable
- Accepted by most insurance
We want to keep you stay motivated! Our team of professionals will monitor, check your weight and blood pressure as well as do periodic blood test. Weight loss can help improve, reverse or even prevent serious medical conditions, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol.
Other treatment options include trials, weight loss medication, weight loss diet and counseling.
For more information about the phases of our weight loss program and our guidelines for safe weight loss, please download Introducing the New Direction Weight Management System pamphlet and call us to schedule an appointment to start making changes to your body and health.
Weight Loss Success
70lbs down and more to come!
“I’ve come a long way in the last six months. I am so thankful for TruCare Internal Medicine and every single person in their office for cheering me along the way and all my amazing friends and family for all the support! I am not finished yet but once I saw my before and after this far, I had to share!”