In accordance with the latest findings of a recent article on Indian Express, fatty liver disease is a chronic condition that occurs when excess fat accumulates in the liver due to unhealthy lifestyle and diet choices or excessive alcohol consumption. However, there are certain healthy habits that one can adopt to control and even reverse the condition.
Dr Vishakha Shivdasani explains in an Instagram video that fatty liver is a chronic lifestyle disease that affects a significant percentage of people. However, in most cases, it remains undetected as people are not tested for it.
Dr Bipin Vibhute, a Liver and Multi-organ Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgeon at Sahyadri Hospitals in Pune, explains that alcohol usage and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are the two most frequent causes of fatty liver. Alcoholic fatty liver disease can result from excessive alcohol consumption (90% of those who regularly drink alcohol may develop fatty liver disease), whereas NAFLD is linked to conditions like obesity, sedentary lifestyles, poor diets (rich in refined carbs and saturated fats), and metabolic conditions, including insulin resistance and diabetes.
To get tested for fatty liver, one can either get sonography or a fibro scan done.
To complete the picture, fatty liver disease can be controlled and even reversed by adopting certain healthy habits such as maintaining a healthy weight, following a healthy diet, exercising regularly, avoiding alcohol consumption, and staying hydrated. It is crucial to get tested for fatty liver and make necessary lifestyle changes to prevent further liver damage.