Excessive fat accumulation in the liver.


   Fatty liver is the accumulation of too much fat in the liver. The disease often shows no early symptoms, but the sensation upon waking can be a warning sign.

The liver is the largest organ in the body, processing most of what we eat or drink, and filtering toxins from the blood. Liver function will be affected if the liver contains too much fat.

A report published on the British website Express said that if you feel tired after a full night’s sleep and have to drag yourself out of bed every morning, you should see a doctor to determine if you have a fatty liver.

“Feeling that you need to rest or sleep more than usual can be a warning sign of a serious condition. If you find yourself struggling to wake up in the morning, it could be an indicator of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease,” the report states. Abdominal pain in the upper right side may also be a sign to watch out for.

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease usually refers to people who do not or drink very little alcohol but still have abnormal fat in the liver cells. This disease often shows few early symptoms, putting people at risk because the disease is detected in the late stages, when the damage is already serious.

On the website of the Mayo Clinic (USA) also recommends the following 2 feelings as warning signs of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease:

– Tired, tired

Do not be subjective with fatty liver because if you do not treat or change your lifestyle, the disease can quickly worsen, becoming hepatitis, cirrhosis with many risks.

The Mayo Clinic also lists some additional signs and symptoms of fatty liver and cirrhosis including:

– Distention.

– Dilated blood vessels under the skin.

– Red palm.

– Yellow skin and eyes.

* How to diagnose fatty liver?

Doctors can detect fatty liver through physical examination. Please specify the symptoms you are experiencing such as loss of appetite, warm stomach, history of drinking alcohol or taking drugs… when you go to the doctor.

Blood tests are also commonly used to evaluate changes in liver enzymes.

Ultrasound: The image of fatty liver on ultrasound is increased echogenicity of the liver parenchyma, creating a characteristic image called “light liver”.

In addition, some other imaging methods such as computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging are also used to identify fatty liver.

Currently, the best way to diagnose and determine the cause of fatty liver is biopsy. The doctor will numb the patient and then use a biopsy needle to remove a piece of liver tissue for cytology examination.

* How to treat fatty liver?

To treat fatty liver, the most important thing is not medication or surgery, but trying to limit risk factors such as:

– Limit alcoholic beverages

– Control cholesterol and blood sugar

– Lose weight if you are overweight

If you have fatty liver due to obesity or eating habits, it is necessary to increase exercise, limit the use of unhealthy foods, increase the diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Replace red meat (like beef) with low-fat protein meats like chicken or fish.

Fortunately, fatty liver does not usually cause permanent liver damage. The liver can recover if you treat high blood fat, obesity, diabetes, stop drinking (if you drink a lot)…

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