What is Fatty Liver?

Fatty liver occurs when excess fat builds in the liver. It’s normal to have small amounts of fat, but too much is detrimental to your health. When fat accumulates in your liver, inflammation will soon follow. Inflammation then leads to liver damage and scarring. The scarring, in a worst-case scenario, can cause liver failure.

There are two variations of this disease. For individuals that drink a lot of alcohol, there’s alcoholic fatty liver disease. The other variety, named a nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, is for nondrinkers.

Fatty Liver Symptoms

Many patients with fatty liver might not show any symptoms. Some might feel tired all the time. While others might have symptoms of abdomen pain in the upper right quadrant. If fatty liver progresses unchecked, complications can develop. The scarring that comes is known as fibrosis. Severe fibrosis becomes cirrhosis. With cirrhosis, the following symptoms can show:

  • Unexplained Fatigue
  • Sudden Weight loss
  • Loss of hunger and appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Jaundice – yellowing of the skin and eyes
  • Leg swelling
  • Dark skin patches near the arms and neck areas

What Causes Fatty Liver?

Many factors can cause fatty liver disease. From the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), there’s:

  • Weight gain and obesity
  • High alcohol consumption
  • Insulin resistance
  • Genetics, family history
  • Type 2 diabetes, high blood sugar
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • High amounts of triglycerides, fat in the blood

Dr. Tabib offers the leading treatment options for his patients. The doctor is a premier gastroenterologist in the Los Angeles area. A premier medical doctor dedicated to helping patients in any way possible.

What are Liver Treatments?

Candidates must be in good health with realistic expectations before embarking on treatment. Potential candidates may wish to treat fatigue, weakness, discomfort, and various other symptoms. Dr. Tabib will meet with the patient for a one-on-one consultation appointment. During the consultation, Dr. Tabib will perform various tests, including a blood test, CT scan, MRI, or ultrasound, to diagnose the symptoms. Dr. Tabib will also carefully review the patient’s medical history. This review helps determine their candidacy for gastroenterology treatment. During this time, patients may discuss any questions or concerns they may have. Finally, Dr. Tabib will create a personalized treatment plan.

Treatments will vary based on the patient’s condition and Dr. Tabib’s expertise. Fatty liver disease treatments consist of many steps, such as:

  • Weight loss, and keeping the weight off
  • Adopting a healthy diet
  • Sustainable lifestyle changes
  • Medications
  • Alcohol avoidance.
  • Weight loss surgery for candidates that need major weight loss

Following the procedure, Dr. Tabib will monitor the healing process. Careful monitoring is crucial to help patients maintain a healthy liver.

Get treated by the best gastroenterologist in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Tabib’s office goal is to help all patients reach optimum health. He believes in disease prevention and provides treatment only when necessary. With cutting edge treatment procedures, Dr. Tabib will help you get your health back.

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Siamak Tabib, M.D., Inc.
8631 W 3rd St Suite 1015E,
Los Angeles, CA 90048

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