Roughly 15-20% of Australians have a fatty liver. It is normal for the liver to contain some fat but once fat concentrations exceed 10% liver function becomes impaired and this can have serious health implications.
Fatty liver occurs when triglyceride levels are too high in the diet and/or when fat stores overflow.
Signs and symptoms of fatty liver are varied but may include elevated triglycerides and cholesterol, enlarged liver, liver discomfort, regurgitation of foods, constipation, indigestion, excess adipose tissue (fat around the stomach), metabolic syndrome, fatigue and difficulty losing weight.
If untreated, fatty liver can lead to serious health outcomes such as scarring and hardening of the liver, Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), liver cirrhosis and eventually liver failure.
So what can be done to treat fatty liver?
Lots. Your Naturopath has a armoury of weapons to fight this condition. Herbal medicine and nutritional supplementation are important to support and enhance liver function, detoxification, healthy blood sugars and weight loss. Stress management is also important and your tailored Naturopathic Health Plan will include this. Your Naturopath will also advise you on lifestyle modifications to help you return to good health.