What is fatty liver disease? These are the signs you may have it – Eat This, Not That

Fatty liver disease is exactly what its name suggests – it develops by storing excess fat in your liver. Also known as fatty liverit is quite common and affects more than 25% of individuals in the United States. There are several causes of the disease. We spoke with Dr. Mike Bohl, MD, MPH, CPH, MWC, ELS, member of the Eat this, not that! Council of medical experts who share several typical contributors, including alcohol consumption, obesity and diabetes. Read on to learn more, and then be sure to check out The 6 Best Exercises for Strong, Toned Arms in 2022, the trainer says.


Fatty liver disease is one of those medical conditions that you may not even know you have. If you experience symptoms, you may feel tired or feel discomfort in the upper right part of your stomach, according to Dr. Bohl. Additional symptoms may include inflammation of the liver, increased fatigue and/or weakness, swelling in the legs or stomach, pronounced blood vessels, and possibly yellowing of the white part of your eyes or skin.

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Dr. Bohl tells Eat this, not that!, “The best ways to manage fatty liver disease are to lose weight and refrain from drinking alcohol. Following a healthy diet, including eating plenty of plant-based foods and avoiding excess sugars and ‘processed foods, and exercising at least 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week are good ways to start losing weight.’ He adds: “If you have a chronic condition, such as diabetes, take all your medications as prescribed and see your provider regularly.” If you develop any of the symptoms, it is essential to seek the help of a medical professional.

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Most of the time, fatty liver will not create serious problems or compromise your liver function. However, 7-30% of cases may get worse over time, depending on Cleveland Clinic. In these cases, your liver may swell and its tissues may suffer damage. This will result in scar tissue. When scar tissue takes over healthy tissue, that’s when it becomes “cirrhosis of the liver,” which can interfere with the functioning of your liver. It could even induce liver cancer or liver failure.

Don’t wait for the warning signs when it comes to a health issue. Showing off your TLC body should be a priority. Get into a fitness routine and start eating healthy now.

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Alexa Mellardo

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