Are you concerned about your liver health? Do you want to learn how Grade 1 fatty liver differs from Grade 2 and Grade 3 fatty liver, and how to prevent Grade 1 fatty liver from progressing into further annihilating condition? If you answered affirmatively, then just give our article a read to discover all about Grade 1 fatty liver and how to deal with it easily and effectively.
The liver is the most crucial and largest internal organ in the human body. Also, your liver plays a vital role in carrying out multiple functions of your body smoothly and in keeping the metabolic balance of the body stable. It functions as a filter of your digestive system, and it is responsible for the secretion of bile. When you eat, your digestive system breaks food into simple form with the help of bile. This simple form of food is either used to produce energy for different functions of the body or stored as body fat.
Fatty liver is a condition where fat cells get accumulated in your liver and hamper the normal, smooth functioning of the liver cells, ultimately causing disturbances in your body’s metabolism.
If you are a heavy drinker, your lifestyle is sedentary, you have excess abdominal weight, or you have a family history of liver disease, diabetes, or hypertension then you are at a high risk of developing fatty liver, and this may compromise the health and functioning of your liver. As a result, your liver undergoes a decrease in its ability to break down the ingested food and remove fats that reaches the liver.
In the early stages, many people with a fatty liver are not aware of the fact that they have a liver problem, as Grade 1 fatty liver symptoms can be vague and non-specific. In some cases, fatty liver is accidentally detected during routine blood investigations or ultrasound scans (sonography) done for some other complaints. In Grade, I fatty liver, fat accumulation occurs only around the outer surface of the organ, which really does not interfere with the functions of the liver at all. Grade 2 and Grade 3 are more severe forms, which require more intense efforts in helping the individual to recover fully.
When you notice the “Grade I fatty liver” diagnosis on your sonography report, it is an alarming sign. Timely investigations (liver profile, lipid profile, and blood sugar levels) done along with proper treatment and lifestyle changes can help stop the further progress of fatty liver.
Wondering how to detect fatty liver? Well, there are usually no symptoms for fatty liver. But you should always look out for certain signals for fatty liver issues.
What are the symptoms of fatty liver?
The symptoms of fatty liver are as follows:
- Obese with high BMI.
- Defective metabolism.
- Bloated abdomen.
- Changes in appetite.
- Heaviness and discomfort of the right side of the abdomen.
- Lethargy and tiredness.
- Itchy skin.
- Gastric issues like indigestion or constipation.
- Insulin resistance.
- High risk of metabolic syndromes like increased blood pressure, diabetes, or cholesterol.
10 Easy Yet Effective Ways To Deal With Grade 1 Fatty Liver:
You can tackle Grade 1 fatty liver by following certain easy yet highly effective techniques in your routine life. Some common measures that will help you deal with Grade I fatty liver are as follows:
- Do Regular Exercise & Regulate Weight Gain: Obesity is one of the maintaining factors responsible for the development of a fatty liver. Regular exercise routines and following weight loss programs can help you in controlling the further fatty changes in the liver.
- Avoid Alcohol: Alcohol is one of the major causative factors responsible for fatty liver. If you have a Grade I fatty liver, cut down your alcohol intake and save your liver from further damage.
Think Before You Eat: Eating a well-balanced meal every day can easily help you to maintain your liver in a healthy condition.
- Eat Plenty Of Leafy Greens & Fruits: Eat plenty of green vegetables and fruits, as they are rich in antioxidants and help detoxify your body by flushing out toxins. These nutritious foods also contain natural enzymes and immune-boosting substances that can further strengthen your liver.
- Add Whole Grains To Your Diet: Whole grains that are unprocessed contain essential vitamins which are required for the successful breakdown of toxic substances that can end up in the liver after the blood filtering process.
- Avoid Eating Unhealthy Foods: Foods, such as pasta, rice, refined flour, bakery products, breakfast cereal, and potatoes, should be restricted as they contain carbohydrates that might lead to the deposition of fats in your liver
- Restrict Intake Of Salt & Sugar: Keep salt and sugar consumption minimal.
- Choose Healthy Cooking Oils: Use healthy oil for cooking preparations. Go for healthy oils, such as olive oil, coconut oil, flaxseed oil, and similar other safe and healthy oils, to cook your regular food preparations. Cold-pressed vegetable and seed oils contain essential fatty acids in their natural form that are essential to maintaining a healthy liver. So, you can include them in your diet.
- Control Cholesterol Levels: A healthy approach to avoid the consumption of saturated fats in the diet can reverse fatty liver. So, follow healthy eating habits and make efforts to regulate your cholesterol levels effectively.
- Control Your Sugar Levels: If you are diabetic or have a strong family history of diabetes, then managing your blood sugar levels with lifestyle changes and medications can stop the further advancement of fatty liver into something serious like cirrhosis or liver failure.
- Homoeopathic Treatment For Fatty Liver:
Homeopathic medicines improve your liver functioning by working on and improving the underlying disturbed metabolism. Homeopathy helps reduce the symptoms of fatty liver as well as modifies the disease process. With the help of the research-based medicines of Dr Rajesh Shah, liver functions and other metabolic parameters can be controlled effectively, and eventually, they can also help prevent the risk of liver cirrhosis or liver failure.
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– Written by Dr Aparna, Associate doctor to Dr Rajesh Shah