You must have heard doctors saying that excess alcohol intake might lead to fatty liver. However, fatty liver is also seen in people who do not drink or never have touched alcohol throughout their life. Fatty liver, also known as Hepatic Steatosis is the deposition of excess fat in the liver cells. Our liver is the largest organ in our body and helps our body to digest food, store energy and further removes the toxic elements from our body.
Fatty liver can be further divided into two types: –
1. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
2. Alcoholic fatty liver disease
1. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) – As the name says it all, this liver disease has nothing related to heavy alcohol intake. This can be further divided into two types: –
Simple fatty liver – In this type, there is fat deposition in the liver but little or no inflammation seen. The people suffering from this type of fatty liver do not tend towards liver damage, liver failure or further complications with the course of time.
Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) – In this type, with the deposition of liver fat, there is inflammation and liver cell damage. With growing time, it may lead to liver fibrosis, liver scarring, liver cirrhosis and liver (hepatic) cancer.
2. Alcoholic fatty liver disease –
The main reason for this condition is excessive alcohol intake. However, the liver is capable enough to break down most of the alcohol. The process of breaking down can lead to a harmful substance, which in turn can weaken the natural defense system of the body, promote liver inflammation and can even damage the liver cells.
You are prone to develop fatty liver if you have the following underlying conditions (Risk Factors) –
- In case you are diabetic and have some serious medical condition, which includes hypertension or elevated triglycerides level.
- If you consume a large quantity of trans, unprocessed, unsaturated fat.
- If you are obese or have a BMI (Body Mass Index) above 30.
- If you are exposed to certain toxins.
- If you have certain infections which include hepatitis C.
Symptoms of fatty liver include –
Although a fatty liver has no symptoms of its own, people know it when they undergo a medical test or diagnosis. However, with some period of time people used to experience abdominal discomfort, weight loss, fatigue, pain in the central or right side of the upper abdomen, body weakness, poor appetite, and confusion.
Ayurvedic treatment for Fatty liver –
Ayurvedic Treatment is the best recommended treatment to cure liver disorders. An effective Ayurvedic products of Ambic Ayurved, Hopeliv DS Syrup is the best gastrointestinal and liver care product enriched with multiple effective herbs like Kutki, Kalmegh Nishoth, Ajmod, Ajwain, which are effective to reduce liver fat, soothe inflammation, and treat liver fibrosis. Kutki shows significant anti-inflammatory effects on the hepatic tissues and the active ingredient kutkin or picroliv helps to support liver function, bile section and keeps the liver enzymes at a normal level. Hopeliv DS Syrup further helps to cleanse the liver and is effective in liver cirrhosis.