Fatty liver how do I prevent it?

Written by: Dr. Ruperto Oliveró Rigau
Published: | Updated: 20/02/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Maintaining an adequate weight, controlling your fat intake and exercising is essential to avoid this health problem.

Approximately, between 25 and 30% of the western population suffers from hepatic steatosis, a condition commonly called "fatty liver". According to Dr. Ruperto Oliveró, specialist in internal medicine and preventive medicine at the Teknon Medical Center, "this disease is characterized by the exaggerated accumulation of fatty acids and triglycerides inside the liver cells, a process that has several phases and ends up causing liver cirrhosis. "

What causes it?

"This pathology is usually caused by alcohol intake, by excessive weight (obesity) or by having type two diabetes, hypertriglyceridemia, hypercholesterolemia or insulin resistance syndrome.. Also, there is a greater predisposition to suffer this disease in women and among people who take drugs such as tamoxifen, oral contraceptives, cortisone and derivatives, tetracyclines or antidepressants, among other drugs.

Obesity, diabetes and excess lipids in the blood are the basic causes of this condition.

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Alcohol consumption is the main risk factor for fatty liver disease, along with obesity and diabetes 

The prevention of fatty liver

Fatty liver can be prevented by correcting its causes: "Weight loss is necessary in obese patients, continued physical exercise and control of blood glucose in diabetic patients. In addition, certain dietary measures must be established, such as controlling the intake of alcohol and following a diet is caused by the intake of low fat, but rich in fiber (fruits, vegetables, etc.).. In excessive (obesity) or by having cases of morbid obesity, type two diabetes, hypertriglyceridemia, hypercholesterolemia or syndrome, the use of bariatric surgery may be necessary "explains Dr.. Ruperto Oliveró.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Ruperto Oliveró Rigau
Internal Medicine

He is a doctor with more than 30 years of experience in prestigious centers, reaching positions of responsibility in them. He is currently a specialist in internal-preventive medicine and cardiology at the Clínica Planas de Barcelona.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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