Dr Oz: Are You Damaging Your Liver?
Have you betrayed your liver? Just about everyone, when asked, believes they mostly betray their own livers by drinking too much alcohol. The truth is that you can cause damage to your liver by indulging in too many sugary foods and junk foods like fatty foods, white rice, soda, candy, cheeseburgers, French fries, and more. There’s a new silent epidemic out there making millions of people sick: fatty liver disease. The number of people affected continues to grow at alarming rates. Fatty liver disease can be deadly even for those who drink little to no alcohol.
Dr Oz: Fatty Liver Disease Isn’t Just About Losing Weight
The author of “Skinny Liver” Dr Kristin Kirkpatrick explained that so many people, potentially millions, are living with fatty liver but don’t know it, which is why it’s an especially dangerous epidemic. For the most part, there are no symptoms of fatty liver disease. Those most at risk are people who are overweight, those who drink soda, and those with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes.
Dr Kirkpatrick explained that she has so many patients at the Cleveland Clinic who will come to her with heart disease, diabetes, or elevated liver enzymes and claim they’re fine. They will say they just need to lose some weight and then they’ll be “great.” Dr Kirkpatrick made it clear that it’s not just about losing weight, but it’s about living a healthier lifestyle, including following a better diet.
Dr Oz: Fatty Liver Disease Red Flags
Some of the red flags that you may have fatty liver disease include elevated liver enzymes. But the truth is that the red flags don’t actually come until it progresses into the latter parts of the disease, such as fibrosis, cirrhosis, or liver cancer. That makes the red flags essentially silent, which makes fatty liver disease potentially deadly and all the more reason to jump on it quickly. An ultrasound can be done on the liver to find out if there are fatty deposits in the organ. Other ways to test for fatty liver disease include blood tests, MRI, and a liver biopsy.