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Fatty Liver

Liver disease is serious and requires treatment and regular monitoring by a liver specialist.

A liver specialist is known as a hepatologist and you need to be referred by your family doctor or general practitioner. Over nearly 40 years of practicing medicine I have seen many patients develop severe liver disease, which sadly could have been prevented by early detection and early referral to a hepatologist. There needs to be more awareness of liver disease so that patients can be treated early so that we can prevent cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer. Make sure you have your liver function checked annually with a blood test.

I have presented my ideas on how to help those with liver diseases using nutritional medicine, which I have been using for many years with good success rates. However my recommendations do not replace the care of your own doctor and you should remain under the care of your own doctor whilst using nutritional therapies.

Fatty Liver

Fatty liver occurs when excess fat accumulates inside liver cells. This means normal, healthy liver tissue becomes partly replaced with fatty tissue. The fat starts to invade the liver, gradually infiltrating the healthy liver areas, so that less and less healthy liver tissue remains. The fatty liver has a yellow greasy appearance and is often enlarged and swollen with fat. This fatty infiltration slows down the metabolism of body fat stores, which means that the liver burns fat less efficiently, resulting in weight gain and inability to lose weight. However some people can have a fatty liver without being overweight.

Fatty Liver

Fatty liver was first described in 1980 by the Mayo Clinic. It is known in medicine as Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and is the most common cause of abnormal liver function tests in the USA, UK and Australia. NAFLD is the most common cause of liver disease in industrialized countries.

There is a type of NAFLD called Non-Alcoholic Steato-Hepatitis (NASH) where severe liver damage is caused by the fat, and results in cirrhosis and liver failure. Indeed such severe cases of NASH can lead to liver cancer.

Around one in five persons in the general population, in the USA and Australia has a fatty liver. Fatty liver is usually associated with abdominal obesity and insulin resistance and is more common in people with type 2 diabetes.

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What causes fatty liver?

It is most commonly caused by incorrect diet, weight excess, obesity, alcoholism and diabetes. However other causes can be malnutrition, congenital metabolic disorders and excessive use of or toxicity of prescribed medications and pain killers.

What is the outlook for fatty liver?

If the fatty changes in the liver increase, inflammation and fibrous tissue may build up and cause more serious symptoms to occur. If nothing is done to improve liver function, the patient will become more overweight and the quality of life will gradually diminish.

How would you know if you have a fatty liver?

Many people with a fatty liver are unaware that they even have a liver problem, as the symptoms can be vague and non-specific, especially in the early stages. Most people with a fatty liver feel generally unwell, and find they are becoming increasingly fatigued and overweight for no apparent reason. They may have elevated liver enzymes on a blood test for liver function. Fatty liver is diagnosed with a blood test and liver ultrasound scan.

Possible symptoms of fatty liver (NASH or NAFLD) include:

  • Weight excess in the abdominal area
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Elevated cholesterol and/or triglyceride levels
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and/or indigestion
  • Overheating of the body
  • Excessive sweating
  • Red itchy eyes
  • Discomfort over the liver area

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How is fatty liver reversed?

Fatty liver is reversible. Here are six ways to achieve this:

Eat less carbohydrate
Poor diet is the leading cause of fatty liver disease. The biggest offenders are sugar and foods made of white flour; they should be avoided. However, a high intake of carbohydrate rich foods in general can promote fatty liver, as the liver converts any excess carbohydrate into fat. Foods that need to be restricted include bread, pasta, rice, breakfast cereals, cakes, pastry, donuts, biscuits, fries, chips, pretzels (and other similar snack foods) and any food made of flour.

Drink less alcohol
Excess alcohol consumption is the second biggest cause of fatty liver. Alcohol can cause inflammation and damage to liver cells, resulting in fatty infiltration. People with a fatty liver should limit alcohol consumption to seven standard drinks per week, with at least two alcohol free days per week.

Eat more vegetables, protein and the right fats
Raw vegetables and fruits are the most powerful liver healing foods. These raw foods help to cleanse and repair the liver filter, so that it can trap and remove more fat and toxins from the bloodstream. Eat an abundance of vegetables (cooked and raw salads) and fresh fruits.

Protein is important because it helps to keep the blood sugar level stable, helps with weight loss from the abdomen and reduces hunger and cravings. Protein should be consumed with each meal. Good sources of protein include eggs, poultry, seafood, meat, nuts, seeds, legumes and plain or Greek yogurt and cheeses.

Healthy fats to include more of in your diet are found in olive oil, oily fish, coconut oil, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds and raw nuts and seeds. Most processed vegetable oils and margarines can worsen a fatty liver. Deep fried foods are also bad for those with a fatty liver.

Drink raw vegetable juices – these should be consumed 2 to 3 times a week and 250 to 300 mls (8 to 10 ounces) is adequate. Your juice should be comprised of 90 to 95 percent vegetables, with the remainder comprised of fruit if desired to improve the flavor. Citrus fruits are the most healthy for the liver.

Take a good liver tonic to support your liver function. Each two capsules provide:

  • Milk Thistle Seed Extract (Pure Silymarin 210mg) equiv 17,500mg dried milk thistle
  • Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid) 105mg
  • d-alpha tocopheryl succinate (vitamin E) 200iu
  • Thiamine hydrochloride (B1) 11mg
  • Riboflavin (B2) 11mg
  • Nicotinamide (B3) 11mg
  • Pyridoxine hydrochloride (B6) 11mg
  • Folic Acid 240mcg
  • Vitamin B12 60mcg
  • Biotin 60mcg
  • Calcium pantothenate (equiv pantothenic acid 22mg)(B5) 27.5mg
  • Zinc (as zinc oxide) 7mg
  • Selenium (as selenomethionine) 50mcg
  • Nutritive base 379mg Taurine, phosphatidyl choline from Non GMO soya lecithin, broccoli powder, L – Cysteine, HCI, L-Glutamine , Glycine, Inositol, natural caretenoids, (Camelia sinensis (green tea) extract, L – glutathione

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Other supplements to support Fatty Liver

N Acetyl L Cysteine (NAC)
To support increased production of glutathione in the liver. Glutathione protects the liver and kidneys.

MSM Plus Vitamin C
Take 1 teaspoon daily. MSM is a source of sulfur, which assists phase 2 liver detoxification and also helps to reduce the formation of scar tissue.

Glicemic Balance capsules
Take 1 capsule with each meal. The ingredients in this formula help to support better tolerance to glucose and support insulin function. This will reduce Syndrome X. This is important because insulin drives fat production in the liver.

Fatty liver can be reversed. See Dr Eanelli’s testimonial here

For an eating plan and delicious liver healthy recipes, read Dr Cabot’s book, Fatty Liver - You Can Reverse It


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64 comments

  1. Hello doctor
    I am banu, I have been diagnosied with fatty liver. I am still 25.
    I neither drink nor smoke. Because of fatty liver I can’t control my weight. Can u suggest me a diet which will help me to reduce this fat?
    My mail id:anum.laraib@gmail.com☺

    • hello there Ghousiya,

      Thank you for your email,
      Fatty Liver is something we see here at our clinic regularly- we can help you a lot.
      Please know that you will receive full understanding of what Fatty Liver is and the protocol you will need to live by, within the book titled “Fatty Liver_You Can Reverse It” So i suggest that you get yourself a copy.

      In the mean time, if you start by taking:
      Liva Tone Plus 1 x twice daily- then a week later, take 2 x twice daily
      Liva Tone Classic- 1 x twice daily
      Glucemic Balance 2 with each meal
      Digestive Enzymes 2 with each meal- that will see you on your way.
      Live sugar and grain free until you have reverse your fatty liver- Depending on the level of tatty liver infiltration you have- you CAN reverse your fatty liver if your follow our guidelines .

      All the best in health

  2. Hi Doctor

    Intially it atarted with oestoperosis , than it came to fatty liver grade 3 , now infection on pancreas and top of that new problem started is Migrane with diabetis and blood pressure . i want to cure this liver . Is there any way if i can find all fish protien in a capsule without eating fish .

    looking forward to your help please

  3. very much informative,
    thank you

  4. hi docter i am facing alot of constipation from past two yeras. Recently, i had given the test of ultrasound and reports shows that ” Echogenicity of the liver is seen increase due to the fatty infiltration ” what does it means and why i am facing a lot of constipation what the reason ?

  5. Hello
    i think i have a problem with my liver but so far all ive been diagnosed with is Cronic Fatigue Syndrome,im not a believer since i also get pain in my liver and my skin colour changed from pink to yellowyive had ross river fever and ebstein barr . 8 yrs ago i had another viral infection followed by my husband and then my eldest son i thought i may have had hepatitis but upon blood tests from dr he assured me i did not have hepatitis.Weve all suffered from fatigue and skin colour changes my husband refuses to beleive theres something wrong although all our symptoms are pointing to liver??
    i feel like i cant keep fighting some days i cant function at all i cook mostly all our meals which are protein and vegetables we limit carbohydrates as ive read this is no good!
    i have vegetable juices and also take livatone but despite my best efforts ive developed fat in my liver and now get reactive hypoglycemia im not sure how much longer i can keep forcing myself to go to gym i struggle to get through an aerobics clss huffing through but slowly getting weaker i think why bother i get ill from excertion my dr has tested me for all nasties and all tests we do come back negative showing im in good helth but i know im not !should i see a liver specialist or just push through!

    • Hello Heli,

      If you believe you have a problem with your liver, then i recommend a full abdominal ultra sound and HIDA scan. Conducting those two tests will get you some answers.

      Your diet looks great- start taking Liva Tone Plus twice daily plus 1 x selenomune daily until you get results from your HIDA and Abdominal Ultra sound.

      Thanks for your email
      All the best in health

  6. hello doctor,
    my husband is 39 years old and has been diagonised for mild fatty liver.he takes alcohol for atleast 4 times a week. smokes at times.he is normal in weight. 68 kgs. he does eat lot of fuits, vegetables, salads etc… but he’s been taking medicines for spondylytis for past 15 years. and his cholestral level is also high in the report, pls suggest me some home remedies and treatments.

    • HI Gayathri,
      Liva tone Plus 2 x twice daily will increase his liver function, enabling fast elimination of toxins fats from the liver. My book Fatty Liver You Can Revere It explains this well and give you the dietary protocol to follow to reverse a fatty liver. Given your husband drinks 4 times a week he will need the assistance in liver cell function. Ankylosing Spondylitis is often triggered by gluten- id be recommending a 100% gluten free diet.
      That will help him a lot Gayathri.

  7. Hi Doc.
    If you have a fatty liver can you be a liver doner? How long does it take to reverse a fatty liver?

    • HI Mary,

      Thank you for your email, Yes- you can be a liver doner. You will need to spend the time reversing your fatty liver and depending on the Fatty Liver Infiltration, that can take anywhere from 2months to 2 years. Fatty Liver You Can Reverse It is a book that will head you in the right direction. Take 2 x LIva tone Plus twice daily and that will get you on your way.

  8. Hi Doc.

    The Doctor here told me that I have a fatty liver and advised mo to do diet and exercise.
    Can you help me in this matter? What are the do’s and dont’s and the proper choices of food. I made some research on the net but some are contradicting others (in terms of right food).

    Anyway, the utrasonogram result says Liver is normal in sizes and shows increased echotexture. No focal lessions seen. No evidence of any intrahepatic biliary dilatation. Portal vein measures 1mm and is normal. Common bile duct appears normal. Can you interpret it and give me an advise.

    Thank you so much.

    • Hi Jarry, Diet and exercise are absolutely imperative.
      Reduce sugars from your diet- that may be alcohol grains etc- sugar comes in many forms.

      A copy of “Fatty Liver you can reverse it” has the protocol to reverse fatty liver. Your test results seem good, the mention of increased echotexture is indicating you have a fatty liver, however has not progressed to far.

      • Thanks Doc Kylie.

        I feel pain in my side parts. But when i press my tummy, no pain the in intestine. is it related to fatty liver.

        I am doing exercise – jogging at walking for 1 hr at night. I try to make sit-ups but i feel pain in my tummy the next day so i stop. is the pain in my side related to my sit-ups?

        I loose 2 kilos, but i cant identify if i burn fats from my tummy (i forgot to measure before).

        If i feel hungry is it ok if i eat almonds?
        I want to eat a bread out of whole wheat flour, is it advisable? But how about the eggs, most bread has eggs and yeast?

      • where can i get the book, Doc? is it available in the bookstore worldwide?

  9. Hello Doctor,

    My X ray showed Elevated Right Epidiagphragm and I dont know if its fatty liver or lung or abdomen related. I dont have any pain or discomfort (coughing or difficulty breathing the past year until present)–I did stop smoking this year as well. I did gain a lot of weight though the past 2 years–from 190 lbs to 240 lbs. I am just 5’7″ in height.

    Would this be more fatty liver related? Btw no pain in abdominal area either.

    Thanks and god bless you

  10. Hello docter my fater has suffer from fatty liver llast 4 year but some time it feel well but not fully well liver function
    is not working properly[ ot .pt] has increased pleased tell some best medicine

    • Hello Suraj,

      Liva Tone plus 2 x twice daily will assist in reversing your fatty liver.
      There is a book titled “Fatty Liver- You Can Reverse It” that book will give you the correct dietary and supplemental protocol you need to follow in the hope of reversing your fatty liver. There is plenty of information on fatty liver here on the http://www.liverdoctor.com web site- you can purchase the Fatty Liver book from that web site also.

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  12. hi, my husband has lived with crohns for 35+ years with medications. He was diagnosed with fatty liver about 2 years ago and today they said there’s indication of cirrhosis. The doctor said that meant scarring and there was nothing to do to stop it or reverse it and basically in the future would need a transplant. What can you advise to take that might help prolong the need of a transplant? He is 65 years old.

  13. I was having pain and thought it was my gall bladder. After an ultrasound I was diagnosed with fatty liver. All of my blood tests came back in the normal range. Does this mean its in the early stage?

  14. I had fatty liver and I use Livatone plus and I keep going to gym to lose weight I feel difficult to lose weight in gym , is it good to keep losing weight ?

  15. I am a sixteen almost seventeen year old male and my doctor says he thinks I might have fatty liver according to my blood test results. I don’t know what caused it. I am a 160 lbs. Male about 5 9 and am on the waterpolo team at my school and train vigorously 3-4 days a week. Although I do tend to binge eat junk food about once or twice a week I have a pretty healthy athletic diet any Ideas how I can work to cure my disease or how I got fatty liver?

    • Hi Mikey, you will see on our web site the supplements you can take to improve the health of your liver. I would also recommend eliminating foods derived from grains out of your diet until you reduce the amount of fat in your liver. Fats and proteins, nuts seeds etc are the way forward. If you have any further inquiries, please contact me at kyliem@cabothealth.com.au

  16. Please help me guys..

    • The link i provided you with previously will help you Jeffrey. Just remember that you can reverse fatty liver- so remain calm and focus on a healthy liver.

  17. Hi to all. Please help me what medicine that I can drink because I was diagnose a diffuse fatty changes last may and I’m not yet go back to my doctor. Please help me guys I’m from philippines

  18. Also doctors I havr a lot of food allergies like nuts pineapple sulphur cheese milk.all ansaid watercress. Jael Anderson

    • Jael, perhaps you should consider your food choices and start eliminating foods. Eat only proteins salads and healthy fat etc. Sounds like you may do well to see a Naturopathic practitioner- id recommend you consider that.

    • hi Docs can you recommend some foods that i can eat because i have been to so many doctors that are putting me on this and that and nothing seems to help and i am getting worst, after my last email to you i have had 2 asthma attack that landed me in the hospital, with chest pains and pains in my arms with bad indigestion, please help me
      jael anderson

  19. Hi doctors within the last 4yrs I have gain a lot of weight I am a vegan, my weight. Was 135 now I am 218 and ever week I seems to get heavier I am 5-8 in hight, I have developed asthma this year, I also suffer with migraine, I have stop walking due to my feet being swollen I am so tire alsi I have gotten lota on almost my entire body.two yrs ago I did a blood text that show my liver enzymes was a little high the blood glucose was high after taken two hours after eating, can you help me.jael Anderson

    • HI Jael, it may be possible you have Fatty Liver or syndrome X. Id suggest sticking with the protocol out of the book titled “Fatty Liver- You Can Reverse IT” The lifestyle and dietary protocol within that book will do you well.

  20. HI Andrew, yes i recommend gluten free living. Reducing grains- especially those containing gluten will assist in liver function and may assist weight loss.

  21. Can you speak about Gluten Free. Can be it used as a way to repair the Liver ? I was on a Gluten free diet program many years ago and dropped a lot of weight. Please explain.

  22. I was able to reverse fatty liver through nutrition.

    • HI Mitzi, yes- it is Nutrition that in most cases has induced a fatty liver. I’m glad to hear you have changed your lifestyle to equal good health. Many dont.

  23. Indians in general have fatty liver due to high carbohydrate and type 2 diabetic conditions…Being one, i find myself in agreement to the simple suggestions put in this article..thanks !

  24. Can fatty liver be reversed if it is genetic?

    • Hi Elizabeth
      The most common genetic cause of fatty liver is insulin resistance (Syndrome X). This is explained in my book titled FATTY LIVER – You can Reverse it. It is not hard to reverse fatty liver.

  25. I have also been diagnosed with fatty liver. Yes I am overweight but not because I am a couch potato, eat bad foods or over indulge with alcohol. I see others with poor lifestyle choices and they are slim and have bundles of energy. Where is the fairness???!!

    • Hi Jill
      Yes your story is common and it is true — if you have Syndrome X it is very hard to lose weight – indeed it is impossible, unless you get your insulin levels down. this can be achieved by modest exercise, taking Glucemic Balance capsules and a powerful liver formula. Avoid all grains (wheat, rye, barley, rice , corn) as they cause insulin resistance in people like you. I see many people like you and they get depressed because they really try very hard. knowledge is the key – it is NOT will power, it is know power that you need. to get more empathy call my naturopath Christine Ki in Phoenix, if you live in USA. Call 1888 75 LIVER

  26. I have a book from 1951 that describes Fatty Liver, linking it to diabetes and insulin problems.

    • Hi Kevin
      Wow that’s an antique ! Of course in those days fatty liver disease was not common, unlike the epidemic it has become today! In those days insulin was not measured in the lab
      thanks for your feedback

  27. I don’t drink alcohol, cholesterol is normal in fact I don’t have any symptoms. I do have crohns and I do take a sleep aid daily… I am also wondering if the sleep aids caused it

    • Yes- prolonged use of pharmaceuticals can induce fatty liver. Crohns can be flared by Gluten (as a side note) so I hope you are Gluten Free.

    • Hi Cyndilenz
      Genetic factors can predispose a person to many types of liver diseases – such as congenital metabolic diseases, such as glycogen storage disease, Polycystic liver disease, iron induced liver disease etc. Genetic factors can make a person insulin resistant, which can lead to fatty liver indirectly. In other words if a person genetically predisposed to insulin resistance (also known as Syndrome X) becomes overweight because they eat excess carbs/don’t exercise etc., they are very likely to get a fatty liver from the high insulin. But this is easily reversed if they are motivated. of all the organs in the body, the liver is most able to repair and regenerate itself

      • husband was diagnosis with a fatty liver & Dr.-she works with diabetes, she told him to take 250mg of METORMIN HCL 1/2 OF 500 MG PERDAY. I don’t believe he should be on that! What do u think?

        • Id be recommending another opinion. Perhaps if you read the publication “Diabetes you can reverse it” that will help you. I hope the Dr told your husband he should totally eliminate Grains if he has any hope of reversing diabetes. “Fatty Liver- You Can Reverse IT” will also be of use and assist in improving your husbands health naturally. Pharmaceuticals are not always necessary nor are they the only option.

        • My dr. Put me on Metformin also

  28. Thank you. I’ll be eating a lot of oranges. 115 pound, never more than 7 drinks a week and fit with a fatty liver. I took unisom sleep tabs for 7 years to help sleep with 3 small children always waking . Maybe unisom caused it?

    • Hi Lauren
      the sleeping tablet could have caused it, but it would not be the only factor. Diet is important, so is exercise. perhaps you were not eating enough fresh fruits and vegetables? You could also have been exposed to environmental toxins. Take a powerful liver formula for 3 months and see the difference. also get my book titled FATTY LIVER – You Can Reverse It

  29. A Fascinating,very good topic

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