Having a fatty liver should not be taken lightly. It is a serious condition that can place other organs in your body at risk of disease. Research published in the medical journal Diabetologia shows that approximately every third adult in industrialized countries has a morbidly fatty liver. This significantly increases the risk of chronic liver diseases including cirrhosis and liver cancer. It also raises the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

People with a fatty liver are at greater risk of heart disease, diabetes and kidney damage because of toxic substances a fatty liver secretes into the bloodstream. The liver produces too much glucose, unhealthy fats, inflammatory cytokines and proteins such as hepatokine fetuin-A, all of which enter the bloodstream. Therefore, the secreted substances of the fatty liver enter other organs and trigger inflammation and tissue damage.

When these unhealthy fats and proteins enter the pancreas, immune cells called macrophages enter the pancreas in higher numbers, in an attempt to clean up the damage. Over time, excess fat builds up in the pancreas, leading to “pancreatic fatty degeneration”. Eventually, this impairs insulin secretion and can lead to diabetes. The same process can occur in the kidneys, compromising their function. Impaired kidney function is a very common feature of type 2 diabetes and also syndrome X. The majority of people with syndrome X have a fatty liver.

Many doctors dismiss fatty liver as a trivial condition. They tell their patients to eat less and exercise more and not worry about it too much. I take fatty liver seriously, because it increases the risk of serious diseases, plus it can make you feel sick, tired and miserable. Your liver is the key to a healthy metabolism. If it is unhealthy you will likely feel tired, not be able to lose weight, and your liver will not cleanse your bloodstream of toxins.

How would you know if you have a fatty liver? You may carry excess weight on your torso. Your doctor can perform a blood test, and an ultrasound scan can detect fat in your liver. Fatty liver is reversible, and I tell you exactly how to do that in my book Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It. Some simple diet changes, the liver tonic Livatone Plus, and NAC capsules can repair your liver and protect your health.