Why You Should Take Your Liver High Enzymes Seriously Even If Your Doctor Doesn’t!
A bit dramatic? Perhaps. But my personal experience compels me to use extraordinary means to get you to take charge of your health where your liver is concerned.
You see, my primary care doctor and my cardiologist were both aware of my elevated liver enzymes for over a year but neither seemed overly concerned. In the meantime, my liver was secretly plotting my untimely demise.
I say “secretly plotting,” because fatty liver disease is often silent providing no symptoms or warnings of its devious plans. Even if you have symptoms for fatty liver such as fatigue, nausea, or weakness, these are common to many other possible conditions. “Aha, you must have a fatty liver!” is just not your doctor’s first thought when he observes elevated enzymes or these symptoms.
This is especially true if you are on statin medication for cholesterol. That was the initial thinking in my case. The trial and error process of determining if my medication was causing my high liver enzymes significantly delayed the eventual diagnosis of my fatty liver disease.
But let’s be fair… even if my doctor had jumped on fatty liver disease as the probable cause of my liver high enzymes, my liver could have already been in pretty bad shape. Elevated enzymes don’t necessarily indicate a fatty liver and a fatty liver doesn’t always increase liver enzyme levels, at least, not initially.
The fact remains that time is of the essence and knowing what I know now I would have been more aggressive in pressing for an answer to why I had elevated liver enzymes.
The Real Symptoms For Fatty Liver
Most people will have no symptoms that scream “fatty liver.” According to the Mayo Clinic, in the case of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), when symptoms do appear they may include fatigue, pain in the upper right abdomen and weight loss.
Waiting for these symptoms to appear may allow your liver disease to advance to a dangerous level.
I believe the real symptoms for fatty liver are these but medical professionals may call them risk factors:
- Belly Fat
- Type II Diabetes or family history of diabetes
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Difficulty in losing weight
- Unhealthy diet (high in calories, sugar, fat)
These are things you know about yourself. Is it you? It was certainly me.
Now consider this: While definitive data is scarce, I found one source that estimated the prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease to be about 20% of the general population but in obese persons the number is more like 90%.
Do the math. If you are obese (BMI=30 or more) with a high concentration of fat in the belly area, have a family history of diabetes, don’t get much exercise and eat a typical American diet, you have a very high probability of having a fatty liver.
What You Should Know About Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
The English philosopher, Sir Francis Bacon, said, “Knowledge is power.” Knowledge about your fatty liver disease will give you power to defend yourself against its plans to kill you. (Sorry, I’m being dramatic again.)
Yes, my liver doctor is an important source of knowledge and I am following his advice to the letter. But my doctor’s instructions are pretty broad brush. For example, he told me to lose weight. He didn’t say how and he didn’t mention nutrition. In the brochure he gave me I learned that weight loss is the most important factor in reversing the condition and that it can be difficult (duh!).
I have since learned that rapid weight loss can actually make the fatty liver condition worse. I’ve learned there are certain foods that are liver friendly and foods that I should avoid. There are some weight loss diets that may take off pounds but would not be healthy for my liver.
My quest for more information led me to the Fatty Liver Bible & Ezra Protocol. It’s an eBook for immediate download. It comes with several bonuses, some of which I found useful. Maybe you’ll find them all useful. But even if you don’t they come free with the eBook so why not? And there is no risk. You have 60 days to decide if you want to keep it or get your money back.
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