What do I need to know about caring for someone with fatty liver disease?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Fatty liver disease (FLD) can be caused by heavy and prolonged drinking, certain medications, obesity, insulin resistance or high triglyceride levels in the blood. It is important to understand that fatty liver disease can be treated and that the first step is to stop the progression of the disease. If FLD is from drinking,  typically abstinence from alcohol is key. After a diagnosis has been given, you can help your loved one by ensuring that alcohol use has stopped. For FLD caused by obesity or other metabolic abnormalities, you can help the person lose weight or take measures to control their diabetes. Additionally, you can provide support to see that medications are taken as prescribed. Proper diet and nutrition are also essential to recovery, so be sure to provide a nutritious diet with plenty of protein.

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