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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What happens if fatty liver disease condition worsens?

    I am obese (but do not drink alcohol) and have been diagnosed with fatty liver disease. For now I am dieting and exercising as much as I can, although the weight loss process is extremely slow. Is it possible for my liver condition to worsen? What could it lead to?
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    Chris Fonda

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian

    As an Accredited Sports Dietitian, APD and athlete (springboard diver), Chris has both professional and personal experience in sport at the sub-elite and elite level.Chris … View Profile

    Its looks like you are doing all the right things to help prevent further damage from fatty liver disease. May I ask, have you sought advice and guidance from an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) or Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)?

    Fatty liver disease if left untreated and diet and lifestyle remain unchanged can eventually lead to cirrhosis of the liver. This results in chronic scarring of the liver where the cells of the liver are replaced by fibrous tissue. Unfortunately once you get to this stage of liver disease diet and lifestyle changes cannot undo the damage already done.

    My recommendations is to seek the advice of an APD or AEP in conjunction with your doctor. I hope I haven't scared you, but as I said earlier it looks like you are making the right adjustments to prevent your fatty liver disease worsening.

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