By the time NASH occurs, there’s no doubt that the liver is damaged. There are tell-tale signs the condition has entered this troublesome stage of development – what are they? As certified by John Hopkins Medicine, a long-lasting itch could creep its way into your everyday life. Other worrisome symptoms include spider-like blood vessels showing up on the skin, or if there’s a yellow tinge that wasn’t there before.
If you recognise any of the early warning signs of NASH, or if you’d like to minimise the risk of liver damage, there are things you can do.
To begin with, it’s imperative to lose weight, which can be easier said than done.
The overall rule is that one must consistently burn off more calories than they consume to shift the pounds.
Exercise can be seen as a magic bullet, because it can help you lose weight, lower your cholesterol levels and control diabetes – all things that need to be done to reverse or prevent NASH.
In addition, it’d be helpful not to consume alcohol, enabling the liver to repair itself undisturbed.
There’s no medication available to reverse the fat build-up in the liver, but if you’re on medication for high cholesterol and/or diabetes, it’s important to keep taking them.
Keeping on top of other health conditions you may currently have can help prevent your health from getting worse.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) recommends further guidance for treating and preventing NASH.
The NIDDK recommend eating a healthy diet, limiting your portion sizes, and maintaining a healthy weight.
In terms of a healthy diet, one must reduce their intake of saturated and trans fats.
Instead, replace these unhealthy fats with more helpful fats, such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
- Canola oil