Are You Concerned About Fatty Liver?
The liver is the largest solid organ in the body, about the size of a football. The liver serves as the body's filter and warehouse, with more than 1.5 quarts of blood pumping through it every minute. This allows the liver to effectively remove toxins and waste products from the blood stream.
The liver also acts as a warehouse to hold onto substances like vitamins, minerals, and glucose that the body will need later. The liver helps to manage cholesterol, hormones, and sugar. It also regulates fat storage and blood clotting factors.
Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
NAFLD is a condition in which there is an excess or build up of fat in your liver. A more severe form of NAFLD is called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). People who are overweight or obese, or have diabetes and high cholesterol are at increased risk of developing NASH. Some people who have NASH also develop liver scarring (fibrosis) which could lead to an even more severe condition known as cirrhosis.
Currently, there are no approved medications to treat NASH. Recommendations and guidelines currently focus on the promotion of physical activity and healthy eating.
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What is a FibroScan®?
An examination with FibroScan® is a painless way to understand your liver health.
FibroScan® non-invasively measures the stiffness of your liver. This detection of stiffness may be used as an aid to clinical management of liver disease.
This examination can help you and your healthcare provider understand your liver status and, when needed, create a care plan.