Talk to your doctor
Make an appointment to see a doctor or health care provider to discuss your risk of liver disease. This should include having lab work to check your liver function. Common lab tests for liver function can be found at https://liverfoundation.org/liver-diseases/diagnosing-liver-disease/. It is important to note that many people who have normal liver enzyme levels can still have fatty liver disease (now called steatotic liver disease)!
Ask these questions:
- Are my liver function tests within normal ranges?
- Based on my risk factors (i.e., overweight/obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, metabolic syndrome), would it be wise to have any additional tests such as an ultrasound of my liver? Three out of ten people with normal liver enzyme levels may still have fatty liver disease. Ultrasound can reveal this diagnosis.
- What condition do I have that suggests fatty liver disease or NAFLD?
- Can fatty liver disease be reversed? How long can this process take?
- Do I have cirrhosis or scarring of the liver?
- If I do have cirrhosis – how far has the scarring progressed?
- What kinds of lifestyle changes and diet can I make to give my liver a chance to heal?
- Will weight loss help get rid of fatty liver?
- Is it okay for me to drink alcohol? If so, how much?
- Would it be possible to be connected to a registered dietitian or nutritionist to make a specific meal plan?
- What kinds of physical activities would be okay for me to do?
- Is there a treatment or medication for fatty liver disease?
For more information about fatty liver disease (now called steatotic liver disease), visit https://liverfoundation.org/liver-diseases/fatty-liver-disease/nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-nafld/.
To speak with one of our HelpLine specialists to get general information about fatty liver (now called steatosis) or any liver disease, call 1-800-465-4837 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. HelpLine specialists are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern Time.