Metabolic Syndrome and Fatty Liver Disease

Losing weight can do more for you than just feeling and looking good. A group of risk factors known as metabolic disorder can cause you additional health problems such as fatty liver disease. Metabolic disorder is a group of factors including fatigue, high blood pressure, BMI or Body Mass Index over 30, elevated cholesterol and elevated fasting blood sugar levels, which are known to lead to cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes. A diagnosis of metabolic syndrome is becoming increasingly common in overweight people.

Fatty liver disease is usually associated with those who abuse alcohol, but researchers are finding that those people who suffer from metabolic syndrome also develop the malady. It is important to begin the weight loss journey to avoid the pitfalls that come with this disease.

Fatty liver disease can manifest in the form of abdomen pain as well as fatigue and can be difficult to diagnose. The AGA or American Gastroenterology Association recommends several tests for liver enzymes such as aspartate aminotransferase, alanine transaminase as well as albumin and bilirubin levels to determine the cause or origin of fatty liver disease. A CAT scan of the abdomen with intravenous contrast will also show the presence of fatty liver disease as well as other visceral abnormalities.

A weight loss program, supervised by a medical professional, which combines healthy eating with daily exercise can set you on a path to control elevated liver enzymes. The ability to control the many causes of metabolic syndrome can immediately reduce your risk of developing additional liver diseases such as cirrhosis and liver failure.

Metabolic syndrome and fatty liver disease are usually controllable and early detection followed by medical treatment that includes weight loss is important. If you are at risk for metabolic syndrome, or suffer from chronic abdominal pain and fatigue, see your physician immediately for advice on medical weight loss.