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Old 04-12-2012, 23:39   #1
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My 21 year old son in law has a fatty liver. He is over weight and not much of a drinker. He is having much pain under his right rib cage and is swollen. First he went to a walk in clinic and the Dr said it could be a number of things he should go to the ER so they could run test. First they did a sono and some blood work. They said the results of the sono showed a mass on the kidney he would need a catscan. Well when they called the Dr to get the results they were told by the nurse all is fine.??? My daughter went to get a copy of the test results and it says he has a fatty liver. The Dr said nothing of this. I know nothing about a fatty liver but have read some online and even found there are forums about fatty liver. I am trying to help these kids but not sure how. I want to give them direction but I have learned from diabetes that there can be so many BAD directions. I wanted to ask you all that I TRUST if you could point me in the right direction. You are a great support. It is something I never would of thought would happen for me to trust people I have never met over my own Dr. When this D was DX at the end of November and everything I read on this forum contradicted everything the diabetes books said everything the DR said and even nurses. I would tell my husband "but that's not what the forum members say" and my husband would say are you gonna believe what people say that you have never met before over the Dr? Well we tried both ways the Dr verses you all and you all won. You did not mislead and because of that we BOTH TRUST all of you. I think I was very lucky that this is the first forum I found and really didn't know what a forum was before this one. Okay I went a bit off subject  If you can help me with the fatty liver guidance it would be much appreciated

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I would advise your son to follow up on that side pain and get a copy of the original tests done by the ER. I never trust a verbal summary of test results, especially from a nurse...

I had fatty liver, with high liver #'s for 6+ years. Eating a low calorie, high carb, low fat diet did not improve things, even though I lost 40 lbs. After switching to low-carb, high-fat (paleo) the numbers have come down dramatically, I'm almost normal. I am hopeful that given enough time I will have normal numbers.

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The Report says difuse fatty infiltration of the liver

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Huh, so no mention of his kidneys? I wonder if someone was just guessing when they said that?

Yup "diffuse infiltration of the liver" is fatty liver, to help with your internet searches I would recommend searching by NAFLD, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Luckily it sounds like they did not find any cirrhosis or scarring so no permanent damage has been done.

You may also want to read about different diets for fatty liver. Obviously I'm biased towards ketogenic because it worked well for me. Here's nice explanation of fatty liverand a ketogenic diet approach.

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Donella,

I'd recommend you to do a search on youtube for Dr. Lustig's lecture on "Sugar The Bitter Truth". In more cases than not alcohol is not the reason for fatty liver. It's the sodas & the processed foods.

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Thanks for the info skb and Daytona. I have one quick question. Is red meat okay for him to eat? I have advised them to start a low carb WOE. Also is the high fat okay for him if he is doing low carb? He was a major soda drinker but has stopped as of Easter weekend. That weekend we all got together and he seen how much my husband and MIL have lost and that's when he told my daughter he wants to eat like we are...lol Hubby has lost 55 lbs and MIL has dropped from size 16-18 to a size 12

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Well I can only speak to my own experience but yes I believe that it is safe to eat red meat, low carb and high fat. It worked well for me to resolve my fatty liver, has improved my cholesterol, BP and BG.

From what I have learned from studies, other people's experiences shared on forums like this and from doctors like Robert Lustig (definitely watch the video!), the cause of fat accumulation in the liver is due to the liver converting excess carbohydrates (especially fructose) as triglycerides (fat). As I understand it, fat you eat is not stored in the liver.

So by going low-carb, I switched my body over from primarily burning glucose to burning fat, allowing me to tap into the fat stored in my liver.

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Thanks again. I did watch the video and will look for more

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