Jun 26

Fatty Liver Disease

liverUntil the last few years, few people had ever heard the term, “Fatty Liver Disease” also known as “FLD.”  In fact, fatty liver disease is the most frequent form of chronic liver disease in the United States. It is estimated that more than 80 million Americans have FLD, most not knowing it. “Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease” is a general term for a variety of liver conditions seen in patients who do not drink excessive amounts of alcohol.

FLD is just one of the “team” of bad actors who accompany poor diet and lifestyle in millions of Americans. Hypertension, heart disease, high cholesterol levels and insulin resistance are often seen in the same patients.  FLD can threaten the liver, an organ that is vital to health. If it is not addressed by diet or other measures (such as weight loss surgery), fatty liver disease can cause permanent damage, in severe cases progressing to cirrhosis and liver failure.

As with other lifestyle-related diseases, the first-line treatment is often diet and exercise. Many of these patients can eventually become candidates for bariatric surgery. You can read more about this very important topic in our past article, “Fatty Liver Disease.” The consequences of FLD, type-2 diabetes and other obesity-related disease can be avoided by taking action early. Please take the time to investigate the AdventHealth program found at Bariatric and Weight Care at AdventHealth.

For information about any aspect of general surgery, laparoscopic surgery techniques, especially bariatric surgery, please contact our office. You may use Contact Dr Birkedal or phone us at 386-210-9794. Our offices, located in Daytona, New Smyrna and Palm coast are all part of the AdventHealth Medical Group.

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