Does Fatty Liver Cause Diabetes? | Facts of Fatty Liver Disease

Simply put, a fatty liver is when your body takes in more calories and fat than your liver can handle. The liver is more vulnerable to more harm from the result of excess simple fats building up in the liver cells. The most common reason for this occurrence is obesity. Being overweight can increase your chance of developing a fatty liver by as much as 75%. Does Fatty Liver Cause Diabetes?

How is your Liver Linked to Diabetes?

The liver

There are a number of fatty liver disease symptoms that I will talk about. But beware because there’s a chance that your fatty liver can cause diabetes too.

But there are two other main factors which can cause fatty liver.  They are alcohol abuse and diabetes. They are things that can be prevented and controlled.

With consuming too much alcohol, your chances of getting a fatty liver can increase to between ninety and one hundred percent. Think about that.

Now I have the problem with the diabetes and I’ve been addressing it since I was diagnosed. It’s just so important to stay on top of it. Because with diabetes there are many factors involved here. It’s about losing weight, eating right, exercising, seeing the doctor routinely and having labs done so we know what the numbers are. That is very important to do on a regular basis.

What I don’t have is a problem with and never will is alcohol. I never drank or smoked so at least I have that in my favor. I know what over drinking can do to your body and your liver!

Fatty Liver Disease Symptoms

Obese people

Obesity

It’s most likely the main cause of fatty liver. And especially around the midsection increases the chances by seventy five percent.

And if your in the forty to fifty age group and overweight you’re more apt to develop this condition. The absolute best thing is to get rid of those extra pounds and start planning daily exercise.

Changes in your Skin

Jaundice appears as yellowing in the whites of the eyes and also of the skin and this is a sign of liver disease. Excess bilirubin in the blood cannot be excreted from your body because of decreased liver function and thereby blocking the bile flow from the liver resulting in tiny and itchy yellow bumps on the surface of your skin and eyelids.

In addition you may notice a discoloration around your neck and under your arms. You might also have your palms turning red, spider veins in various places such as your shoulders, back, and chest areas.

Fatigue

The body works in such a way that if any organ becomes compromised, the body tries to offset this by pumping more blood to that particular organ (the liver). This can be responsible for such symptoms as: confusion, weakness, problems with concentration, and fatigue.

Abdominal Pain

This could possibly be a sign of liver failure or liver disease. A feeling of pain in your upper right abdomen or center section will give you a clue.

Retention of Fluid

Fluid buildup in the liver and abdomen can occur in the beginning of liver disease that is severe. Now that the abdomen is swollen, this leads to possible breathing problems because of the pressure against the organ. Retention of fluids can also occur in your ankles, lower legs, and feet as well. These lower parts of your body are receiving excess fluid now because of gravity.

Urine

Urine Color

It’s important to also keep track of the color of your urine because that can give you important indications about what’s going on in your body. Drinking a lot of water keeps your urine coming out a clear color. Not drinking enough results in yellow or darker yellow. You don’t want that.

But with jaundice, your urine starts to appear dark. Normally the urine processes these toxins that are making the dark color. Make sure your doctor gives you a urine test along with your blood work.

Genetics

If your heredity reflects alcoholism or obesity, or your born with lower liver enzyme levels, then this could be an indication of liver problems for you down the road. The enzymes have to do with your metabolism of alcohol and fats. There isn’t anything you can do about genetics, but it’s still something you should be aware of regardless. And knowing this you should do everything that you can to maintain good health.

Zero Symptoms

Fatty liver disease and diabetes have something in common. They are both referred to as “silent killers.” They can show no symptoms especially early on. So it should not be left untreated over many years. If fat builds up over time, the liver will become inflamed and the result will be scarring on it.

You don’t want to leave this untreated or liver failure will set in. Prevention is key here folks. Reduce the weight, and lower the alcohol consumption. It’s the two biggest causes of liver disease.

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Causes of Fatty Liver Disease

Supplements

Herbal supplements can help with a variety of health issues. I take supplements myself, but I always check with my doctor first because it’s that important to do so. Most are fairly safe but you don’t want interactions with any medications that you may be taking or taking anything that may do harm down the road.

There are some supplements that can result in liver failure such as kava, ephedra, and skullcap. I would dive in and do more research and most definitely consult with my physician before I take anything, especially these supplements because they can really do harm to your liver.

Tylenol

Extreme use of Acetaminophen

This is a big one! Like anything you take over the counter, please READ THE LABELS! Tylenol is okay for a few aches and pains in the back or head, but do NOT use in excess. Too large a dosage or long term excessive use is going to impact your liver and how it functions.

Please do not ignore this! Better to know this now than later one when it’s too late because you had no idea.

Viruses such as Hepatitis

All forms of hepatitis can cause liver failure. Hepatitis A,B, and E can cause liver failure unless you treat it! You want to also discuss with your doctor if you’ve ever had either the herpes simplex virus, or Epstein Barr. These two can do damage to your liver as well and I’m sure your doctor knows that.

Prescription Drug Overdose

Okay, you hear about this all the time. Drugs can be very dangerous especially if they interact with each other or if taken in excessive quantities. Always ask the physician about any antibiotics they prescribe that they won’t do any damage to your liver. Other drugs that are dangerous are drugs that are anti inflammatory such as naproxen and ibuprofen which are intended to treat convulsions and seizures.

Illegal Drugs

There’s no too much to say about this. They’re illegal to begin with. But people obviously take them. Painkillers such as ecstasy, cocaine, and oxycontin can do real damage to your liver. Again, anything you take should be discussed with your physician. This is just plain common sense.

Diseases

There are various diseases that aim at any part of your body around your liver and can cause liver damage. An autoimmune disease can cause inflammation by striking your liver cells and resulting in liver failure.

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