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    Fatty Liver--Restrict Fat?

    I am an ironically scrawny person with a possible lipase deficiency: I was diagnosed with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver. I only eat eggs, fats, vegetables, and nuts. I've seen in some places that animal protein and fats can slow down the liver. I've also seen the same thing said about sugar.

    If I cut down on fats, where would I get my energy from? Should I cut down on fats? Or change them? Has anyone tried goat's butter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nutritionut View Post
    I only eat eggs, fats, vegetables, and nuts.
    What did you used to eat? As I understand it fatty liver builds over a long time and is usually caused by sugar or alcohol.

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    Nutritionut,

    Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver disease is caused by a lack of Choline in your diet. Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease is now an epidemic with > 100 Million Americans suffering, Details here:
    Part 1:
    http://blog.cholesterol-and-health.c...egg-yolks.html
    Part 2:
    http://blog.cholesterol-and-health.c...ribute-to.html

    Best to you,
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    Agree with Grizz - see Chris Masterjohns' recent posts. You need to increase choline intake. Best sources are liver and egg yolks. A nice symmetry in the need to eat liver to preserve your liver
    Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

    Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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    This is not the OP's issue obviously but just for the sake of completeness I'll add that for many folks fatty liver is simply a weight issue. I was diagnosed with it after an abdominal scan showed many fatty deposits, and six months later after losing thirty pounds there wasn't a single one. I was on no specific diet at the time, simply counting calories.

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    Increase choline-rich foods as suggested but decrease foods high in fructose and possibly low carb it for a bit. Maybe take some liver supplements.
    Do you eat meat?
    You may benefit from taking enzymes if you are lipase deficient. Do you have issues with diarrhoea?
    Last edited by Sue; 12-07-2010 at 03:35 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JEL62 View Post
    This is not the OP's issue obviously but just for the sake of completeness I'll add that for many folks fatty liver is simply a weight issue. I was diagnosed with it after an abdominal scan showed many fatty deposits, and six months later after losing thirty pounds there wasn't a single one. I was on no specific diet at the time, simply counting calories.
    +1

    Same problem for me. I applied for disability insurance, and the medical underwriting they did uncovered elevated liver enzymes. More testing confirmed I had a non-alcohol related fatty liver...basically because I was over weight. Liver specialist said in my case the best thing I could do is lose some weight. For a few years I didn't lose weight...but when I did, issue seemed to self correct. I still want to go back for further testing after I keep this weight off for a while just to confirm.

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    All of the main questions have been addessed by the above posters

    1)How long have you been eating this way?
    2)Was your previous diet high in sugar, specifically fructose (pop, juice, fruit, candy etc) or alcohol?
    3) Are you at a healthy weight?


    ETA: Your only source of protein is eggs/nuts? Where does all of your fat come from?

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    I have been eating mostly eggs, vegs, nuts, butter/coconut oil/olive oil since February because of Candida. I have had some blips along the way, but I have been mostly sugar-free. I am 5'3" and my weight has fluctuated between 105 and 110 pounds during the past year or so. I currently am at 110 pounds.

    Before Candida, I had cut out refined sugars to keep my skin clear for about 2 years, but I was still eating a high-carb, low protein occasionally vegan diet. But I also dabbled in anorexia and bulimia a few years back: I'd say that has contributed to my liver's current state.

    Thank you for the information on choline. I do take a liver support multi vitamin with choline, milk thistle, methionine, b vitamins, etc. I'm also taking liposomal glutathione. I eat 4 eggs a day, but will consider further choline supplementation.

    I am working on getting more protein, but as an ex-vegetarian with a weakened digestive system, it is a slow process. I am taking digestive enzymes that include lipase.

    I appreciate the detailed feedback. It's great to be able to talk through some of this stuff.

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    Nutritionut, how were you diagnosed? Have you ever had hepatitis or a family history of it? Have you ever been a heavy drinker?

    From what you've said it doesn't sound like you are in a high risk group for NAFLD.

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