Diabetes tends to increase risk of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.
Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease may be present in nearly half of all Diabetes patients. Obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, increase your risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Fatty liver disease may not cause any symptoms. But it may increase risk of developing liver cancer and heart disease.
Poorly managed Type 2 Diabetes may make fatty liver disease worse.
Your best defense against fatty liver disease should include these strategies:
- Eat less sugar or foods rich in sugar
- Lose weight through regular exercise and low caloric intake
- Aim to reduce high blood pressure through reduced salt intake, managing stress levels
- Control low-density lipo-protein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides by eating fresh foods. Avoid eating processed foods
- Avoid alcohol intake as it provides “empty” calories that may do more harm than good. Moreover, it also burdens the Liver
Doctor may ask for an ultrasound to examine your liver. He may even like to monitor your liver function by blood tests.