Fatty Liver

What Causes Fatty Liver?

To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of fatty liver we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow fatty liver to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind fatty liver consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to fatty liver.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Nutritional Deficiency
  • Ulcerative Colitis

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
slight abdominal distension
joint pain/swelling/stiffness
edema of the feet
meal-induced pain for 1-4 weeks
frequent episodes of diarrhea
excessive flatulence
having loose stools
craving specific foods
acute abdominal pain
meal-related bloating
colitis in family members
mild meal-induced pain
... and more than 20 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of fatty liver:
Cause Probability Status
Ulcerative Colitis 90% Confirm
Nutritional Deficiency 72% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate liver problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you been diagnosed with fatty liver?
Possible responses:
→ I've never been tested / don't know
→ No, my liver was confirmed to be normal
→ Yes, I have mild fatty liver
→ Yes, I have moderate fatty liver
→ Yes, I have severe fatty liver
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate confirmed absence of fatty liver, mild fatty liver, moderate fatty liver or severe fatty liver, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Nutritional Deficiency

Malnutrition can result in an enlarged fatty liver, which can result in ascites.

Ulcerative Colitis

Scientists believe a fatty liver can occur when the immune system triggers inflammation in other parts of the body.  These problems are usually mild and go away when the colitis is treated.

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