Written by experts and updated with the most current information available, this indispensable guide is for anyone living with fatty liver disease.
Some people with excess fat in the liver simply have what's called a fatty liver. Although this is not normal, it's not serious if it doesn't lead to inflammation or damage. However, once there's a build up of simple fat, the liver becomes vulnerable to injury, which may result in inflammation and scarring of the liver. Others have what's called Nonalcoholic Steatohepatisis (NASH). Although it is similar to alcoholic liver disease, people with this type of fatty liver disease drink little or no alcohol. NASH can lead to permanent liver damage, as the liver may enlarge and, over time, liver cells may be replaced by scar tissue. This is called cirrhosis.
Based on the most current and comprehensive information available, the authors have created this indispensable guide for anyone living with and managing fatty liver disease. There is extensive information on the causes of NAFLD, the symptoms and signs, and the treatment options like medications, exercise and diet. Because diet plays such a major role in managing the condition, there are 75 specially selected recipes that contribute to a well-balanced diet that is low in saturated fats and high in fiber.
Dr. Maitreyi Raman, MD, MSc, FRCPC, is a gastroenterologist and physician nutritionist. She is associate professor of medicine at the University of Calgary, medical director for Alberta's Collaboration for Excellence in Nutrition in Digestive Diseases (Ascend), and co-founder of LyfeMD.
Angela Sirounis, BSc, RD, is a clinical dietitian at Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, Alberta, who works in enteral and parenteral nutrition support, in both in and outpatient settings.
Jennifer Shrubsole, BSc, RD, is a clinical dietitian at Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, Alberta. She specializes in enteral and parenteral nutrition support for gastrointestinal medical and surgical patients.
Dr. Lorian Taylor, RD, PhD, is a registered dietitian and behavior change specialist. She is the research director for Alberta's Collaboration of Excellence for Nutrition in Digestive Diseases.