Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)

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What is NASH?

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a condition in which the liver has an abundance of fat build up, and is not caused by the over-consumption of alcohol. There are two forms of NAFLD: fatty liver (steatosis), and Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH). NASH is a form of NAFLD in which you have hepatitis — inflammation of the liver —and liver cell damage, in addition to fat in your liver. If uncontrolled, this inflammation and liver cell damage can cause fibrosis, and eventually lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer. NASH is a chronic, but silent disease and most individuals live with it for several years before seeing symptoms.

 

The main cause of NASH is due to dietary habits. There are many factors that play a role in this correlation including gender & age, socioeconomic status, rural vs city living, etc. The disease is more common in people with preexisting conditions like obesity, type 2 diabetes/prediabetes, and other metabolic symptoms.

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What can you do to prevent NASH?

  • Managing Cardiovascular Risk: The most impactful way to manage NAFLD is by managing your blood pressure, lipids, weight, smoking status, and diabetes. Diet & Exercise: Modifying your lifestyle to eat healthier, and participate in physical activity can assist in reducing the risks of NAFLD and NASH. If you are overweight, it's important to visit a dietician to help formulate and manage a plan to stay on track. Simple activities like swimming, walking, jogging, light weightlifting, and more are all great steps in the right direction.

 

  • Diet & Exercise: Modifying your lifestyle to eat healthier, and participate in physical activity can assist in reducing the risks of NAFLD and NASH. If you are overweight, it's important to visit a dietician to help formulate and manage a plan to stay on track. Simple activities like swimming, walking, jogging, light weightlifting, and more are all great steps in the right direction.

How can we help?

FOMAT is fortunate to have access to FibroScan technology, a noninvasive diagnostic ultrasound, that allows us to diagnose NASH.

We are looking to offer free liver testing for the community! Give us a call to schedule your free test today!