The liver is a small organ with a few important organs: a large intestine and a small intestine.
If you have an infection, it can lead to liver damage.
People with cirrhosis, the most common form of liver disease, often have to take daily medication to slow down the growth of the cancerous cells.
But some people with normal liver function have very little trouble digesting food, and can live without medication for years without any side effects.
“Liver function is an incredibly important part of a healthy diet,” said Dr. Scott L. Williams, an associate professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
“But we can’t rely on it.
It is an extremely complex organ.”
People with chronic liver disease often have the disease for a long time, and sometimes have a hard time recovering from it.
Williams said the liver may have to be kept healthy longer than the rest of the body, and that people with circrosis and liver disease should take regular liver checks.
“The fact that we’re dealing with people with chronic hepatitis C, they are actually able to live a long and productive life,” he said.
The liver’s size varies in people of different ages and body types.
A person’s body weight and other factors can affect how much the liver can metabolize.
“There is a relationship between weight and the amount of fat in the liver,” said Williams.
People who have more fat in their liver tend to have bigger, more dense liver, and people who have smaller liver tend have thinner and more fluid-filled liver.
“Fat in the body is very important to keep it from getting inflamed and damaged,” he added.
“When fat accumulates in the gut, it may lead to inflammation and scarring of the liver.
This is where some people have to go on medications to control their liver.”
Lifestyle changes The Mayo Clinic recommends a low-fat diet, including low-sodium, whole grains and fruits and vegetables.
“It’s a good idea to eat plenty of fruits and veggies, but you can’t have all of them,” said Loyola University Health System clinical professor of hepatology, Dr. William J. Wortman.
“We have to find ways to reduce or eliminate fat intake.”
A low-carbohydrate, low-glycemic-index (GI) diet is one of the most widely prescribed liver-health diet approaches.
“People with cirrios don’t have much time to eat and have to use medications,” Williams said.
“You have to limit your calories to maintain your body weight.”
But people with liver disease and chronic liver damage may have trouble eating a high-fat, low sugar diet, said Williams, who also practices in New York City.
“For someone who has cirrhos, the main problem with a high fat diet is that it will keep them from moving around and getting exercise, so you’ll get fat cells, so it can make them sick,” he explained.
The Mayo researchers have found that a high carbohydrate intake is also associated with an increased risk of developing liver cancer.
Liver biopsies also show an increased amount of white blood cells, and more liver enzymes are produced, as well as a more prominent liver cyst.
“In terms of how we eat, it’s really important to think about the whole picture,” Williams added.
There are many things that people can do to help manage their liver, such as eating a low glycemic index (GI), avoiding foods high in sugar, and eating foods with low fat.
But Williams said that “some of these foods are just not very healthy, or not recommended.”
A healthy diet is also the key to weight management, as it helps the liver function and absorb nutrients better.
“Even if you have a very active lifestyle, and you are eating a lot of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, you still need to maintain that weight,” he noted.
Loyolans goal is to prevent people with the disease from becoming obese.
It’s an approach that can be very challenging to get right, especially for people who don’t know the first thing about nutrition.
Williams explained that the first step is to find the right balance of food, exercise and medications.
Then, the Mayo researchers will determine if the liver is working as well.
The team is planning a series of studies to see how a low carbohydrate, low fat diet and high fat intake can help people with hepatitis C and cirrhotic liver disease maintain their weight.