Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) in Florida
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What is NASH?
There are a couple of different categories of disease under the diagnosis of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The first surrounds an excess of fat in the liver that doesn't cause any outward symptoms or accompanying inflammation. Typically, this type of disease is found when other tests are performed. If this type of disease is having an impact on your well-being, your GI specialist will review with you the steps you can take to preserve your liver from further damage. This particular type of NAFLD is also usually considered benign, but it does have the probability to become NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis).
The second type is more serious and is called non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. It is also defined by a buildup of fat in your liver as well as inflammation. NASH is typically discovered in individuals who are overweight, have diabetes, and/or have high blood sugar, and/or have high cholesterol. Unless treated, NASH can impair liver function and lead to additional health problems.
NASH is often diagnosed by the GI specialists at Gastroenterology Associates of Florida or hepatologists who partner with another medical specialist to give you comprehensive care. For more information about NASH treatments in FL, get in touch with our office today.
What are the symptoms of NASH?
Several individuals who have non-alcoholic steatohepatitis live without developing symptoms. NASH may, at times, lead to scarring of the liver, which is called cirrhosis. If symptoms of NASH occur, they could involve:
- Everlasting fatigue
- Unexplained loss of weight
- Aching in the upper right part of your abdomen
If you have been diagnosed with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis and begin to have trouble breathing, swollen legs, or are unusually tired, contact your GI doctor immediately. The GI providers at Gastroenterology Associates of Florida can help you find answers.
Am I at risk for NASH?
The reason for developing NASH is not known. While it could affect younger people, NASH most often occurs in adults. Additional risk factors for NASH include:
- Diagnosed high blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
- Cholesterol that is high
- Asian or Hispanic descent (but it can affect anyone)
- High blood sugar levels
Can NASH be treated?
If left untreated, NASH can lead to other health issues, like cirrhosis, liver cancer, and ultimately, liver failure. When the condition is diagnosed, adjusting your weight, blood sugar, and cholesterol can positively impact not only your liver but your entire body.
After being diagnosed with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, you will want to routinely visit your Florida gastroenterologist/hepatologist to keep an eye on your liver. Treating NASH could include a combination of eating healthy, avoiding sugar and sodium, and regular exercise. Part of the treatment process at Gastroenterology Associates of Florida includes addressing any previous conditions that may increase the risk and/or severity of NASH.
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Improve the health of your liver
Receiving the medical attention you need to preserve your liver health and minimize the impact of NASH can improve your quality of life. At Gastroenterology Associates of Florida, our GI doctors are dedicated to placing your health and wellness first, and our team takes a patient-centric approach to treating NASH. If you think you may have this condition or are searching for a doctor who offers NASH treatment in Florida, contact our office to schedule a meeting with a GI physician.
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