Fatty Liver

Diane Dorfman
By Diane Dorfman Latest Reply 2015-03-11 08:41:39 -0500
Started 2015-03-09 12:17:42 -0500

Hello to all…
Just wanting to know if any one has been diagnosed with a Fatty Liver from there diabetes? I was diagnosed 4 years ago with type 2. Since then, I have always had a Fatty Liver and it shows up every time I do my blood work. Any one else have this and if so, what do you do about it?

14 replies

calayx 2015-03-10 22:01:28 -0500 Report

In December of 2010, I was going to have gastric bypass surgery.
In the operating room, they started Laparoscopic surgery. Within a few minutes, after they put the scopes in, they canceled the surgery. When I was in the recovery room they told me they stopped because they found that I had non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. They were afraid if they nicked my liver, I might bleed to death. That is how I found out that I had a fatty liver.
In January of 2012 I saw a liver specialist who said I had about 9-10 years to live without a liver transplant.
A few years later I went to UCLA for transplant evaluation.
They said I needed to be sicker to be on the list.
This was like the chicken or the egg. They didn't know who caused what.
Now, as countdowns go I have about 5 + years to go. No matter what the doctors say, I believe in God's timing.

Diane Dorfman
Diane Dorfman 2015-03-11 08:39:41 -0500 Report

oh no…sorry to hear this! Wow that must be scary! Mine is Non Alcoholic too. My liver enzymes don't seem to change through the years!
I will definitely watch better for fried foods and get more weight off, and hope that will help!

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-09 14:40:57 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed with diabetes related fatty liver in October of 2014…saw my doc last week…He said it has "corrected itself" and my liver function was perfect…3 mos on atkins took care of the issue…I am not advocating for this diet, just telling you my personal experience..but all my health markers are right where they are suppose to be…and that wasn't the case before atkins..

haoleboy 2015-03-10 11:27:03 -0500 Report

how were you diagnosed? just on the basis of blood work? (AST/ALT levels)

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-10 20:37:25 -0500 Report

Original routine blood work..then he took more blood and tested it..for what I don't know…but I know he ran another test before telling me..could of just been a retest could of been something else…not a clue…I didn't particularly "click" with that doctor… he was "concerned" with the first results…and kept asking me if I was a heavy drinker…if I ever had Hepatitis…or got a tattoo…he even asked my hubby to leave…I really think he thought I was a drinker or something…and didn't want to admit it in front of my hubby,,,

Diane Dorfman
Diane Dorfman 2015-03-09 18:54:50 -0500 Report

Thats great! I was told from several Dr. not to do the Atkins. They suggested Weight Watchers or just watch what I eat. Crazy how you hear so many different things. I will see how my test results come back on Friday!

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-09 20:46:34 -0500 Report

Well doctors are for the most part..idiots when it comes to nutrition…however..I suggest you go on you tube..They're many very informative videos ..just make sure you always use the word Doctor..or Dr. in your search They're are a few doctors that GET IT).. so you don't end up with a bunch of "regular" folk talking about the diet…for instance I have searched…Dr. Keto diets for fatty liver…or Dr. keto diets for kidney problems…don't rush into anything…watch and learn and research then decide..it is not for everyone..BUT and this is a big BUT..if yu are taking insulin or any other diabetes meds that can facilitate a low..and you decide to do atkins…you have to tell your doctor you are doing it because meds will need to be adjusted because your carb intake will be substantially lower..

Diane Dorfman
Diane Dorfman 2015-03-10 11:06:07 -0500 Report

I will look those up. I have had a Fatty Liver for almost 4 years now. Since I was diagnosed with Diabetes type 2. My liver enzymes don't seem to change. I will see this Friday where they are. I am on Metformin and Victoza which I want to stop! Should be interesting Friday!

jayabee52 2015-03-09 12:39:40 -0500 Report

Howdy Diane.
"Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease—NAFLD, for short—is the most common chronic liver disease in America. Because of the liver's central role in so many body processes, fat in the liver can have a ripple effect, increasing the risks of developing both cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes." "Eighty percent of people with diabetes have fat in the liver, says Kenneth Cusi, MD, FACP, FACE, an endocrinologist at the University of Florida" source ~ http://www.diabetesforecast.org/2012/may/fatt...

What to do about it?
"There are no drugs that treat fatty liver disease. Instead, this condition is treated indirectly with lifestyle changes such as losing weight, getting in better physical shape, and controlling blood sugar and triglycerides — fats in the blood that can contribute to fatty liver." source ~http://www.everydayhealth.com/type-2-diabetes...

IOW lose weight, keep your carb intake down and your liver will likely respond.

Praying to your success in that


Diane Dorfman
Diane Dorfman 2015-03-09 13:32:42 -0500 Report

Thanks so much for that info. It's Nonalcoholic! My Endo Dr. Never seems concerned about it, she tells me excercise more and watch my diet. On the other hand, my Gastroenterology Doc is concerned and does separate blood work from my Endo and he wants me to do a liver biopsy! I won't do that.

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