Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) in New Orleans, LA
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What is non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)?
There are two different categories of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The first disease involves an excess of fat in your liver that doesn't cause any outward symptoms or accompanying inflammation. Often, this type is found when additional tests are being performed. If this type of disease is affecting your health, your provider will discuss the process you might take to safeguard your liver from more damage. This particular type of NAFLD is also often considered non-cancerous, however, it does have the potential to progress to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).
The second is more serious and is known as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. NASH is also defined by a buildup of fat in a patient's liver in addition to inflammation. NASH is typically seen in individuals who are overweight, are diabetic or have high blood sugar, and|or high cholesterol. Unless properly treated, NASH can harm liver function and create more health problems.
NASH is often diagnosed by the GI specialists at Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates or hepatologists who are partnered with other medical specialists to provide comprehensive care. For more information about the NASH treatment options in New Orleans, LA, contact our office today.
Are there symptoms of NASH?
Many patients who have non-alcoholic steatohepatitis live without having symptoms. NASH may, at times, cause scarring of the liver, which is known as cirrhosis. If NASH symptoms occur, they could involve:
- Persistent fatigue
- An ache in the upper right portion of the abdomen
- Unintentional weight loss
If you have been diagnosed with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis and develop difficulty breathing, swelling in your legs, or are unusually tired, contact your GI provider as soon as possible. The specialists at Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates can provide care.
Who is at risk for NASH?
The cause of NASH is not known. Although it can affect young people, the condition generally is seen in older individuals. Some other risk factors for NASH could include:
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
- Asian or Hispanic descent (however, NASH can be seen in anyone)
- High cholesterol
- Adult-onset diabetes (type 2 diabetes)
- High blood sugar levels
- Being overweight
- Diagnosed high blood pressure
How is NASH treated?
Left untreated, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis may cause more health issues, including cirrhosis, liver cancer, and ultimately, liver failure. If you have been diagnosed with NASH, adjusting your weight, blood sugar, and cholesterol can help not only your liver but your whole body.
After being diagnosed with NASH, you should regularly visit your New Orleans, LA GI specialist/hepatologist to monitor your liver. Treating NASH could involve a combination of a healthy diet, avoiding sugar and sodium, and regular exercise. We will also need to address any previous conditions known for increasing the risk or severity of NASH.
Improve your liver health
Getting the assistance you require to manage your liver health and reduce the impact of NASH can improve your quality of life. At Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates, our team is passionate about placing your health first, and our providers take a patient-centric approach to treating NASH. If you believe you might have this condition or need a specialist who offers treatment for NASH in New Orleans, LA, contact us to request an appointment with a local gastroenterologist in your community.
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