The treatment for fatty liver disease involves making changes to your lifestyle. This can improve the condition and even reverse it.
If your fatty liver is caused by alcohol, then the most important thing to do is give up alcohol. This will prevent you from developing a more serious condition.
If you have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, you will probably be advised to:
- drink no or very little alcohol
- follow a healthy diet and avoid sugar
- lose weight
- exercise regularly
- control your blood sugar
- treat high cholesterol if you have it
- avoid medicines that can affect your liver
- quit smoking
Your doctor can help you. They may refer you to a dietitian, drug and alcohol counsellor or specialist.
Avoiding all fat in your diet is not necessary. However, your doctor may recommend that you avoid certain foods, such as those that contain fructose (the sugar in fruit) and trans fats (a type of fat).
There is no specific medicine for fatty liver disease. However, depending on your situation, your doctor may advise that you take medicine to lower your lipid levels, or improve the way your body manages glucose.
Some people with advanced fatty liver disease who develop severe cirrhosis of the liver need to have a liver transplant.
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Last reviewed: January 2019