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Fatty liver treatment

If you have fatty liver, then you will probably be advised to:

If you have diabetes, it is important to keep it well controlled. If you have high cholesterol levels, it is important to keep them under control. If you are overweight, it is important to lose weight.

If you need help with any of these aims, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may be able to help, and also 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 medication 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.

Last reviewed: March 2017

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