Fatty Liver Foundation organizer

As a liver disease patient my goal is to help others understand, manage, or prevent the disease


  • posted about Fructose is a terrible thing to eat but it is everywhere. on Facebook 2017-02-18 14:12:37 -0700
    Fructose is a terrible thing to eat but it is everywhere.

  • posted about Parenting Tip 37 - how to kill your kids on Facebook 2017-02-18 13:08:50 -0700
    Parenting Tip 37 - how to kill your kids

    Parenting Tip 37 - how to kill your kids

    Recent study showed that a high intake of sugar sweetened beverages was associated with high metabolic risk cluster among both sexes; with boys tending to consume more sweet drinks than girls. Adolescents who drank more than 500 mL daily showed an increased risk for high overall metabolic risk; boys had a 10.3-fold risk for contracting metabolic syndrome by International Diabetes Federation (IDF) criteria and girls a 5.1-fold risk  by Cook criteria.  Moderate and high-consuming male SSB drinkers had greater triglyceride levels compared with nondrinkers.

    “The present results indicated that boys who consumed a high amount of sugar sweetened beverages exhibited a 5.1- to 10.3-fold risk of developing metabolic syndrome, even if the prevalence of this metabolic disorder is low,” the researchers wrote.

    http://www.healio.com/hepatology/steatohepatitis-metabolic-liver-disease/news/online/

    Drinks sweetened with fructose are setting our kids up for serious health problems as they get older by increasing the likelihood that they will suffer from liver disease and diabetes.  A factoid parents might like to keep in mind.

    If fatty liver disease or its cousins concern you, join the Foundation, its free click here


  • posted about Fat men die young, ever wonder why? on Facebook 2017-02-18 12:43:41 -0700
    Fat men die young, ever wonder why?

    Fat men die young, ever wonder why?

    One more reason why women live longer than men. Eating too much fat can make you put on weight and lead to heart disease - especially if you eat too much of the wrong kind of fat, such as the omega-6 fats found in many processed foods. But now it seems sausages, pastries and cakes are even worse for men than they are for women. @zoeharcombe #fattyliver

    https://www.bbc.com/news/health-38963874

     A table of food including sausages, burgers, quiche, eggs, cheese, yoghurt, chorizo, mayonnaise, hash browns and peanut butter

    If fatty liver disease or its cousins concern you, join the Foundation, its free click here


  • published Death didn't take a holiday in Caregiver Stories 2017-02-18 09:51:27 -0700

    Death didn't take a holiday for Geneva

    My mother, Geneva Eskridge, was one of the inspirations for this foundation. She passed away, a few days short of her 94th birthday of complications arising from her lung cancer. Her family was there and had been with her during her final days. She was well and truly loved by those who knew her and she rarely met anyone whom she did not befriend. She will be sorely missed by many.

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    For anyone not familiar with her and for those who knew her well I’d like to offer a brief visit with her indomitable spirit. Geneva exemplified the best of us and we can but hope to approach our lives in the same spirit. When diagnosed with lung cancer at the age of 91 she decided to go skydiving rather than retreat from life. The link below is to her first jump and the second is when she jumped again at 92

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG17sLXxQIU

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5xGKVLJxxE

    I only hope that I can live up to her example with my life and our family offers her memory to you as an example of a life well led. I regret that the role of caregiver, which I worried that I might be unable to perform adequately, was cut tragically short by unforeseen events.

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  • posted about The caregiver's vigil, thoughts at the end on Facebook 2017-02-13 20:02:03 -0700
    The caregiver's vigil, thoughts at the end of life

    The caregiver's vigil, thoughts at the end

    The caregiver's role for most is a date with the inevitable.  This is a special burden that anyone who has not done it cannot really wrap their minds around.  There is an odd relationship that develops between a person who knows that death is nearby and a loved one who accepts the role of helper in the vigil.  Even if unspoken or acknowledged there is a link quite unlike any that one has in everyday life.  Regardless of the circumstances there is a unique relationship between the main character and the watcher in this very human drama.

    Most of the time we think little about our own death.  For most of our lives we see it as being some far future which we don't dwell upon.  Being a player in the drama forces an awareness of our own mortality upon us which I suspect never really goes away.

    My mother passed away a few days ago and I find that my mind seems to have a mind of its own as memories of happier times rise unbidden and somehow get stuck in my eyes making them blurry.  

    We live with change every day and we hear of the death of people we know and love throughout our lives but the act of participating changes you.  For the better I am hoping as I don't wish to go through the rest of my life with a rogue mind but if you ever are faced with the decision of whether to be a caregiver or not, do it if you can.  As hard as it is you will be better for it.


  • published Fibroscan-testing 2017-02-12 10:23:15 -0700

    What is going wrong with my liver? How do I get tested? What is Fibroscan?

    • Did you know that liver disease is often without symptoms?
    • Did you know that it is very common to learn you have stage 4 fibrosis or cirrhosis as your first warning?
    • Did you know that cirrhosis is not curable?
    • Did you know that doctors will tell you not to worry about fatty liver even though it can lead to cirrhosis?

    OK can you tell me what really happens? 

    The key is to understand what you do to yourself. Here are a few videos that will help you understand the problem.

    This first video is generally good but simplifies the explanation of a complex problem in order to make it short. However, the general overview is instructive but makes it sound too simple.  Dr Reddy markets his services through videos.  We are not involved with his clinic but his video is helpful. More specific details of liver disease are included in following videos for those who want to understand specifics.

    In the liver the danger of the fatty liver disease process is basically the fat accumulating in your liver when it shouldn't, mostly because of your bad diet. That sets you up for liver damage which harms almost every organ in your body. These videos explain what happens in the liver when you eat poorly and explains screening for disease.

    These videos take you into the bio-chemistry.  If you are going to manage your liver problems you have to believe the message that lifestyle and diet are fundamental.  If you understand the fundamentals you are equipped to make wise choices about your day to day lifestyle.

    Something to be aware of is that fatty liver disease, caused by a constant liver stress resulting from a bad diet, sets you up for a variety of diseases. To understand this it is important to realize that the liver is central to energy use and storage which are fundamental to you being alive.  This energy process uses lipoproteins which are managed by the liver as you can learn in this brief video.

    One of the first systems to begin to fail with liver damage is insulin management which leads to diabetes. You may find it interesting that medicine treats diabetes but treatments for the root cause, compromised liver function, are limited.

    Boy that sucks.  How can I get my liver tested?

    Sadly liver fibrosis production is mostly silent and there is no warning before it becomes serious.  Doctors watch for elevated liver enzymes in blood tests and may do an occasional ultrasound.  The unfortunate truth is that enzymes aren't usually elevated until significant damage is done and an ultrasound doesn't give any warning until the liver is at least 30% fat.  If you are overweight you can assume that you are accumulating fat in your liver but screening tests are limited.  Once fibrosis begins to form a specialized ultrasound called Fibroscan can detect those changes in the liver.  In these videos doctors discusses the liver and Fibroscan.  The first is only 2:33 so a quick overview.

    If all of that isn't enough, here is a clinical lecture which goes into detail on liver disease diagnosis and the use of Fibroscan.  It is excellent but is an hour long.

     

     


  • Your doctor may give you diet advice that will kill you

    This is a very thoughtful article about the generally poor advice patients get from their doctors.  Obesity is the stalking horse of death for many Americans and despite much marketing hype we are failing as a society.  The next generation is likely to be the first whose life expectancy will be less than their parents. Liver disease and the co-morbidity it contributes to are multi-decade killers.  This article is from StatNews by AGUSTINA SAENZ and is a good discussion of the problem.

    TO BE TRUE HEALERS PHYSICIANS NEED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT  HEALTHY EATING

    Clinicians, often get nutrition information that’s influenced by industries selling American-style fare, like red meat, sugar, ice cream, and soda. The “moderation” clause soon creeps in. Easy-to-grab, fast food options are even sold in hospitals, the sacred places where the sickest people go for treatment and recovery.

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  • published Silent killer stalks 100 million in Press 2017-01-17 12:29:31 -0700

    Silent killer: Doctors battling liver disease that threatens one-fifth of adults

    MURRAY — For five years, Wayne Eskridge carried the same photo.

    It wasn't a picture of a loved one. It was a picture of his liver.

    You can read the story here

    Back in 2010, a surgeon went in to remove Eskridge's gallbladder and came out with bad news: He was sure Eskridge had stage 4 liver disease.

    This came as a shock. Eskridge, 73, didn't drink. He had no symptoms of liver disease. In fact, the semiretired Boise engineer had hardly ever been sick.

    In the weeks and months to pass, doctors performed blood tests, genetic tests and two liver biopsies, which provided conflicting information. One suggested his liver was healthy. Another said his liver was severely scarred. The bloodwork indicated that nothing was wrong, but then a hematologist diagnosed him hemochromatosis — too much iron in his blood.

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  • published Skydiving Granny fights depression in Press 2017-01-17 12:28:39 -0700

    How my skydiving mother gave me a new perspective on terminal illness

    In 2014 I was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cirrhosis. I had no symptoms, felt pretty good for a 71 year old guy and I was optimistic about the future. I didn't drink, I'd never had hepatitis C. I was one of the growing number of Americans with NASH, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. The reasons for it are not fully understood, but there is no cure, short of a liver transplant.

    My dad, who died a decade ago, had liver disease, so I knew that this is one nasty way to go. For the first time in my life, I fell into the ugly beast of depression. 

    You can read the original story here

    http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/diagnosis-cancer/How-a-skydiving-granny-gave-him-a-new-perspective-on-terminal-illness.html

    A few months after my diagnosis, when my spirits had reached rock bottom, my 91-year-old mother asked me and my sister to go with her to see an oncologist.  She had been coughing a little and a scan showed a suspicious mass in her lung which had been biopsied. 

    The doctor was calm and supportive as he explained stage 4 non-small cell carcinoma.  Sadly no, not operable. How long would she have? Hard to say. Probably not too long.  Chemo is really hard on older people, he told us.  Think about the quality of life.

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  • commented on Multiple Listing 2017-01-16 21:16:48 -0700
    Anyone facing a liver transplant really should contact Mariel.
  • published Coffee in FOODS 2017-01-15 20:28:33 -0700

    Coffee - Is it Good or Bad For My Liver?

    There is a lot of opinion about coffee but real research is coming in so what does it say.

    A:

    The pooled results of the meta-analysis indicated that coffee consumers were less likely to develop cirrhosis compared with those who do not consume coffee. For low or moderate coffee consumption versus no consumption hepatic cirrhosis was reduced. Additionally high coffee consumption could also significantly reduce the risk for hepatic cirrhosis when compared with no coffee consumption. The effect of coffee consumption on hepatic fibrosis was summarized as well. Hepatic fibrosis for coffee consumption versus no consumption was significantly protective. The protective effect of coffee on hepatic fibrosis and cirrhosis was also identified in subgroups of patients with alcoholic liver disease and chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection.

    CONCLUSION:

    Coffee consumption can significantly reduce the risk for hepatic fibrosis and cirrhosis. Here is a link to the study.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26556483

    There is also research which shows that how coffee is brewed.  It is important to use a paper filter to eliminate some harmful substances.  This link is to that research for those who want the detail.

    http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/827617_3

     


  • published Sugar in FOODS 2017-01-15 18:29:48 -0700

    Sugar - Is it bad for my liver?

    This discussion focuses on fructose and why it is a real enemy of your liver so think high fructose corn syrup. The little secret is that table sugar is 50% fructose so it is not just calories that we are concerned about.

    A:

    Fructose, or fruit sugar, is a simple ketonic monosaccharide found in many plants, where it is often bonded to glucose to form the disaccharide sucrose. It is one of the three dietary monosaccharides, along with glucose and galactose, that are absorbed directly into the bloodstream during digestion. Fructose is a very sweet, white, odorless, crystalline solid and is the most water-soluble of all the sugars. Fructose is found in honey, tree and vine fruits, flowers, berries, and most root vegetables. Excessive fructose consumption is a cause of diabetes, obesity, elevated LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, leading to metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and fatty liver.

     


  • posted about Monsanto’s Roundup linked to fatty liver disease on Facebook 2017-01-15 14:32:29 -0700
    Monsanto’s Roundup linked to fatty liver disease

    Monsanto’s Roundup linked to fatty liver disease

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    The concern over wide spread chemicals such as RoundUp continues.  Of interest to this community is evidence that very low levels can cause fatty liver disease.  You can read about the research at the link.


  • commented on NASH Diet 2018-11-25 10:04:53 -0700
    Hi Misty
    Multiple questions there. People can have a wide variety of bio-chemistries so there is no one diet fits all, but as you think about nutrition, it is good to keep the basics in mind. If you are concerned about liver health the first question is what food is easiest for the liver to manage. Keep in mind that over 50% of the energy used by the body is fat. The heart, as just one example, burns only fat. All low-fat diets force the liver to convert sugars into fats. Is that your goal? Keto forces the liver to manufacture ketones for the brain. Is that of concern? One place to start might be to read about how the body actually processes fats. You might start here as just one suggestion.

    https://www.fattyliverfoundation.org/triglycerides

    There are passionate advocates for all kinds of diets. If the science we rely on to support our approach is of interest you can start here to study that.

    https://www.fattyliverfoundation.org/science

    You may have some nutrition concern that pushes you in a different direction but go there based upon research if you can. Our message is whatever approach you take work your liver as little as possible if you have a liver disease.
    Wayne
  • published Disease Facts in IN-DEPTH 2017-01-14 13:07:38 -0700

    About Fatty Liver, NAFLD, NASH & Cirrhosis

    If you want to really understand Fatty Liver Disease, spend some time watching the videos below.  They present a great deal of information, but if knowledge is your goal, this is a great place to start.

    Part of dealing with liver disease is to understand it.  In order to help you, we are working with Armando Hasudungan who produces superb short videos to explain complex medical subjects.  We use them throughout the site to help you understand your body and specifically your liver.  The first video gives you a view of the liver overall and the following ones focus on details.

    So how does what I eat cause me problems?

    OK, but how does Cirrhosis happen?

    So what is cirrhosis that is the one that scares me.

    I suppose the next question is what are the signs and symptoms and management of liver disease.

    Darn, so how bad can it be really?

    Causes part 1

    Causes part 2

     

    If you would like to explore the science behind the diets click on this link.

     


  • commented on HOME 2019-02-06 18:00:00 -0700
    Regarding lecithin, There are arguments both ways on it. Lecithin is a common part of plants. Much of the supplements available are made from soybeans so you do get it from a plant based diet. It is an emulsifier so it conceptually aids fat digestion but that also says to use it with meals. There are also some studies suggest that excess lecithin can be digested by bowel bacteria to form TMAO which is considered by many to be a cardiovascular problem. We are not doctors so we suggest discussing it with a qualified professional.
  • posted about Newsletter Sign-Up on Facebook 2017-01-13 16:15:32 -0700
    I invite you to check out the Fatty Liver Foundation I just joined

    Become an FLF Member to Receive Our Newsletter

    Our principle focus is Fatty Liver, Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and Non-Alcoholic Steatohepetitis (NASH).  

    We're not here to sell you anything. Through personal experience with liver disease, we've learned that information is power.  FLF, a non-profit foundation, is dedicated to helping people better understand fat in the liver, why it can kills you, and how to deal with it.

    By becoming a member, you are signing up to receive our email newsletter. Membership is free, but we do depend on public support and donations of any size are greatly appreciated.

     

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  • Reversal of cirrhosis may be possible - a personal report from the battle

    For those who have followed my musings along the way, I thought you might find some value in an update. A brief review. I happen to be under the care of a hepatologist who began his career in Europe. There is a lot of discussion of the so called mediteranian diet which includes olive oil but the standards of care are silent on the use of olive oil as a primary component of treating fibrotic liver disease. In my journal I've provided fairly detailed descriptions of my personal diet which includes 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil per day.

    So, I've been doing this for a year now and it is fair to ask if there are any results. I'm happy to report that I recently had my second Fibroscan test. The results, in 2015 my reading was 21.5 well into the cirrhotic range. Today it is 14.3 near the bottom of the stage 4 range..

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  • physicians need to learn more about healthy eating

    Most primary care doctors find it relatively easy to talk with their patients about topics like depression or cancer. Yet many shy away from talking about nutrition, or find it difficult to do. Avoiding that conversation is costly.

    For someone with diabetes, it may mean the difference between losing a foot or keeping it. For someone with heart disease, that conversation could free them from workplace disability or empower them to work harder. For someone who is steadily gaining weight, it could save them from gastric bypass surgery or from a lifetime of medications to treat obesity and weight-related complications.

     Many people blame lack of willpower for gaining weight. According to the University of Chicago, consumers say that willpower is their No. 1 barrier to weight loss. Americans spend $60 billion each year on diet and diet aids, but aren’t much slimmer for it. Close to 70 percent of adults are overweight or obese. Sixty percent are on diets.

    An article by Agustina Saenz, MD

    https://www.statnews.com/2016/11/17/nutrition-doctors-patients/

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