An update on my cirrhosis, it was stage 4, now stage 3

The foundation was spawned out of my personal journey through undiagnosis, misdiagnosis, and finally a stage 4 NASH so I've chronicled my journey through our website.  I just completed a checkup at the transplant center and now that we are two years into my treatment plan I am starting to get enough data that might be helpful.

I do have some very encouraging results to report.  In 2015 I had an MRI elastography which reported my liver stiffness as 4.8 kPa.  Their scale shows that to be a stage 3 moving into full cirrhosis which they start at 5.0 kPA. My biopsy called it cirrhosis and I also had a fibroscan that year which read as 21.5.  Anything above 12 is considered to be cirrhosis. A long way around to say I really do have a liver in trouble even though I have never had a symptom of any kind.  Go figure.

As a result of making diet and lifestyle changes I've lost 50 pounds and the results are clear.  My MRI elastography now reads 3.8 and is in the stage 3 range.  This confirms a fibroscan test that now is 13.7.  I know it is uncommon but my liver is recovering functionality and I believe that the change in diet had a lot to do with it.  The weight loss is a major factor, but my ability to do that without struggling with hunger was also, I believe, a result of how dietary fat as a food component has become part of my life.  If anyone is interested, here is a link to the diet advice we give and the program that I follow.  Can't predict if it would work for anyone else but I think the science is on my side.

http://www.fattyliverfoundation.org/nash_diet

If you are interested in the science that supports this strategy you can find it here.

http://www.fattyliverfoundation.org/science

and information about extra virgin olive oil, the foundation of the diet,  can be read about here

http://www.fattyliverfoundation.org/olive_oil

I offer this information in the spirit of sharing with current or future patients dealing with liver fibrosis or the obesity that is a driver for the problem. I hope you find some of it useful. Anyone who is obese, has diabetes, pre-diabetes, or metabolic syndrome should also consider this information.

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