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Can you reverse fatty liver and hypertension?(13 Posts)
Dh has been diagnosed with fatty liver and hypertension
I think it's largely diet stress and alcohol related. He had an ultrasound booked and is on blood pressure tablets. He has stopped drinking and I'm trying to make sure he exercises and has a healthier diet.
Any tips? Is it reversible with lifestyle changes He's only in his 40s ☹️
I think both could be at least improved by a healthier lifestyle. The fat that surrounds organs would respond like any fat to a healthy life of good diet and exercise. Well done to him on stopping drinking. That’s a great start. He is more likely to keep doing an exercise he enjoys. Does he do any now?
Yes I'm very proud of him. Drinking crept up over the years mainly out of habit and to alleviate stress of job but I think this has scared him and he has taken it very seriously
He does no exercise at all at the moment so I'm trying to encourage him
I think fatty liver is very common. I was only 29 when I had a virtual colonoscopy that also scanned your other organs and it came back saying I had fatty changes in the liver. The doctor said it is really common and even he had it. I’m not sure about hypertension though I’m afraid.
Hypertension has many causes. Appropriate diet and lifestyle changes may help and in some cases necessary but sometimes meds will still be needed.
If the hypertension is genetic then healthy eating will help but I guess he may still need some medication, maybe just the lowest dose. Well done on the drinking that will help overall health.
look at intermittend fasting
that has been shown to help an unhappy liver. wrt blood pressure - losing weight can help but if it's an inherited issue then lifelong medication might be needed.
he needs to discuss this with his gp.
There’s evidence that a 10% weight loss is required to make a difference to fatty liver (probably this should be a starting goal, not a minimum)
Liver north has some great information booklets.
British liver trust also.
Look at Dr Michael Mosley's Fast 800 book (also lots of threads on here about the plan). I managed to reverse my non-alcohol related fatty liver in about 4 months following this plan, and lost about 2.5 stone in the process.
Losing weight helped me to completely reverse my fatty liver.
Weight loss will help hypertension, but he's likely to have to continue medication for a long time. Most hypertension has no identifiable cause, so all you can really do is use drugs to bring the pressure down. Fatty liver needs a change of diet and loss of weight. Exercise will reduce cardiovascular risk, both through contribution to weight loss and through improvement of cardiac performance. Drinking is bad for your liver no matter what else is going on: if he has fatty liver, drinking alcohol is a stupid thing to do.
Stress does not cause chronic hypertension or fatty liver directly, but it does make you more likely to eat badly, drink too much and not exercise.
I've had both. Fatty liver in my thirties now no longer apparent in my fifties. Severe hypertension earlier this year now completely controlled with multiple medications. Some weight loss, which, if I can keep it up, might mean I can stop one of the drugs next year. Still stressed, still struggling to find time for exercise, luckily was never much of a drinker.
I was able to come off hypertension meds within 6 months after joining a gym. I didn't want to take them due to side effects. I monitored my blood pressure using GP's machine which gave a printout that GP checked and he agreed to take me off meds after I had not taken meds for 3 months and my pressure was consistently in the optimal range. Two years later I check it monthly and its still optimal. GP said he rarely had patients who managed to get off meds.
I am now extremely fit and motivated to stay that way.
I reversed my fatty liver with a low carb diet and intermittent fasting.
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