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The main goal of people with fatty liver is weight loss and the control of factors associated with metabolic syndrome, even if the patient is not obese. Thus, the following are recommended:
A balanced diet (such as the Mediterranean), low in saturated fat. Avoiding sugar and eliminating sugary drinks is paramount.
Moderate or intense physical exercise 3 or 4 times a week, totalling 150-200 minutes. This can mobilise and reduce the fat content of the liver.
Being less sedentary: for example, by taking less public or private transport and walking up stairs instead of taking the lift. If you work sitting down, take more breaks and move your body.
The initial limitations that people with fatty liver may have are related to their associated pathologies.
However, once cirrhosis has appeared, a closer follow-up is necessary. The appearance of associated complications involves more trips to the hospital, more invasive tests and more medical check-ups to be able to control them.
In this phase, patients are more fragile, with less quality of life; their autonomy is more affected and they may feel more stigmatised.
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Substantiated information by:
Isabel Graupera Garcia-MilàHepatologist Senior SpecialistHepatology Service
Marta Cervera CarbonellNurseHepatology Service
Pere Ginès GibertHepatologistHepatology Service
Published: 19 August 2022
Updated: 26 August 2022
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