How is fatty liver disease treated?

There is no single treatment for fatty liver disease. In most cases, no treatment is required. If it is needed, treatment will depend on the underlying cause:

  • For fatty liver disease caused by alcohol abuse, alcohol should be strictly avoided.
  • For non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, your doctor may recommend that you go on a diet, since losing weight can reduce the amount of fat in the liver. Even losing 1 or 2 pounds per week might help. Your doctor or nutritionist can give you advice on healthy weight loss techniques.
  • The anti-inflammatory drugs pentoxifylline (Trental®) and obeticholic acid (Ocaliva®) may improve fibrosis (liver stiffness), while vitamin E, thiazolidinediones (drugs used to treat diabetes) and obeticholic acid may improve inflammation associated with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

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