Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) in Texas

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There are a couple of different categories of disease for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, commonly called NAFLD. The first disease involves a buildup of fat in the liver that doesn't cause any outward symptoms or accompanying inflammation. Usually, this type of disease is diagnosed when other tests are performed. This type of NAFLD is also considered non-cancerous, but it does have the probability to progress to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).

The second is more serious and is known as NASH. NASH is also characterized by the buildup of fat in your liver that is accompanied by inflammation. NASH is often found in individuals who are larger, are diabetic, and/or have high blood sugar, and have high cholesterol. Unless properly treated, NASH can impact liver function and create more health concerns.

For more information about the NASH treatment in Texas, request a consultation at your nearest Texas Digestive Disease Consultants location today.

A number of people who have NASH live without having symptoms. NASH may, sometimes, result in scarring of the liver, known as cirrhosis. If NASH symptoms occur, they might include:

  • Unintentional loss of weight
  • Aching in the upper right part of the abdomen
  • Everlasting fatigue

If you've been diagnosed with NASH and develop difficulty breathing, swelling in your legs, or are unusually tired, contact your TDDC provider right away. The experts at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants can help you find answers.

The precise cause of NASH is not known. Even though it can affect younger individuals, this condition usually impacts adults. Additional risk factors for NASH include:

  • High blood sugar
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes
  • Post-menopausal phase of life
  • Hispanic or Asian descent (although NASH can be seen in anyone)
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
  • Obesity
  • High cholesterol

Left untreated, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis might cause other health problems, including cirrhosis, liver cancer, and in the end, liver failure. When NASH is diagnosed, adjusting your weight, blood sugar levels, and cholesterol can help not just your liver, but, also, your whole body.

After you've been diagnosed with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, you will need to regularly see your gastroenterologist/hepatologist in order to monitor your liver. Treatments for NASH in Texas could involve a combo of eating healthy, limiting your sugar and sodium intake, and getting regular exercise. We will also need to address any additional conditions that may increase the risk of NASH.

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Receiving the medical attention you need to maintain your liver health and minimize the impact of NASH can help improve your quality of life. At Texas Digestive Disease Consultants, our providers are dedicated to placing your health first, and we take a patient-centric approach to provide individualized service. If you believe you might have this condition or are seeking a provider who offers treatment for NASH in Texas, please request a consultation at a location near you.

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