NAFLD, and what you need to know

“You have a little fat on your liver”. Three years ago, in 2011, I was talking to my doctor about GI (Gastrointestinal) issues I was having. In the search for the problem they recommended a sonogram to check for gallstones, and while they did not find any gallstones, what they did find was abnormal amount of fat on my liver. I rarely have drank alcohol, and when I would drink, it was very little. Needless to say, this was a bit of a shock to me. However, the doctor did not seem to be alarmed and did not give any response for me to consider. It was basically brushed off. I even had blood work that showed my liver enzymes as high. Now, I am 26, fixing to be 27, and just had lab work done, and my liver enzymes, all of them, are high again. I am then told that based off of my past sonogram and my lab work, he feels very confident that I have NAFLD (Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease).
My Aunt has had liver problems and now has cirrhosis of the liver due to NAFLD. She has had many difficulties with this and it has not been easy. There is no treatment for this at all. The only suggestion is to eat healthy, loose weight and exercise regularly. There is little research information about it, and it seems as though there is not enough being done about this disease. You may feel like it does not affect you. However, I want to share some stats with you from webmd.com:

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is now the most common cause of chronic liver disease in the U.S.
The cause of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is not clear.
Both types of NAFLD are becoming more common. Up to 20% of adults may have either fatty liver or NASH. And more than 6 million children have one of these conditions, which are most common in Asian and Hispanic children.

This is becoming a very prevalent disease that is affecting more and more. When knowledge of this disease began it was limited to those with Type 2 Diabetes, and those who were obese, and those who were 40-50 years old. Now, there is no limitation to who it can affect. They still are trying to pin-point specifics, but it affects people from all walks of life. It affects people with all of the risk categories, and some who have none of the risk categories. Tonight I want to bring awareness to this terrible disease that can lead to liver cancer, liver failure, etc. and help put an end to this struggle. Let us join together in supporting research for this disease through organization like the American Liver Foundation, http://www.liverfoundation.org . To donate you can visit, https://secure3.convio.net/alf/site/Donation2?df_id=2360&2360.donation=form1

I am praying that in this year I can start a 10K/5K Run/Walk Event to raise funding and awareness for this disease. I would appreciate any support, whether monetary, or a simple “go get ’em”. Thank you all for reading and please, please share this story with all that you can!

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