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Liver Position in Human Body

The human liver is the body’s second largest organ after the human skin.

The liver normally weighs about 3 pounds and is built-up by a complex chemical factory which produces many important substances (bile, digestive enzymes, clotting factors, cholesterol, proteins and more).

It’s also essential for the metabolism of fats, proteins, carbohydrates, and other various vitamins and minerals.

The liver helps to adjust the level of blood, sugar and fats, cleanses the blood, detoxifies drugs, and protects against potentially harmful chemicals such as alcohol.

It is also the main repository for blood, vitamins and minerals, and glycogen (the stored form of sugar – the body’s major fuel). The human liver is a powerful and complicated machine and largely unappreciated – until something goes wrong.

What’s the Liver Position in Human Body?

The liver positioned under your right rib cage, close to all the organs related to the digestive system of your body:

Liver Position in Human Body

As you can clearly notice from the picture, the liver position in human body is very central. The main reason is it supports so many other organs in our body.

Liver Regeneration

Many don’t know this fact, but the liver is capable regenerating its lost tissues. It requires a minimum of 25% of a healthy liver to restore its full functions.

However, this is not a “true regeneration”. The liver isn’t restored to its original size and form. It only restores its full function.

All mammals can reregenerate their liver, not only humans. Surprisingly, fish are the only ones who have a “true regeneration” that restores their original liver form.

Liver Diseases

Due to its central position in our body, it’s also vulnerable to many diseases, including various infractions.

Some of the common liver diseases known are:

Everything about the Effects of Fatty Liver

Fatty Liver has a lot of effects on someone who has it. Some are direct effects that you know about, and many are indirect effects that affect your life with you even knowing about it.

It’s very important to understand these effects and knowing them, but they are not to be afraid off. To fight the disease and cure it, you must understand the effects fatty liver could have in your health and your life-style.

Health Effects of Fatty Liver

Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver by itself doesn’t have a lot of health effects. In fact, many people have fatty liver for years without even knowing about it. The problem starts with its implications if it’s not treated.

If not treated, fatty liver could have severe complications, and develop into a more serious disease, such as Acute Fatty Liver, Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, and others liver diseases.

Effect of Fatty Liver that change your life-style

Food & Drinks

The most obvious effect fatty liver has, is that you pretty much immediately change your eating habits.

Many used to eat and drink whatever that want because they felt it doesn’t hurt anything. After knowing that the food you eat is a major factor in fatty liver development, you immendialy start to be aware of the different food types, and eat healthier food.

There is no way running from it. If you want to cure a fatty liver, changing your eating habits is a must have step, and this is one of the biggest effects of fatty liver.

Exercise

About the same effect as food. Physical activity is very important when treating a fatty liver. You might not be used to do any exercise, but physical activity is a crucial part of fatty liver treatment. A effect on your life is that you actually need to make up free time at least 3 times a week for your exercise.

“I’m not Healthy”

This is a very common psychological effect. You are not used to be “sick” or with a disease. And now the fact that you have ones, makes you think you’re not a healthy man you think you were. Although part of it might be true, you need to remember that fatty liver is reversible. So becoming a healthy person once again is not an impossible task.

Worrying more about sickness and diseases

You might haven’t noticed it, but most of the people I know who have or had a fatty liver disease, now worry more about sickness and diseases, even though it has nothing to do with fatty liver. This type of behavior is usually related to the thinking that you’re weak and vulnerable, because you had a fatty liver.

High Triglycerides and Fatty Liver

Triglycerides is known as a very common blood test and is tested almost in all blood tests people are taking. The reason for this is because it gives a very good indication that something is wrong.

If someone has high triglycerides, it can be a sign to a wide range of heart diseases, but also some liver diseases as-well.

Having high Triglycerides basically mean your blood contains high level of fat. The main cause of high levels of fat in the blood is bad eating habits.

Usually, along with high triglycerides, people also have high levels of bad Cholesterol (LDL), but not in all cases.

High Triglycerides and Fatty Liver relation

One of the main causes for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is bad eating habits, that increases your fat level in your body. And a very good indication for this is high Triglycerides levels in the blood test results.

Along with elevated levels of liver enzymes, such as ALT and AST, people with fatty liver will also have increased level of Triglycerides, that can give even more indication of fatty liver existence.

How to Lower your Triglycerides level

The best way to lower Triglycerides in the blood is by targeting the cause of it – bad eating habits. Eat healthy food and limit yourself of food with high levels of fat.

Start a diet for fatty liver, and read the many articles we have about Food and Diet, and take control of what you eat. Make sure you take a blood test about every month, to monitor your progress.

You can find a good list of food you should and shouldn’t eat is in here, that contains the absolute recommended foods for fatty liver.

The truth about Mild Fatty infiltration of the Liver

I see a lot of places recently talking about Mild Fatty Infiltration of the Liver, and it troubles me to find that many people think that is not really a condition that should be taken seriously.

The meaning of mild fatty infiltration of the liver is the fact that fatty liver isn’t yet developed at its full scale. Blood results would show some levels of elevated liver enzymes, but not as much.

Liver ultrasound would show some levels of enlarged liver and fat around the liver, but again, not as much as a non-mild fatty infiltration of the liver.

The truth about Mild Fatty Infiltration of the Liver

The problem is, there is actually no such thing. To avoid fatty liver complications, the disease needs an attention as soon as you are diagnosed, no matter if it’s mild or at any other stage.

If you are being told you “only” have a mild fatty liver infiltration and it’s nothing to worry about – don’t take it for granted. Your aim should be to stop the disease as soon as possible by treating fatty liver. Don’t wait for the advancement of the disease.

If you have been told you have a Mild Fatty Infiltration of the Liver, comment below and tell your story.

Is a Fatty Liver disease Fatal?

The short answer to this question would be that Fatty Liver by itself isn’t; it can’t be fatal and can’t shorten life. But the dangerous part of fatty liver is its possible complications.

If fatty liver disease isn’t treated, it could possibly lead to Hepatitis, and then to Cirrhosis. And Cirrhosis can be fatal. This is not something that happens overnight; it usually takes years, and even decades.

It is critical to treat fatty liver disease as early as possible and to not wait for the worst case scenario to happen.

Fatty liver is usually treated without any medication. It’s a matter of changing your lifestyle – and mostly depends on what you eat, and what physical activities you do.

I also recommend to take a liver functions blood test about every 3 month to track your progress and improvements. It’s very important to know where you’re standing at every stage of the disease.