What is Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis?
Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is inflammation and damage of the liver caused by a buildup of fat in the liver. It is part of the group of conditions known as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. NASH can worsen over time, causing scarring of the liver which leads to a serious condition called cirrhosis. While the symptoms of NASH are similar to those of alcoholic liver disease, it occurs in individuals who do not abuse alcohol.
The symptoms related to NASH often show up as the disease progresses, and include:
· Weight loss.
· An ache in the upper right area of the belly.
· Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice).
· Itchy skin.
· Fluid accumulation in the abdomen.
· And more.
This condition is most common is people 40-60 years old who are overweight or obese. You may also have a higher risk of developing it if you have diabetes, high cholesterol and high triglycerides, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), sleep apnea or hypothyroidism.
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Treatment Options for Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis
Treatment for NASH includes managing the conditions that increase your risk for NASH or make the condition worse. Your treatment plan may include the following:
Lifestyle Changes: Your doctor may recommend reaching a healthy weight through exercise and diet, reducing your total cholesterol level, managing underlying conditions such as diabetes or hypothyroidism and cutting back on alcohol consumption. These lifestyle changes can help to slow the progression of this disease and improve symptoms.
Medications: Some medications may help treat symptoms in some cases. Pioglitazone, an anti-diabetic medication, has been found to be effective for long-term treatment of patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis with type 2 diabetes. Vitamin E may also be effective in nondiabetic patients who have been diagnosed with NASH. Your doctor will speak with you regarding the benefits and risks of these medications during your appointment.
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