Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) in Little Rock, AR

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There are a couple of different categories of disease for NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease). The first surrounds a buildup of fat in the liver that causes no outward symptoms and has no coexisting inflammation. Usually, this type is found when other tests are performed. If this type of disease is affecting your well-being, your GI specialist will discuss the process you may want to take to preserve your liver from additional damage. This particular type of NAFLD is also considered non-cancerous, however, it does have the possibility to progress to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, commonly known as NASH.

The second type is more serious and is known as NASH. Like NAFLD, it is also described by the buildup of fat in a patient's liver in addition to inflammation. NASH is typically discovered in individuals who are overweight, are diabetic and have high blood sugar, and/or have high cholesterol. Unless treated, NASH can harm liver function and cause more health concerns.

NASH is typically diagnosed by the GI specialists at GastroArkansas or hepatologists who partner with other medical specialists to provide comprehensive care. For more information about the NASH treatment options in Little Rock, AR, contact our facility today.

Most patients who have NASH live without having symptoms. NASH may, at times, result in scarring of the liver, known as cirrhosis. If NASH symptoms occur, they could involve:

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

In the event that you have been diagnosed with NASH and find it's becoming hard to breathe, your legs are starting to swell, or you are unusually tired, contact your doctor right away. Our specialists at GastroArkansas can help provide care.

The precise cause of NASH is not known. Even though it might affect younger people, the condition generally occurs in adults. Additional risk factors for NASH could include:

  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
  • Being overweight
  • Hispanic or Asian descent (although it can be seen in anyone)
  • High blood pressure
  • Cholesterol that is high
  • High blood sugar levels
  • Type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes
  • Post-menopause

If left untreated, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis may create other health issues, like cirrhosis, liver cancer, and in the end, liver failure. In the event the condition is diagnosed, managing your weight, blood sugar, and cholesterol can help not just your liver, but, also, your entire body.

After you've been diagnosed with NASH, you will need to regularly see your Little Rock, AR gastroenterologist/hepatologist to monitor your liver. Treating NASH may include a combo of eating a healthy diet, avoiding sugar and sodium, and getting regular exercise. We will also need to address any previous conditions that may increase the risk and/or severity of NASH.

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Getting the medical attention you need to preserve your liver health and cut down on the impact of NASH can boost your quality of life. At GastroArkansas, our team is passionate about placing your health and wellness first, and we take a patient-centric approach to provide individualized service. If you have been diagnosed with this condition or are in need of a practitioner who offers NASH treatment in Little Rock, AR, call our office to schedule an appointment with a gastroenterology physician.

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