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Acute Fatty Liver during Pregnancy

Fatty liver disease is a broad term used for a condition where there is accumulation of excess fat on the liver cells. Liver contains fat content, but if the fat content exceeds 10% of the total weight of liver, considered as fatty liver disease which may develop into serious complications in future. While not common a few decades ago, the vast exposure to processed and high fat foods has made fatty liver disease quite common today.

Fatty liver disease can be categorized in to two ways, alcoholic fatty liver disease and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. As the name suggests the alcoholic fatty liver disease is caused by heavy alcohol use. It can damage liver cells, promote inflammation, and weaken your body’s natural defenses. On the other hand, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease can occur in two cases one in which fat build up is more than 5 percent in the liver along with inflammation; symptoms include appetite loss, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and jaundice. The second type is called acute fatty liver of pregnancy (AFLP) which is a rare, potentially fatal complication that occurs in the third trimester or early postpartum period.

While the exact causes of non-alcoholic fatty diseases are unknow, early diagnosis of AFLP sometimes can be difficult because it shares features with other common conditions such as pre-eclampsia, viral hepatitis and cholestasis of pregnancy. A careful history and physical examination, in conjunction with compatible laboratory and imaging results, are often sufficient to make the diagnosis. AFLP is more common in people who have type 2 diabetes and prediabetes, history of obesity, high blood pressure, and contain high level of fats such in the blood such as cholesterol and triglycerides.
Ayurvedic approach to treating ALFP requires working beyond the surface to completely overhaul your health and well-being at a deeper level and involves including lifestyle modification, ayurvedic diet and exercises, consistent use of supplemental herbs to promote healthy liver function along with Ayurvedic rejuvenating massages and detoxing treatments.

If you believe that you might have a high exposure to AFLP, some simpler modification such as adding garlic and onion which have been found to contain compounds which activate liver enzymes, moderate coffee uses to reduce accumulation and collagen deposition, adding omega-3 fatty acids which aid reduction in fat accumulation can be beneficial. Additionally, fresh fruits like grapes, blueberries, cranberries and vegetables like bееt root, cruciferous vegetables, and leafy green vegetables reduces the load on the liver as they are rich source of dietary fiber and contain antioxidant along with regular physical exercise can be great addition to lower your overall exposure.

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