Four years ago, 42-year-old Manisha was diagnosed with high cholesterol levels. Though she was advised with modifications in her lifestyle, she did not pay heed to the warning signs. Then a severe bout of stomach pain landed her in the hospital, where she was diagnosed with non-alcoholic steatohepatities (NASH), a condition in which the liver gets inflamed. "She had no clue that the disease had progressed rapidly and it came as a shock. It is similar with many patients who come in with NASH as the condition is silent and displays no symptoms," said consultant hepatologist Dr N Murugan of Apollo Hospitals. He said the condition is a progression of fatty-liver diseases and women above 45 years of age are at a higher risk. There are four stages of liver diseases namely - fatty liver, NASH, fibrosis and cirrhosis. NASH a silent disease can be easily triggered in patients with diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol levels. Around 40% of NASH patients do not have any symptoms and are detected late. "Unfortunately, that is not the case. In this state, up to 25% of those with fatty liver end up having a progression to NASH, which can end up in irreversible liver damage. In fact, around a quarter of all liver transplant patients are those who suffer from this condition," he warned. Dr Vijay Viswanathan, chief diabetologist at the M V Diabetes Research Foundation says people refer to fatty liver as an alcoholic liver disease, making them assume that it only strikes very heavy drinkers. "One of the biggest drawbacks of having fatty liver or NASH is that the patient does not qualify for liver donation. We lose out on a large number of liver donors this way," said Dr Vijay. Assuring that simple lifestyle modifications like cutting down on sugar and fatty foods coupled with reducing central obesity (weight concentrated on the belly) through physical exercise can help in reversing NASH, said Dr Murugan. "Just 30 minutes of aerobics or resistance training can do wonders," he added. Source: Medindia << Protein Partnership That Aids In The Spread Of Pancreatic Ca... New Driving Laws Adopted Based On Factors Within the State a... >> Recommended Reading Fatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in India Non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the leading cause of liver dysfunction worldwide and is a rapidly growing health problem in India. READ MORE Estrogen Reduces Risk of Severe Liver Fibrosis in Pre-Menopausal Women With NASH A new study suggests that estrogen plays an important role in protecting women from with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) from severe liver fibrosis. READ MORE Regular Exercise Reduces Liver Fat, Improves Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease A short, moderate and daily exercise regimen, regardless of volume or intensity, benefits obese and overweight adults who have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. READ MORE Avoid Junk Foods to Protect Liver from Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Even if you don't drink alcohol, you are at risk for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which is a common problem among overweight and obese people who eat junk food. READ MORE Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Find out more about the degenerative disease- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. READ MORE Current Treatments for Liver Cancer Current Treatments for Liver Cancer (also known as hepatoma or hepatocellular carcinoma) can result in complete cure of the disease if it is detected early. READ MORE Hepatitis A Hepatitis A is the most benign of the hepatitis viruses and usually has no long term side effects. Hepatitis A vaccine is available that is 95% effective in preventing the disease. READ MORE Living Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks? The risk of dying as a result of a living donor liver segment removal is between 0.2-2.0%. The risk of morbidity is anywhere between 1.3% (in highly experienced centers) to 60%. READ MORE Milk Thistle Milk Thistle is a resourceful natural plant which has many medicinal benefits. In herbal medication milk thistle is used in cases of liver diseases. READ MORE Wilson's Disease This is a rare inherited systemic disorder of copper metabolism, affecting the liver mainly before other organs. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Blood - Sugar Chart Post-Nasal Drip Iron Intake Calculator More News on: Hepatitis ALiverAmyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)Wilson's DiseaseMilk ThistleCurrent Treatments for Liver CancerFatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in IndiaLiving Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks?