Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Currently, the goal of treatment for NAFLD patients who are obese and/or have elevated blood lipids (fat) is weight loss. Those who are diabetic with poor control of blood sugar should work with a diabetes specialist and dietitian to control their blood sugar. All patients with NAFLD should avoid alcohol.
The treatment for NAFLD is evolving and rigorously being investigated in various research studies. UCSF is participating in one of the larger trials investigating NAFLD and new therapies for the condition.
In some cases, NAFLD may progress to liver failure and require liver transplantation. The evaluation for a transplant is complex and generally requires several months. Therefore, even patients who are feeling well should be referred for a transplant at the first sign of liver failure or if they have advanced liver disease diagnosed by X-ray studies or liver biopsy.
UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.
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