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New dx of fatty liver, UGH

So I went to urologist a few days ago, as I have this urinary frequency. Had an ultrasound of bladder, kidneys, etc. I just found out from my regular doc that I have some kind of fatty liver. I am to see the urologist next week. I need to ask pertinent questions, if any of you have been down this road; it'd be great if you could give me suggestions, so I can do a proper research and know what to do. Of course, I am in a bit of denial that it's not alcohol related. How do they discern if it's alcohol or non-alcohol related? I just joined the group. Thanks for any help. Cheers, lifting cup of TEA. :)

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To your question:

I recommend being totally honest about your average daily ethanol intake. You just lend your physician a hand. After all it is your liver and you want the chap to help you.

The dietetic measures to take are the same, anyway, regardless if your fatty liver was caused by alcohol or not. Among those measures is the avoidance of anything that might cause further damage to the poor liver.

From what I hear the liver will store any ethanol it is unable to process as fat, so if you have a fatty liver, it is probably a smart move to keep it from getting fatter.

Good luck,



Thank you, and the others, for helpful replies. I've taken advice about the diet changes needed also, and I haven't drank any alcohol since I got my sonogram a few days ago. I was kind of a binge drinker; mostly in denial, but not now. This has scared the shi*t out of me. The fatty liver was discovered accidentally; was getting a sonogram because of frequent urination! Have a followup appt. today to talk about the sonogram..


I agree with Ps post, honesty is the best policy with this and it is important as you wouldn't want to be misdiagnosed either, only you know how much you drink/drank.... if results showed elevated this and that and you said you were teetotal they'll be looking for other causes and you may get incorrect advice!

Either way, removing alcohol is a good move.

Best wishes,

Michelle x

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When I was sent to a Gastroenterologist in Feb, because of rising liver levels, she had several different panels ran. I was dx with Alpha1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. Liver affected (I only have a drink once a year, if that often). Still being diagnosed.



Welcome to the forum.

You may find it useful to start from the beginning and look at our publication 'Living with liver disease' as it details information about the liver, being diagnosed with liver disease and accessing the right care.


As the other members have suggested, it is important to be open and honest with your doctors about how much alcohol you are drinking so they can guide and treat you appropriately.

We hope you find the forum a supportive place to visit,

Best wishes,



Thank you very much for your reply. I'm so glad I found this trustworthy site. I've got a bit of information overload right now!

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