Living with Fatty Liver and NASH

Diet, anxiety, depression

I'm 26. I've been suffering from anxiety and depression for awhile now. I just recently (within the past month) found out I have fatty liver disease. I've been trying to follow the low carb, low fat diet strictly with exercise and have lost weight since the diagnosis. Does any one else feel like giving up on the diet and just letting the liver failure happen?

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If you've been losing weight, why not keep going? You'll start to feel better if you hang in there. I was dx in 2015 w/FL, but put on meds for ITP that made me gain 35 lbs in 3 months (I was already overweight). I started in Jan 2017 & have lost 65 lbs. I was dx with Alpha1 Antitrypsin Deficiency in March when my liver levels went up. But I continue to ride my exercise bike & eat better. Trust me, you don't want to let the FL to continue. You have a chance to heal your liver if you are wise. Good luck and positive thoughts

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Thanks. I think it was just my depression flaring up.

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Hi Ladyjohanna1345. Thank you for you post in this community, I hope that you've been receiving support here. Congratulations on your progress following the diet and with exercising! Losing weight as a result of those changes is an excellent achievement, and you should be commended for it. As with any new lifestyle, those changes will seem the hardest in the beginning. As you continue on this new path it will get easier and easier. Often the hardest part is those first steps, from here on out everyday will be better if you stick to it!

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Thanks!

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You've made some progress and that's a start, si well done!

It's not easy to cope with your diagnosis and make lifestyle changes at the same time, especially when you already have problems with depression. The fact that you were able to embark on some positive lifestyle choices means that you are in control, in the driver's seat. Keep doing what you are doing because if you are losing weight you are doing something right.

Do you have a mental health support worker? If not ask your doctor to refer you, having someone to support you might help you to stick at it.

We all stray from the path now and then so don't beat yourself up about it. Simply forgive yourself then give yourself a shake and start again.

I lost 10kg but found 5kg. I felt so much better when I was 10kg lighter so I want to lose the 5kg again. I keep my goals small, 5kg at a time. Perhaps you could set small targets with rewards at the end? Find out what works for you and try to stick to it. We are all here if you need our encouragment, good luck!

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My overall goal is to lose at least 40lbs (18-19kg) because I've heard losing about 20% of your overall body weight is a good way to reverse it. I plan to keep loosing weight after that, but i celebrate each time I break past 10lbs (4-5kg). Noticing my clothes are getting looser is helpful, but I hate going shopping as well. I am currently down 14 lbs (6kg) from my starting weight. :D

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That is awesome progress! It's not easy to do, but the fact you are having success is just inspiring! Isn't it great to have clothing feel looser, instead of the other way around?

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I just really hate going shopping because no stores ever sell my size in the style I like.

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I can relate. I'm 5'11", and a fat girl! So it's hard to find clothing at stores. But it's getting a bit easier with losing weight. Hang in there! It takes time, and but it can be done. Positive thoughts for you!

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You should be proud of yourself, well done! Plus the fact that you have set targetsis great

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