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Living with Fatty Liver and NASH
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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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I do have bouts of depression and am taking meds.....I was in sports all my life...so being housebound has been a factor for my weight gain......I eat a varied diet....gluten free dairy free food......and vit b12.....I actually eat .....'eat right for your blood type......I'm o positive.....I'm finding hard as I have a sweet tooth...so more fruit and yeah weekend treat....this is how I eat....don.t drink....maybe gluten free beer...and no smoking......I still have not lost wait....but I'm hoping my walking goes well.hugz.

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Have you had your thyroid checked?

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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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I'm curious. How are you today? Can I check in on you? I'd welcome any advice on what worked & what didn't.

I sure hope you are well and have managed to turn your path in a positive direction.

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Hi AllHis , is your question a general one about the topic of this thread or specific to @Hidden?

I was wondering myself how Hidden is getting on so maybe we’ll get a response.

Since I started to improve my lifestyle with diet and especially exercise, I feel much better. However, this hot weather exhausts me and renders me useless until the evening. How are you?

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I was so hoping to hear from Hidden. This is such a wonderful resource for the struggle, and was reaching out.

mauschen, Hidden should be alerted of our messages that a liver friendly diet helps. And exercise, contrary to how your body feels, seems to pull you out of that dark corner going nowhere.

I just keep telling myself the worst is behind me. I'm educating myself, and am in hot pursuit of a diagnosis. If for no other reason than to allow my husband a good night's sleep. It's been 7 months of waking in the middle of the night wanting to go to the ER.

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Never give up!! You need to change this thought pattern just like I had to do I suffer the same conditions. Let what comes come but live for time with family and get out to see new things. You would be surprised just how beautiful a sunrise is and just as lovely as a sunset. Start taking note of the small beautiful things that you were too busy for when you did not have this condition. Life is for me looking at each day as a gift a lot easier now. Faith also never hurts you are not alone we are here for you and death is not a end but a beginning!

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