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Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Gluten

by John Libonati on November 16th, 2007


non alcoholic cirrhosis fatty liver celiac disease gluten This is super important for anyone with fatty liver disease!

While we were at Columbia University's Topics in Gastroenterology, Dr. Steven Lobritto talked about cirrhosis of the liver and how he has actually seen people who were on the liver transplant list heal enough to be taken off once they started a gluten-free diet. That's right.  People who needed liver transplants - their liver's were basically done for - healed!

Non-alcoholic fatty liver is a non-inflammatory hepatic (liver) disorder characterized by degenerative changes in the liver secondary to excessive accumulation of lipid in hepatocytes.

According to research we found for our book, "Recognizing Celiac Disease" 3.4% of people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease have SILENT Celiac Disease. That means they don't have symptoms.  Most patients DO NOT have gastrointestinal symptoms.

The good news is that studies showed liver enzymes can normalize after 6 months on a gluten-free diet. If you or your family members have non-alcoholic fatty liver (cirrhosis), but have not been tested for celiac disease, get tested and give them this information so they can get tested.  And if they test negative, try the diet anyway because we've seen time and time again that the test are NOT 100% accurate.

 

-------------------- Author Information: John Libonati, Philadelphia, PA Publisher, Glutenfreeworks.com. Editor & Publisher, Recognizing Celiac Disease. John can be reached by e-mail here.


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One Response to “Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Gluten”

  1. Elaine Fischer says:

    I find this interesting. I have PBC, Primary Biliary Cirrhosis Liver disease, and under went a Liver transplant back in Nov 2009. If what you are saying is true, why didn’t any of the My Liver Transplant Team along with my gastroenterologist, ever consider any of this in my case? I was given, plenty of medications, but never any alternative choice as to the importance of my diet, other than, no salt, because I retained water so badly, the sicker I became. I was taking massive doses of diuretics,which depleted my potassium, causing more complications, because of low potassium levels. The new liver has been wonderful, but now my daughter, was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and Celiac, and is on a Gluten free diet, she’s using Paleo. Any time she eats gluten, she becomes violently ill, so her diagnoses is very accurate. After reading about Celiac, perhaps with me having PBC which is also an auto immune disease, I should have been on a Gluten Free diet as well. Do you think, I should address this with my Doctors? Just an FYI, I have also started eating gluten free as much as I can. Should I be tested for Celiac, as well as the others in our family. They told be PBC is not genetic, but has a tendency to run in families. ? That’s an oxymoron in my eyes! My Mother also had PBC, she died from complications from the PBC. She had internal bleeding they could not locate, or control for that matter. She was diagnosed, after I was, yet died before me, at only 72. What do you advise, I’m curious as to your suggestions, Thanks in advance for your consideration. Elaine

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