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! I have personally met a man who also recovered during one of our visits to gluten-free support groups across the country.
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.
[Updated July 7, 2017]