Fatty liver in the news today @ Deccan Chronicle.
Top 10 facts:
1. Most cases of fatty liver are harmless; there is no need to panic.
2. It is common among those who drink alcohol, eat junk food and don’t exercise.
3. Liver fat accumulation is the key. Fatty liver can occur even among those who don’t drink.
4. A few people with fatty liver have underlying chronic liver inflammation; some of these can go on to cirrhosis, especially those who drink.
5. Clinical testing can help identify this subgroup of patients.
6. There is no need to test or scan everyone.
7. Investigations must be done only when clinically indicated.
8. Lifestyle is the mainstay of treatment.
9. Medications are of limited value.
10. Avoid unauthorised treatments, stay away from false claims of ‘cure’. Some of them can worsen liver disease.
Dr Rajeev Jayadevan
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Dr Rajeev Jayadevan completed his MBBS and MD General Medicine with top honors from Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore in 1995. He received training in Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health from Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
He has extensive international experience of performing over 19,000 endoscopies. He was awarded MRCP (UK) from England in 1996. He obtained Board Certification in Medicine and Gastroenterology (Fellowship) from New York Medical College, and spent 3 years in the UK and 10 years in the US before returning to his hometown of Kochi. He established the department of Gastroenterology at Sunrise Hospital Cochin.