How is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease treated?
Currently, there is no specific medication to treat NAFLD. However, there are many research trials studying NAFLD that ultimately may lead to effective medications in the future.
Right now, NAFLD is treated with gradual weight loss of about one pound per week. Research shows that for many children, losing just 10% of their body weight can help their liver disease. This should occur through a combination of both exercise and changes to the child’s diet. A reasonable goal is to exercise 3 to 5 times per week for at least 30 minutes.
Exercise not only helps to burn stored calories, but also increases the body’s metabolism. Nutrition should be balanced and include a regular breakfast. Sugar sweetened beverages should be limited and lean meats, poultry and fish, along with fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains emphasized.
Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for your child’s NAFLD?
Children’s Hospital Colorado provides comprehensive, child-specific state of the art care for children with non alcoholic fatty liver disease. Children with this condition are cared for by a team of specialists, including hepatologists (liver doctors), nurses and nutritionists who are NAFLD experts. In addition, Children’s Colorado hosts an innovative research program focused on non alcoholic fatty liver disease that aims to further understand this condition to improve the lives of current and future children who are affected. Learn more about the Pediatric Liver Center