Dr. Joe Galati lists his Top 5 Tips for a Healthy Liver. Know your ALT. Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) is an enzyme found primarily in the liver, one of the liver tests measured on your blood tests. Elevation of ALT indicates inflammation of the liver. There are numerous causes of elevated ALT, including fatty liver, hepatitis B and C, autoimmune disease, and several other metabolic and genetic disorders. Elevated ALT needs a detailed evaluation by your physician. Don’t ignore a fatty liver. Fatty liver is a leading cause of chronic liver disease, which in certain individuals, can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. Fatty liver is due to obesity, pre-diabetes or type-2 diabetes, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, and high blood pressure. Fatty liver may have NO symptoms, and you feel well. It can be reversed with weight loss. New research studies are …
This past week on Your Health First, Dr. Galati interviewed Dr. Eric Lawitz, a fellow liver specialist, and they spent the hour talking about nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Fatty liver is a leading cause of chronic liver disease in the United States, and can lead to cirrhosis, which is scarring of the liver, as well as liver cancer. One amazing statistic is that there are 100 million people in the United States with fatty liver. Most people are unaware that they have a liver problem and thus ignore it. The liver has no nerve fibers, and as a result, in the vast majority of cases, patients will not have any outward signs or symptoms that something is wrong. Risk factors for fatty liver include metabolic syndrome, which includes obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol or triglycerides. …
An unintended consequence of #COVID19 is that the number of #heartattacks is reduced. Why? Patients are fearful to come to the ER for the help the need. Dr. Mike Wilson, are cardiologist in Houston, joins Dr. Galati to explain. Follow Dr. Galati's podcast available throught the internet, including the iHeart Radio app.
Dr. Joe Galati details all you need to know about how the MELD score is calculated, and how changes in your lab values increase the MELD score and your priority for liver transplant. There are numerous MELD score calculators online, and these can be easily used. Please call us if we can be of any assistance to you if you are suffering from any type of liver disease. Our main referral line is 713-794-0700.
Helen Yuan, Registered Dietitian at Liver Specialists of Texas, explains some key facts regarding a low salt diet. The key take home message: 1. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables 2. Stay away from processed foods 3. Don't eat anything in a can, box, or bag 4. Read food labels for sodium (salt) content 5. The goal is about 1,500 mg sodium PER DAY. 6. BONUS: learn to cook at home
Helen Yuan, Registered Dietitian at Liver Specialists of Texas, just released her latest post "5 Foods You Must Have in Your Diet...Now". It is a fantastic outline, full of valuable food and nutrition information that will guide you to a better you. Nutrition is the cornerstone of wellness. Take a look at the post, print it out, and share it with your family and friends. All of us at Liver Specialists of Texas are here to support your liver wellness, and that starts with a solid nutrition foundation. DOWNLOAD "5 FOODS YOU MUST HAVE IN YOUR DIET...NOW"
Dr. Joe Galati shares his DOWNLOADABLE TOP 10 LIST FOR A HEALTHY LIVER. Dr. Joe Galati’s Top-Ten Tips for a Healthy Liver Limit your alcohol intake – men should not consume more than 2 alcoholic beverages/day and women no more than 1 alcoholic beverage/day. Note: beer/wine/spirit are all the same regarding alcohol content. Maintain a healthy weight. If overweight or obese, try and lose a minimum of 10% of your body weight now. Exercise regularly and attempt to complete 10,000 steps/day. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is potentially toxic to your liver. Never take more than the recommended dose and avoid taking it if you have been consuming alcohol. If you have ever been told your liver tests in your blood have been elevated, regardless of the results, you need to have a comprehensive evaluation. Talk with your doctor. Get vaccinated for hepatitis …
Dr. Galati recently was invited to New Orleans to speak before the Louisiana chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization. During this half day presentation to business leaders in Louisiana, he talked about personal strategies to maintain wellness, reduce chronic disease, increase alertness to chronic alcohol abuse, and strategies to feed your families well. At the start of the program, he talked about his own family growing up in New York, the influence of his mother and father, and the importance of cooking at home, and eating as a family. He explained the origin of the three F’s which stands for family, faith, and food. The entire half day presentation will be released over the next several weeks, so stay tuned, and come back. #wellness #obesity #fattyliver #cancer #diabetes #homecooking #chronicdisease #alcoholabuse
Dr. Galati takes everyone through the various complications of cirrhosis, how they are diagnoses, and medical management. During this current COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Galati and the Liver Specialists of Texas team remain available for second opinions and consultations. Call the office at 713-794-0700 for details.
The #COVID19 #pandemic has caused significant disruption to the delivery of care we are accustomed to providing. For our referring practices and providers, I want you to know that Liver Specialists of Texas is 100% available to see your patients. Via #telemedicine, my staff and I are ready to evaluate your patients and initiate a treatment plan. Imaging and non-invasive testing remains available if required. For your patients with a liver concern, there is no need to delay getting them evaluated. Call my team at 713-794-0700 or e-mail us at email@example.com. Visit our website for updated practice information, and liver disease information at texasliver.com. Through this crisis, we can continue to support our patients and each other. Wishing you, your family, and staff continued peace, strength, and good health. Dr. Joe Galati Liver Specialists of Texas