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Over the past several years, has been growing research evidence that individuals that have hepatitis C are at  greater risk for developing scarring in the liver, fibrosis, and eventual development of cirrhosis. These patients also are likely to be overweight, have a superimposed fatty liver, diabetes, and increased levels of insulin circulating in their blood. All of these features trigger inflammation throughout the body, and especially in the liver, putting them at risk for damage and scar tissue development.


We previously have discussed the role of diet and hepatitis C, and the simple truth is that there is no special diet specific for hepatitis C. We always recommend a diet high in fruits and vegetables, fresh lean meat, chicken, and fish, and the avoidance of processed foods. These processed foods are high and salt, sugar, and fat. They have very little nutritional value associated with them.


In this video, Dr. Galati goes through a logical approach to exercise, and the value it has in controlling weight and glucose levels. Combining smart dietary choices along with regular exercise provides the greatest chance of doing well with your hepatitis C.



Obesity and Fatty Liver Disease

Obesity, and all of its related complications, is more serious than most adults in America believe. More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, and certain types of cancer, are some of the leading causes of preventable death. We are seeing an increase in the number of young children and adolescents developing obesity, and all of the related complications.

The cost of obesity is staggering, with annual medical cost of obesity exceeding $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars. The medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

Dr. Galati and the Liver Specialists of Texas team are dedicated to evaluate, treat, and manage all aspects of obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD and NASH), including the complication of cirrhosis and liver failure. Developing a customized plan of care for each patient they see is their objective.

Liver Transplant Resources

Dr. Galati has been involved in Liver Transplantation since 1989. As Medical Director for the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at Houston Methodist Hospital, Dr. Galati has cared for thousands of patients with advanced liver disease. In those with the most severe form of advanced liver disease and cirrhosis, liver transplantation is a life-saving surgery. For more information on liver transplantation, click here.

Indications for liver transplant include:

Online LIVER Second Opinion

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    From the comfort of your home, without the need to spend additional money on travel, lodging, and food, receive and expert second opinion from the expert physicians at Liver Specialists of Texas

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    There are five steps in the process of requesting a second opinion. We anticipate the steps will take you about 30-65 minutes to complete.

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    Have your medical records or those of your loved one on hand as you fill out the medical history questionnaire portion of the online process. The medical history questionnaire is detailed so having medical records to quickly reference will help make the process more efficient.

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    To start the process of an Online Liver Second Opinion, please fill out the initial contact form and fax back to our office. A representative from our office will call you for additional details.