Georgia Noble’s heart started pounding when her doctor’s name popped up on her phone. “I was concerned about your abnormal liver enzyme levels,” he said. “Your ultrasound confirmed that you have fatty liver disease.”
Fear and confusion swept over her. That dull ache under her rib cage, the occasional dizziness, the grogginess even after her third cup of coffee — she thought it was just aging. “I don’t even drink alcohol, and I try to eat healthy,” gasped Georgia. “How can I have a liver problem?”
“My doctor said I’ll need a biopsy if it gets worse,” Georgia told her husband, Paul, later. The couple owned a small business — being self-insured, if she got sicker, it could mean financial disaster. There must be more I can do to get better! she thought.
Like most women surprised by a nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) diagnosis, Georgia learned post-menopausal weight gain from overeating even “healthy” foods like whole grain crackers and bread can be the culprit. Pre-diabetes or elevated cholesterol or triglycerides causes a build-up of fat on the liver that can lead to inflammation and decreased liver function.
After doing some Internet research, Georgia learned the importance of eating a diet with lots of fiber-rich vegetables and fruits and nutritionists also recommended taking a choline supplement. Georgia read many women were deficient in choline, a nutrient that helps break down fat in the liver. And after hearing friends complain about expensive prescriptions for their liver ailments, she was relieved to see a bottle of 120, 500 mg. capsules of the supplement, like those offered by Standard Process Choline Supplement (Buy on Amazon, $17.36).
After getting her doctor’s okay, Georgia began taking two capsules daily and also swapped her carb-heavy meals for veggie-based dishes and started walking more. After a week, Georgia noticed she wasn’t desperate for her usual 3 pm coffee fix.
“Your bloodwork is really improving,” her doctor said a month later. She was getting more done at work, and still had energy to spare when she watched her 2-year-old grandson. Within two months, her liver enzymes were back in the normal range, and Georgia had also dropped 21 pounds.
Two years later, Georgia smiles, “I’m so relieved, I feel amazing. I haven’t had any dizzy spells, and I feel young and energetic. Fatty liver disease doesn’t have to be devastating. The choline supplement, more fresh fruits and vegetables and daily exercise gave me back my health. You can do it, too!”
This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Save on Healthcare (Buy on Amazon, $12.99).
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