The Plan to Reverse Fatty Liver Disease

Repair liver damage with these tips from core expert Dr. Mark Hyman.

The Plan to Reverse Fatty Liver Disease

Fatty liver disease is a growing epidemic and affects up to 80 million Americans, which is about 1 in 3 people across the country. Early detection and prevention is the key to stemming this epidemic and the disease can even be reversible if caught early. Core expert and founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, Dr. Mark Hyman shared the steps to prevent or undo the damage caused by fatty liver disease. Get more healthy tips in the official Dr. Oz app!

Remove High-Fructose Corn Syrup From Your Diet

High-fructose corn syrup is the number one cause of fatty liver disease and it’s found in so many common and popular foods that most people don’t realize how much of the sugar they’re consuming on a regular basis. High-fructose corn syrup, also known as HFCS, is found in foods as varied as canned soup, salad dressing, and yogurt.

Watch: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reveals Hidden Sources of Sugar

Your Parent Has Dementia: What to Talk to Their Doctor About

Make sure all their doctors are aware of all the medications she is taking.

Q: My mom is 94 and has dementia. She is taking a whole medicine cabinet-full of medications and I think they actually make her fuzzier. How should I talk to her various doctors about what she is taking and if she can get off some of the meds? — Gary R., Denver, Colorado

A: Many dementia patients are taking what docs call a "polypharmacy" — three or more medications that affect their central nervous system. And we really don't know how that mixture truly affects each individual person.

A new study in JAMA Network that looked at more than 1 million Medicare patients found almost 14% of them were taking a potentially harmful mix of antidepressants, antipsychotics, antiepileptics, benzodiazepines such as Valium and Ativan, nonbenzodiazepine benzodiazepine receptor agonist hypnotics such as Ambien or Sonata, and opioids. And almost a third of those folks were taking five or more such medications. The most common medication combination included an antidepressant, an antiepileptic, and an antipsychotic. Gabapentin was the most common medication — often for off-label uses, such as to ease chronic pain or treat psychiatric disorders, according to the researchers from the University of Michigan.

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