Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

When too much fat adds up in your liver cells, it might cause inflammation or scarring. When a person consumes more fat and sugars than his or her body can handle, it often leads to a fat buildup in the liver. But fatty liver disease can also occur in adults with healthy body weights. Fatty livers are also often associated with type 2 diabetes. There are two types of fatty liver diseases. Alcoholic fatty liver disease, caused by excessive consumption of alcohol and non-fatty liver disease. Although there is no immediate harm, a fatty liver is always more susceptible to risks.

What are the risk factors for Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease?

  • Overweight or obesity
  • Insulin resistance
  • High blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
  • High levels of fat in the blood

What are the symptoms of Fatty Liver Disease?

Fatty Liver Disease often does not have any common symptoms. But some reported symptoms include

  • Abdominal pain
  • General weakness and fatigue
  • Liver enlargement
  • Dark discoloration of the skin called in the neck or in the underarm region.

How is Fatty Liver Disease Diagnosed?

  • Medical history
  • Physical exam
  • Ultrasound exam
  • CT scan
  • MRI scan
  • Biopsy

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