Monday 05 April 2021
Fatty liver disease is characterized by the accumulation of fats in the liver. The accumulation of fat in the liver usually results from alcohol abuse, but if not, it falls under the framework of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). And if you have NAFLD, there is excess but undamaged liver fat. This explains why symptoms do not usually appear, according to Russia Today.
However, if left untreated, NAFLD can progress to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).
“If you have nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, you may have symptoms. But it may take years for them to appear,” University Hospitals explains. What’s more, the symptoms may look like other health problems.
Symptoms of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis include:
Pain in the upper right part of the abdomen.
• Weight loss.
Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice).
• Spider-like blood vessels on the skin.
What causes NAFLD?
Experts don’t know exactly why some people accumulate fat in the liver, while others don’t.
Mayo Clinic cites a number of chronic disease markers associated with the condition. These include:
Being overweight or obese.
Insulin resistance, as the cells do not absorb the sugar in response to the hormone insulin.
High blood sugar, which indicates prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.
High blood fats, especially triglycerides.
“Together, these health problems seem to promote fat deposition in the liver. For some people, these excess fats act as a toxin to liver cells, causing hepatitis and NASH, which can lead to the accumulation of scar tissue in the liver,” the Mayo Clinic explains.