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Fatty Liver Disease

This condition is also called metabolic dysfunction associated liver disease (MAFLD), non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) or non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH.)

Fatty liver is where the cells of the liver develop a build-up of fat. We all have some fat in our livers, but if more than 5% of your liver is fat then fatty liver disease is diagnosed.

Fatty liver disease is very common. It is related to other metabolic problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity. Sometimes the excess of fat in the liver can be caused by alcohol, rapid weight loss or certain medications.

Most people with fatty liver have no symptoms and have ‘silent’ disease. In a minority of people fatty liver disease can progress to cirrhosis, liver failure and rarely cancer of the liver.

If the liver is damaged from fatty liver disease you may experience symptoms of low appetite, weight loss, abdominal discomfort, weakness, difficulty concentrating, nausea or swelling.

Fatty liver can often be diagnosed with a simple blood test and an ultrasound. Your doctor might also suggest a FibroScan® to assess the scarring of the liver. Occasionally a liver biopsy is required.
Treatment of fatty liver disease involves managing the associated metabolic problems and may include:

  • Stopping or reducing alcohol consumption
  • Managing cholesterol
  • Losing weight by making changes in the diet and exercising.

Fatty liver disease
Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease & NASH

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