fatty liver disease

Updated 7/18/2019

Fatty liver is a term used to describe a liver that has too much fat in it. More specifically, when more than 5-10% of the liver’s weight is fat, this term applies. While in some cases it can occur as a side effect of pregnancy, there are primarily two kinds of fatty liver disease. One of these is alcohol liver disease, while the other is called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). There are different causes for these diseases, but ultimately they share many of the same signs and symptoms, and both are conditions you should be wary of.

At this time, there is no treatment that will completely cure fatty liver disease, so it’s important to make certain lifestyle adjustments to prolong good health. A fatty liver can cause some serious complications if left untreated. Read on to learn about the causes, and symptoms of fatty liver disease, as well as natural treatments that may positively impact your health.

Causes

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As you might imagine from the name, alcohol liver disease (ALD) is caused primarily by an excess of alcohol consumption. While ALD is not terribly uncommon in those who have been drinking for years, it may surprise you to know that it can also pop up relatively quickly in those who have only recently started drinking, particularly if they drink heavily. That being said, the relationship between heavy drinking and the development of ALD includes other factors, according to experts. Specifically, a person’s genes generally will indicate if a heavy drinker inherits the disease. Other factors like obesity, high levels of iron in the body, or having hepatitis C all can contribute to the development of ALD.

While ALD has a pretty obvious cause in the form of alcohol, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is less understood, and experts are not entirely sure what causes it. That being said, there is a lot of information regarding what sort of factors can put a person at higher risk of developing NAFLD. This list includes the presence of autoimmune diseases, malnutrition, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, being overweight, and advancing in age.


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