2. There’s a Potentially Fatal Version
The Mayo Clinic explains that NAFLD is actually an umbrella term for a range of liver conditions that don’t have alcohol as a trigger. One form of the disease that might cause more alarm to patients and doctors is nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, which is characterized by liver inflammation that can lead to scarring and permanent damage, notes the source.
This form of the disease, ironically, is similar to what might occur to a heavy drinker’s liver, explains the clinic. At its worst, this condition can lead to liver failure, which can cause death.