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Fatty Liver Disease: 10 Common Symptoms

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According to doctors, a fatty liver isn’t damaging to the body on its own accord. However, the accumulation of excessive fatty tissue can lead to severe liver damage—including inflammation and scarring.

A fatty liver occurs when you take in more fat and calories than your liver can process. As a result, simple fats build up in the liver cells, making the liver prone to damage. The most common reason for the development of fatty liver disease is obesity—with obese individuals increasing their chances of developing the condition by about 75-percent. Although a fatty diet and weight gain is the main culprit, diabetes (or insulin resistance), hyperlipidemia (or elevated lipids in the blood), and alcohol abuse (with 90 to 100-percent of binge drinkers contracting fatty livers) will also increase the chances.

Here are the ten most common symptoms of fatty liver disease…

1. Fatigue

If any organ in our bodies becomes dysfunctional, in this case the liver, the body will try to protect itself and compensate by pumping excess blood to the organ, which often leads to unexplained weakness, confusion, impaired judgment, or trouble concentrating, severe energy loss, and a sudden inability to participate in social activities that were once enjoyed. Researchers also speculate that changes in brain chemistry and hormone production contribute to feelings of fatigue and exhaustion.

The pathophysiology of liver disease-related fatigue often presents with additional neuropsychiatric symptoms, which typically develop over a compressed period of time. These symptoms can include problems like depression and anxiety, which may be worsened by changes in your body’s ability to produce serotonin, an important mood regulator. Serotonin production can diminish in patients with fatty liver disease, leading to noticeable changes in mood. However, the root cause of these problems is frequently misdiagnosed, as clinicians may not immediately attribute them to liver problems.


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