While excessive drinking can often lead to fatty deposits in the liver over time (and eventually to liver disease), there are other reasons a patient may end up with a fatty liver. Even if you don’t drink or are a moderate drinker, you can still be affected by non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
While NAFLD generally isn’t a major concern on its own, left unchecked it can lead to other more serious health problems in some cases, and there are some forms of fatty liver disease that can cause major complications. Let’s look closer at six facts about this condition…
1. There May Be No Symptoms
As we hinted at earlier, often you may not know you have a NAFLD until it develops into something more serious. MedicineNet.com explains that early signs of the disease will show up in routine blood tests, or from ultrasonography when checking for other problems such as gallstones.
When the disease progresses, which is referred to as cirrhosis, the symptoms can be a lot more serious: excessive bleeding due to the liver’s inability to produce blood-clotting proteins; jaundice (yellowing of the skin) from the liver’s inability to filter out bilirubin from the bloodstream; and fluid accumulation due to “portal hypertension” that causes fluid leakage from blood vessels, adds the source.