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 nonalcoholic 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 some interesting facts about this condition…
1. What is It?
This type of liver disease has nothing to do with drinking or excess drinking, it’s actually a result of a metabolic syndrome. WebMD describes metabolic syndrome as an umbrella term “marked by high blood pressure, high levels of bad cholesterol, [hormone that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood], and large amounts of belly fat.”
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases describes nonalcoholic fatty liver disease as a condition that occurs when there is a buildup of fat in the liver. This is not caused by heavy alcohol use, it’s when the body’s excess fat is stored in the liver.