Facts About Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

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, if left unchecked, it can lead to other more serious health problems, with some forms of fatty liver disease causing major complications. Let’s look closer at 12 interesting facts about this condition…

What Is It?

This type of liver disease has nothing to do with 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 NAFLD as a condition that occurs when there is a buildup of fat in the liver. This is not caused by heavy alcohol use and represents the body’s excess fat in the liver.

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Dr. Gerald Morris

Dr. Gerald Morris

Gerald Morris, MD is a family medicine/internal medicine physician with over 20 years expertise in the medical arena. Dr. Morris has spent time as a clinician, clinical research coordinator/manager, medical writer, and instructor. He is a proponent of patient education as a tool in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic medical conditions.