- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is a condition that develops when too much fat is stored in the liver cells.
- NAFLD affects about one-quarter of the U.S. population.
- The good news is there are steps you can take to help reduce your risk of NAFLD and it all starts with getting informed.
The liver is a vital organ that performs over 500 functions, such as removing waste products, regulating blood sugar levels, and helping create essential nutrients for your body. But sometimes fat can build up in the liver which can lead to damage and scarring. This is known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). In severe cases, the scarring may lead to liver failure.
The good news is there are steps you can take to help reduce your risk of NAFLD and it all starts with getting informed. Follow along as we look at what NAFLD is and the common symptoms to watch for. We’ll also look into what causes it, how it’s treated, and what you can do to prevent it.
What Is Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease?
You may have heard of alcohol-related liver disease which causes a build of fat from excessive alcohol consumption. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is similar in that fat builds up in the liver, but the key difference is that it occurs in people who drink little to no alcohol.
As the name suggests, NAFLD is a condition that develops when too much fat is stored in the liver cells. The Mayo Clinic also says that it’s becoming increasingly common, affecting about one-quarter of the U.S. population. It’s also the most common form of chronic liver disease.