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Understanding Fatty Liver

Fatty liver disease, also known as hepatic steatosis, is a common condition where excess fat accumulates in the liver. It is estimated that up to 25% of adults in the United States have fatty liver, and it can lead to serious health problems if left untreated.

While the condition is often associated with obesity, it is possible to have a fatty liver even if you are skinny. This may be surprising, as many people assume that only overweight or obese individuals are at risk for the condition. However, there are several factors that can contribute to fatty liver in individuals of any weight.

One of the primary causes of fatty liver is a diet high in sugar and processed foods.

  • This type of diet can lead to insulin resistance, which causes the liver to produce more fat than it can process. This excess fat can accumulate in the liver and lead to fatty liver disease.

Additionally, alcohol consumption can also contribute to fatty liver, even in individuals who are not overweight.

  • Alcohol is metabolized in the liver, and excessive consumption can cause liver damage and inflammation, leading to fatty liver disease.

Other risk factors for fatty liver include:

  • Genetics
  • Medications
  • Certain medical conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and high cholesterol.

The symptoms of fatty liver disease can be vague and often go unnoticed. However, some individuals may experience:

  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Mild jaundice
  • Can progress to more serious conditions such as liver fibrosis, cirrhosis, and liver cancer.

Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to prevent and treat fatty liver disease, regardless of your weight:

  • Eating a healthy diet that is low in sugar and processed foods
  • Limiting alcohol consumption
  • Exercising regularly

If you have been diagnosed with fatty liver, your healthcare provider may recommend lifestyle changes and medication to manage the condition and prevent further damage to the liver.

To learn more, click here and check out this summary from Harvard Health Publishing.

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