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There are two main types of fatty liver disease- nonalcoholic (NAFLD) and alcoholic fatty liver disease. Fatty liver disease is a condition in which fat builds up in the liver cells. This can cause liver inflammation which can in turn progress to scarring and irreversible damage. If the severity increases it can progress to liver cirrhosis and ultimately liver failure.
As described in the paragraph above, fatty liver disease can eventually lead to liver failure and then death if left untreated.
It is important to notice the signs your body is sending you and contact a TDDC gastroenterologist immediately if you are worried that you may have fatty liver disease.
There are a few types of fatty liver disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and alcoholic fatty liver disease being the main two.
The causes of the nonalcoholic conditions are not known but they are linked to obesity, insulin resistance, high blood sugar, and high levels of triglycerides in the blood.
Alcoholic fatty liver disease is caused by consuming too much alcohol.
Fatty liver disease can often manifest itself in your body with no symptoms. Some of the symptoms that may appear could include:
Treatments vary depending on the type of fatty liver disease and how damaged your liver is. Often times, the liver is not at a critical state and continue functions as normal. However, if treatment is necessary, your doctor may suggest the following:
Both Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and alcoholic fatty liver (alcoholic steatohepatitis) can progress to cirrhosis and potentially liver failure. The primary difference between the two is that NAFLD is usually associated with overweight individuals and those with diabetes. Alcoholic fatty liver disease is exclusively related to high volumes of alcohol consumption.
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