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Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is a condition which is caused by excess deposition of fat in the liver. As the name suggests it is not related to alcohol consumption and may develop in a person who drinks little or don’t drink at all.  It can occur at any age but usually seen between the age of 40- 50, especially in the people who are obese and diabetic.

Risk factor

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • High level of triglycerides
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Metabolic disorder
  • Hyper and hypothyroidism

Symptoms

Usually nonalcoholic fatty liver causes no symptoms in the early stage but sometimes these symptoms may appear-

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Pain upper right side of the abdomen
  • Swelling over legs, feet, ankles, and abdomen

In case if the nonalcoholic fatty liver disease progresses to cirrhosis can lead to these symptoms-

  • Fluid retention
  • Internal bleeding
  • Mental confusion
  • Jaundice
  • Itchy skin

Prevention

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Stay active and do some exercise and yoga
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Control of diabetes
  • Avoid smoking

See your doctor if you have any sign and symptom of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or any other symptoms that worry you.