This can cause a cascade effect of excess glucose and fatty acids entering into the bloodstream.
However, if the steatosis worsens over time, the liver can enlarge and start to develop scarring.
This can lead to cirrhosis of the liver which is very serious indeed – causing all sorts of problems, up to and including death at its most violent stages.
If you have been diagnosed with fatty liver disease, you might be feeling afraid and somewhat bewildered at the thought of it.
I know I sure was whenever my doctor gave me the news.
As more and more fat accumulates, the liver enlarges, and permanent scaring can result.
General causes of Fatty Liver Disease include obesity, alcoholism, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, genetic inheritance, celiac disease, sudden weight loss, various metabolism disorders, Weber-Christian disease, hepatitis C, Wilson's disease, dyslipidemia and side effects to prescription medications such as tamoxifen and corticosteroids.
This is what I have attempted to do with this website -- to provide you with a comprehensive explanation of what fatty liver disease is, what causes it and what the available treatments are.
It is my sincerest hope that this information is able to help you come to terms with and take control of this disease.
Theses terms are often used to describe a range of conditions and have various levels of intensity (i.e., stage 1, stage 2 etc..). Note that individuals with healthy lifestyles can also get NAFLD for unknown reasons, but this is more rare.
While having a fatty liver may not cause lasting harm, NASH occurs when the liver progresses from having too much fat to actually being inflamed.
Eating a nutrient deficient diet or drinking copious amounts of alcohol over an extended period of time are common culprits.