Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and its ties to obesity Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and its ties to obesity

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and its ties to obesity

Before 14 October, 2017 Isabel Vallejo


While fatty liver disease is often related to a condition caused by the excess consumption of alcohol, this is not always the case.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the following factors may lead to the onset of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: being overweight or obese, prediabetes (insulin resistance), type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol or triglycerides, high blood pressure and gastric bypass surgery.

In most people, this disease does not cause symptoms or problems, but there is a more serious form of this condition known as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), which can cause liver failure or cancer.

This condition is often detected with routine blood exams, which are used to see how the liver is functioning.

Keep in mind: fatigue and pain in the upper right area of the abdomen are the most common symptoms.