Metabolic Liver Disease Program
What is fatty liver disease?
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a condition often associated with obesity, insulin-resistant diabetes and dyslipidemia (high cholesterol or fats in the blood) as well as other metabolic risk factors. NAFLD is diagnosed by abnormal liver function tests or fat in the liver, and sometimes both. NAFLD includes a range of liver damage, which can progress over time.
- Steatosis means abnormal amounts of fat in the liver.
- Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) can occur with steatosis, inflammation, and damage to hepatocytes (liver cells). NASH is reversible.
- Fibrosis is the formation of scar tissue in the liver because of the damage caused by NASH. It is often progressive without treatment.
- Cirrhosis is the build-up of scar tissue from fibrosis and cannot be reversed. This can lead to further complications, like liver cancer and liver failure.
Why is NAFLD Important?
Obesity has been on the rise in the U.S. since 1994. Today, more than one-third of Americans are obese. Learn more.
What can you and your doctor do?
What dietary changes can you make to treat your NAFLD? And what your doctor can do to help? Learn more.
Is there more can you do?
Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Tips for Eating Out
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