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?

The Sherrie and Alan Conover Center for Liver Disease & Transplantation in partnership with the Houston Methodist Weight Management Center can provide guided help to reduce your risk of NAFLD in one comprehensive program. Learn more

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

One-third of Americans have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, the accumulation of extra fat in liver cells not caused by alcohol. David Victor, MD, discusses how Houston Methodist doctors combine lifestyle modifications, dietary changes and medications to treat this disorder and ultimately prevent advanced liver disease.

Tips for Eating Out

There are ways to focus on your diet, even at a restaurant. Learn more

Sample Meal Plans

Our meal plans can help you get started. Learn more

Hepatology Clinic at Sherrie and Alan Conover Center for Liver Disease & Transplantation
6445 Main Street
Outpatient Center, 22nd Floor
Houston, TX 77030