What is Fatty Liver?
Fatty liver is an umbrella term for excess fat in the liver. Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) occurs when fat makes up more than 5% of the liver. Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) is an advanced form of the disease that results in inflammation and scarring.
Am I at Risk?
You may have an increased risk of fatty liver if you:
*Have Type 2 Diabetes
What are symptoms of fatty liver?
Most cases do not show symptoms. A non-invasive diagnostic tool called a FibroScan functions much like an ultrasound and can test for liver stiffness (which correlates to cirrhosis or scarring.)
From the Doctor:
“Fatty liver disease is the next big epidemic,” said Dr. Douglas Denham, medical director for CTT. “And there are currently no FDA-approved treatments, but several are in the research stages.”