Fatty Liver Disease is caused by a buildup of fat in the liver. The condition is split into two distinct subtypes:
NAFLD, which is not caused by excessive alcohol consumption, affects approximately 25% of the world’s population. The rate of NAFLD is rising with the rates of type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity in the US; it’s now the most common chronic liver disorder in the country. NAFLD is split into two further subtypes:
While researchers haven’t yet pinpointed the exact causes of NAFLD, they have isolated some risk factors that may increase your likelihood of developing the disease:
Alcoholic fatty liver disease, as its name suggests, is caused by excessive alcohol consumption. Your risk of developing the disease is compounded if you:
While our livers break down most of the alcohol we consume, the process by which it does so could create harmful byproducts which are capable of inflammation, damaging liver cells, and weakening the body’s defense system. Therefore, the more alcohol we consume, the more damage we inflict upon our livers. Alcoholic fatty liver disease is the first stage of liver diseases related to alcohol; its later stages are alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis.
Alcoholic fatty liver disease and NAFLD alike are often asymptomatic, exhibiting little to no signs. Symptoms may, however, include exhaustion or discomfort in the upper right portion of the abdomen. Because of this, doctors often diagnose fatty liver disease when performing liver tests for other reasons and finding abnormal results.
The Ezra MRI scan could pick up fatty liver disease. You can learn more about our scanning packages by following this link.