What is Fatty Liver?

Fatty liver has large amounts of fats (triglycerides) accumulating within the liver cells. Excess aggregation of fats within the small hepatocytes swells them up and occasionally the whole liver is enlarged enough for feeling it.

Fatty liver can be a harbinger of more troublesome conditions. Steatosis simply means a collection of fat vacuoles within the liver cells (hepatocytes).

Alcohol and obesity are two leading causes of fatty liver worldwide. Alcoholic Liver Disease (ALD) and Alcoholic Fatty Liver (AFL) are entities by themselves. Obesity plus other non-alcoholic conditions comprise Non-Alcoholic Liver Disease (NALD).

What are the stages (Grades) of Fatty Liver?

Fatty liver as mentioned is not a critical condition, its stages of development are divided into grades

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3

What are the causes of Fatty Liver?

Why fatty liver occurs, is unknown. A fatty diet or overeating by itself never results in a fatty liver. The fat may come from increased absorption from the intestines or from elsewhere in the body. But, putting it generally, the liver loses its capacity to eliminate fats deposited within it. Yet, 70% of persons suffering from NASH are found to be obese

The most leading cause of cardiac disease is a narrowing of the lumen of arteries which supply blood to the heart, commonly called coronary artery disease (CAD).

What are the risk factors for Fatty Liver?

Your chances of developing fatty liver are high if you

  • are obese
  • are an alcoholic
  • Suffer from high blood pressures which often fluctuate or are on long-term medications for the same.
  • Blood cholesterol levels are high.