Fatty liver: What it is and how to avoid it

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Fatty liver is a common disease worldwide. Fatty liver disease affects roughly 25% of population in Turkey It usually doesn't cause any symptoms. There are lots of medical terms related to fatty liver disease. The main medical term NAFLD refers to a fatty liver that is not related to alcohol use. NAFLD is further divided into two groups. Non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFL), otherwise known as simple fatty liver, or non-alcoholic steatohepatitis.

Who's at risk for fatty liver?

Being overweight, having insulin resistance or high blood cholesterol having diabetes increase risk for fatty liver. Eating habits and low physical activity also increase the risk.

What are the symptoms of fatty liver?

Fatty liver typically has no associated symptoms. You may experience fatigue or abdominal discomfort. Your liver may become slightly enlarged, which can be detected during a physical examination.

How is fatty liver diagnosed?

If your liver is inflamed, doctor may be able to detect it by examining the abdomen for an enlarged liver. However, your liver can be inflamed without being enlarged. If you experience fatigue or loss of appetite, you should inform your doctor.

How to keep your liver healthy?

Healthy nutrition and lifestyle are essential for both prevention and treatment. While overweight patients are advised to reach ideal body weight, weight loss should be gradually.

Keeping your liver healthy

Keep in mind that fatty liver disease is a chronic and symptom-free condition and its incidence increases day by day. Healthy eating and active lifestyle can help to protect against fatty liver disease.

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