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Fatty Liver

Fatty liver disease (steatosis) is a condition caused by having too much fat build up in the liver. There are 2 types of fatty liver disease: Alcohol- induced and Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).  

As fatty liver disease progresses the liver  becomes inflammed and swollen.  A stage called Steatohepatitis.

In the next stage the scar tissue forms where there is damage, a process called fibrosis.

When extensive scar tissue forms, the liver is highly damaged (Cirrhosis  of the liver).

The liver is responsible for:

        > Metabolism

        > Detoxification

        > Protein synthesis

        > Bile Production (Think Gallbladder)

       >  Iron storage

       >  Makes immune factors and creates                              factors that help your blood clot

The Liver can be adversely impacted by :

        > Digestion and Absorption

        > Drugs (Prescription, OTC, Recreational)

        > Diet - Do you eat fast foods? Do you eat                                 Fruits and Vegetables? 

        > Hormones

        > Toxins - Environmental or Endotoxins             (metabolites from our own body's metabolism)

        > Genetic SNPs

Risk factors for fatty liver disease

  >  Obesity and overweight

      >  Having type 2 diabetes

      >  Metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance,                high blood pressure, high cholesterol and              high triglyceride levels.

      >  Some medications