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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:
> Protein synthesis
> Bile Production (Think Gallbladder)
> Iron storage
> Makes immune factors
> Creates factors that help your blood clot
The Liver can be adversely impacted by :
> Digestion and Absorption
> Drugs (Prescription, OTC, Recreational)
> Diet - Eat fast foods, Not eating
Fruits and Vegetables
> Hormone irregularities
> Toxins - Environmental or Endotoxins (toxic
metabolites from our own body
> Genetic SNPs
Risk factors for fatty liver disease
> Obesity and being overweight
> Having type 2 diabetes
> Metabolic syndrome which is a combination of insulin resistance, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and, high triglyceride levels
> Some medications
> Alcohol consumption