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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 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?
> 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