Fatty Liver

What is fatty liver disease?

Fatty liver disease is when the liver stores too much fat.

Types of fatty liver disease

There are two types of fatty liver disease:

  • Alcoholic fatty liver disease is when fat builds up because of heavy drinking.
  • Nonalcholic fatty liver disease is when fat builds up from nonalcoholic reasons.
What are possible causes?
  • High blood pressure
  • Certain medications
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
Whare are some symptoms?

Most have no symptoms, but may develop symptoms later.

  • Skin and whites of eyes turn yellow (jaundice)
  • Stomach pain
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
What to do?
  • Choose a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
  • Choose healthy fats
  • Regular physical activity
  • Consult a doctor or dietitian before making big changes
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