Lose weight to protect your liver
Liver fat, a disease also known as Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), is often encountered in such cases, due to the increased accumulation of fat in the liver cells (not attributable to excessive alcohol consumption). Fatty liver usually coexists with obesity, metabolic syndrome or other cardiovascular risk factors, and is the most common form of chronic liver disease in developed countries.
The accumulation of fat in the liver is, to a certain degree, normal. But if the amount of fat is more than 5-10% of the total liver weight, then we are talking about fatty liver disease. The accumulation of fat in the liver can lead to severe complications, especially if inflammation or extensive damage to the liver occurs. In the case of NAFLD, the liver may swell, and, over time, the liver cells will be replaced by scar tissue. This phenomenon is more commonly known as cirrhosis of the liver. As the liver malfunctions, hepatic failure or liver cancer may develop. In addition to a significant cirrhosis factor, NAFLD also contributes to heart disease in overweight and obese individuals.
Consult your doctor if you have these Symptoms
Fatty liver disease may not be accompanied by evident symptoms, especially in the early stages. Keep in mind the following that may be attributed to NAFLD and make sure to consult your doctor if you are concerned about your health.
- Excessive fatigue
- Unexplained weight loss or decreased appetite
- Generalized weakness
- Motion sickness
- Confusion, difficulty to concentrate
- Abdominal pain
- Discoloration of the skin, usually on the throat and armpits