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How Fatty Liver Affect You

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Fatty liver is one of the severe liver diseases which can lead to liver cirrhosis and liver failure in the future. The most important thing to know about fatty liver disease is the way it affects your liver and its cause. This article will provide the information that most people should know for preventing or coping with this fatty liver. 


What is Fatty Liver

Steatosis is a disease caused by the excessive amount of fat restore in the liver, also called fatty liver. Normally, the fat itself did not cause serious damage. However, if it continues to restore in the liver for a while, it can develop to cause damage to the liver. Fatty liver is one of the causes that lead to liver failure, it will reach fibrosis first and then develop into cirrhosis in the late phase. 

Liver’s functions

The liver is one of the significant organs of humans. It takes the role to adjust the body function into a proper state. Here are the important duties of the liver.


Symptoms of Fatty Liver

For the patients who encounter fatty liver, they need to know that fatty liver disease rarely shows the signal or symptoms. It does not really affect the body that much in its early stage and the obvious symptoms will be shown when it reaches to cirrhosis state, it is already severe. The symptoms of fatty liver that will develop into cirrhosis can be the following:


Fatty Liver Types

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD is a disease which occurs when the fat level in the liver is too much. The people who tend to encounter fatty liver disease might be the ones that have obese and have high cholesterol. High blood pressure and diabetes can also be a disease which increases the risk of fatty liver. The fact is that NAFLD itself did not show symptoms until it develop into cirrhosis. However, NAFLD can be diagnosed in children and people who have no history of the mentioned disease too. 

Alcohol-induced fatty liver disease

Alcohol-induced fatty liver disease is caused by long-term heavy alcohol drinking. The excessive amount of alcohol will lead to the building up of fat and damage that may directly affect the liver. It is the first step to ARLD or alcohol-related liver disease. Most liver diseases barely show any signs in their early phase, this is one of the causes for patients realise the disease when it is reached the late phase. 


Fatty Liver Diagnosis

As it is mentioned above, fatty liver disease is one of the diseases which have no symptoms to show in its early stage until it reaches the severe phase. However, medical technology allowed us to detect fatty liver disease before it reaches that point. Nowadays, there are 3 medical procedures to detect fatty liver.

  1. Liver biopsy: It is the method which takes a sample of the tissues of the liver to examine the condition of the liver. 
  2. Computed tomography or CT scan: This method will use the ultrasound wave to illustrate the condition of the liver through the picture.
  3. Fibro scan: This method is the scanning method which especially focuses on liver disease. It will use an ultrasound wave called transient elastography to examine and detect the abnormality that may occur. 

Treatment for Fatty Liver 

The best way to treat fatty liver disease is to prevent it. The physician will suggest the patient control their behaviour for better health of the liver by improving their lifestyle.


Fatty Liver Conclusion

The fact is that fatty liver is the disease that easily to be occur and disguise itself very well. Their symptoms will be shown after transforming into cirrhosis. There is no need to wait for it to get worse. Changing the alcohol drinking habit and improving your lifestyle will give better results for your health condition, especially for your liver. 


 


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