Face the Fat: The Basics of Fatty Liver Disease
- Posted on: Aug 30 2018
Having a fat bank account is something to brag about but having fatty liver disease isn’t something that anyone wants to get. If you have recently been diagnosed with fatty liver disease from one of our doctors at Concorde Gastroenterology you may not know the first thing about it.
What Is Fatty Liver Disease?
There are two types of fatty liver disease: alcoholic fatty liver disease and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
- Alcoholic Liver Disease: This form of liver disease is caused by an excessive consumption of alcohol over several years. Although not everyone who drinks heavily will get alcoholic fatty liver disease, the longer you do drink for, the more likely you are to contract it.
- Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: This type of liver disease is the most common form of chronic liver disease and affects nearly 80 to 100 million people. As its name implies, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is caused when there is too much fat in the liver but the person drinks little to no alcoholic. Although this form of fatty liver disease can affect any age group, it’s primarily popular in individuals in their 40s and 50s who are at a high risk of developing heart disease.
What Complications Can Fatty Liver Disease Cause?
If fatty liver disease is left untreated, the biggest thing we worry about is patients developing cirrhosis which could result in further complications such as:
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
- Abdominal swelling (ascites)
- Enlarged spleen
- Enlarged breasts in men
- Enlarged blood vessels just beneath the skin’s surface
- Red palms
What Is Treatment Like?
Treatment for fatty liver disease usually involves losing weight and watching what you eat. Additionally, we are currently conducting a GILEAD NASH Clinical Trial for individuals who are currently living with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. If you are interested in seeing if you are eligible to participate in one of our trials use this form to contact our Clinical Research Coordinator.
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