From the Escuela de Agudos hospital “Dr. Ramón Madariaga ”explains that the fatty liver or fatty liver disease in non-alcoholic etiology is the result of excess body fat in the liver cells, which is not caused by the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
While added, it is normal for the liver to contain some fat, but if 5 or 10% of the liver's weight has fat content, it usually exceeds normal acceptable values so it is diagnosed as fatty liver.
"It's associated with excessive alcohol consumption, but it also tends to develop in people who are overweight, obese, diabetes, high blood pressure and high levels of cholesterol or triglycerides," they say.
In addition, they cite the health risks that pathology involves "fatty liver disease can cause the liver to swell, which can cause fibrosis (s) that can gradually over time cause cirrhosis and liver cancer."
As for the presence of symptoms, they claim that they are not common, but when they do occur they may manifest as fatigue, weakness, weight loss, loss of appetite, small spider-shaped red spots on the skin, yellowing of the skin and eyes Itching, fluid retention and swelling of the legs, stomach, among others, all these symptoms are associated with advanced disease and even cirrhosis of the liver.
The diagnosis is made through blood tests that detect the presence of liver enzymes, with ultrasound and other studies they detail.
To prevent the onset of fatty liver disease, they recommend eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly. These healthy lifestyle habits also help prevent liver damage on the road or reverse it in the early stages.
For what they advise, lose weight if the person is overweight or obese, normalizes cholesterol and triglyceride levels, keeps diabetes controlled and avoids excess alcohol consumption.