31st October 2023

Fatty Liver Symptoms & Causes

Dr. Devan Patel, PharmD
Fatty Liver Symptoms & Causes

Your liver is an essential organ that constantly works to support multiple bodily functions. A few of these functions include bile production, protein production, iron storage, and converting nutrients into energy. In other words, you can’t survive without your liver. Unfortunately, many people aren’t as kind to their livers as they should be.

Fatty liver disease is a common medical condition caused by extra fat stored in the liver. Even though most people don’t experience symptoms, fatty liver disease can still cause liver damage.

What Is Fatty Liver Disease?

People who drink too much alcohol also have too much fat stored in their livers, but fatty liver disease is different. Also called steatosis, fatty liver disease occurs when too much fat builds up in your liver. All healthy livers have a small percentage of fat, but this fat becomes a problem when it exceeds five to ten percent of your liver’s weight.

The two main forms of fatty liver disease are Alcohol-Induced Fatty Liver Disease and Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.

doctor with liver anatomy

What Is Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Liver Disease?

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) is an excess of fat built up in the liver. This fat is not caused by drinking too much alcohol. Most people who have NAFLD are overweight.

NAFLD usually doesn’t present any symptoms, unless it progresses into Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH). NASH is a severe liver disease that can cause cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer.

What Causes Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease?

People who get non-alcoholic fatty liver disease are typically overweight or obese. Other causes of NAFLD include insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Of course, weight isn’t the only factor contributing to NAFLD. Other risks include bowel disease, rapid weight loss, and certain medications, like calcium chain blockers.

Fatty Liver Signs & Symptoms

Detecting fatty liver disease early is challenging because it often progresses silently. Some people may experience fatigue and pain in their upper right abdomen. But in most cases, individuals experience no symptoms at all. However, if NAFLD progresses to NASH, symptoms like the following may become noticeable:

  • • Nausea
  • • Weakness
  • • Loss of appetite
  • • Yellow eyes and skin (jaundice)
  • • Swelling in legs and abdomen
  • • Confusion
  • • Itching
  • • GI bleeding

Fatty Liver Disease Treatments

Wondering what you can do to treat fatty liver disease? There’s no one treatment designed for NAFLD. Rather, the best way to treat fatty liver disease is to manage your risk factors, make necessary lifestyle changes, and take supplements for your liver.

First, consult with your healthcare provider. They can diagnose fatty liver disease through blood tests, imaging, or, in some cases, a liver biopsy. To prevent fatty liver disease, you should:

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Since obesity is a significant risk factor, maintaining a healthy weight is crucial in preventing and managing fatty liver disease.

Eat a Balanced Diet

A healthy diet rich in whole grains, leafy greens, vegetables, and fish can help reduce the accumulation of fat in your liver. Check out the foods you should avoid if you have fatty liver disease.


Incorporating regular physical activity into your routine can improve your overall health and prevent fatty liver disease.

Limit Alcohol Consumption

If you have NAFLD, you should limit or eliminate alcohol consumption, as alcohol can worsen liver disease.

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