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Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) & Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)

Posted on Jul 24, 2017 11:49:58 AM by healtheo360

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) & Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH): Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a condition characterized by too much fat built up and stored in liver cells. People who do not drink a lot and have fatty livers are considered to have NAFLD. Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a condition in which excess fat in the liver cells cause inflammation and damage.  It is an advanced form of NAFLD. NASH is differentiated from NAFLD when inflammation and scarring (cirrhosis) of the liver become present.

nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) & nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)

 

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) & Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH):  NAFLD RISK FACTORS

  • High levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in the blood
  • High levels of triglycerides in the blood
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Being overweight or obesity, particularly when fat is concentrated in the abdomen
  • Hypopituitarism- underactive pituitary gland

 

 

 

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) & Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH):  NAFLD SYMPTOMS

  • Enlarged liver
  • Fatigue
  • Pain in the upper right abdomen
  • Severe tiredness
  • Malaise- generally feeling bad
  • Full, uncomfortable feeling in the upper abdomen
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Ascites- abdominal pain and swelling
  • Edema- swelling in the legs
  • Blood in stools or bowel movements
  • Jaundice- yellowed discoloration of the skin and white of the eyes

 

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) & Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH):  NASH RISK FACTORS

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Poor diet or a diet high in saturated fats
  • Hypothyroidism - underactive thyroid
  • Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes
  • High levels of LDL “bad” cholesterol in the blood

 

 

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) & Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH):  NASH SYMPTOMS

  • Atrophy- losing muscle tone
  • Internal bleeding or bleeding easily
  • Bruising easily
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Spider veins- spider-like veins just beneath the surface of your skin
  • Jaundice- yellowed discoloration of the skin and white of the eyes
  • Fluid build-up and swelling of the legs (edema) and abdomen (ascites)
  • Confusion, memory loss, poor concentration, and mental fog
  • Itchy or irritable skin
  • Drowsiness and nausea
  • Slurred speech

 

Sources:

www.mayoclinic.org

www.hopkinsmedicine.org

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