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Fatty Liver

Fatty Liver Symptoms and Causes

Fatty liver refers to the excessive fat that normally accumulates in the liver in the form of triglycerides and fatty acids that can lead to liver damage. Fatty liver is also called non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) because the buildup of extra fat is not caused by alcohol.

Fatty Liver (Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease) Symptoms

Though fatty liver often has no specific symptoms, individuals may experience the following fatty liver symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Edema (swollen legs due to the buildup of fluid)
  • Weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Nausea and abdominal pain
  • Spider-like blood vessels
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Itching

Fatty Liver (Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease) Causes

The condition of fatty liver, known as non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), occurs when the liver has trouble breaking down fats, causing fat to build up in liver tissue. Although there is a wide range of diseases and conditions linked to it, the main fatty liver causes usually stem from a complication of obesity, diabetes and high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. Rapid weight loss and poor eating habits can also cause NAFLD.