Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NFLD) occurs when a person drinks little or no alcohol and accumulates too much fat in his or her liver. It is a common disease and can lead to problems when the fat causes inflammation and scarring in the liver.
“There is no clear cause of NFLD,” says Wilson P. Pais, MD, MBA, FCP, FRCP, gastroenterologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “But people who are obese or suffer from some of the other complications of obesity such as diabetes and high cholesterol are at higher risk than those who are at a healthy weight. People who have hypo- or hyperthyroidism also are at risk.”
In many cases, the extra liver fat does not cause any harm. However, your doctor may recommend you manage the risk factors that contribute to your liver disease like losing weight and managing your thyroid disease.
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