Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease is caused by increased fat in the liver that can cause damage to liver function as it progresses. The disease often shows no symptoms and is frequently diagnosed during a routine blood test. Health experts do not know the exact cause of the disease, but can be influenced by risk factors such as high cholesterol and obesity. Lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise can help treat fatty liver disease. If it continues to progress, it may lead to cirrhosis, or permanent liver scarring.
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease does not always portray obvious symptoms. It often is most common in middle age groups and has increased in the past 10 years due to rising obesity rates. If the disease continues to progress, some symptoms may include:
- Weight loss
- Yellow eyes
- Spiderlike blood vessels