Causes of Fatty Liver

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Fatty liver is also known as hepatic steatosis.

It happens when fat raises in the liver. Having a small amount of fat in your liver is common. But when it is too much, you should be concerned about your health and even liver failure. When fatty liver happens in someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, it is known as alcoholic fatty liver disease (AFLD). While the same in someone who doesn’t drink alcohol, this condition is known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

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In people who don’t drink a lot of alcohol, the cause of fatty liver disease is less clear. But pre-diabetes, diabetes, and insulin resistance are all red flags. One or more of the following factors may play a role:

1. Insulin Resistance.

2. Sedentary Lifestyle.

3. Poor Diet.

4. High Environmental Toxin Exposure.

5. Chronic Infection & Inflammation

6. Chronic Alcohol Usage (Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease)


In many cases, it’s possible to reverse fatty liver through lifestyle changes. If you have dangerous conditions, it enhances your

risk of liver cancer and liver failure. These complications can be fatal. For the best outcome, it’s important to contact gastroenterologist and followers commended treatment plans and practice an overall healthy lifestyle.

Dr Sachin Palnitkar is a practising Internal Medicine Physician, Gastroenterologist and a Hepatologist with an experience of 18 years. He is trained in one of the pioneer institutes of Liver Transplant in South India for 3 years & practised there as a consultant gastroenterologist & had a real-time experience of managing more than 250 liver transplant patients in the span of last 4 years. During his DNB training, he observed, assisted and performed all diagnostic and therapeutic GI procedures including gastroscopies, colonoscopies, ERCP, motility studies, manometry and pH studies.