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The Symptoms, Causes, Types and Treatment of Fatty Liver (Hepatic Steatosis)

If a person has fat build up on their liver, this is known as fatty liver or steatosis. It is completely normal to have fat on the liver, but if more than 5% to 10% of the liver is fat, this can cause fatty liver disease. In most cases, fatty liver can be cured by making changes to diet and exercise. Most people who have fatty liver do not even know it. They go in for a routine check, and their doctor finds out that they have fatty liver disease. The doctor may order scans of the liver as well as a blood test to confirm that it is just fatty liver disease and no other issues are there. Once fatty liver has been diagnosed, the doctor will make some suggestions on lifestyle changes. This includes cutting down fats and carbohydrates in the diet, as well as coming up with an exercise routine. With diet and exercise, the fatty liver disease should disappear altogether.

Information. This liver disease typically does not cause any permanent damage to the liver. It is also generally symptomless to most people. The liver processes everything that a person drinks or eats and it filters out any harmful substances that may be in the blood. If a person has fatty liver, this filtering process can be interrupted. The liver will repair itself by building new liver cells when the old ones become damaged. However, if there is repeated damage done to the liver over time this can cause scarring of the liver. This is known as cirrhosis and can be life-threatening.


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