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Why is a fatty liver dangerous to my health?

William B. Salt II., MD
Gastroenterology
Fatty liver is the most common cause of liver blood test abnormalities.
While excess alcohol intake can cause fatty liver, the most common cause by far is what is called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD. Most of the time, the fat does not damage the liver. However, in approximately ten percent of people with fatty liver, the fat becomes associated with inflammation. This is called non-alcoholic steato hepatitis (NASH). Steato means fat and hepatitis means inflammation. Some people with NASH develop cirrhosis, which occurs when liver tissue is replaced by scar tissue. Complications from cirrhosis can be fatal.

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