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Can fatty liver disease be prevented?

Fatty liver disease (FLD), also known as alcoholic fatty liver, is usually caused by drinking alcohol regularly for a long period of time - usually over 10 years. Even drinking moderately for a number of years puts you at risk for developing alcoholic fatty liver. Therefore, most people can prevent FLD by avoiding alcohol.

Sometimes, however, FLD can be caused by an irregular metabolism, being pregnant, or certain viruses. In these cases, FLD may not be preventable.

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