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What causes fatty liver disease?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Fatty liver disease (FLD) is caused by a high alcohol intake over a sustained period of time. FLD is most likely to develop in men when daily consumption of between three and eight servings of alcohol per day occurs for more than 10 years. Women are at risk with half the amount of daily alcohol. Chances of developing FLD are increased when coupled with a lack of alcohol-eliminating enzymes, poor nutrition, and iron build-up in the liver. If hepatitis is also present, that also increases risk. FLD can be halted or reversed if alcohol intake ceases completely in time; once the disease has progressed to cirrhosis, it is impossible for the liver to heal adequately.

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