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What is fatty liver disease?

Robynne K. Chutkan, MD
Gastroenterology
Fatty liver disease is deposition of fat in the liver; the obesity epidemic has created a rapid increase in this condition. Watch as integrative gastroenterologist Robynne Chutkan, MD, discusses basic information and symptoms of fatty liver disease.
Fatty liver disease is fatty deposits in the liver instead of normally functioning liver cells, says Charles St. Hill, MD, an oncologist at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he talks about the importance of weight loss as treatment.

Fatty liver disease (FLD) is the first of three stages in alcoholic liver disease. It is characterized by a fatty liver, called steatosis, which becomes enlarged due to accumulation of triglyceride fat. FLD is a condition present in about 90 percent of alcohol abusers and is more common in men, though women are more susceptible. Factors increasing chances of developing FLD include a high alcohol intake over a sustained period of time, as well as a lack of alcohol-eliminating enzymes, nutritional deficiency, especially in protein, and iron build-up in the liver.

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