Fatty liver (AFLD and NAFLD) and its symptoms


AFLD and NAFLD are two types of fatty liver disease:

AFLD (Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease):

- Caused by excessive and long-term alcohol consumption

- Fat accumulation in the liver, leading to inflammation and scarring

- Can progress to alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis

- Treatment: Abstinence from alcohol, lifestyle changes, and medical management

NAFLD (Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease):

 - Caused by factors other than alcohol, such as:

 - Obesity and insulin resistance

 - Metabolic syndrome

 - High triglycerides and low HDL cholesterol

 - Certain medications and genetic factors

 - Fat accumulation in the liver, leading to inflammation and scarring

 - Can progress to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and cirrhosis

 - Treatment: Lifestyle changes (weight loss, diet, exercise), medical management, and potential medications

While both types share some similarities, AFLD is specifically related to alcohol consumption, whereas NAFLD encompasses various non-alcoholic factors.

Here are some symptoms of fatty liver disease:

- Abdominal pain and swelling

- Enlarged blood vessels underneath the skin

- Loss of appetite

- Weight loss

- Weakness or fatigue

- Nausea

- Itchy skin

- Yellow skin and eyes

- Easy bruising or bleeding

- Dark-colored urine

- Pale stools

- Fluid accumulation in the abdomen (ascites)

- Swelling (edema) of the legs

- Breast enlargement in men

- Confusion

- Red palms

- Tiredness or mental confusion

- Pain or discomfort on the upper right side of the belly

- Fever

- Vomiting

- Jaundice (yellowish skin and eyes)

Most people with fatty liver disease don’t experience significant symptoms until severe liver damage has occurred.

Consult your healthcare provider for medical issues. This is only informative blog. 

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