Liver disease is a serious condition. Many people associate liver disease with the long-term abuse of alcohol, but doctors are realizing that this isn't the sole culprit of damage to one's liver.
Another factor to blame for increased liver problems is Obesity, what happens in a case of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is that some ailments that used to be caused by one harmful habit are being replaced by many others because of our diets worsen and our sedentary lifestyles increase.
The most recent estimates believe that between 20-30 percent of all adults and more than 10 percent of all children in the United States have a fatty liver not derived from drinking alcohol. Unfortunately, in already obese adults and children, rates are much higher, causing great concern among medical practitioners.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) occurs when fat accumulates around people's liver who drink very little or no alcohol at all. The accumulation of fat in the liver affect the liver's ability to handle everyday tasks such as filtering your blood and breaking down red blood cells.
Evidence suggests that this more serious form of non-alcoholic liver disease could come from inflammation, the death of liver tissues, an imbalance of bacteria in the digestive system, or when our bodies release a lot of proteins which are toxic to the liver.
Perhaps the worst part about the non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is that it seems to arise with little to no symptoms. Since the fat that accumulates does so around the liver, oftentimes it can go unnoticed, especially in those who are overweight. With no symptoms, the patient isn't aware of any abnormal health issues.
Although medical professionals are beginning to understand, that there may be signals which point to the presence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, some of these signs are obviously connected to our abdominal area, like abdominal pain and rapid weight loss. Others and completely separate signals include skin discoloration (a common sign of liver dysfunction), loss of appetite, dark urine, swelling in the ankles and legs, difficulty concentrating, etc.
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