Fatty Liver Disease: 6 Often Overlooked Symptoms Indicating You’re Heading to Disease

FATTY liver disease: Since 1970, deaths due to liver disease have increased by a whopping 400 percent according to the British Liver Trust. Keep reading till the end to learn the steps you can take to reverse fatty liver disease.

The liver is a vital organ with many functions, such as the metabolism of nutrients, production of bile and urea, removal of toxins from the blood, and storage of some vitamins and minerals.

When there is excess fat in the liver, an inflammatory response is triggered. This causes antibodies to attack and damage liver cells. Damaged liver cells cannot function like healthy ones. So the liver cannot detox and perform its other tasks, causing more fat to accumulate.

This condition is called fatty liver disease, or “hepatic steatosis”. Fatty liver is the most common form of Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD).

Small amounts of fat accumulation are harmless, but not when it exceeds 5 to 10 percent of the liver’s weight. As the liver becomes fattier, it can cause fibrosis and cirrhosis – the severe scarring and irreversible stage of liver disease.

Now that we know why fatty liver is dangerous, let’s get into the 6 signs and symptoms of this disease.

1. Exhaustion or Fatigue

One of the first signs of damage or disease in any organ is excessive tiredness or exhaustion[1]. If you are experiencing unexplained weakness, confusion, energy loss, or you find yourself withdrawing from social activities because of exhaustion, consider this a warning sign.

2. Jaundice

Many problems of the liver, including fatty liver disease, can lead to jaundice[2]. This yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes occurs when there is a blockage of bile flow from the liver, and usually manifests as small, sometimes itchy yellow bumps on the surface of the skin. Always have jaundice checked out by a medical professional, whether you suspect fatty liver disease or not.

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