Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is a term used to describe the accumulation of fat in the liver of people who drink little or no alcohol.The more severe form of NAFLD is called non alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). NASH causes the liver to swell and may lead to liver scarring. NASH tends to develop in people who are overweight or obese, or have diabetes, high cholesterol or high triglycerides.NAFLD is prevalent in the general Israeli population and closely related to the metabolic syndrome. NAFLD was a common finding in our group of elderly patients and the prevalence was higher than reported in the general population. The use of ALT as a marker for NAFLD seriously underestimates its prevalence.
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease occurs when your liver has trouble breaking down fats, causing fat to build up in your liver tissue. Doctors aren't sure what causes nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. The wide range of diseases and conditions linked to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is so diverse that it's difficult to pinpoint any one cause. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease usually causes no signs and symptoms. When it does, they may include:
•Pain in the upper right abdomen