Non alcoholic fatty liver disease is common and, for most people, causes no signs and symptoms and no complications.But in some people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, the fat that accumulates can cause inflammation and scarring in the liver. This more serious form of non alcoholic fatty liver disease is sometimes called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.NAFLD is common in the elderly, although the prevalence decreases with advancing age. Further studies are warranted exploring potential factors contributing to this apparent positive selection effect in the elderly.
No alternative medicine treatments are proven to cure non alcoholic fatty liver disease. But researchers are studying whether some natural compounds could be helpful, such as Vitamin E, Coffee. Tests and procedures used to diagnose nonalcoholic fatty liver disease include:
•Blood tests. Liver function tests, including tests of liver enzymes, may help your doctor make a diagnosis.
•Imaging procedures.Imaging procedures used to diagnose fatty liver disease include ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Liver tissue testing. Liver biopsy is typically done using a long needle inserted through your skin and into your liver to remove liver cells (needle biopsy).