Fatty liver disease, as the name itself suggests, refers to when there is too much fat stored in the liver.
The liver is an integral part of the body that helps regulate most chemical levels in the blood and excretes a product called bile, which helps carry away waste products from the liver. It also makes protein for the body, stores iron and converts nutrients into energy.
However, when there is too much fat build up in your liver, it can disrupt the normal functioning of the liver, hence causing several complications.
Mainly, there are two types of fatty liver disease: Alcohol-induced fatty liver disease and Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. While the former is caused by heavy drinking, NAFLD occurs in people who aren’t drinkers. Both conditions can put a person at risk of cirrhosis or liver scarring, which is the most advanced stage of liver damage and can lead to fatality.