18 Feb 2018
Can obesity cause the same kind of liver damage as alcohol abuse?
It's true - while obesity and alcoholism are two very different health issues, their impact on the liver can be quite similar. Both can cause fatty deposits to build up in the liver - a condition called fatty liver disease. When it occurs in nondrinkers, its called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD. It is now the most common cause of chronic liver disease. If too much fat builds up, or if certain genetic conditions are present, the fatty liver tissue can become inflamed and the liver cells can be damaged or destroyed, it can lead to cirrhosis - permanent scarring of the liver, which destroys the liver's ability to function.
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