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Fatty liver disease Also called: hepatic steatosis – About

An increased build-up of fat in the liver.
Very common
More than 10 million cases per year (India)
Treatment can help, but this condition can’t be cured
Requires a medical diagnosis
Lab tests or imaging always required
Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
Major risk factors include obesity and type 2 diabetes, though it’s also associated with excessive alcohol consumption.
It usually causes no symptoms. When symptoms occur, they include fatigue, weight loss and abdominal pain.
Treatment involves reducing the risk factors such as obesity through a diet and exercise programme. It is generally a benign condition, but in a minority of patients, it can progress to liver failure (cirrhosis).
Ages affected
3-5
Very rare
6-13
Rare
14-18
Common
19-40
Common
41-60
Very common
60+
Very common

 

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