Throughout the United States, U.K., and Australia, more and more cases of liver disease are arising in the absence of alcohol abuse. Decades ago, we only saw conditions like Fatty Liver Disease and cirrhosis occur as a direct result of excessive alcohol indulgence, however, this trend has changed in the current day. Today, more and more adults and children are being diagnosed with NON-ALCOHOLIC FATTY LIVER DISEASE (NAFLD).
NAFLD is a medical condition that is characterized by an excessive accumulation of fats, within liver cells. This means normal, healthy liver tissue becomes partly replaced with fatty tissue. The fat starts to invade the liver, gradually infiltrating the healthy liver areas, decreasing the amount of healthy active liver tissue. While it’s normal for your liver to contain some fat, accumulations of more than 5 percent to 10 percent of your liver’s weight are problematic. 70 million Americans have fatty liver disease and don’t even know it.
Increasing cases of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease have been on the rise in the United States, U.K. and Australia, most of which affect children and adults alike. While obesity and insulin resistance have been identified as probable causes for the disease, diabetes can also lead to fatty liver disease, eventually resulting in neuropathy. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.