Sometimes fat accumulates in the liver to toxic levels and leads to NAFLD (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease).
As time passes, these excessive levels of body fats lead to inflammation, oxidative damage and fibrosis, which is scarring of the liver tissues.
What is more, a fatty liver is also tied to the development of insulin resistance and considered to be a metabolic syndrome within the liver itself. This syndrome can be the result of many factors, such as the use of certain medications, but in most cases is caused by obesity.
Some of the first symptoms of NFLD (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease) are:
- Weight loss
- Pain around the upper part of the abdomen
- Swelling of the body as a result of the lack of protein which is produced by the liver
- Mental confusion
- Increased bruising
- Jaundice – marked by yellow discoloring of the skin and/or mucous membranes