Fatty liver or hepatic steatosis is a metabolic disease characterized by excessive accumulation of fat in the liver. It is a disease that affects more women than men.
There is a form of fatty liver that is related to alcohol consumption (alcoholic fatty liver) and another form that is not related to alcohol (NAFLD).
In this latter variety one has to distinguish between simply the one that presents the liver cells or hepatocytes with more fat than normal (hepatic steatosis) and the one with swollen or damaged cells with fibrosis (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis)
This disease, when not treated early, can lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer.
In nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, in addition to weight control, it would be appropriate a studied treatment of cirrhosis to prevent or to improve the fibrosis that, unfortunately, is responsible in some cases of the evolution of this disease to cirrhosis or liver cancer.
- Vitamin E complements can be interesting to palliate the damages that this disease can cause in the liver.