Fatty liver disease is also called hepatic steatosis, a condition where fat accumulates in the liver and becomes life-threatening if left untreated. FLD often shows little to no symptoms, and the common causes include alcohol, diabetes, and obesity. The main symptoms of hepatic steatosis, if any, are fatigue and abdominal pain. However, when it progresses to a chronic stage known as liver cirrhosis, it may cause other symptoms, including loss of appetite, itchy skin, nose bleeds, weight loss, abdominal pain, yellow skin, and yellow eyes. Statistics have shown that this condition is the most common liver disease among teenagers in the United State of America.
The main causes of FLD include alcohol, obesity (excess fat), and diabetes (high blood sugar). Hence, any treatment plan should focus on reducing the risk factors such as alcohol, fat, and sugar through a diet and exercise program. This condition is generally benign, but if left untreated, it may deteriorate to cirrhosis, also known as liver failure. There are common home treatments for FLD that you can follow: