When most people think of liver disease, they associate it with someone who has abused alcohol. And although alcohol is a culprit in developing liver disease, there is another form of this disease in which alcohol isn’t involved: non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. So, what is this disease and how can it be treated? This article will take a closer look at non-alcoholic fatty liver disease to help you gain a better understanding. Read on to learn more.
It’s Very Common
Although you may not have ever heard of this disease, it’s very common. In fact, studies say that about 30 million obese individuals in the United States have this disease. If you are obese or borderline obese, make sure that you are getting your liver enzymes checked on a regular basis.
It’s Easily Detected
During your annual checkup, blood will be drawn to test you for a variety of things including your liver enzymes. If your liver enzymes are elevated, some more blood may be drawn in a few weeks to see if they have lowered. If they remain high, then a liver biopsy will be done to check for fatty liver disease.
It Affects Those Who Are Overweight
If you are overweight, it puts you at a higher risk of developing things like diabetes, heart disease, and even fatty liver disease. If you are overweight, make sure that you are getting regularly checked for fatty liver disease. Remember that just like anything, the faster it’s detected, the easier it will be to treat.
Now that you know a bit more about a non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, you can know whether or not you should regularly be tested. Luckily, with a simple blood draw, your liver enzymes can be checked by your primary care physician. If you would like to learn more about this disease and how we can help, contact Alabama Surgical Associates today!