That subtle, slow-moving process begins with the build-up of fat in the liver, a condition called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, because it is not driven by alcohol consumption. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, up to 20% of the American population has NAFLD, which occurs when fat makes up more than 5% of the liver. For many people, a fatty liver will never become a real problem. As Abdelmalek notes, “If you have isolated fat, you may live and die with your fatty liver and never know it.” But a portion of that population—a number pegged at roughly 16 million people—will go on to develop NASH’s telltale inflammation and scarring.
by Lisa M. Jarvis |
October 03, 2016