Obesity is one of the most significant risk factors for developing NAFLD. Here’s how obesity and NAFLD are connected:
Excess weight leads to an increase in fat storage throughout the body, including the liver and it can cause inflammation and damage the liver cells.
Contributes to the development of NAFLD by promoting fat accumulation in the liver and interfering with the normal breakdown of fats.
An increasing accumulation of fat within the liver can lead to inflammatory changes and to a more severe form of NAFLD called NASH.
Obesity is often accompanied by other metabolic abnormalities, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes. These increase the risk of developing NAFLD and its progression to more severe stages.
Management of obesity and NAFLD often involves similar approaches, focusing on lifestyle changes:
Physical activity is crucial for reducing fat accumulation in the liver and improving NAFLD. Even a modest weight loss can have significant benefits.
For more information visit the British Liver Trust website.
Effective management through medication, if needed, and lifestyle changes is crucial for overall liver health.
Although NAFLD is not caused by alcohol consumption, it’s still important to avoid excessive alcohol intake. Alcohol directly damages your liver and can lead to additional fat build up in your liver which in turn can cause further liver damage.