We are all aware of the damage alcohol causes to the liver. It is one of the sole reasons behind the buildup of fat in the liver, leading to fatty liver disease (steatosis). However, there are two types of fatty liver disease: alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. While the former is caused due to heavy alcohol use, the latter is not associated with alcohol consumption.
According to India’s National Health Portal (NHP), non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a leading cause of chronic liver diseases globally. NAFLD affects about 25% of the global adult population ranging from 13.5% in Africa to 31.8% in the Middle East. The prevalence of NAFLD in India is about 9% to 32%, as reported by the health body.
Given the alarming statistics, it is important to understand what this condition is and to note the common and unusual symptoms associated with it. Let us find out all about it in detail.