This is a term that is actually given to a range of conditions that can affect the liver. It is caused by excess deposits of fat accumulating in the liver, which cause it to lose its ability to function as well as it should. As the name suggests, it applies to conditions that are not caused by excess alcohol consumption.
It is not necessarily serious in itself, but it can develop into non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, which is somewhat more serious. It can also develop into cirrhosis.
Patients with the condition will generally need to revert to a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle in order to prevent the condition from worsening. Below are 10 symptoms of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease to look out for.
Symptom #1: Fatigue
We get the energy that we need from the food that we eat. A calorie is basically a unit of energy, while different types of food are metabolized in different ways. This means that in addition to resting, eating can give you a boost whenever you are feeling tired.
The liver plays various important roles in the body and somebody with a liver that is failing will begin to feel fatigued a lot of the time. The exact reason for this is not well understood but it is thought that a lack of sleep could be a significant factor. Fatigue can be caused by a range of factors and you should arrange to speak with a doctor if you are suffering from this symptom.