Symptoms and Diagnosis of NAFLD


NAFLD, a condition in which excess fat is stored in your liver, has few or no symptoms. Are you at risk?

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If you have certain conditions including obesity, elevated cholesterol, or type 2 diabetes, you might be at risk for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or N-A-F-L-D.

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

N-A-F-L-D, a condition in which excess fat is stored in your liver, has few or no symptoms. Most people have no complications, but in some people, cirrhosis--which is scarring that permanently damages your liver--and liver cancer can occur.

If you do have symptoms, you may feel tired or have discomfort on your right side between your chest and hips.

If you are overweight or obese, losing weight by making healthy food choices, limiting portion sizes, and being physically active can improve N-A-F-L-D.

For more information, follow us on Twitter @NIDDKgov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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