Medically known as hepatic steatosis, fatty liver disease occurs when you develop excessive fatty pockets on your liver. Because fatty liver disease causes liver inflammation, scarring, and even liver failure, Rohit Dwivedi, MD, at Sonoran Endocrinology in Surprise, Gilbert, Lake Havasu City, and Prescott, Arizona, provides comprehensive care. If you have fatty liver disease, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Dwivedi. Book online or by phone with your nearest clinic today.
As the second-largest organ in your body, your liver is responsible for processing nutrients and removing waste and harmful substances from your blood.
While some fat on your liver isn’t generally a concern, excessive fatty buildups can certainly be problematic. There are two main types of fatty liver disease: alcoholic and nonalcoholic.
Alcoholic fatty liver disease, as the name implies, stems from alcohol. This type of condition develops gradually over time if you consume excessive amounts of alcohol regularly. Having more than one alcoholic drink daily for women or more than two alcoholic drinks daily for men can increase your risk.
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, the most common type of chronic liver disease, affects up to 100 million Americans. Many factors can increase your risk of NAFLD, including:
In any case, your risk of developing fatty liver disease is also higher if you’re older (over the age of 50) or are overweight.
One of the concerning things about fatty liver disease is that although it can be very serious, it’s often silent when it comes to symptoms. As your condition progresses, you may experience:
Fatty liver disease can also lead to edema, meaning you develop swelling and fluid buildup, particularly in your legs and abdomen. If you have a known history of fatty liver disease or are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact Dr. Dwivedi as soon as possible.
Dr. Dwivedi conducts expanded laboratory testing, imaging studies (like an ultrasound), or liver biopsies, among other screenings, to evaluate your liver health. Depending on the outcome of your fatty liver disease testing, Dr. Dwivedi might recommend:
Because poorly managed fatty liver disease can lead to liver failure, Dr. Dwivedi has you follow up with him regularly. He monitors your liver functions and makes changes to your treatment plan as needed.
You can undergo comprehensive fatty liver disease care at the office of Rohit Dwivedi, MD. Book your fatty liver disease evaluation through the website or by phone at your nearest office today.