Physical Health

Fatty Liver


It is a condition in which fat builds up in the liver. Fatty liver disease can be classified into two types: alcohol-related and non-alcoholic. 

Increasingly, people suffer from non-alcohol-related fatty liver disease (NAFLD or MALFD). For example, some medicines (including herbal medicines and supplements) or other drugs may harm the liver and lead to NAFLD.

Most people with fatty liver disease do not have any symptoms in the early stages and do not suffer from any serious problems. It can, however, cause liver damage in some cases. 


The following symptoms may be experienced by some people: 

  • Feeling tired and weak all the time
  • Loss of weight 
  • You feel discomfort or pain in the upper right part of your stomach
  • Feeling sick
  • Swelling in the liver region
  • A lack of appetite. 

In cases of cirrhosis, fatty liver disease can result in more severe symptoms. Jaundice, abdominal swelling, and an enlarged spleen are some of these symptoms. 



It involves examination including scans and blood tests.



Your liver digests food and removes toxic substances from your body. A small amount of fat in the liver is healthy, but if fat builds up, it can result in fatty liver disease. Your liver’s filtering process can be interfered with by too much fat. Mild liver damage can heal itself, but severe damage can lead to cirrhosis. As a result, liver cancer may develop and liver failure may occur. The risk of heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke is also increased in individuals with fatty liver disease. 

Weight loss (if overweight), proper control of diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides, regular exercise, and avoiding alcohol are all treatment options.

In most cases, fatty liver disease can be prevented or even reversed if detected and managed early.


To discuss diagnosis and treatment options, please book an appointment with our specialist.


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Dr Ibrahim Yahli MD MRCPsych

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