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Is fatty liver dangerous?

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Maybe: Fatty liver means that the normal liver tissue has been replaced by fat, usually cholesterol. This can decrease the effective function of the liver. Also, it usually indicates a lot of cholesterol in the rest of the body, which increases risk for heart attack and stroke. Fatty liver can be reversed by changing to a low fat, low carb diet, and by taking statin medication

Answered 1/2/2020

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Dr. Theresa Henderson answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Yes: A fatty liver develops from either too much alcohol or in taking the wrong kinds of fats. It causes a cirrhosis of the liver which is bad for you. You should work with your doctor to get rid of all the causes in your diet of a fatty liver and monitor your lipid panel and your lliver panel on a regular basis.

Answered 3/22/2020

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Dr. Toree Malasanos answered

Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology

Fatty liver dangers: Absolutely! It can be caused by a variety of things but each can cause cellular damage to the liver, then fibrosis, then even cirrhosis and liver failure. Obesity, pre diabetes and type 2 diabetes are causing non alcoholic fatty liver at an alarming rate, even in young kids. Prevention, early detection and treatment are key.

Answered 8/9/2019

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