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Diabetes, stroke, and heart attack – these lifestyle problems have taken over our lives for a while, but there’s a new addition to this list. We are speaking about NAFLD or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Earlier, people had this misconception that only those who drink alcohol go through the problem of fatty liver, but unfortunately, that’s not completely true. Even if you don’t drink, there are many other causes that can lead to a fatty liver.
Basically, fatty liver is a condition in which the fat gets accumulated on the organ. Although, there is a small amount of fat that’s there, but when it grows more than 10 percent of the weight of your liver, it becomes a problem.
We all know alcohol is the primary cause of fatty liver, but there are many more reasons.
1. Itching in body: You feel itching all across your body, if you have NAFLD. That’s because of the fluctuating levels of bile. Although for some people, this problem can look different.
According to the study published in the National Library of Health, itching in limbs, palms of your hands and soles is very common, in case of non-alcoholic fatty liver.
2. Swelling in the abdominal area: If you have NAFLD, there is an accumulation of fluid in your abdominal region, due to which you get swelling down there.
3. Drowsiness and slurred speech
4. Loss of appetite: Your liver secretes bile juice, which controls your appetite. If that fluctuates, you will see changes in your food habits too.
5. Fatigue and weakness: If you have suddenly started feeling tired and weak all the time, don’t just put the blame on your mental health. It can also be because of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
6. Pale skin: If you are doing and eating everything right to keep your skin in good health, but nothing seems to work out – then get your liver tested. Yellowing of skin and whitening of your eyes are also some early signs.
If you experience itching, take these steps:
Do you know that people who are overweight and have diabetes are at a higher risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Yes, the prevalence of NAFLD is around 9-32 percent in the Indian population, according to the Union Health Ministry?
That’s why it’s time to wake up and take action!