Diseases and Illnesses

Alcohol abuse not the only cause of fatty liver disease

Alcohol abuse not the only cause of fatty liver disease

Alcohol abuse is not the only factor that can lead to fatty liver disease. Americans gluttonous diets are also leading to another form called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which is just as damaging. Dr. Thomas W. Faust, a gastroenterologist at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, discusses the differences between the two forms of the disease.

What is fatty liver disease?

The liver is an important organ that controls protein, fat, and sugar metabolism. Additionally, the liver metabolizes medications that are consumed, and makes bile that helps digest food. When too much fat enters relative to the amount that leaves the liver,...

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