What causes Fatty Liver

What causes Fatty Liver


Before discussing about “Fatty Liver’, let us learn something about the organ itself.

-Liver-  is also called The “Silent” organ in the body.

Generally people talk about their teeth, hair, lungs, heart, face etc, but very rarely about Liver and its existence, even though Liver happens to be the largest organ in one’s body weighing roughly one and a half kilos. It resides in the upper right part of one’s abdomen, well protected by ribs. It is said that it does more than 500 types of jobs and if any one of its major jobs  fails  , one can better start making funeral arrangements. One can not  find any  other way of over-emphasizing the importance of this vital organ in the human body than mentioning it in the manner  as above.

Liver  participates virtually in everything, as for example, it provides muscle fuel, if one wants to play a game of Golf, digest one’s breakfast, manufacture the Vitamins that helps one’s night vision and so on. Its job is endless. This being so, is it not one’s duty to take care of this vital organ from diseases? protect it from any damage? and at least minimum care, so that it can do its job silently and help one to lead a healthy life free from diseases.

Hepatitis, Fatty liver, Cirrhosis, Cancer, etc, are some of the common diseases affecting the liver.

Now lets just discuss about Fatty Liver

What is Fatty Liver?

Fatty liver is a condition where fat or triglycerides deposit in the liver.Some fat in the liver is mormal, but if it makes up more than five to ten percent of the weight of your liver , you would be at risk. Alcoholic or non-alcoholic.

What causes metabolic fatty liver disease?

1. Alcohol consumption.
2. Metabolic causes like diabetes mellitus, obesity.
3. Hepatitis C.
4. Drugs.
5. Starvation.

1. What are the diseases most commonly seen in Fatty liver?

Fatty liver itself is an abnormal condition and it increases the risk of developing conditions like Cancer, hepatitis, Cirrhosis, etc. At these latter two stages, jaundice might also develop.

2. Does diet play any part?

diet rich in fat and calories raises the chance of obesity-induced insulin resistance.

3. What is the treatment?

Treatment starts with weight reduction, but not rapidly. An average of 1.6 kgs/ week is recommended. The target should be 10% reduction of the baseline weight.Depending on the stage and symptom of the disease, medications are prescribed.Diet, exercise, and certain medications are the recommended ways to reduce weight.Bariatric surgery is advised for morbidly obese patients.

4.  Is it possible to lead a normal life With a fatty Liver?

Fatty liver is a life long condition. Still with a few lifestyle changes,necessary treatment,and periodic check up with the doctor there is no reason why a patient suffering from fatty liver should not enjoy a normal life.

You can also read on ways to cure fatty liver

Do you also have a fatty liver? How do you cope up with it, have you done any modifications in your life style to control fatty liver? Please do let us know.


Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows. She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore. Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

4 Replies to “What causes Fatty Liver”

  1. iam yoga age 27 yearold iam surrfing fatty liver, what type food i want to take.
    i take treamentlast 1year how long i want take treament please sent me good thing to me.

  2. Yoganathan.

    Your message of 26th May, 2011.

    At a young age of 27, if you are suffering from fatty liver, there is something seriously wrong with your way of living. You must know that your liver is as vital to you as your heart and lungs are. It is not just a filter mechanism in the body. All of the blood that has visited the various parts of your body flows through the liver, where it gets detoxified. A big job is done by the liver. Consult a specialist immediately for your health problem and take remedial measures.

    I am not a Doctor. i am not trying to frighten you.by my few words, but what little I have read on this subject, I am letting you know. You are young. You have many more years to go.

    One must keep his or her liver healthy and this is how one can do it. Live clean. Reduce your personal pollution so that there is less work for the liver to filter out. Drink always pure filtered water and plenty of water you must drink daily,say 8 to 10 glasses. Avoid colas etc. Eat unprocessed foods, choose veggie protein over red meat etc. Crunchy veggie includes broccoli, cabbage and other rich vegetables. B-rich food like whole grains and high C items like citrus fruits and leafy greens etc, if included in your diet can assist liver’s detoxifying process to a great extent. Lecithin and zinc, support liver function. Lecithin, you get from egg yolks and soya beans

    Do not take too much of vitamin A.. If you do, you risk liver problems including cirrhosis.

    Again I repeat.Consut your Doctor first and take his advice for treatment immediately..What is written above is just to let you know the gravity of your health problem.

    Best wishes.


  3. I am prasad age of 34, if you are suffering from fatty liver,my serum bilirubin is 1.5 mg/dl
    SGPT -78 U/L
    SGOT -65 U/L

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