What happens when the liver becomes fatty?

What happens when the liver becomes fatty?
What happens when the liver becomes fatty?

It is seen in one in every 10 people. Here are the symptoms of fatty liver

Assoc. Dr. Nurettin Tunç gave information about fatty liver, which is defined as the accumulation of more fat in the liver than it should be.

Excessive alcohol consumption triggers fatty liver disease, which is defined as the accumulation of more fat in the liver than it should be. Apart from alcohol and tobacco use, insulin resistance, obesity and diabetes also increase the risk of fatty liver. Fatty liver disease, which is often seen between the ages of 40 and 60, may occur at earlier ages. It is of great importance to take early precautions against fatty liver, which can manifest itself with symptoms such as yellow skin tone, leg and abdominal swelling. Assoc. Prof. from Memorial Diyarbakır Hospital Gastroenterology Department. Dr. Nurettin Tunç gave information about fatty liver.


The liver, whose main function is to remove toxins and process nutrients, is known as the largest internal organ of the body and has the ability to renew itself every 6 months. Although the prevalence of fatty liver in society is not certain, it is thought to occur in one in every 10 people. The condition, popularly called jaundice or hepatitis, is seen due to liver inflammation and fatty liver. Fatty liver is common in patients with hyperlipidemia, that is, high cholesterol levels, associated insulin resistance, and obesity.

Pay attention to your waist circumference

Fat around the waist negatively affects the liver, especially the heart, which are vital organs. Insidiously progressing liver inflammation often does not cause symptoms. Some medications and toxins can cause fatty liver. Therefore, medication should not be taken without the supervision and approval of a physician. Rarely, non-alcoholic fatty liver is seen in people with a feeling of fatigue, weakness, and vague discomfort in the right upper abdomen. In case of fatty liver, the liver works in its normal routine and there are no symptoms. However, fatty liver disease can progress to liver failure and liver cancer. Symptoms of fatty liver can be listed as follows;

A yellow skin tone
leg swelling
abdominal swelling,

mental confusion,
Stomach ache


The most serious complication of fatty liver is known as liver cirrhosis. Fatty liver disease, which requires early treatment, progresses over time and increases the possibility of developing cirrhosis due to age and diabetes factors. Fatty liver often occurs with metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome also carries a high risk for heart disease and heart attack. Losing weight with the support of a specialist physician in this disease; Improvement can be achieved by controlling conditions such as obesity, insulin resistance and hyperlipidemia. Mediterranean type diet is recommended for fatty liver. The Mediterranean type of diet, which emphasizes the consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, grains and healthy fats, reduces the risk of fatty liver and ensures that the rich protein, vitamins and minerals the body needs are met through certain foods. It is possible to reduce and prevent the risk of fatty liver by changing the diet and regular exercises.

The article is in Turkish

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