Fatty liver disease or steatosis is a common condition, in which there is an excess amount of fat build up in the liver. While a healthy liver contains a certain level of fat, if the amount exceeds 5-10% of the liver’s weight, it may become a problem, says Cleveland Clinic.
That said, to maintain a healthy liver, one must monitor the fat accumulation in the organ.
However, data reveals 7% to 30% of people with the condition experience worsening symptoms over time. This could mean inflamed or swollen liver, development of scar tissue – fibrosis, and finally extensive scar tissue, which can result in cirrhosis of the liver.
While the definite cause of fatty liver disease is not specific, there are two main forms of the condition – alcohol-induced fatty liver disease and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.