Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis tends to develop in people who are overweight or obese, or have diabetes, high cholesterol or high triglycerides. However, some people have nonalcoholic steatohepatitis even if they do not have any risk factors.
Most people with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis are between the ages of 40 and 60 years. It is more common in women than in men. NASH often has no symptoms and people can have nonalcoholic steatohepatitis for years before symptoms occur.
Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis is one of the leading causes of cirrhosis in adults in the United States. Up to 25% of adults with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis may have cirrhosis.
There are many different types of liver disease. But no matter what type you have, the damage to your liver is likely to progress in a similar way.
Whether your liver is infected with a virus, injured by chemicals, or under attack from your own immune system, the basic danger is the same – that your liver will become so damaged that it can no longer work to keep you alive.
Cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver failure are serious conditions that can threaten your life. Once you have reached these stages of liver disease, your treatment options may be very limited.
That’s why it’s important to catch liver disease early, in the inflammation and fibrosis stages. If you are treated successfully at these stages, your liver may have a chance to heal itself and recover.
Talk to your doctor about liver disease. Find out if you are at risk or if you should undergo any tests or vaccinations.
- What condition do I have that suggests NAFLD?
- Can NAFLD be reversed? How long can this process take?
- Do I have cirrhosis or scarring of the liver?
- If I do have cirrhosis – how far has the scarring progressed?
- What kinds of lifestyle changes and diet can I make?
- Would it be possible to be connected to a registered dietitian or nutritionist to make a specific meal plan?
- What kinds of physical activities would be OK for me to do?
- Is there a treatment or medication for NAFLD? Are there any clinical trials?
- Will losing weight help me to get rid of this disease?
ALF NASH Facebook Support Group
Visit the American Liver Foundation NASH Facebook support group page here.
Support Groups Near You
Visit the American Liver Foundation support group page here to find the closest support group to you.
Online Support Groups
Visit the American Liver Foundation online support group at Inspire…
FROM THE DOCTOR’S DESK
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