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Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Information Center

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a condition in which fat builds up in your liver. The more severe form of NAFLD is called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). NASH causes the liver to swell and become damaged.

Managing Liver Disease

Learn more about understanding the differences between NAFLD and NASH.

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Explore who’s at risk and see if children can be impacted.

Foods to Avoid

Learn more about recognizing the signs and symptoms of NASH.

Liver Function tests

Learn what factors determine a diagnosis for NASH.

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Learn how NASH can lead to some serious complications if not addressed early.

Doctors

Learn how NASH is treated differently from NAFLD.

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Learn about clinical trials and if they are right for you.

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.

Healthy Liver

HEALTHY

Fibrosis

FIBROSIS

Cirrhosis

CIRRHOSIS

Cancerous Liver

CANCER

The Healthy Liver

A healthy liver has the amazing ability to grow back, or regenerate when damaged.

Fibrosis

When treated successfully at this stage, there’s a chance your liver can heal itself.

Liver Cancer

Cirrhosis and hepatitis B are leading risk factors for primary liver cancer.

Liver Failure

Liver failure is a life-threatening condition that demands urgent medical care.

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.

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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…

ABOUT NASH

FROM THE DOCTOR’S DESK

A doctor explains NAFLD/NASH

This video was created by the American Liver Foundation, which is solely responsible for its content. It was made possible through a generous educational grant by the Allergan Foundation ...

Fatty Liver Disease From a Bariatric Surgeon’s Perspective

Date Recorded April 9, 2019 Program An American Liver Foundation webinar aired April 9th, 2019 featuring Dr. Makram Gedeon, MD,  Bristol Hospital Multi-Specialty Group and ALF Community Outreach and Education Manager, Connecticut Division, Donna Sciacca. Who Should Watch Medical professionals, patients and caregivers of people who have fatty liver disease ...

PATIENT’S CORNER

How did you first hear about NAFLD or NASH?

This video was created by the American Liver Foundation, which is solely responsible for its content. It was made possible through a generous educational grant by the Allergan Foundation ...

What symptoms have you experienced with NAFLD/NASH?

This video was created by the American Liver Foundation, which is solely responsible for its content. It was made possible through a generous educational grant by the Allergan Foundation ...

What advice do you have for those recently diagnosed with NASH?

This video was created by the American Liver Foundation, which is solely responsible for its content. It was made possible through a generous educational grant by the Allergan Foundation ...

AWARENESS

International NASH Day Webinar

This video features Dr. Tuan Pham from the University of Utah who discusses the current the landscape of NASH, as well as NASH Caregiver David Frank, who lost his mother to this disease ...

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