Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD): Causes and Symptoms

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) is an umbrella term used to define several conditions that are caused by fat build-up in the liver. It usually refers to liver conditions that afflict people who drink little to no alcohol. NAFLD is mostly seen in obese or overweight people.

Did you know that the prevalence of NAFLD in India is about 9% to 32%? Globally, it affects around 25% of the adult population. In obese populations, that percentage can go up to 75%.

Although in its early stages, this disease does not cause any harm, over time, it can often lead to more serious consequences like liver cirrhosis. The good news is that you can prevent or reverse the effects of NAFLD with some simple lifestyle changes, such as switching to a fatty liver weight loss diet plan.

Causes of NAFLD

As mentioned earlier, NAFLD is primarily caused by high fat build-up in your liver. But how or why does that happen? Some people develop fatty liver even when they do not have any pre-existing conditions. Although, there are a few risk factors that increase the chances of developing it. Here are some of them:

  • Obesity

    If you are overweight or obese – particularly, if you have an apple-shaped body with more fat around your waist – you are more likely to develop NAFLD.

  • Insulin resistance

    Insulin resistance (IR) is another factor that contributes to NAFLD in association with obesity. It does so by increasing free fatty acid delivery and hyperinsulinemia, which stimulates anabolic processes.

  • Type 2 diabetes

    The relationship between NAFLD and type 2 diabetes functions both ways. Diabetes enhances the progression of NAFL, often to Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH), which is a serious and sometimes fatal condition. It also increases the risk of cirrhosis and Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) or liver cancer. On the other hand, NAFLD is often associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

  • High cholesterol

    If your body gets too much cholesterol, it can lead to fatty liver disease. In serious cases, it can also turn NAFLD into NASH.

Symptoms of NAFLD

NAFLD is the most prevalent liver disease in human history but it is also one of the most silent diseases. Most people suffering from it will not exhibit any symptoms. You will not even know that you have it unless you get yourself tested. There are, however, some occasional symptoms that you should look out for, such as:

  • Aching pain in the upper right abdomen
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness

If you can detect and manage NAFLD at an early stage, you can stop it from getting worse by reducing the amount of fat in your liver. If you are obese, overweight, or have type 2 diabetes, take the necessary measures to reduce your risk of NAFLD.

The ProGen Method: Lose Weight and Fight Diabetes

Obesity is one of the major causes of multiple health conditions, including NAFLD and diabetes. When you are obese, you are at a higher risk of developing diabetes. If you already suffer from the latter, obesity can worsen it over time. This is why it is crucial that you take the right steps to manage both these conditions and keep yourself fit and healthy.

Weight loss is one the most effective ways to control obesity, diabetes, as well as NAFLD. With a healthy weight loss diet, your body becomes more insulin sensitive. Consuming a low-carb diet will also help reduce your blood sugar levels, which is proven to be a much better solution than taking medication.

At ProGen Weight Management, we offer a specialized weight loss treatment that is aimed at helping you lose weight quickly and sustainably. Our treatment is based on a Very Low-Calorie Ketogenic Diet (VLCK Diet), which cuts down your calorie consumption to 800 kcal or less per day. With this diet, you will lose around 10 kgs within a short duration due to the low intake of carbs, which will promote ketosis and allow your body to draw energy from its stored fat.

VLCKD is different from other diets because even with its low calorie count, it still provides you with your daily requirement of protein and other nutrients. This makes it a great choice for people who are severely obese or suffer type 2 diabetes as a result of their obesity. It will also help reverse your body’s insulin resistance, which will reduce your risk of developing NAFLD.

If you want to know more about our fatty liver or diabetic weight loss diet plan, feel free to get in touch with us. Call us on 08048655757 or +919620659132, or email us at

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