Fatty liver disease: The warning signs in your legs signalling ‘late stage of scarring’

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease details a range of conditions that have one thing in common – the build-up of fat in your liver. The early stages of fatty liver don’t usually pose any harm. But problems can occur as the condition progresses. Here is one sign which could help you spot it.

If your liver is healthy, it should only contain a small amount of fat.

When the fat reaches five to 10 percent of the organ’s weight, it becomes a “problem”, the Cleveland Clinic reports.

Having a fatty liver also boosts your risk of other serious health problems, ranging from diabetes to high blood pressure.

The good news is that early detection and management can help stop non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) from getting worse, the NHS explains.

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As this condition doesn’t generally trigger symptoms in the early stages, it can be difficult to spot.

At the beginning, patients don’t usually know about having it unless tested for another reason.

However, the more advanced stages of fatty liver can cause some symptoms.

This includes swollen legs, according to the Cleveland Clinic.


Before you reach cirrhosis, there are three earlier stages which include non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and fibrosis.

According to the NHS, people in these stages may experience the following symptoms:

  • Dull or aching pain in the top right of the tummy 
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Weakness.

The health service shares that the most “important” part of preventing the condition from getting worse is lifestyle changes. 

So, anything from a healthy diet to exercise could help reduce the amount of fat in your liver.


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