Am I at risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)?
Learn more about the risk factors for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Who is at risk of developing the non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)?
The most common risk factor for developing NAFLD is being overweight and most people who have NAFLD are overweight or obese. However, not everyone who is overweight develops NAFLD and the relationship between body fat and NAFLD is not yet fully understood. There are many different risk factors for NAFLD development.
• Those with type 2 diabetes are at a greater risk of developing NAFLD.
• NAFLD is much more common in those aged over 50 years.
• Men have a greater risk of developing NAFLD compared to women.
• High cholesterol levels and high blood pressure increases an individual's risk of developing NAFLD.
• Sudden rapid weight loss can cause fat to build up in the liver due to the quick release of free fatty acids into the blood after the breakdown of fat.
Those who have NAFLD have much greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.