Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease relates to the accumulation of fat in the liver that’s not related to alcohol consumption.
“In a small number of people NAFLD can be caused by other things including rare genetic conditions, prolonged fasting, rapid weight loss due to malnutrition, starvation, or surgery for obesity (bariatric surgery), some drug treatments, or intravenous feeding (parenteral nutrition),” explains BLT.
A wide range of diseases and conditions can also increase your risk of fatty build-up in the liver.
According to the Mayo Clinic, these include:
- High cholesterol
- High levels of triglycerides in the blood
- Metabolic syndrome
- Obesity, particularly when fat is concentrated in the abdomen
- Type 2 diabetes.