Fatty liver disease is caused by:
weight gain, alcohol consumption, fast weight
loss, malnourishment, high cholesterol/triglyceride
levels, certain medications like steriods,
diabetes, insulin resistance and others.
There is a problem with people who have thyroid
disease. If the metabolism is slow, they can
easily gain weight and not be able to lose it.
Another thing, if the cells of the liver are damaged to
the point of them not performing the natural functions
of the liver...then this may slow the metabolism some...
but I never heard of anyone gaining weight. Those
who have liver disease, has muscle wasting and they
tend to lose weight until they start to gain weight from
fluid building up in the abdomen (known as Ascites)
or their body holds onto sodium causing fluid retention
Fat inside the liver usually starts out as Simple Fatty
liver. As more fat build up inside the liver, the more
the liver cells become damaged and the immune
system of the body responds and causes inflammation
in the liver also...this is then known as Steatohepatitis.
Steato is fat, hepat is liver, and itis is inflammation.
The fat and inflammation cause the liver to enlarge in
size them. If the cause is not stopped, it can lead
to where the liver cells die off and form scar tissue
in the liver that blocks the flow of blood. This
is then known as Cirrhosis of the liver and that
is when the Ascites and edema may occur.
The doctor can see this fluid on an ultrasound or
Ct scan. If a person does develop Ascites, the doctor
can remove the excess fluid from the abdomen in a
procedure known as paracentesis.
I hope this information has been of some help to you.
caregiver to a liver transplant patient