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Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

This is a stained liver biopsy sample showing advanced cellular changes in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Blue is fibrosis. White is fat accumulation in degenerated cells. Courtesy of Nephron's work.

This is a stained liver biopsy sample showing advanced cellular changes in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Blue is fibrosis. White is fat accumulation in degenerated cells. Courtesy of Nephron’s work.

What Is Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease?

Non-alcoholic fatty liver is a non-inflammatory liver disorder characterized by degenerative changes in the liver caused by excessive accumulation of lipid (fat) in hepatocytes (liver cells) that is called free fatty acid-generated lipotoxicity.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver shows an increase in liver enzymes called transaminases.

Q: What are the enzymes that increase?

A: The transaminases that increase are ALT and AST. ALT is the abbreviation for alanine aminotransferase enzyme and AST is the abbreviation for aspartate aminotransferase enzyme. They are commonly measured in blood tests to determine liver function and when elevated indicate inflammation.

What Is Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver In Celiac Disease and/or Gluten Sensitivity?


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