Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis is a newly recognized condition which likely has been around for a long time. It is diagnosed and treated by the GI Division of Premier Medical Group. It means presence of fat in the liver, even in the absence of significant alcohol ingestion.
There are two types of fatty liver disease: non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, a benign version, and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis which can lead to chronic liver disease and cirrhosis. This is usually caused by obesity, genetic predisposition, and lipid disorders (high cholesterol, LDL, triglycerides, etc.).
Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis affects 2-5% of Americans. In the past 10 years, obesity has doubled in adults and tripled in children. Obesity leads to diabetes and high blood cholesterol, which can further complicate the health of someone with NASH.