Dr. Oz gives an overview of fatty liver disease.

Q: What is fatty liver disease? A: While it was once thought that fatty liver disease was caused by alcohol use alone, eating sugary oráfatty foods for extended years is now known to damage the liver as well. The fatty liver associated withábeing overweight is called non-alcoholic fatty liverádisease (NAFLD). Your liver acts primarily as your bodyĺs filter, cleaning the blood and aiding digestion and metabolism. A fatty liver occurs when your body becomes overrun with fats and is no longer able to detoxify itself. A healthy diet rich in greens and lean protein allows your liver to do its job properly, but when you indulge for years in unhealthy foods such as doughnuts, fried chicken, and burgers, your liver clogs up, becoming fatty and toxic. Having a fatty liver is linked with insulin resistance, which can increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes and high blood cholesterol, which can raise your risk of heart disease. In fact, bodily damage often starts in the liver before it snakes its way up to the heart. ŚDr. Mehmet Oz,áCardiac surgeonáatáColumbia University/New York-PresbyterianáHospital and star ofáThe Dr. Oz Show Go back to All the Answers, June 2013. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE ALL THE ANSWERS ARCHIVES Brought to you by: Spry Living