‘Long-lasting’ itchy skin could signal fatty liver disease

Cirrhosis – The most severe stage, where the liver shrinks and becomes scarred and lumpy.

This is permanent and can result in liver failure and liver cancer.

Although it is not known exactly what causes fatty liver disease there are a number of factors that can raise your risk.

These include:

  • Being obese or overweight
  • Having type 2 diabetes
  • If you are insulin resistance, such as polycystic ovary syndrome
  • An underactive thyroid
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Metabolic syndrome (a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity)
  • If you are over the age of 50
  • Smoking.

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