Here at Westchester Health, many of our adult patients drink, some of them heavily. In these cases, we do our best to warn them of the dangers of heavy drinking over a long period of time, explain how this can damage many of their vital organs and threaten their life, and refer them to support groups and/or treatment facilities.
You probably know that obesity can have an adverse effect on the heart, increasing the risk of heart disease, heart attacks and stroke. But what you may not know is that being seriously overweight can also lead to a serious liver condition called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, which occurs when fat builds up in the liver. Alarmingly, this condition is now the most common cause of chronic liver disease in the U.S., far surpassing alcohol-related liver disease. In addition, NAFLD is now one of the leading reasons for liver transplant in the U.S.