Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) refers to fat accumulation in the liver not related to alcohol consumption. Fat may accumulate as a result of obesity, diabetes or other conditions. In a small number of people, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease progresses to liver inflammation, scarring and, eventually, liver failure. This serious form of the disease is sometimes called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (stee-ah-toe-hep-ah-TIE-tis). NAFLD is a growing problem worldwide, affecting people of every age. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is currently the fastest-rising indicator for liver transplant.
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Chuck Lewensten ran a successful business, hunted in Africa and played tennis with his fiancé, Jill. Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis changed all that. By the summer of 2010, the disease had ravaged Lewensten's liver, leaving him homebound and dependent on his family ...