Most people with fatty liver disease will not develop any serious problems, advises the health body, but if you’re diagnosed with the condition it’s a good idea to take steps to stop it getting worse.
It advises losing weight, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and stopping smoking.
Having high levels of fat in your liver is associated with an increased risk of serious health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease.
But fatty liver disease develops in stages. The first stage is “simple fatty liver (steatosis)”. The NHS explains this is a largely harmless build-up of faty in the liver cells that may only be diagnosed during tests carried out for another reason.