Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, commonly known as NASH, is a build up of fat in the liver that causes the liver become inflamed and damaged. NASH has a tendency to develop in people who are obese, have diabetes, metabolic syndrome or high cholesterol, but some people can develop without these risk factors. NASH be unsymptomatic for years. When symptoms occur, they can present themselves in the form of fatigue, weakness, unexplained weight loss, and an ache in the upper right corner of the abdomen. NASH is more common in women than men, between the ages of 40 to 60. It is becoming one of the leading causes of hepatitis in the US. If left untreated, NASH can lead to cirrhosis.
Diagnosis can be obtained with a blood test, CT scan, ultrasound, or MRI.
Treatment includes managing your health to reduce your risk factors: weight loss, lowering cholesterol, exercise and controlling diabetes..