A number of strategies can help repair a fatty liver. When these strategies are applied before the fatty liver progresses to steatohepatitis, they are generally successful. If excessive alcohol consumption is the cause, stopping drinking is the most important approach. When alcohol is not the culprit, a combination of strategies may be useful, including reducing alcohol intake, losing weight and changing your diet. Ask your doctor which strategies are most appropriate for you.
With noninfectious liver diseases, substances accumulate in liver cells in abnormally large amounts. In nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, fat buildup occurs within the liver cells. This increasingly common liver disease among Americans is frequently found in people with obesity and/or type 2 diabetes. Fat buildup within liver cells is also characteristic of early alcoholic liver disease. Abnormal buildup of iron within liver cells, such as with the hereditary disease called hemochromatosis, is another example of abnormal accumulation that can incite liver disease.