What habits or medical conditions do I have that increase my risk of fatty liver disease?

Liver Health Series

Andrew Lee

1 min read

Regardless of whether your BMI is less than 25 kg/m2 or exceeds this indicator, you are at risk of developing fatty liver, it just a matter of if the risk is smaller or larger. In Hong Kong, 1 in 5 people with a BMI less than 25 kg/m2 may have fatty liver disease. People with a BMI greater than 25 kg/m2 and central obesity have a 60% chance of developing fatty liver. Fatty liver disease is ubiquitous and everyone has the chance to suffer from it. If left untreated, it will quietly develop into steatohepatitis, liver fibrosis, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer.

It's important to know your risks of developing fatty liver disease. Here are some habits and physical conditions that increase your risk of developing fatty liver disease so you can assess your own risk.

Do you have the following habits?

  • Frequently skips breakfast

  • Oversized lunch and dinner portions

  • Go to bed after 11pm

  • Do less exercise

  • Over 40 years old

  • Drinking more than 60 grams of alcohol per day

Do you have any of the following physical conditions?

  • Hepatitis B or C carriers

  • Central obesity

  • High levels of fasting blood glucose

  • Have a family history of diabetes

  • High levels of total cholesterol, high levels of triglycerides, high levels of low-density cholesterol, low levels of high-density cholesterol

  • High blood pressure

  • Known to have fatty liver disease

If you have the above habits or physical conditions, your risks of developing fatty liver have increased, and you may have already developed fatty liver. You need to know and keep track of your liver's health. Therefore, you need regular, accurate and quantitative liver health (fatty liver and liver fibrosis) examinations such as Fibroscan fatty liver and liver fibrosis examination, which gives you a comprehensive, safe, non-invasive, radiation-free and painless liver health examination to help you understand your liver health on a regular basis.