Biography & Education

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  • Gastroenterology
Education Background

Medical School

Seattle Pacific University

Professional Associations
American Gastroenterology Association

Care Locations

5350 Tallman Ave., N.W.
Swedish Tallman Professional Clinic, Suite 520
Seattle, WA 98107
Fax 206-215-4252
Accepting New Patients
Accepting Medicare
Accepting Medicaid

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Blog

What you can do about nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

August 13, 2014
Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) is a term used to describe the presence of fat accumulation in the liver. NAFLD affects approximately 20-30% of United States population, and is most commonly diagnosed between 40 – 50 years of age. Recent studies have shown an even distribution of NAFLD between men and women.
 
A healthy liver may contain some fat. However, NAFLD occurs when the liver has trouble breaking down fats, causing excess fat to build-up in the liver. Mild fat accumulation usually does not result in inflammation of the liver. More severe fat accumulation can cause inflammation, and potential progression to cirrhosis (scarring of liver tissue). People who drink too much alcohol can get a condition similar to NAFLD, but NAFLD happens in people who do not drink alcohol or only a little alcohol.
 
We still have much to learn about the specific cause of NAFLD, but it is often associated with:

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Specialties
  • Gastroenterology