The liver might accumulate lipid droplets that lead to steatosis

Liver steatosis is a disease characterized by an increasing accumulation of fat in the liver cells due to abnormal retention of lipids within the cells. This medical condition is primarily attributable to excessive alcohol intake (alcoholic fatty liver diseases), obesity or type 2 diabetes (non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases, NAFLD) or, frequently, both.

  • An accumulation of lipid droplets can be observed in hepatocytes during steatosis, leading to an increase in liver size and often accompanied by high levels of free fatty acids in the blood.
  • Author: Martin Golebiewski

  • Image: Jill Zander and Iryna Ilkavets

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