Does Fatty Liver Cause Acid Reflux?

Fatty and acidic foods contribute to fatty liver and acid reflux.
Fatty and acidic foods contribute to fatty liver and acid reflux. (Image: potato chips image by vnlit from

One type of fatty liver disease can be associated with alcoholism, but another type is not related to consumption of alcohol. Both are reversible conditions, but left uncontrolled, liver failure can occur. You may have no detectable symptoms of this condition. Acid reflux is not caused by fatty liver, but an underlying condition might cause both.

Fatty Liver Defined

According to the American Liver Foundation, the liver stores some fat, but greater than 10 percent is considered abnormal. Too much fat might cause inflammation and liver malfunction. When inflammation is present, you have either alcoholic or nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.

Fatty Liver Symptoms

Most people with fatty liver have no major symptoms, according to the American Liver Foundation. Others have fatigue, weight gain or loss, and abdominal pain or discomfort particularly on the right side. Alcoholics as well as people with obesity issues, high triglycerides (fats) or diabetes experience enlarged livers.

Acid Reflux

Acid reflux—or gastroesophageal reflux disease—is extremely common, according to Health Central's website. Symptoms include frequent belching, heartburn, stomach acid backing up into the throat, coughing and more.

Acid reflux causes

According to Health Central's website, the causes of gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD, include frequent consumption of highly acidic food; increased alcohol intake; abnormal stomach or esophageal structure weakened muscles; and obesity.

Fatty Liver and Acid Reflux

According to Dr. Todd Eisner of Health Central, fatty liver does not appear to be directly related to acid reflux. However, being overweight is a risk factor for both conditions. Cutting down on fatty foods and losing weight will decrease fat storage in the liver and help those with either or both conditions.

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