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Being Overweight Can Lead To Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Know About Its Cure By Gastroenterologist Dr. Hoe Chee Hoong

Dr. Hoe Chee Hoong is a very prominent and knowledgeable Medical Gastroenterologist practicing at Gleneagles Hospital Penang, Malaysia. With experience of more than 18 years in this field, he specializes in providing the services of Helicobacter pylori, Hepatocellular carcinoma, Viral hepatitis B and C, Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and vast experience in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians, UK, and pursued the Gastroenterology Fellowship Training Programme of the Ministry of Health. Dr. Hoe Chee Hoong has contributed to several publications, articles, and journals. His qualification includes MD from the University of Science, Malaysia, and fellowship training from Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah, Alor Setar, and Hospital Selayang. Dr. Hoe Chee Hoong is well-versed in English, Mandarin, Hokkien, Bahasa Melayu, and Cantonese.

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

It is a wider term for a variety of liver conditions that tends to affect people that drink little to no alcohol. The main characteristic of NAFLD is excess fat stored in liver cells. NAFLD is becoming increasingly common round the world. People suffering from NAFLD can develop non-alcoholic steatohepatitis that is an aggressive form of the fatty liver disease marked by liver inflammation and may progress to advanced scarring and liver failure. The damage is similar to the damage caused by the intake of heavy.


  • Fatigue
  • Pain or discomfort within the upper right abdomen
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Extended blood vessels just beneath the skin's surface
  • Enlarged spleen
  • Red palms
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes


  • Overweight or obesity
  • Insulin resistance, where your cells don't take up sugar in response to the hormone insulin
  • High blood glucose indicating prediabetes or type 2 diabetes
  • Increased fats in the blood


The major threat of NAFLD and NASH is cirrhosis. It is late-stage scarring in the liver. It occurs in response to liver injury. When the liver tries to halt inflammation, it creates areas of scarring. Due to continued inflammation, fibrosis spreads by taking up more and more liver tissue. It can lead to:

  • Fluid build-up in the abdomen
  • Swelling of veins in your oesophagus which may rupture and bleed
  • Confusion, drowsiness, and slurred speech
  • Liver cancer
  • End-stage liver failure


To reduce the risk of NAFLD:

  • Maintain a healthy weight. Reduce the number of calories you eat each day and do more exercise if you are overweight or obese. If you have an appropriate weight work to maintain it by choosing a healthy diet and exercise.
  • Exercise. Exercise maximum days of the week.
  • Choose a healthy diet. Choose a healthy plant-based and balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats.


The foremost treatment suggested for this is weight loss. Weight-loss surgery is also an option for those who want to lose a huge weight but depends on your condition. No drug treatment has been seen for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. For correct guidance and proper treatment, you can contact Dr. Hoe Chee Hoong one of the best Gastroenterologists in Malaysia. You can see him at Gleneagles Hospital, Penang.

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: 23-Oct-2021

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