Is nonalcoholic fatty liver disease the hepatic expression of the metabolic syndrome?

Yılmaz Y.

World Journal of Hepatology, vol.4, pp.332-334, 2012 (Scopus) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Editorial Material
  • Volume: 4
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.4254/wjh.v4.i12.332
  • Journal Name: World Journal of Hepatology
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.332-334
  • Keywords: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, Metabolic syndrome, Insulin resistance, Fibrosis, Hemoglobin
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: No


Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is generally considered as the hepatic manifestation of the metabolic syndrome (MS). Although there is no doubt that NAFLD is tightly linked to the MS, the diagnosis of NAFLD encompasses a broad range of histological entities and as a composite phenotype may be hindering attempts to understand the mechanistic basis of these variants. The awareness that NAFLD is not solely and invariably associated with the MS is a useful means to help direct future studies. We should be aware that mechanisms other than insulin resistance may contribute to the chronic inflammatory processes that underpin the development of liver fat accumulation and the subsequent architectural distortion of the liver. Further studies with special focus on hemoglobin as a risk factor for the development of NAFLD in the absence of MS should be performed.