Understanding Fatty Liver Disease

Liver is an organ that is the heaviest and one of the most crucial ones for life. Any illness of the liver means the collapse of the body. Liver produces bile, detoxifies blood, builds proteins and processes nutrients from the food. By and large, it means that any thing you eat excessively fatty you are committing an atrocity to your liver.

Fatty Liver Disease (FLD) or the โ€œsilent liverโ€ is a condition where fat in large volumes accumulate in liver especially due to high alcohol intake or nonalcoholic conditions like obesity, insulin resistance etc. It is often accompanied by a progressive inflammation of the liver (hepatitis) and may not have any symptoms until it leads to more fatal conditions. Various Health Care Providers all over the world point out that there has been an alarming increase in Fatty Liver Disease among youngsters and more shockingly among children. At least 3% of those suffering from FLD in Vietnam is children. A UK public health care provider reminds us that obese children may find themselves with NAFLD at a later stage and may confront serious health problems as they grow up.

A doughnut is one example of foods that contain fructose

Researchers found that consumption of foods or beverages with fructose (high fructose corn syrup) increase the risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Children who had nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) were also found to have high levels of uric acid that may lead to kidney stones. It is also alarming that Fatty Liver Disease is seen not only in the obese but also among the thin ones too. Along with a high fructose diet, vitamin c deficiency is also linked with NAFLD. Recent studies establish a relation between NAFLD and liver cirrhosis, and liver cancer at an advanced stage.

 

Sadly, many of the youngsters who fell victim to Fatty Liver Disease are aged between 20-30 years. And it was certain that they consumed 30 grams of alcohol per day.

We should be mindful of the fact that Fatty Liver Disease normally has no symptoms. But some conditions like pain under the rib cage on the right side of the body, swelling of the abdomen, jaundice and fever should not be overlooked.

Luckily, Fatty Liver Disease is a reversible condition by effecting some changes in the life style.

  • Weight loss in the case of obesity, correction of elevated cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar can reverse NAFLD.
  • Liver protective medications.
  • Avoidance of alcohol.
  • A combination of aerobic and weight-bearing exercises.

-AparnA K V

P.S.

Start practicing a healthy lifestyle even if you don’t have Fatty Liver Disease yet to prevent yourself from all kinds of illnesses and diseases.

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