What is nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)

What is nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)

 

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) refers to a wide spectrum of liver diseases ranging from the most common, fatty liver (accumulation of fat in the liver, also known as steatosis, to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis to cirrhosis. All of the stages on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease are now believed to be due to insulin resistance, a condition associated with obesity. In fact the BMI correlates with the degree of liver damage, that is, the greater the BMI the greater the liver damage.

The term nonalcoholic is used because due to alcohol can show the same spectrum of liver disease as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, however, patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease do not consume excessive amounts of alcohol.

 

Alarming statistics about nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

As expected, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is observed principally in developed countries. In these societies, a sedentary lifestyle and high calorie, sugar, and fat intake lead to a high prevalence of obesity, insulin resistance, and diabetes. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is currently the most common liver disease in the U.5. and worldwide, affecting 1G24% of the world’s population. That means upwards of 29 million Americans and even more alarming than these statistics is the nonalcoholic fatty liver disease that is occurring among children in the U.S.

 

How to protect your liver

Your liver is a key player in your body’s digestive system. Everything you eat or drink including medicine, passes through your liver. “The liver is a vital organ and not something you can live without,” says Rohit Satoskar, MD, of the MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute. ” It’s an organ you can easily trash if you don’t take care of it, and once you trash it, it’s gone.”

There’s nothing tricky about keeping your liver in good shape. It’s all about a healthy lifestyle, says Ray Chung, MD of the Liver Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“Taking care of your liver is far more about avoiding what’s bad than it is about eating, or drinking things that are particularly nourishing to the liver,” he says.

 

Body Fat: The silent killer.

obesity is a major health problem worldwide. In the united States, roughly 300,000 deaths per year are related to obesity. Obesity also increases the risk of developing several chronic diseases such as type 11 diabetes, insulin resistance and a form of liver disease called nonalcoholic fatty Liver disease (NAFLD).

 

 ^ These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

^ These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.