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Diet: the Key to Fatty Liver

June 11, 2016
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Studies are showing that fatty liver is linked to Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It also may cause liver failure. There are no official diet guidelines to treat it.

Scientists are looking into dietary causes. They say trans fats, omega-6 oilsfried foods and fructose may contribute. But sugar is receiving the most attention. Sugar is metabolized in the liver. It increases blood levels of triglycerides, which is a type of fat.

Sugar seems to be a real part of liver fat. There is also a type of gene that increases the risk of fatty liver.

Med dietThe first advice doctors give is to stop drinking sugary drinks. Next they say is to cut down on refined carbohydrates such as bread.

Processed foods are also villains. People eat too much of them. These foods have too little fiber and nutrients and too much of everything else, such as salt.

For a long time, fatty liver was linked to drinking too much alcohol. This has not changed. What is new is the emergence of this nonalcoholic-related fatty liver disease (NASH). It is as dangerous as drinking too much.

Right now, weight loss is the only proven way to reduce fatty liver. Most people with fatty liver simply take in too many calories. Doctors recommend losing at least ten percent of body weight.

The best advice is to eat the Mediterranean diet. This is a diet of fruits, vegetables and enough meat, fish and dairy products to satisfy most people.

Read up on the symptoms of liver disease.

Source: The New York Times June 27, 2014

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