Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the build up of too much fat stored in the liver cells that is not caused by alcohol.
According to the Liver Foundation, it’s normal for the liver to contain some fat. However, if more than 5% – 10% percent of the liver’s weight is fat, then it is called a fatty liver (steatosis).
The more severe form of NAFLD is called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). NASH causes the liver to swell and may progress to advanced scarring (cirrhosis) and liver failure, very similar to the damage caused by heavy alcohol use.
Becoming the norm?
Sadly, NAFLD is becoming increasingly common, especially in the United States. About 100 million Americans are estimated to be afflicted….
...as well as the kiddos. NAFLD is the most common form of liver disease in children, and has more than DOUBLED over the past 20 years.
Risk factors for NAFLD include obesity, insulin resistance, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and hypothyroidism, amongst others.
Diets with higher intakes of fats, oils, meat, dairy, and animal protein in general, are associated with higher liver enzymes; and fat intake, particularly saturated fat, significantly increases the risk of both NAFLD and NASH.
And it turns out that excess sugar plays a role too, as explained in this short video by Dr. Michael Greger.
What can be done?
Weight loss, while eating a low-fat, high fiber, plant-based diet, can be an effective treatment for NAFLD. Studies have shown that such diets are effective for addressing the underlying conditions that lead to NAFLD.
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