Fatty Liver Disease: Are you one of the 90 Million Americans who have it?

Fatty Liver Disease Are you one of the 90 Million Americans who have it

NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease) or simply fatty liver is considered as the most common disease in America affecting 90 million Americans.

It is a deadly disease which is a common risk factor for diabetes, heart attacks and in some cases, cancer. And if you’ve never heard of it before, you’ll most likely be asking:

  • What causes fatty liver?
  • How will I know if I have it?
  • Is there a cure?

We’ll answer your questions as we move along with this article. For now, keep in mind that everyone is at risk of this disease. Unless you do regular exercise, observe a healthy diet and lifestyle, you are no exception to fatty liver.

‘But how come I’ve never heard about it? you might ask. If it’s affecting 90 million Americans, then why hasn’t it been reported more often?

Ironically, most of those affected with fatty liver didn’t even know that they have it not until they start to feel something wrong with their bodies and consult with their doctor. So if you’re guilty of living a sort of ‘unhealthy’ lifestyle, then might as well know whether or not you already have fatty liver before it gets even worse.

What is the cause of fatty liver?

If you try to check the nutritional labels or ingredients of processed foods, you will eventually find this so-called fructose corn syrup which is the single biggest cause of fatty liver.

Soda, known to be the biggest source of calories in a typical American diet is the biggest cause of fatty liver.

Now ask yourself the next obvious question, how much soda you consume in a day?

What are its symptoms? How do I know if I have it?

Fatty liver frighteningly, can be lined-up among those notorious silent killers. It attacks without you knowing, and is slowly killing you even if you totally feel fine. There are no visible symptoms of fatty liver on its initial stages.

However, there are certain blood tests you can take to know if you have it.

If your blood test results come back abnormal, you better take it as a red alert. But even having a normal blood test result doesn’t guarantee your safety from this disease. It is important to note that not all liver tests are capable of detecting a fatty liver.

This is where ultrasound comes in. Ultrasound is more sensitive so it has higher means of detecting whether or not you have a fatty liver.

For now, ask yourself:

  • Do I eat a lot of sugar and flour?
  • Do I have a belly fat?
  • Do I always crave for carbohydrate-rich foods and sugar?

If you answered yes, then you probably have it.

How dangerous is Fatty Liver?

Fatty liver creates a lot of health problems. For instance, it causes body inflammation. This inflammation creates insulin resistance and pre-diabetes which in turn affects the fat distribution in your body. Instead of only depositing fats in your liver, it starts to deposit fats in other body organs as well.

There is also that issue of your belly fat caused by sugar and starch in your diet. This high level of sugar and starch intake causes you to have high levels of triglycerides and low level of the good cholesterol. It causes you to have dangerous cholesterol particles in your diet which contributes to heart attack.

Now let’s take a closer look at issues of liver transplant caused by fatty liver. At present, even children are no exception to this deadly disease. Children as young as 12 years old who are exposed to sodas undergo liver transplant because of fatty liver. Isn’t this a wake-up call?

Nobody wants to end up in a transplant. But how will you prevent fatty liver if you’re not willing to live a healthier lifestyle?

Remember, it doesn’t knock on your doors. It lets itself in when you let your guard down.

How do you prevent or cure a Fatty liver?

‘Prevention is better than cure’ and this statement has proven itself true in most cases. Whether you have a fatty liver or not, it’s always best to preempt.

Below are some tips you can do on your own to prevent or cure fatty liver:

  1. Improver your metabolism. The best way to improve your metabolism is through exercise. Exercise daily to improve insulin resistance and reduce fatty liver.
  2. Follow a good diet.  Having a good diet could mean reducing or totally removing sodas from your daily food intake and settling for water or fresh juices instead.  However, if you have diabetes or other health issues, it’s better to consult your personal doctor or dietitian for a recommended meal plan suitable for your needs.
  3. Reduce or remove starch from your diet. Even white, processed or whole grain flour can be a problem if you have fatty liver. Ironically, the standard American diet (SAD) contains a lot of this on its typical serving so be careful in choosing your meal.
  4. Remove all fructose corn syrup from your diet. Check food labels and see if it has fructose corn syrup on it. If it has, don’t eat it. No exceptions. Get rid of fructose corn syrup in your diet and go for other alternative. (Trivia: A jar of tomato sauce with fructose corn syrup contains more sugar than an Oreo cookie.)
  5. Eat liver-repairing foods. If it’s about liver repair, then the so-called broccoli family will be a treat. They include cabbage, kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts and arugula. Garlic and onions are also great detoxifiers.

Observe a healthy lifestyle and enjoy a healthy liver! Reduce starch and sugar content on your diet and combat fatty liver.

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