Hi everyone! Today, I’m talking about fatty
liver. So first, what is it? It’s an excessive accumulation of fat to the liver. It affects
about 25% of the world’s population and 65% of obese people. Often, it has no symptoms.
It is diagnosed by a blood test that indicates elevated liver enzymes and/or by an ultrasound
of the liver that indicates that the size of the liver is increased. If it’s not treated,
it could lead to liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. What are the causes? So it could be
caused by an excessive alcohol intake, by some medications or by genetic causes, but
if not the main cause is obesity. It is also associated with type 2 diabetes and metabolic
syndrome so hypertension, prediabetes, increased waist size and elevated triglycerides and
cholesterol. How do you treat it? The main recommendation to treat fatty liver is weight
loss. Weight loss that equals 5 to 10% of total body weight is recommended so one way
to achieve that is to limit sweet drinks, sweet, fast food and to increase exercise.
The amount of weight loss is more important than the actual composition of the diet in
fat, carbs and protein. What’s important is to be able to maintain that weight loss
in the long term so getting the help of a registered dietitian could be useful. Don’t
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