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Healing Fatty Liver Disease

November 11, 2013

Fatty liver disease is not a high-profile medical condition and is certainly not well-known, but approximately one-third of the North American population has fatty liver disease, and 5% to 10% of these cases will progress from a benign state to cirrhosis of the liver. Cirrhosis cannot be reversed and results in death. Clearly, there is a need to understand the basics of fatty liver disease, which can be reversed before progressing to cirrhosis.

 

Prevalence and Incidence

• Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common cause of liver disease in North America.

• In the United States and Canada, 30% of the population has NAFLD. That is almost one in three people!

• Within the United States, there is a surprisingly varied prevalence of NAFLD based on ethnicity: 45% of Hispanics, 33% of Caucasians, and 24% of African-Americans are affected by NAFLD.

• The incidence of NAFLD is associated with the rising incidence of obesity and diabetes in the Western world.

 

Most people with fatty liver disease do not have symptoms. This is the scary part. It is a little like having high blood pressure — the majority of people with high blood pressure are walking around with it but have no idea they are affected. Sometimes, high blood pressure comes to light, and fatty liver disease is officially diagnosed only when these patients present with another serious complication, such as a heart attack or stroke.

Establishing a diagnosis of NAFLD is achieved by evaluating for — and then excluding — other liver diseases in the context of specific risk factors. Although fatty liver disease is most often detected incidentally through abnormal blood tests, the disease is not without risk factors that cause NAFLD or that predispose to NAFLD. These predisposing factors include obesity, elevated waist circumference, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. From the examination of risk factors for NAFLD, it becomes quite evident that fatty liver disease is tightly linked to heart disease.

Despite the high prevalence of NAFLD, very few books have been written on this topic, until now. Which is why this book, Healing Fatty Liver Disease by Dr Maitreyi Raman, Angela Sirounis and Jennifer Shrubsole, is so important. If you suspect you may have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, please don’t delay. See your doctor and consider adopting the management strategies these experts describe in Healing Fatty Liver Disease.

 

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