Double trouble! Research shows that liver diseases and obesity are interlinked
The major news about liver diseases and obesity being interlinked creates a dangerous double trouble. Even with the major breakthrough in fighting hepatitis C and other chronic liver conditions, public health officials are now struggling under the weight of a growing epidemic of liver disease interlinked with obesity.
The past two decades have seen a rise of ‘Nonalcoholic fatty liver’ at an alarming rate as it has doubled in teenagers and adolescents. Studies based on federal surveys and diagnostic testing show that it occurs in about 10 percent of children and at least 20 percent of the adult population in the United States. Another prominent issue is that there are no drugs to cure this ailment.
1 The big fat disease that has no cure
Nonalcoholic fatty liver has become a difficult disease to battle, with the combination of lethal weapon of liver diseases and obesity together. Doctors explain the working of the disease as stated below.
The disease causes the liver to swell with fat;what is striking is that it is almost identical to the liver damage that is mostly seen in heavy drinkers. Here, the damage is done by poor diet, obesity and alcohol. According to Dr. Joel E. Lavine, the Chief of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, “The equivalent of this is foiegras, you have to force feed ducks to get fatty liver, but people seem to be able to develop it on their own.”