Obesity and Diabetes Damage Your Liver
In lots of cases, family doctors do not stress that many cancers are highly preventable. Lifestyle-based cancers are a symptom of our modern society and overweight problems should be seen as a serious health concern.
The truth is that a nutrition and lifestyle plan to overcome obesity, overweight and type 2 diabetes problems is fairly easy for most people to follow and yields tremendous benefits from a health and longevity standpoint. It also yields psychosocial benefits to your quality of life.
The “Obesity and Diabetes Damage Your Liver” Article that follows includes helpful nutritional advice.
By James P. Meschino, DC, MS
Until recently, hepatocellular carcinoma, a primary malignancy of the liver, was a very rare cancer in North America and most developed countries.
However, the recent escalation in the number of overweight, obese and type 2 diabetic individuals in our society has contributed to a corresponding rise in cases of liver cirrhosis and related hepatocellular carcinoma cases.
Being overweight, obese and/or developing type 2 diabetes promotes the deposition of fat into liver cells, primarily due to high circulating insulin levels. As liver cells fill up with fat (triglycerides) it leads to fatty liver degeneration, which later involves inflammation. This condition is known as NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis). As NASH progresses, liver tissue often degenerates into cirrhosis (an irreversible liver condition), whereby liver cells are no longer able to function normally.
Liver Cirrhosis From a Fatty Diet and Obesity
How Common Is Fatty Liver Disease?
The Solution Is Simple
The solution is simply to start eating a low saturated fat / cholesterol / trans fat diet, which should also exclude deep-fried and pan-fried foods. A lower glycemic diet is also helpful, as is the inclusion of regular endurance exercise, all of which pave the way to weight loss, improved blood sugar regulation and lower circulating insulin levels, even in type 2 diabetics. Applying these simple lifestyle modifications often reduces ALT and AST (liver enzymes that elevate when the liver is not functioning properly) into the normal range within 3-6 months as body fat declines.