Did you know?
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the buildup of extra fat in liver cells that is not caused by alcohol. Sedentary lifestyles and Western diets are contributing to an increasing incidence of NAFLD. Read about the epidemiology and natural history of NAFLD.
- The top three leading causes of death in patients with NAFLD are cardiovascular disease, cancer, and liver disease. Get a diabetologist’s perspective on this topic.
- An estimated one in three people in the USA and one in five people in the UK are thought to have a fatty liver, with rising incidence observed in children. Learn about the diagnosis and treatment of NAFLD.
- Experts predict that the next epidemic of chronic liver disease worldwide will be a direct result of obesity and NAFLD, with NAFLD replacing viral hepatitis as the primary cause of end-stage liver disease and liver transplantation.
How can you love your liver?
To help your liver work well, the National Liver Foundation recommends:
- Eat healthily from all food groups, including fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads, rice, and cereals. Limit fats.
- Exercise regularly.
- Limit the amount of alcohol you drink. (Alcohol can damage or destroy liver cells.)
- Manage your medications. Pay attention to warnings that say that a medication can damage the liver.
- Avoid breathing in or touching toxins, such as cleaning and aerosol products, insecticides, and chemicals.
- Do not smoke.