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What Your Liver Might Be Trying To Tell You
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What Your Liver Might Be Trying to Tell You

For years, people have been told that obesity raises their risk for certain chronic conditions. They have also been told that certain types of fat in the body may be even more dangerous than other types. That fat, called visceral fat is typically found in the abdominal area and may be one of the first indicators of serious disease risk, but according to new research , it may not be the most important indicator to monitor. That distinction belongs to liver fat which may be a more reliable warning sign of a number of different health problems.

Research recently completed in Sweden and Finland has shown that obese people who have an increased level of liver fats as well as increased abdominal fats may also have a negatively impacted ability to remove dangerous triglycerides from the blood. Anyone who has been designated as obese by their doctor should be given tests for both intra-abdominal fat and signs of fatty liver disease. As many as 80% of obese people do have fat in their liver which may increase their risk of chronic liver inflammation and also increases their risk of more serious conditions, including liver cancer. Fatty liver disease is also a stand alone risk factor for a number of heart diseases including coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis. This risk can be impacted by the presence of other factors as well.

Fat in the liver is associated with an increased level of very low density lipoproteins (VLDL) which in turn increases the risk of a number of metabolic abnormalities. Obese men with high triglyceride levels have 13% liver fat while obese men with normal readings have only 6.9% liver fat. Men who are normal weight have liver fat percentages below 3%/

Fatty liver has been linked to a number of diseases and conditions, including diabetes and stroke. Researchers have said that risk for either condition increases by 5 times when fatty liver is present. Diabetes, one of the most common and prevalent diseases which is caused by obesity can also increase risk factors for other diseases and may also increase the risk of complications for some conditions as well. Because it impacts the body’s ability to heal, diabetes may cause even a minor injury to become life threatening.

While fatty liver may be an important consideration, it does not lessen the importance of weight in general for the body. Losing as little as ten pounds can reduce some of the risk for certain types of conditions and may reduce the severity of conditions that are already present. Conflicting research and studies had some people convinced they were okay, as long as they were only gaining weight in their hips and thighs rather than around their middle, however, that has been proven not to be the case and the attitude might be dangerous. It is important not only to monitor weight but to watch the levels of triglycerides and other health related factors as well.

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