Saturday, July 23, 2016

Even light and non drinkers should watch for fatty liver disease

Public Release: 23-May-2016
Even light drinkers should watch for fatty liver disease
Kumamoto University

People who have reduced enzyme activity to breakdown active aldehyde, i.e., those who become easily inebriated, are more likely to develop fatty liver disease even if they do not drink alcohol. This discovery was made by a clinical research team from Kumamoto University in Japan.

It is generally understood that fatty liver is triggered by alcoholism or heavy drinking. Recently, however, the number of patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a type of liver function disorder caused by increasing neutral fat in the liver that is caused by overeating and lack of exercise, has increased.

NAFLD is easily overlooked because of the lack of associated symptoms, and it is often only found when it has progressed to an advanced stage, such as cirrhosis., It is therefore important to detect it early so that preventative measure may be implemented.


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